Fennelly prepared for this workload in January

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When Bill Fennelly studied the Big 12 portion of his team’s 2010-11 schedule, he noted a stretch of four games in nine days.

The Cyclones hosted Kansas State last Sunday, have travelled to Texas Tech for a game tonight and follow it with home contests on Saturday (Colorado) and Monday (Texas).

Fennelly said he wasn’t sure if ISU had ever faced a similar stretch in Big 12 play. But, he wasn’t fretting about it either.

To prepare for the workload, Fennelly scheduled a similar stretch (four games in 10 days) in early January. He wanted to run a dress rehearsal.

"This is an odd situation," Fennelly said. "Purposely, we scheduled our non-conference knowing that this was coming."

The Cyclones played Chicago State and North Dakota State on a Sunday and a Tuesday in January before travelling to Baylor and hosting Nebraska. All of that occurred over 10 days.

"We (had) to be smart about the time and energy we spent in practice (this week)," Fennelly said. "But, players would much rather play than practice anyway. They are 18-22 year olds and have lots of energy."

Fennelly also believes there is another bonus to this week.

"This does simulate – if we’re fortunate enough (to qualify) – the NCAA Tournament," he concluded.

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