Here are some random thoughts on the Cyclones in a "by-the-numbers" feature:
3.18 – Melvin Ejim’s average offensive rebounds per game. The 6-6 forward is on track to become the first freshmen to lead the Big 12 in this category. For comparison, K-State’s Michael Beasley and UT’s Kevin Durant finished second in this category as rookies. Former Cyclones Jackson Vroman and Kenny Pratt topped the conference in offensive boards as seniors.30 – Consecutive wrestling matches won this winter by Jon Reader. The nation’s top-ranked 174 pounder is one of 15 undefeated college wrestlers. He and Penn State’s David Taylor (originally a Cyclone recruit) are the only two undefeated grapplers with at least 30 victories. 1, 6 & 10 – National rankings for the women’s golf teams paired with the Cyclones at last week’s Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Iowa State played with Alabama (#1), Purdue (#6) and Georgia (#10). "I was pleased that we played head-to-head with that type of competition (and flourished)," Coach Christie Marterns said of her club, which was tourney runner-up to the Crimson Tide. 2nd – Iowa State’s Michelle Shealy is rated second among freshmen all-around performers in the NCAA’s North Central region. Only Utah’s Mary Beth Lofgren is rated higher among freshmen in the region. Shealy, a Georgia native, is ranked 27th nationally in the all-around and No. 2 in the Big 12. 42.5% – True freshmen Melvin Ejim, Jordan Railey, Eric McKnight & Calvin Godfrey, plus redshirt walk-on freshman Bubu Palu and walk-on football players Austin McBeth and Andrew Mitchell have played 42.5% of the team’s minutes in the last two games (at #2 Kansas and at #17 Texas A&M).
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