Cyclones equal Big 12 road win total of past four seasons combined with victory at Tech

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Road arenas have not been a friendly place in Big 12 men’s basketball this year. The home court winning percentage of league teams (86.9%) is the best in college basketball.

That’s why Iowa State’s 76-52 triumph at Texas Tech Saturday was important. It was their second Big 12 road win. The Cyclones lost all eight of their conference road games in three of the previous four seasons.

The 2011-12 Cyclones have played with confidence on the road and won two of three league games away from Ames. Next up is Tuesday night at Texas.

That match-up between the Longhorns and Cyclones, unfortunately, won’t be televised locally so listening to John Walters and Eric Heft on the Cyclone Radio Network will be the best way to follow the action. Live courtside blogging (by Mike Green of the communications staff) and live stats of the game, of course, will be available on cyclones.com.

The game was not selected to be shown nationally or by the Big 12 Television Network as one of its games of the week, so the telecast was made available to both school’s third-tier providers. Because of the significant production costs to send a truck to Austin and produce the game, Iowa State has chosen not to televise the game.

Some viewers have concluded that Texas’ third-tier partner (the Longhorn Network) is blocking the telecast. It is not. If we had made the choice to pay the high costs for producing the game, it likely would have been shown on local TV in our market.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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