Cyclones leading the Big 12 in both three-point shooting and defending the 3

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Iowa State is shooting a higher percentage from the three-point line (.382) than anyone in the Big 12. The Cyclones have also attempted more 3’s than anyone in the conference (league games only).

Considering that Coach Fred Hoiberg hoisted 941 three-pointers in his NBA career, it’s not surprising the Cyclones favor that approach.

What you may not know is that Iowa State also defends the three-point shot better (.304) than anyone in the conference.

Three schools in Big 12 history (Kansas ’08-09; Texas ’05-06; and Oklahoma ’02-03) led the league in both three-point shooting and three-point shooting defense. Those three teams also registered a 39-9 mark in conference games.

The Cyclones have been the Big 12 pacesetter in three-point shooting only once previously (2000-01). That team was 11th in defending the three pointer.

Iowa State has held its Big 12 opponent to a poorer percentage than their season average eight times this year. That is a good trend to maintain.

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