“Road dogs” bringing an improved road reputation to Columbia


The idea came about prior to the Cyclones’ trip to Texas A&M. At the time, the Iowa State men’s basketball team had lost its only true road games (at Drake and at Michigan).

Senior Scott Christopherson challenged his teammates to develop a tougher mindset away from Hilton Coliseum.

“Road dogs” was the nickname Christopherson suggested with the hope that the team would perform better on the road.

Iowa State’s recent road record in the Big 12 wasn’t great either. The Cyclones, in fact, had not won a road game in three of the prior four seasons. ISU was 2-30 in conference road battles the last four years combined.

The “Road dogs” got that win in College Station by a 74-50 count. In league play this season, they have also collected wins at Texas Tech, at Oklahoma and at Kansas State. The last time Iowa State had a winning road record in the Big 12 was 2000-01.

Missouri, on Wednesday night, is the last true road test of the season. The seventh-ranked Tigers will be formidable. A win would conclude a 5-4 road slate in the Big 12.

“You have to have toughness and be in it together on the road,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You have to find a way to play together as a group (away from home) and that is where our greatest growth as a team has come.”

“Road dogs,” indeed.

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