Being a good “sudden change” team has helped Cyclones overcome turnovers


One of the better predictors of victory and defeat is turnover margin. You win the turnover battle and you normally get a triumph, too. The reverse generally holds true, too.

Then, there is Paul Rhoads’ program. In the last two seasons, especially, the Cyclones have found ways to win games despite suffering more turnovers.

In Iowa State’s nine wins in 2011-12 combined, it has suffered more miscues five times. The Cyclones won 12 games in 2009-10 combined and they had an even or positive turnover margin 11 times.

“We win more games losing the turnover battle than anyone in America,” Rhoads said after his team’s -3 margin vs. Western Illinois last week. “I don’t like that and we’ll try not to continue that.”

The fourth-year coach said part of the reason his team has been able to win games despite having more turnovers is its ability to handle adversity quickly.

“We’ve become a very good sudden change responding team in our three games (this fall),” he said.

No one wants to keep tempting fate. Turnovers lead to losses. The teams ranked below the Cyclones nationally in turnover margin have a 15-30 record.

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