Through 10 men’s basketball games, Iowa State is scoring 82.4 points per game.That’s the highest average for the Cyclones since Tim Floyd’s first season (’94-95) in Ames. That team, which included current coach Fred Hoiberg, averaged 89.9 points over the same timeframe. That club had big scoring games against Florida Tech (97), West Carolina (99), North Florida (114) and Chicago State (96). The Cyclones’ scoring norm this season included match-ups with UNLV (20th in the RealTime RPI ratings), Cincinnati (40th), Florida Gulf Coast (53rd), BYU (71st) and Iowa (77th). “We didn’t shoot the ball well and still got 93,” Hoiberg said of last Sunday’s game vs. Omaha. “It’s because we had extra opportunities to shoot the ball.” The Cyclones had a season-low six turnovers and limited the Mavericks to one offensive rebound. Because ISU has a plethora of shooters, maximizing the number of shots is essential. “The two biggest keys are valuing the possession by taking care of the ball and then taking care of the glass,” Hoiberg said. The Cyclones are learning those lessons. And, when they’ve executed in those areas they score a lot of points. The next test is Saturday in Des Moines.
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