Passing proficiency sparks offense but reduction in turnovers leads to victories.

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When the Cyclones move the ball like they did against Oklahoma, good shots become available.

“The ball was really flying around out there,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the win over the Sooners.

The stat sheet showed assists on 64% of the team’s 28 field goals. That’s slightly above the Cyclones’ conference average (60%), so good passing has been prevalent throughout the league season.

Moving the ball gets good shots, but keeping turnovers to a minimum has led to wins. In Big 12 games, Iowa State has averaged 11.4 turnovers per game. In out-of-league contests, ISU averaged 14.9 miscues per game. That 31% drop in turnovers is jaw-dropping.

So, as Hoiberg cheers the ball movement he must be taking great satisfaction in better ball security. That usually starts at the point.

In the most-recent four outings, primary ballhandlers Korey Lucious and Bubu Palo have combined for 36 assists and 11 turnovers. That speaks volumes.

So do three wins in four games against the schools (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma) bunched together with the Cyclones in the Big 12 standings.

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

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