Iowa State leads the Big 12 in free throw (.750) and field goal (.455) percentage and is second from three-point territory (.382). What’s amazing about the FG% mark is that Iowa State has attempted 84 more three-point shots than any of its league peers.Usually, the best FG percentage belongs to a club with an inside presence and lots of shots close to the basket. No school in Big 12 history has led the conference in FG% and three-point attempts in the same season. The closest to do so were the Cyclones last year (finishing fourth in percentage). In fact, the team with the most attempts from three has finished 10th or worst in overall shooting percentage 10 times in 16 seasons. The Cyclones are averaging 10.08 three-point makes per game in Big 12 play. ISU has reached double figure three-pointers made in nine league games this winter. The rest of the league has combined to make at least 10 three pointers in a conference game just eight times. You read that right. Oklahoma State has done it three times, West Virginia and Kansas State twice each and Baylor once. Neither Kansas nor Oklahoma nor Texas no TCU nor Texas Tech has reached double figures for 3’s in a game even once in league play. Hoiberg gives the green light to the Cyclones to shoot three pointers. And, they’re making more of them than any school in the nation this year. As fans, it is an offensive style that’s entertaining to watch. To college basketball prospects, I can’t imagine a more enticing program to join if you’re a shooter.
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