Hype machine cranked up for Big Monday match-up

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The sixth question at Fred Hoiberg’s Saturday news conference was “What about Kansas, Fred?” The first five inquiries were related to the Cyclones’ just-completed 20-point victory over Texas Tech and the last three were about Iowa State’s showdown tonight with KU.

Normally, coaches like to say there’s a 24-hour rule to celebrate before focus on the next opponent begins. That rule was likely ignored this time.

Certainly, a Saturday-Monday turn-around means there isn’t much time to reflect. But, the hype machine for KU-ISU was turned up quickly anyway.

The Jayhawks bring a Top Ten national ranking to Hilton Coliseum, where ISU has the nation’s third-longest active win streak. The first game between the schools this winter was a tight tussle ending in overtime. ESPN’s Big Monday crew will call the game meaning Brent Musburger and Fran Fraschilla will be courtside. Plus, two teams are trying to add to their NCAA Tournament resumes.

You can try and shield yourself from the commotion or you can enthusiastically embrace it.

“We’re excited about the challenge and a great opportunity for our guys to play on Big Monday,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I know I enjoyed playing on Big Monday.”

It’s not a make-or-break game for the season. But, much of the nation will be watching.

One thing is likely. There will be more questions about the game just played this time at Hoiberg’s news conference than a look ahead at the next encounter.

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

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