Cyclones delivered on Big Monday in almost every way possible


That was too good of a game to end that way.

Everyone talked about Iowa State’s opportunity to showcase its university, its athletics program, its men’s basketball team and Coach Fred Hoiberg’s high-octane offense on ESPN’s Big Monday telecast.

The question discussed beforehand was whether the Cyclones were ready for the prime time.

Yes, was the answer, and in a resounding way.

A national TV audience joined the 14,376 fans jammed into Hilton to watch one of the best games of the college basketball season. It was a game filled with big-time plays.

The Cyclones made 17 three pointers, a school record. Two players had career scoring highs and the freshman center had seven assists and no turnovers. The Cyclones made 29 of 34 free throws and suffered just eight turnovers in 45 minutes.

Kansas answered with 39 points from a guard, who entered the game shooting 38% from the field, 31% from 3 and 63% from the line while averaging single-digit points.

There were debatable calls down the stretch. One, in particular, will be discussed in these parts for a long time.

In the end, it was a heart-breaking loss.

What ISU can do is hold its head high knowing it showcased an unbelievable atmosphere and program. The nation was watching and, ultimately, discussing the results deep into last night.

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