The three-point shooting Cyclones also lead the Big 12 in percentage made from two.

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You’ve no doubt read the one-paragraph scouting report on teams which make the NCAA Tournament each year. The Iowa State summary could read something like this:

All five players handle and shoot the ball well. Love to shoot the 3 and make a lot of them. Rebound well despite being outsized most nights. A high-octane offense – based upon great spacing – is the foundation for Hoiberg’s versatile collection of shooters. Super-sub McGee is one of the NCAA’s best long-range bombers.

Everyone recognizes the Cyclones’ dependence upon the three-point shot.

But, did you know that Iowa State is also the only team in the Big 12 which has made more than half of its two-point field goal attempts?

ISU has connected on 50.6% of shots inside the arc. K-State (.496), Texas (.491), Kansas (.487), Oklahoma (.485), Oklahoma State (.478) and Baylor (.463) are the other schools making more than 45 percent on 2’s. Other than the Longhorns, those schools are positioned for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Because the Cyclones spread the court so well, good ball movement leads to open three-point attempts or strong cuts the basket. That’s a lethal combination.

Perhaps, the one-paragraph summary needs to be edited. It might be appropriate to add a line saying the combination of a terrific perimeter attack with an efficient inside and mid-range game makes the Cyclones one tough unit to defend.

That’s a more accurate assessment than just saying the Cyclones shoot 3’s. They do both and do them quite effectively.

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

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