Iowa State’s men’s basketball team is at a size disadvantage most nights. That was the case vs. Texas Tuesday.
Yet, the Cyclones turned the tables on the Longhorns in an important statistical category… points in the paint. ISU had a 22-point advantage.
When the schools met in Austin, UT outscored Iowa State by 12 points in the paint. Since that game, ISU had scored more points in the paint than every team it faced.
“They had the size and we had the speed,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said on his after-game radio show. “I thought we really battled them and when we got a rebound our transition offense was exceptional.”
Many of the Cyclone points in the paint were transition layups or alley oops.
“A lot of those buckets came in transition,” Hoiberg said. “Melvin (Ejim) was awesome in the open court and really ran the floor well.”
On the other end of the court, a suffocating team defense limited UT’s post players to just one basket.
The Cyclones might not be tall physically, but they are outscoring their conference opponents by more than 10 points per game in the paint and that stat stands very tall in the Cyclones’ success.