ESPN notes entertainment value of Cyclones and the Big 12


College basketball is an entertainment business and, Saturday, the sport was celebrated all day on Iowa State’s campus. That included an visit from ESPN’s GameDay show.

It was all Cyclones all day.

During one of ESPN’s segments, Coach Fred Hoiberg joined Rece Davis, Jay Williams, Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg on the set.

Hoiberg was asked what rule change he would you like to see in the college game. Without hesitation, Hoiberg said a 25-second shot clock to speed up the action would be a great addition.

Scoring is down across college basketball landscape. It’s a bad trend, especially from an entertainment standpoint.

On Saturday, five games were played between ranked schools. Three of those match-ups were in the Big 12 and the average point total per team was 73.5. In the other two – Duke vs. Louisville and Utah vs. Arizona – the teams scored only 58.8 points per team.

The Kansas vs. Iowa State game included 167 points.

“One of the most entertaining teams I’ve seen was that (Cyclone) performance in Ames Saturday night,” Brent Musburger said on ESPN’s Big Monday game last night.

The other 15 games on Saturday which inlcuded at least one ranked team averaged just more than 128 points per game. That’s not as entertaining.

Hoiberg wants to win and he favors a fast tempo and scoring. He wants more possessions and fewer “fake” actions on offense.

ESPN brought GameDay to Ames because it was a match-up of ranked programs and they felt Iowa State was a program worth celebrating.

The show was great. The game was better. Everyone was entertained.

I’ll suggest GameDay returns to see Hoiberg’s crew again. They like the entertainment value.


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