One of the oft-repeated storylines about Iowa State’s basketball team is that when the 3’s aren’t falling the Cyclones struggle on offense. Those, who favor that analysis, aren’t tracking the right stat.
The Cyclones really get humming when the assist column is filled.
Facing the nation’s second-best FG% defense (Texas), Iowa State shot 55% from the field and scored 89 points.
They did so by assisting on 20-of-29 field goals. Combining that assist total with just six turnovers is more key than efficiency from three-point range.
“We extended it to 21 (in the second half) with great play,” Coach Fred Hoiberg admitted. “I thought our guys were playing for one another and the ball was really flying around that (long Texas) zone.”
The other storyline Monday night was the Longhorns’ long-range shooting. UT was eighth in the Big 12 in three-point percentage and had averaged fewer than six per game.
In a rousing comeback, the Longhorns made 7-of-9 three-point shots in the final eight minutes to turn the game into a classic match-up between Top 20 opponents on national television.
Another showcase game in the Big 12 was staged in Ames.
It was a wacky game. Storylines didn’t match tendencies. But, it was entertaining and a Cyclone win over a rated foe.
With four players registering at least three assists and ISU making just six three pointers, it was a win based upon sharing the ball. That’s the real storyline.