Iowa State’s 48-point second half Saturday vs. TCU broke open a tight game and the Cyclones coasted home to their 19th straight home win.
Making 63% of its shots in the final 20 minutes was the catalyst.
“I thought we played much smarter in the second half,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We took the simple play instead of trying to hit home runs.”
Shot making is a staple of ISU’s game. People talk all of the time about the Cyclones’ three-point shooting as being the club’s barometer. It’s really making shots period.
The Big 12’s top two shooting teams will face off Monday in Lawrence, Kan. Iowa State is connecting on 48.6% from the field in conference play. Kansas hits 45.5% in league games.
The Cyclones have made at least half of their shots in 12 of 20 games this winter. In league contests, they done it four times in eight outings. Two of those – Texas and TCU – came against teams in the Top 10 nationally in FG% defense.
The Big 12’s other nine schools (excepting ISU) have made half of their shots in a conference game only six times in 76 games. That explains how exceptional the Cyclone offense can be.
It will need to be exceptional at KU tonight.
“Guys are going to have to be ready to step up and knock down shots,” Hoiberg said.
And, if they can, the Cyclones will have a shot at winning. They are 12-0 this season and 51-3 under Hoiberg when making at least half their shots.