Iowa State got a payback victory over Texas Tech Saturday and it came as a result of the effort on the defensive end of the court.
“They (Texas Tech) weren’t as comfortable,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We had one small stretch when (Toddrick) Gotcher hit three of them, but after that, we got back to doing exactly what we wanted. That was running them off the three-point line and sending them into guys like Jameel (McKay) and Dustin (Hogue).”
Texas Tech scored 38 points. The only team to score fewer points vs. Iowa State this season was Mississippi Valley State (33). ISU held league peer Oklahoma State to the same total in 1967.
The last time a conference foe had a lower point total was a red-letter day in the program’s history. The Cyclones upset top-ranked Kansas – featuring Wilt Chamberlain – 39-37 in January of 1957. That game was 21,209 days ago. Let that one sink in for a spell.
Texas Tech Coach Tubby Smith compared his team’s loss in Ames to its win at Lubbock.
“We couldn’t seem to buy a basket (today),” Smith said. “We didn’t make the shots that we made at our place.”
When the schools tipped off at Tech earlier this season, the Red Raiders made 11 three-point field goals. That tied their season high and Hoiberg felt a lack of defending the perimeter was the reason.
“We didn’t close out with any urgency so that has been a big emphasis in practice,” Hoiberg said.
Whether it was ISU’s commitment to defending better or Tech just not making shots is irrelevant. It was a historic defensive performance.
“We took a step today and now we have to be more consistent (the rest of the season),” Hoiberg said.