There can’t be a more satisfying result for a coach than when his/her team’s preparation leads to performance. Fred Hoiberg seemed to be quite please Saturday after his Cyclones defeated No. 21 West Virginia by 20 points.
They used their four days of preparation very effectively.
“The thing I liked best,” Hoiberg said on the radio post-game show, “is that we took what we worked on all week and applied it today, and did it for 40 minutes.”
Hoiberg then listed a string of stats – rebounding, points in the paint, points off turnovers – which West Virginia normally dominates. ISU had a slight advantage in each category.
“Our approach all week was very good,” Hoiberg said.
Iowa State now hits the road for two games this week, playing at Oklahoma State (Wednesday) and at Texas (Saturday).
“I’m looking forward to this week (and having the chance) to erase some bad feelings that we’ve had playing on the road.”
The Cyclones’ last two road losses were after one-day preparations for Big Monday games at Kansas and at Oklahoma. ISU will have three days to practice for the Cowboys and two days to get ready for Texas.
If they can effectively use those extra days of work like they did against the Mountaineers, they’ll have a shot to pick up a win away from Hilton this week.
And, in the congested Big 12 race, there is no better tonic than a road win.