Retire the storyline; ISU gets second road win over ranked foe

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You can retire the storyline that the 2014-15 Iowa State basketball team doesn’t win on the road.

A hard-fought, five-point victory at 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State Wednesday was the latest Cyclone win in an enemy gym.

As ISU has built a 14-0 record at home this season, a narrative about the team’s road woes was getting more play.

After last night’s win, Iowa State has played seven road games and won three of them. More importantly, five of those road encounters came vs. nationally ranked teams and one – a 15-point win at Iowa – came vs. a school that has spent time in the polls.

A surprising loss at Texas Tech in January became a symbol for the Cyclones’ road woes. Funny that fifth-ranked Wisconsin’s loss at Rutgers hasn’t had the same impact on the Badgers’ road reputation.

However you slice and dice it, the win at Okie State was the Cyclones’ second road win against a nationally ranked team this winter. Among current Top 25 teams, only Virginia and Duke (three each) have more road wins vs. rated opponents.

The Cyclones join Villanova, Kansas, Butler and Oklahoma State with two road victories against schools in the Top 25. Three teams currently ranked ahead of the Cyclones in the A.P. poll – Wisconsin, Arizona and UNI – haven’t even played a road game vs. a rated opponent let alone defeat one.

It’s time to give some credit to Fred Hoiberg’s club. For some perspective, Iowa State’s all-time mark vs. nationally rated schools on the road is 11-120. Two of the wins have come in league play this year.

The win at OSU last night was big on many fronts. One of the benefits, hopefully, is the retirement of a storyline that has been somewhat exaggerated.


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