Led in all by a 19-point performance from the team’s leading scorer, Will Clyburn, Iowa State limited the Sooners’ offensive production while shooting a collective 50.9% from the field themselves in the victory.
The story of the game from Iowa State’s perspective however, was their continued ability to protect their home court. Another game in their own house ended in yet another victory for the Cyclones and head coach Fred Hoiberg. Iowa State has not lost at home all season, improving to 16-6 overall and 6-3 within the conference with Monday’s win.
The Cyclones’ continued balance has virtually helped them take last year’s success and move forward without missing a beat. This, despite the loss of Royce White from a season ago. Hoiberg once again has these Cyclones barking at a berth within the NCAA Tournament, although there is still tons of basketball to be played. This bodes right back to Iowa State’s ability to take care of business on their home court because that’s where they can earn their trip to the Big Dance.
Two wins in the past three games have helped catapult the Cyclones to within a game-and-a-half of conference leader Kansas. However, an intriguing two-game road stand is now hanging in the balance. Iowa State will have all week to prepare for a Saturday showdown with Kansas State, a game that holds huge implications within the upper half of the league standings.
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