The Iowa State Cyclones are a very good Big 12 team. No, scratch that, they are one of the better teams in the entire nation. Head coach Fred Hoiberg‘s uptempo offense has proven hard for teams to stop. The Cyclones average nearly 80 points per game which is good enough to have them ranked as the fifth best bucket-makers in the country. However, even in all their offensive glory, they sometimes lose games. On Jan. 23, in their lowest scoring game of the season, Iowa State only managed to score 51 points in a loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
But that was like a whole month ago. Things have changed, the Cyclones are better, and they are now playing for national relevancy. Luckily for Hoiberg and Iowa State, Saturday gave them a chance to avenge their horrible outing. In what can be considered a blowout, because it was, the Cyclones toppled the Red Raiders, 88-66.
Although, I think this was more of an instance of Iowa State playing up to their level of talent rather than going out seeking revenge. A revenge game would have been more fitting if Texas Tech belonged on the court with Iowa State, which they don’t. However, Texas Tech head coach Chris Walker is claiming he wants another shot at them in the Big 12 Tournament (See: Denial).
This was a tuner game, well, at least it was to Cyclone fans. Being that their next game is against the ninth ranked Kansas Jayhawks, and Iowa State feeling a little chesty while destroying a down Tech team, fans started to cheer “We want Kansas” towards the end of the game.
I really like this Cyclones team. They are fun to watch, score a lot of buckets and Hoiberg is turning out to be a terrific coach. Even with all that being said, Iowa State fans should be careful what they wish for as Kansas is no Texas Tech.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone