Iowa State Cyclones: Defense Optional in Overtime Big 12 Loss
Nobody is a bigger fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and Fred Hoiberg than this guy. I find them humorously entertaining, and think their brand of up-tempo basketball makes for great picture-box viewing. Considering they score over 80 points per game, I think it is safe to say the Cyclones know how to put the basketball in the bucket.
However, their defense might be a little more questionable, and it could not have been more apparent than in their loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday night.
Sure, Iowa State scored 96 points in their overtime loss, but they also gave up triple digits (108 points to be exact). Giving up those kinds of numbers are a good way to lose a few games, no matter how much your team scores.
Luckily for Iowa State, they didn’t so much play poorly as Kansas was just going bonkers from all over the court. The Cyclones played with a ton of effort and were just over matched in a game that saw Kansas coach Bill Self get his 500th win.
Hoiberg wasn’t disappointed with his players’ effort after the game. In fact, he was pleased with his team despite the loss:
“Our guys battled. I’ve been saying that all year. Hopefully we have a lot of season left. I love our guys. They’re going to continue to fight back.”
Iowa State should be fine and their NCAA Tournament chances are still more than alive. Only three games are remaining in the Big 12 for the Cyclones, so it would be wise for Hoiberg to work on that defense a little bit.
But please, keep chucking up those threes after tremendous ball movement. However bad their defense might be, their offense is just that much better.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone