Iowa State is in Meltdown Mode

By Jack Dooley
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State Cyclones dropped their third-consecutive game Saturday afternoon to the Texas Longhorns 86-76. After starting the season 14-0, the Cyclones have struggled as of late. To scale the last week for the Cyclones, their play ranks closely to the Chernobyl disaster. Iowa State is in meltdown mode with no end in sight. Iowa State’s schedule does not get any easier as they will likely face four-straight ranked opponents. In that four-game stretch, Iowa State will have to play Kansas and Oklahoma State on the road.

Iowa State lost their third-straight game due to an inexcusable season-high 17 turnovers. Iowa State averaged nine turnovers per game entering the contest, and had 12 turnovers by halftime. Iowa State also shot 39.3 percent from the field, well below their 48.2 percent season average. The Cyclones managed to win the rebounding battle, but were out-muscled in the paint by the bigger Texas team.

Iowa State has had their fair share of struggles on the court, but Thursday afternoon, the Cyclones had their first major off-court issue arise. Guard Bubu Palo was temporarily reinstated by the county against the wishes of the university. Palo did not travel with the team Saturday, and it is unclear if he will play a minute for the Cyclones again. Palo is an Ames native that was a member of the Ames high school team that had both Harrison Barnes and Doug McDermottPalo is the addition of  kerosene on the gasoline fire that is the Iowa State Cyclones.

Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.

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