Iowa State Control Their Own Destiny in the Big 12

By Jack Dooley
Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State Cyclones started their recent skid two weeks ago against the Oklahoma Sooners. A narrow loss to Oklahoma was their first loss of the season. Following their road loss, Iowa State would shoot 4-of-25 from three-point range and lose to the Kansas Jayhawks at home. Iowa State would head on the road to Texas and fall unexpectedly in Austin. ISU was one of the four remaining unbeaten teams in the country prior to their Jan. 11 matchup in Norman. One week later, the Cyclones were on a three-game losing streak.

Iowa State was able to get back on track last Saturday beating Kansas State at home, but could not win Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse against Kansas. One game turned the tide in a negative direction for Iowa State. This Saturday, with a little Hilton Magic in their back pocket, Iowa State was able to exact their revenge on Oklahoma with a 81-75 victory. Iowa State plays on the road against Oklahoma State on Big Monday, but after that, the schedule is in favor of the Cyclones.

The Cyclones currently sit smack dab in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 Conference. With four remaining road games, only one of which is against a ranked opponent, Iowa State could potentially go on a run to get to the upper tier of the conference. While Iowa State’s 4-4 conference record is not impressive, Iowa State’s play has been. Seniors DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim have been one of the best forward/guard combinations in the country.

It isn’t just the seniors getting the job done for the Cyclones. Freshman Monte Morris is currently on pace to obliterate the Iowa State record for assist to turnover ratio. He entered Saturday’s contest with a 9.5 assist to turnover ratio in conference play. Morris has only turned the ball over 11 times in 443 minutes this season. His stellar play has led to more minutes as of late, and has logged 30-plus minutes in the Cyclones last three games.

Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant SportsYou can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyRS.

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