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Men's Basketball: Cyclones vs. "The Press" Part 3

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Missouri Tigers
@ Iowa St. Cyclones

Saturday, Feb 7, 2009, 5:00 PM CST
James H. Hilton Coliseum

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So we've got the Tigers at home today. We also have sucked against the press (Mizzou, K-State) and averaged only 47 points per game in those contests.

There is a strong need and desire to turn it around. We're on a losing streak and need to start winning some games.

Lets take a quick look at the Big 12 conference standings:

Big Twelve Conference Standings

(updated 2.6.2009 at 3:35 AM CST)

Conf Overall
Oklahoma Sooners 8 0 22 1
Kansas Jayhawks 7 0 18 4
Missouri Tigers 6 2 19 4
Texas Longhorns 4 3 15 6
Kansas St. Wildcats 4 4 15 7
Oklahoma St. Cowboys 3 4 14 7
Nebraska Cornhuskers 3 4 13 7
Texas A&M Aggies 3 5 17 6
Baylor Bears 3 5 15 7
Colorado Buffaloes 1 5 9 11
Iowa St. Cyclones 1 6 12 10
Texas Tech Red Raiders 1 6 11 11


This would be a good game to separate ourselves from the bottom of the conference. It will be a tough task though. Missouri leads the Big 12 averaging 84.3 ppg, and they are 3rd in the conference in FG% at 48.1%. ISU is last in both categories averaging 64.8 ppg and shooting 43.2%

What went wrong last time:

  • We commited 13 turnovers to only 11 assists
  • We shot 33.3% from the field including 11.8% from 3
  • We got outrebounded 42-26
  • Missouri shot 45% from the field and 52% from 3
  • We went through several stretches without scoring: 1 four minute stretch in the first half,  3 two minute stretches in the first half, and the last 3 minutes of the first half. In the second half we score 4 points in the first 5 minutes, and we scored another 4 points in the last 5:11 of the 2nd half. You can't go through a quarter of the game scoring only 8 point

As you can see a lot went wrong. We need to find ways to score consistently. While I'm sure Mizzou won't shoot 52% again from 3, they can shoot the ball. If we commit turnovers and allow them to play their game, they will light us up again. We need to slow the game down, and create good shots.

If we can control the pace of the game, and shoot a decent percentage, we have a chance. If we go through several minute stretches of not scoring or go through a dry spell for 9 or 10 minutes, you will lose almost every game.

We'll just have to see what happens....