Tonight's game meant a lot more to Colorado than it should have meant to Iowa State, but the Cyclones were playing like a team with an NCAA berth on the line.
Iowa State, the #12 seed in the upcoming Big 12 tournament, dropped 57 points on the Buffaloes in the second half en route to a 95-90 win, effectively popping Colorado's bubble hopes. Colorado now faces Nebraska in the final game of the year, effectively an elimination game for NCAA hopes, while Iowa State travels to Manhattan to try and get the road leg of Farmageddon.
Senior night was highlighted by big contributions by all of the seniors, as Jake Anderson, Jamie Vanderbeken and Diante Garrett scored 16, 15 and 16 respectively - but Scott Christopherson and Calvin Godfrey, with 17 and 23, led the Clones to victory. Godfrey was particularly impressive, going 10-11 from the field in just 23 minutes.
Typically this season, when ISU has tried to play with a fast-paced team, they've paid for it. However, the legs stayed fresh tonight, and 70.4% FG% from the Clones in the second half salted away the victory. Colorado's big guns - Alec Burks, Cory Higgins and Marcus Relphorde all showed up, but the lack of any production from anyone else (Levi Knutson notwithstanding) cost the Buffs as Iowa State got balanced production from the starters and Godfrey.
Saturday brings a rematch with Kansas State and a Wildcat team that lost at home to the Cyclones to wrap up last season. While another Iowa State win wouldn't necessarily burst another bubble, it sure as hell wouldn't help Kansas State. Tip is at 12:45.