Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Iowa State Cyclones have Golden Opportunity

This has been a banner year for Fred Hoiberg’s Iowa State men’s basketball team. The Cyclones are 21-8 (11-5 in conference) and could tie for second place tonight with a victory at Missouri.

The Cyclones further punched their NCAA tournament ticket with an impressive win at Kansas State last Saturday. Now they take on a bruised Missouri team that has lost back-to-back games against Kansas State and Kansas. So either the Tigers will come out fighting mad or still be feeling sorry for themselves.

No. 7 ranked Missouri handled Iowa State quite easily in an earlier contest in Ames. But the Cyclones seem to have found greater confidence and enjoy being probably the surprise of the Big 12 Conference.

The questions about tonight’s game are many. Can Royce White dominate the game and actually make free throws? Will Iowa State play like a real road team and get soundly defeated? Will Missouri’s consistent pressure hurt the Cyclones? Will Missouri score in bunches? Can Iowa State’s dream season continue?

If the Cyclones can some how get past Missouri, things could get really interesting. Iowa State hosts another top 10 team—Baylor—in the regular season finale Saturday

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