Cyclones Deleting Kansas Loss, Focusing On Texas
By Rob Gray, Reporter
AMES — Iowa State point guard Korie Lucious pressed the rewind button twice on Wednesday’s 97-89 overtime loss at sixth-ranked Kansas.
Then, the senior hit delete.
“I actually watched the game film two times, just trying to see what I could have done — what kind of mental lapse we had on defense that enabled them to get that shot at the end (of regulation that forced overtime),” said Lucious, whose team refuels and faces also-snakebitten Texas in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Big 12 game at Hilton Coliseum. “We had a great chance, but we lost and now we’ve just got to move on.”
ISU goes from nearly ending the Jayhawks’ now 31-game home win streak to trying to extend their own Hilton-based string of success to 16 straight triumphs.
The high-scoring Cyclones (10-4, 0-1) will encounter a Longhorns team (8-7, 0-2) stung by two overtime losses, but leading the nation in field goal percentage defense at 33.6 percent.
“They’re locked in on the defensive end,” said ISU coach Fred Hoiberg, whose team ranks sixth nationally in points per game at 82.5. “That’s, a lot of times, been (Texas coach) Rick Barnes’ identity.”
The Cyclones are the only team in the country to score at least 70 points in every game this season.
They drained 14 3-pointers in the loss in Lawrence, but face a Longhorns team allowing a NCAA-low 23.2 percent of opponents’ long range attempts to drop.
“We’re just going to come out and continue to do what we do,” said ISU guard Chris Babb, who made three of 10 from long range Wednesday. “Move the ball. Take good shots. Be patient. I think we did a really good job of that at Kansas — we were really patient and got some good transition shots. So we’re going to continue to build off that.”
Build, not dwell.
“Trying to forget,” freshman forward Georges Niang said. “But we have a bunch of winners in our circle over here. We’re just on to the next one.”
So is Hoiberg, who said he’s received lots of e-mails — many positive — after being second-guessed in the Twitterverse on his decision not to foul the Jayhawks before Ben McLemore banked in a game-tying 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation.
He’s seen it backfire the other way, too.
“Would I do it again the same way?” Hoiberg said. “Obviously hindsight is a beautiful thing. I don’t know. It’s hard to say. You take each case individually. ... So, again, it’s not an exact science — the exact science people are making it out to be.”
Delete, move on.
“Our guys will be up, there’s no doubt about that,” Hoiberg said. “I have no question that these guys are excited to get back on the floor and put that last game behind us.”
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