Big 12 Tournament Notebook

The Cyclones have used three-quarter and half-court trapping defenses to get into games, but head coach Wayne Morgan employed another strategy in the second half Friday. He switched from the base 2-3 zone into a matchup 1-2-2 defense in hopes of containing Oklahoma State. It worked for a while, as ISU erased a 13-point second half deficit.

"We played those two defenses all year," said Morgan. "Most of the first half we played a 2-3 defense, then in the second half we went to our matchup. They were scoring against us when the first half started, but as the second half progressed we kept making changes and adjustments to make it better. A couple of things we did really frustrated them."

But OSU's ability to adjust to that change proved to be a difference, said Cyclone post player Jackson Vroman.

"We changed defenses and it gave them some problems for a while," he said. "They adjusted pretty well and have a good offense, as the second half progressed, we kept making changes and adjusting. I thought we gave it a good effort, but just didn't quite pull it off."

NIT likely next up for Cyclones

Assuming the NCAA Tournament selection committee passes over Iowa State Sunday afternoon, the Cyclones' next game appears to be set for Wednesday night in the NIT after wrapping up the regular season at 17-12. The single-elimination tournament appears to have already extended an invitation to ISU.

"We have invitations from the men's NIT and women's NIT," said athletic director Bruce Van De Velde after Friday's loss to Oklahoma State. "We'll know officially who we're going to play on Sunday night. We are going to host the first round games on Wednesday. Our women's game will tip off at 5:30 and tickets are seven dollars. The men's game will tip off after that at 8:30. That ticket will be 10 dollars."

Van De Velde added that around 2,000 tickets have already been sold through a prior mailing to National Cyclone Club members. Tickets will go on sale via the internet (www.cyclones.com) Sunday night, and through the athletic ticket office on Monday morning.

If the Cyclones win their opening round game on Wednesday, Van De Velde said they could get another home draw Friday.

"If we're fortunate enough to advance, we have gotten real good signs from the NIT in New York that we could be hosting a second round game on Friday," he said.


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