Can anyone tell me what does
Baylor football and Texas A&M basketball have in common with relation to
No, you are kidding, right?
In the same season?!!
Yes, your Iowa State Cyclones are going down in history as being the team to allow Baylor to win its first road Big 12 conference game for football and to allow Texas A&M its first conference road victory since it was in the SWAC when it won at Baylor back in 1991. ARGGGGGGH!! Please tell me there is some good news ahead!
Well here is the good news,
Many outsiders have said the Big 12 is down this year. Well here is their record vs. other top conferences.
ACC 0-4; Big East 4-3; Big Ten 3-2; Conference USA 7-2; Missouri Valley 2-1; Pac Ten 1-2; SEC 4-4; WAC 3-3; Mountain West 8-2.
To say this league is bad because
it's balanced is not fair. To me what the East Coast sees is
I'm all about statistics when it
comes to basketball as they tell a lot about a team. Here are Iowa States
important stats that may shock some of you. ISU is scoring 185 points in the
first half while allowing only 158 points. In the second half, which used to be
ISU's strong half, they are scoring 179 points but allowing 274 points. Not
being able to hold a team down might mean that the other team is better at
making adjustments at halftime. Something that hasn't happened to Cyclone teams
in a long while. It's funny,
In Big 12 play, ISU is allowing opponents to shoot 52.6%FG while Cyclones are shooting 45.4%. The killer 3-point FG% is worse allowing opponents to shoot 43% but only making 38.6%. The Cyclones are being out rebounded 34.2/game vs. 28.2/game.
Opponents however are turning the ball over on an average of 18.8/game with the Cyclones only 13.8/game. This is something ISU needs to take advantage of.
Some player statistics of regular season vs. conference play are as follows. Rahshon Clark was shooting 35.7% from three point range in regular season but only shooting 28.6% in conference. There are a couple bright spots, Jiri was only 2 for 14 in 3-pointers and in the conference he is 4 of 7. John Neal pre-season was 6-16, and in league play is 7 of 10!
Free throws should have won the game against A&M as this season the Cyclones were doing a better job. Curtis for the season is shooting 69% but in conference play is 72%. Here are the rest of Cyclone notables in this category with season avg & conference avg.;
Will- 62.7%/ 79%, Rashon-83%/ 85%, Jiri-68%/ 64%, Shawn-74.3%/ 81%.
Right now my selections for All Big 12 first team are
6-5 Jr- Thomas Gardner-
6-11 So-LaMarcus Aldrige-Texas, 16.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 38 blocks
6-2 So-Daniel Gibson-Texas, 14.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg-should be higher
6-3 Jr-Jarrius Jackson-Texas Tech, 19.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 43.8% 3-ptFG, 84%FT.
Big Monday games- Do you think ESPN likes Bobby Knight??
2/27- Okl. St @
Seems like all of these games might be elimination games for the big dance.
Rankings as of 1/24/06
2) Colorado (3-2) (1/25 Nebr, 1/28 Kansas St)- With already two road victories, the latest being at Okie St where they hadn't won since 1980, the Buffs are in the drivers seat with two homes games against North foes.
4) Texas A&M (2-3) (1/25 Kansas, 1/28 Baylor)- After winning for the first time on the road in conference play, the Aggies now need to carry that over to home court. Many reserves stepping up at the right time.
7) Oklahoma State (2-3) (1/28 @Texas Tech)- The Cowboys JR Torre Johnson going into Big Mondays game vs Texas, he had shot 60% or better in each of last five games, Monday was 3 of 6, 6 points after averaging 13.
Baylor (0-4) (1/25
JR Patrick Fields was 5 of 6 from three point range last weekend and scored 20
points in loss against