Why was the win on Sunday so ugly? Well according to head coach Greg McDermott, the Cyclones had a sluggish week of practice leading up to the game.
"Unfortunately, we played an awful lot like we practiced last week. We didn't approach the last two days with the urgency that we probably needed to. Not surprising to me, we played like we practiced. We had some guys making some good plays and some guys making some crazy plays. Hopefully we'll get there over time," McDermott said after the game.
The Cyclones didn't take care of
the basketball on Sunday.
"He gets himself in trouble and once you get in trouble more often then not when you try to get out of it, something good's not going to happen," McDermott said. "He does a lot for our team, he can make plays and his energy is as good as there is on this team."
The lone bright spot for the Cyclones on Sunday was the play of true freshman Wesley Johnson. Johnson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
"Wesley gave a great effort. He's active on the offensive glass. We need him to be a better defensive rebounder shot selection was better. A lot of people don't really notice the inbound points, to me they're like scoring points on special teams," McDermott said.
Johnson put part of his success on
the play or
"They wouldn't put a body on me, so I got to the boards easier," Johnson said.
Regardless of how it has been done, this youthful Cyclone team is 4-0 and that's mainly because of defense.
"I think we believe in our defense and I honestly think we could win games on the defensive end of the floor and that's a good first step for us as a program," McDermott said.
With all of that positivism on the defensive side of the ball, comes some much needed work offensively.
"I'm not sure we understand how sharp you have to be offensively and to protect the ball on every possession. That's been our biggest Achilles' heel. We don't value the ball enough. We'll reach a point where those turnovers will be converted into points and when that day comes, it won't be good," McDermott said.
Up next for the Cyclones is the
Minnesota Golden Gophers on Tuesday night in Williams Arena in
Is this Cyclone team ready to finally play some big time competition? It depends on who you ask.
"I don't think we're ready but
we'll learn a lot about ourselves. Some teams have a hard time changing their
behavior when they're winning and we'll find out if we're tough enough to go on
"We are ready to play anybody. Whoever we play, we will come out and give it our best," McIntosh said.
Tuesday's game tips off at 7 p.m.