Capital City Unfriendly to Cyclones

The Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines has not been friendly to Iowa State for two seasons in a row now. On Saturday, Iowa State ran into a sharp shooting Bradley team that took down the Cyclones by a score of 76-66. Get everything you need to know here in this CN game recap from the Capital City Classic.

No Moral Victories


Bradley has lived by the 3-point shot all season long. The Braves had been shooting 40% from 3-point land as a team heading into Saturday's match-up with Iowa State. On Saturday, Bradley shot only 23% from behind the arch. So how did they beat Iowa State? They took what the Cyclones gave them, which was the basketball inside the paint.


"We're going to take what the defense gives us. I thought early on that they were so concerned about our shooters," Bradley head coach Jim Les said after the game. "It left Matt [Salley] and Zack [Andrews] some great opportunities in the paint."


Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott agreed.


"Bradley has made their living so far this season from the 3-point line. We felt if we don't take that way that we have little chance to be successful," McDermott said.


While Iowa State appeared to do what they had wanted on defense, McDermott made it perfectly clear that this was not a moral victory for his team and that they will not accept losing.


"I'm not into moral victories. I never have been. They day I will be is going to be the day that I hang up the whistle," McDermott said. "We still make young mistakes, inexperienced type of mistakes. Not being able to transfer things from the scouting report onto the court."


Iowa State junior PG Corey McIntosh said that the team learned a lot from their mistakes on Saturday.


"We learned a lot. We made a lot of mistakes, stuff that we can learn from," McIntosh said. "We made some runs. We just didn't finish it out strong. They ended up making counter-runs out of time outs. That hurts us."


Iowa State was down by 14 points with 13:41 to go in the game, when the Cyclones went on run to come within five points of the lead with two minutes left.


"What I like about this team is that they don't quit. They believe in themselves and believe in each other," McDermott said.


Low Attendance in Des Moines


The reported attendance for Saturday's game at the Wells Fargo Arena was 7,811 which was Iowa State's lowest attendance of the year by 2,00 fans. What did Greg McDermott think of the turnout?


"I thought that the crowd might have been short on numbers but not on enthusiasm," McDermott said.


McDermott said that he doesn't mind playing games in Des Moines, as long as it doesn't put his team at a disadvantage like last year's game against Ohio State [who the Cyclones play on Tuesday] did. Iowa State played Ohio State in Des Moines last year, but in return has to play a game on Ohio State's home floor in Columbus, OH. The scheduling of Bradley however works in Iowa State's favor. Saturday was the first of a three game series with the Braves. Iowa State will travel to Bradley next season and then the Braves will go to Hilton Coliseum in two years.


Regardless of the outcomes in Des Moines, McDermott was quick to point out that Iowa State was the only one of the four in-state schools to play a game in this building.


"I think that Iowa State is obviously showing their commitment to Des Moines," McDermott said.


Bring on the Buckeyes


After Saturday's loss to Bradley, Iowa State is now 7-4 on the season. So what do the Cyclones get in return? The fourth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and one of the most explosive freshmen ever to play the game, Greg Oden. The last time Iowa State played a top five team on the road they beat Kansas in 2005.


"It'll be a challenge," Iowa State's Wesley Johnson said after the game. "We're up for it."


McDermott talked after the game about how his team needs to approach the Buckeyes.


"I hope they view it as a great opportunity. You don't have many opportunities to play a team that's a top 5 team in the country," McDermott said. "I think that they have all the pieces they need to win a championship."


Ohio State's Greg Oden was the top ranked recruit in the nation last season and will likely be the top pick in this year's NBA draf.


"It's a great challenge for our front-line. A lot has been made about what they can't do. We'll find out what they can do on Tuesday," McDermott said.


Other Notes


  • Bradley had 20 points off of turnovers compared to Iowa State's 12.


  • Bradley had 38 points in the paint compared to Iowa State's 30.


  • Corey McIntosh was back in the starting lineup today after not starting against Savannah State. McIntosh played 20 minutes, had eight points and two assists.


  • Ross Marsden still has only been doing some light running and shooting. His doctor's are fearful that his nasty flu symptoms will come back if he does anything more at this point in time. McDermott said after the game that the doctors would make the decision if he plays on Tuesday or not.


  • Jessan Gray will have surgery on his broken nose on Sunday. He didn't practice on Thursday and barley practiced on Friday. Gray played only one minute against Bradley. McDermott said that he expects to have Gray at practice on Monday and playing on Tuesday.


  • Iowa State is now 0-3 against Missouri Valley teams this season. Their other losses came to UNI and Drake.



  • Michael Taylor had 13 points and is rebounds on Saturday. He only committed three turnovers.


  • Wesley Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the season and his career high in points.


  • Iowa State shot 44% from the field on Saturday. Bradley shot 51% from the field.

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