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"Once the conference season starts, you're obviously going to play against better competition every game. You're going to have good games and you're going to have games that aren't quite as good, so be yourself, don't get too high or low, and most important, don't try to do things you can't do."
Cyclones open Big 12 slate versus Kansas
Des Moines Register

"We've got to be ready Monday because I don't think Kansas or ESPN is going to let us postpone the game. We've got to be ready to get out there and play our game. We've had some big crowds where it's been loud, but it'll be at a whole different level when Kansas is here."
Biggest test awaits Cyclone Men
Ames Tribune

"I need to get back in the groove of things. Obviously I haven't been the same since it happened. You can only do so much. You lose some stuff temporarily. I feel like I'm getting it back. I'm feeling kind of timid. I need to feel comfortable again, I guess."
Iowa State posts must improve defensive work
Ames Tribune

"It's nice to see family and friends, but not all of the folks are too friendly. It's like going to the dentist, something you have to do even if you don't want to."
Iowans make one final trip to Hilton Coliseum
Quad City Times

Injury puts Kansas at disadvantage for Monday's opener
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Defense steps up in victory over South Florida
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa State, 12-19 last season, has lost only to Boston College (85-78) this season in 11 games. No ISU opponents have been ranked yet, but tonight starts a run of four straight games against Top 25 foes. The Cyclones have two Big 12 newcomer of the year candidates in point guard Tim Barnes (11.8 points, 6.5 assists) and forward Jackson Vroman (13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds). Both are junior college transfers.
Cyclones set for Jayhawks in opener
Omaha World Herald

"This might be the toughest game to win all season. It's never easy playing up there but, hopefully, we'll be ready. We don't want to start out with a loss."
KU faces tough test on road against Iowa State
Kansas City Star

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