Big 12 Capsule: Iowa State

What has the Cyclones off to a 12-2 start? Read more below.

Iowa State

Record: 12-2

Strength: Bombs Away

The Cyclones are off to their seventh-best start in school history in large part because of their long-range shooting acumen. The Cyclones lead the Big 12 and are 11th nationally in three-pointers made per game, at 9.2. They've made 10 or more three-pointers in seven games this year and shoot 39.5 percent from behind the arc. Guard Scott Christopherson is the Big 12's top marksman, shooting 52.4 percent from three.

Weakness: Few Bigs

The Cyclones essentially start a three-guard lineup, with 6-foot-6 Melvin Ejim serving as the team's power forward. Ejim is a tough player, but it underscores the Cyclones' lack of size both at the four, and at the three, where a 6-3 Christopherson will find himself matched up with bigger players. That might not have hurt the Cyclones much yet, but once they start facing Big 12 squads with multiple talented bigs, it could become a big issue.

Star Player: Diante Garrett, G

A point guard with excellent size (6-4), Garrett is a Cousy Award nominee who makes the Cyclone machine run. The senior from Milwaukee is averaging 17.2 points, six assists and better than two steals per game. His passing has always been there — Garrett averaged 5.1 dimes a year ago. But he has nearly doubled his scoring rate this year, and hasn't sacrificed efficiency to do so.

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