Iowa State Cyclones
The Horned Frogs enter the season with very high expectations.
An 18-foot jumper capped a dramatic 12-0 closing run, giving the Cyclones a 69-67 victory over the Longhorns in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
Taurean Prince scored 20 points and 19th-ranked Baylor upset No. 12 Iowa State on the road 79-70 for its third straight win on Wednesday night.
It was easy for Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford to find the culprit in his team’s 70-65 loss to Iowa State. The Cyclones outrebounded the Cowboys 44-28 and had 18 offensive rebounds and 21 second-chance points.
TaShawn Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Sooners defeated the 14th-ranked Cyclones 94-83 on Monday night to move into sole possession of second place in the Big 12, behind Kansas.
With less than 12 minutes left, Texas was staring at a 21-point deficit and the very strong possibility of a losing record in the Big 12. The Longhorns still lost. They also nearly pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in school history.
A little more than two weeks ago, the Texas Longhorns were off to their best start in 29 years and the program’s highest national ranking since 2004.
Kenny Chery got Baylor started with a 3-pointer on the very first shot, part of a game-opening 16-1 spurt for the Bears. After they fell behind late, Chery hit the game-winner against Iowa State.
Nina, Niya and the No. 3 Baylor women are quite a roll. Iowa State never had a chance for consecutive comeback victories against third-ranked teams.
TCU hopes to hold onto its spot in the selection committee’s top four and earn the right to play for the national championship.
Texas Tech’s visit to Iowa State on Saturday will be its furthest trip north in November in 52 years. It’ll be an especially chilly afternoon for the Red Raiders if they can’t get rolling against the Cyclones.
Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has quickly shaken off any rust that might have developed during his long break from game action.