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Is this the Year Cyclone Fans?

Posted by Steven Myers on March 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Iowa State fans would tell you that luck hasn't always been on their side unless it was accompanied by "bad," and to be fair they may be on to something. Case in point:


  • February 2004 in Lawrence, KS, Iowa State's Jared Homan shoots his 1st of 2 free throws. The ball bounces off the rim and Kansas, along with the officials, go down to the other side of the court. Uncontested by anyone wearing red and gold, Kansas makes a three pointer, which is allowed to count. Iowa State loses that game 90-89 in OT. Is there even an overtime if the refs did their job? 
  • 2012-2013 ISU basketball vs Kansas, 1st game Ben McLemore banks in a wild 3 at the end of the game to send it into OT where the Jayhawks win. 2nd game in Ames Elijah Johnson goes off for 39, and the refs hand Kansas a gift by ignoring a blatant charge but yet calling a ticky tack reach in after the charge. Oh, and they allowed Jeff Withey to stay in the game by assessing his 5th foul to another Jayhawk.
  • Same year this time in the NCAA tournament, Will Clyburn gets called for a charge even though Aaron Craft was clearly in the restricted area. We aren't done yet, as Craft ends up hitting a three at the buzzer to win the game.
  • 2013 Iowa State football this time; Iowa State LB Jeremiah George strips a Texas running back to ensure Iowa State the victory, but the refs decided to blow the whistle early and say the runner was down. Somehow the play was upheld and Texas puts the ball in the endzone two plays later...game over.


So yeah, I guess Cyclone fans have a point, and I too have a point outside of complaining about bad luck and close losses I promise. To win the NCAA tournament a team has to be hot, get the right draw, and well, have some luck. I think the first one can and will happen as Hoiberg's teams have played very well in the tournament. Getting the right draw has not been so kind to the Cyclones. Since 2000 Iowa State has played in the tournament 5 times and 3 of those times they have lost to the eventual national champion in the state the schools call home. In 2000 the Elite 8 pitted a 3 vs 5, a 7 vs 8, a 6 vs 8, and finally a 1 vs 2. Bet you can't guess who had the privilage of playing in the 1 vs 2 game....yep your Cyclones, and they played against #1 Michigan St in Auburn Hills, MI. If you don't remember the outcome of that game then you probably weren't alive as the refs again played a pivotal role in determining the outcome.


This year feels like the year that could be different. The Clones haven't had gut wrenching last second shots hit against them that were so prevalent in previous years. They have overcome deficits that in other years they would have folded. This is a team that is very hard to prepare for in a day or two. They have so many weapons and they know how to use each weapon through creating mismatches all over the court. Sure they will run into a bigger more athletic team like a Kansas, but if they play the way they are capable of it won't matter. What will help their chances is if they are able to close out the season with at least another 4-5 victories. That should secure them a #3 seed if not a #2. The last three regular season games will not be easy as the teams they are playing against are fighting for either seeding or just to get into the big dance. Then you have the Big 12 Tournament, which is winnable by just about every team in the Big 12, outside of TCU. Iowa State is due for another one of those trophies, and I think they have a tremendous shot.


Ultimately the grand prize is a national championship. The Cyclones have a team that could make a push if they play their game, face the right teams at the right times, and of course if "lady" replaces "bad."

Categories: Iowa State Cyclones, Basketball

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4 Comments

Reply cyclone2dabone
11:32 AM on March 1, 2014 
GREAT READ! You hit on a lot of great points! DEFENSE been improved greatly this year over the past three. Hoiberg bringing in Doc Sadler has been the most significant hire in the Hoiberg Era.
Reply Steven Myers
11:44 AM on March 1, 2014 
cyclone2dabone says...
GREAT READ! You hit on a lot of great points! DEFENSE been improved greatly this year over the past three. Hoiberg bringing in Doc Sadler has been the most significant hire in the Hoiberg Era.

Thanks Brad
Reply Garfield3
9:22 AM on March 20, 2014 
Ok, I enjoyed reading your post and agree with most of it to a point.... You will notice I am a Cyclone fan and have been for many years now.... But can we please please PLEASE stop blaming the officials?? I mean really, are we to a point where the zebras are the absolute issue? Let's go thru a couple of your examples.... I suppose during the games against Kansas there were no turnovers earlier on that lost possessions in which ISU could have scored but didn't. The game against Texas was a great game all around but how many missed tackles or stupid penalties did ISU have that continued drives for Texas? Not to mention offensive possessions that went no where instead of trying to change the field of play.... You do make great points about the outcomes and don't get me wrong of what I put, but remember, the officials are humans too and last I checked, all humans make mistakes... How about we change our luck by not making as many mistakes and take advantages when we get them ;).
Reply Steven Myers
9:45 AM on March 20, 2014 
Garfield3 says...
Ok, I enjoyed reading your post and agree with most of it to a point.... You will notice I am a Cyclone fan and have been for many years now.... But can we please please PLEASE stop blaming the officials?? I mean really, are we to a point where the zebras are the absolute issue? Let's go thru a couple of your examples.... I suppose during the games against Kansas there were no turnovers earlier on that lost possessions in which ISU could have scored but didn't. The game against Texas was a great game all around but how many missed tackles or stupid penalties did ISU have that continued drives for Texas? Not to mention offensive possessions that went no where instead of trying to change the field of play.... You do make great points about the outcomes and don't get me wrong of what I put, but remember, the officials are humans too and last I checked, all humans make mistakes... How about we change our luck by not making as many mistakes and take advantages when we get them ;).

Thanks for reading, and you are definitely right that had Iowa State not made mistakes throughout the games talked about they very well could have been victories. The thing is that Kansas, Ohio St, and Texas all had made the same type of mistakes Iowa State made, but at critical points in the game they were bailed out. Iowa State needs that type of luck every once in awhile. That is the main point i was trying to make. Great comments though!

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