We all knew that the Iowa State men’s basketball team would eventually lose in Big 12 play. The conference is simply too good to through a demanding gauntlet of seven or more NCAA Tournament contenders. But what happened at the end of the game, when it was decided, could have meant a lot more to the Cyclones’ season.
Jan 11, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane (50) drives against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
DeAndre Kane suffered a left ankle injury in the final minute of the game after none of the desperation three’s went down for the Cyclones (14-1, 2-1). He finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and four assists; all team-highs for the game.
Kane hung his head after being carried to the bench, creating speculation on whether he was upset about the outcome of the game or still hurting from his injury and thinking about the potential bad news he might receive.
Encouraging news for the Cyclones: Kane was able to get off the bench and shake hands on his own power.
Update: Travis Hines updates that Kane’s x-ray came back negative, but he may not play against Kansas.
Fans went off on the refs as usual, and while they had some questionable calls throughout the game, more blame should be put on Iowa State’s defense.
The Sooners (13-3, 2-1) took 30 shots from 3-point range and sank 13 of them (that’s 43.3 percent). Buddy Hield accounted for six of them and finished with 22 points and five rebounds. Isaiah Cousins had three of them.
As expected, Oklahoma got the rebounding advantage, 41-34. Ryan Spangler was an absolute beat down the stretch, beating Dustin Hogue on the glass and picking up 15 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive end.
Spangler also went to the foul line often and went 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. He let everyone know it too, especially Hogue, when he yelled at the top of his lungs on every call that went his way.
With Kane attacking on offense most of the time, the Cyclones had just 15 assists on 34 field goals made. Similar to the game against Boise State, that’s not how this offense normally runs.
The trap game cost Iowa State, but they will look to rebound (hopefully with Kane) on Monday night against Kansas. Tip-off is at 8:00 PM CT with coverage on ESPN.
- Iowa State turned it over 13 times and committed 19 fouls, both well above their averages.
- Oklahoma went 18-21 from the free-throw line. They are now 52-55 from the foul line in their last two games against the Cyclones in Norman.
- Iowa State did a good job on Cameron Clark, who shot an inefficient 4-of-16 from the field and had five turnovers.