Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclone Alley receives national attention mocking Marcus Smart with mass flop


Iowa State fans have made national news and were widely talked about around sports media throughout last weekend through Monday with the massive group flopping they performed during the men’s basketball season finale.

Feb 9, 2014; Stillwater , OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart talks to the media at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, when Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart was introduced, Cyclone Alley made an exaggerated flopping move. Here’s a quick video:


They did the same at specific moments when Smart got the ball before shooting a free throw.

For those that don’t know about Cyclone Alley, it’s a student-only section that’s located right behind both backboards. The name is self-explanatory, creating an alley of Cyclone fans, that has really become a staple of Hilton Magic in Cyclones’ home court.

Sports talk radio and various ESPN shows, such as Around the Horn and SportsNation, mentioned the stunt performed by Cyclones fans, generally giving it favorable reviews and found it both very funny and creative. It was one of the most-viewed piece of sports news on The Big Lead, getting over 4,400 shares on Twitter.

It’s certainly better publicity for Iowa State than one of the most unoriginal ideas ever for a sign.

Kudos to everyone involved with Cyclone Alley that both set it up and performed it. And also to Marcus Smart, who laughed it off and didn’t make a big deal about it.