Again, here were my thoughts on Iowa State leading into the Kansas game on Saturday:
This Iowa State team has had a history of zigging when you think they should be zagging, and vice versa.....for good or for bad.
We got the good on Saturday, the bad last night.
Would have been really nice to build some momentum going into the 2nd half of conference season after that Kansas win but winning on the road in conference play is tough. I think sometimes as fans we forget how tough conference road games are, no matter who you are playing. Iowa State looked like a team playing their second consecutive road conference game last night. A little lethargic early and shots didn't fall. All of a sudden you're down double digits on the road before you know what hits you and it's a completely different ballgame. If you think of the travel schedule for Iowa State they probably travel to Kansas on Friday, travel back on Saturday, and then travel right back to Texas on Monday. To me it looked like it took the Cyclones too long to adjust to the speed of the game Tuesday night and they dug themselves too big of a hole.
Expect the Cyclones to bounce back Saturday at home against Oklahoma. Obviously a win last night would have been nice but I don't think this ultimately hurts the Cyclones too much. If I told you on Friday that Iowa State would split their next two road games at Kansas and Texas you would have taken it, and if you are only going to win at one spot winning at Kansas looks much better on the tournament resume. Iowa State had already worked their way out of a conference title, this loss probably just keeps them out of the 2 or 3 seed in the conference tournament. But they have 3 winnable home game left on the schedule (Oklahoma, TCU, Okie St) and a very winnable road game (Texas Tech). If you take care of business there that gets Iowa State to 10-8 in conference and probably a 4 seed in conference play, maybe a 5. If they lose one of those, they have opportunities to sneak one on the road at Kansas St, West Virginia and Baylor still.
Then again, trying to predict the Cyclones game to game isn't the most productive task in the world either. Right when you think they are going to zig, they start to zag.
So we are officially in the Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education Era. Buckle Up! I don't think you are going to find too many public educators too thrilled with the DeVos appointment. Being a high school math teacher, here's my quick take:
I don't follow legislation nearly as closely as I probably should, so I'm not very informed. I honestly don't know how much pull the Secretary of Education has in our education system. Obviously, Secretary of Education is a pretty prominent role so she'll have a lot of say in where we go in Education, I just hope we have the people in place to keep her decisions in check. That whole 3-branches of government thing. It is troubling though as and educator to have the Secretary of Education being a person who you don't feel has public education's best interest at heart.
It's hard to see how Betsy DeVos would be an advocate for public education based on her previous experiences. That's troubling. Not to say that public education doesn't need a shake up or some reforming because I feel that it does. I think in today's climate and culture, providing a great public education across the United States is a challenge. I think there are things that could be improved and things that could be changed for the better. I just don't know if those changes come from someone who doesn't have public education's best interest at heart.
You know going into a a Republican presidency with a Republican majority Congress that funding for Education isn't going to increase. It's most likely going to decrease across the board but you know that going in. The worry for me is with DeVos as Education Secretary that radical changes also come with those cuts. Or that those cuts propel her agenda, which I don't think will benefit public education. And ultimately, I think you have to follow your state legislation to see what immediate impacts will be made here in Iowa. But having her at the head seat at the national level does worry me.
Hopefully I'm wrong here.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Maryland went and lost at Penn State last night. I'd been waiting for a loss like that from Maryland but was starting to worry that it wasn't coming. I haven't been convinced that Maryland is actually good but they just kept winning. Real happy to see them drop a winnable game last night.
That puts Wisconsin up 2 games in the loss column over Maryland and Purdue at the top of the B1G standings. I don't see three more losses on Wisconsin's regular season schedule so that would force either Maryland or Purdue to win out to win the conference title outright, assuming Wisconsin loses two of their final eight games.
Weird night in general in the Big Ten. Not only does Maryland lose at Penn State but Northwestern loses at home to Illinois and Michigan destroyed Michigan State. No off nights in conference play.