Exciting game in Ames last night. Couple quicker hitters over Iowa State's 70-65 win over Kansas State.
- Almost losing a game in which you were up 20 in the 2nd half doesn't make you feel great leaving the arena but style points aside that's a big win for the Cyclones. You have to protect home court in conference and Kansas State looks like a tournament team.
- The win gets Iowa State to 5-3 in conference. Impressive. I said going into conference play that you can't complain about any win this team gets. They aren't as talented as some of the past Cyclones teams, so any way or anywhere Iowa State can get a win you take it.
- I need Monte Morris to finish around the rim more or at least be more of an offensive threat. If we are thinking of him as an All-American or an NBA prospect, I need to see more out of him on offense. Great, great college point guard. I wanted to see him make "the leap" this year though and I haven't seen it.
- Coach Prohm has to quit doing that "pump up the crowd" arm raise thing he does in the middle of games. I've talked about it before in a previous The Three Count but he looks ridiculous. And it doesn't work. He did it twice last night and Kansas State scored 5 points after those two possessions.
- Really like the toughness and grit of the Cyclones team. I don't think they are nearly as talented as teams from the past 5 years, or at least their talent and pieces don't mesh together as well, but they just battle to stay in games. That would have been an easy game to fold after losing a 20-point second half lead.
- If Hilton Coliseum is going to hold a "Gold Out" either go all in and promote it don't do it at all. Most years on the "Gold Out" it's printed on the tickets and heavily promoted. Last night it was not on the season tickets and only promoted through social media, to my knowledge. And it looked like crap around the arena last night. I would say probably 60-65% of the crowd was in gold. Not even the entire student section could be in the same colored. It looked terrible and minor league-ish. Either do the "Gold Out" and make it a priority of forget about it because last night was a terrible effort.
- After the Gonzaga game ESPN interviewed Coach Few and he gave a quote that has stuck with me all season about this Cyclones team. About almost blowing a 20 point lead of their own against the Cyclones he said (I'm paraphrasing) "We knew they were going to come back and make a run. They have 4 senior starters on their team that know how to win. We knew they were going to battle and wouldn't quit." I think that's who the Cyclones are, a senior lead team that's going to battle every night. It may not look pretty but they are going to work.
And another big win for the Drake Bulldogs as well last night. They picked up a 72-71 overtime win at Missouri State last night. For a team whose coach resigned during the season because the team wasn't winning and he was disappointed with the job he was doing (at least that was the reason given publicly), they are playing some exceptional basketball. I mean, Drake is 5-4 in the conference right now. They were 2-10 in non-conference play. I know the MVC is down this year but that's incredibly impressive. Coach Rutter making a big time move at their head coaching position for next year.
One of the bad things about the 2 week break between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl is the media always tries coming up with stories or narratives to fill that gap. Sometimes I wish the Super Bowl would just be the following week but I get that the NFL wants to avoid having their biggest event of the year fall on Royal Rumble Sunday and lose viewers. But here is a story I'm starting to hear this week that I want to put to bed early. It's the "Roger Goodell is going to so mad if he has to stand on stage with the Patriots after the Super Bowl and hand them the trophy." Stop it.
If Goodell had the choice of which team would win the Super Bowl, yes I think he'd pick Atlanta. But I don't think he's losing any sleep at night thinking about the possibility that he'd have to share the stage on television with Bob Craft and the Patriots. The guy makes over $30 million a year by being the commissioner of the NFL. That position is going to come with a couple tough decisions here and there. One of those decisions was to punish the Patriots for their long string of cheating. I don't think the commissioner of the NFL is going to curl up in the fetal position on the most watch television event of the year just because he may have to stand next to a team that he punished and a quarterback that he suspended. S when you start hearing this story being talked about over the next 10 days, don't buy into the media rhetoric.