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Kansas State vs. Iowa State score: Cyclones knock off Wildcats to force three-way tie atop Big 12 standings

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Just 3 days after winning 5th place solo possession in the Big 12 of Kansas Run as the only team to top the standings of the hottest conference in the nation as the Wildcats drop to 12th place, 80-76. IowaJaren Holmes led the Cyclones with 23 points, including two free throws in the final seconds that helped cement the result.

With this win, Iowa State (15-4, 6-2 Big 12) gave K-State and texas After the Longhorns have processed Oklahoma at home on Tuesday. The Cyclones remained undefeated at home with his four players scoring in double digits and wiped out the bad taste of Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State in which he trailed by 16 points.

Kansas State also had four players in double figures, but the Wildcats struggled defensively in the second half. The Wildcats (17-3, 6-2) scored his 23 points from his guard Mark Kissnowell, including his 18 in the second half. rice field.

K-State drops expected No. 1 seed line on CBS Sports Bracket science Pundit Jerry Palm’s planned NCAA tournament field is for a loss. The Wildcats remain one of the best stories in college basketball after finishing bottom of the Big 12 under first-year coach Jerome Tang, but on Tuesday, they finished in the Big 12 this season. It was a reminder of how harsh life can be.

Arrival in Iowa

The win marks Iowa State’s first victory over a top-five opponent since the 2015-16 season, when the Cyclones beat No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Kansas in a row. His current head coach, T.J. Otzelberger, was an assistant to that team, and in the AP polls he climbed to fourth place, and in the NCAA Tournament he reached the Sweet 16 as the fourth seed.

Those heights seemed distant in the 2020-21 season, when the Cyclones struggled to a 2-22 (0-18) record. But then the ISU hired Otzelberger from his UNLV and its fortunes quickly turned around. The Cyclones finished last season 22-13 in their first year under Otzelberger, reaching the Suite 16 following their worst season in program history. It proves that.

In fact, this Iowa team looks even better than last season’s team, with leading scorer Isaiah Brockington graduating and Texas-moved second scorer Tyrese Hunter. lost. The Cyclones are currently 6-4 in Quad 1 games and 2-0 on aggregate against Kansas State and Texas, who share the top spot in the conference.

Kansas Grind

Tuesday night’s action only underscored how brutal the Big 12 have been this season. Far behind the trio of 6-2 teams are the longtime powerhouses of Baylor and Kansas at 5-3. Also No.11 TCU with 5-3. All six teams within the groups of 6-2 and 5-3 teams seem to have a legitimate chance of winning the conference. Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Texas Tech University’s four bottom-ranked schools are also among the top 75 in the NET rankings.

The Big 12 will struggle, but the good news for the Wildcats is that Tan is well aware of this reality. After 19 seasons as his assistant at Baylor, Tan knows the Big 12 better than anyone. After his team lost to the Big 12 for the first time in his TCU on January 14th, K-State rebounded with a victory over Kansas on the next outing.

From Tuesday’s game footage, there are plenty of defensive issues for the Wildcats to deal with, but there’s no need to worry because of the Iowa State loss. The Hilton Coliseum is a very difficult place for an opponent, and K-State delivered enough offense in that environment to emerge victorious. Ultimately, the Wildcats defense let the team down.

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