If you wanted a conference showdown, this week 10 you got it. With star talent like Brackins and Gilstrap it will be up to the guards to be more consistent. The best hope for Iowa State rests on September 22 with a game against Toledo.
There is not another team in the bracket that can do more to help themselves with a win Saturday afternoon, and do more to hurt themselves with an early exit. The Sooners are, for the moment, either the fourth No. 1 seed and headed to a pair of games in nearby Kansas City, or a No. 2 seed headed 12 hours up I-35 to open play in Minneapolis.
Both teams had tough seasons — Iowa went 11-20 and finished with four wins in Big Ten Conference play, while Iowa State basketball was 16-16 and won just three games in the Big 12 Conference. But the youth and inexperience of both squads showed as the teams worked their way through the growing pains of new coaching staffs.
IT WOULD BE NICE IF TEXAS TECH COULD: Bring Mike Leach to Oklahoma City with them. He and Pat Knight have the makings of a comedy duo not seen since Andy Griffith and Don Knotts (Knight may be looking for a new career anyway, if he doesn’t turn things around in 2010).
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 171-59, dating back to 1908. KU holds an 88-15 advantage in games played in Lawrence, including a 47-9 record versus Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have defeated the Cyclones seven-straight times in Allen Fieldhouse since 2006. Iowa State is one of only seven teams to have won in Allen Fieldhouse during the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04. The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 63-61 on Feb. 19, 2005. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 26-8 against Iowa State with a 24-8 record in regular-season play and a 2-0 mark in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
NEEDS TO: Win a game. The Wildcats backed their way into a first-round bye by somehow winning a tiebreaker among four teams (Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State being the others). K-State really doesn’t have much of a chance to make the NCAAs without winning the tournament, but beating (most likely) Texas in the quarterfinals would help justfy the bye and make the Wildcats a more attractive candidate to host a first-round NIT game.
Sophomore running back, and current preseason All-Big 12 player Roy Finch, is not listed in the rotation. He is also absent from the entire depth chart, including special teams. To expand on why this is shocking, look at the 2010 season.
The Iowa men’s basketball team seems so far away from cutting anything down, let alone a national championship net. But just how far away are the Hawks from being respectable again?
Why he is absent from the depth chart is a mystery right now but the fact is that Finch is only 5-7, 166 lbs. While he is explosive and exciting, he is not built to take punishment. He missed five games in 2010 due to injury and maybe head coach Bob Stoops wants to use the speedster as a change-of-pace back.