Okay, we're not going to talk much Lamar, but we'll talk some Lamar, which is likely more Lamar than anyone will talk about the rest of season. The 2-4 Cardinals figure to be the second-worst team to visit Hilton Coliseum all year as Ken Pomeroy has them sitting in the dredges of college basketball's sub-300 cesspool at #335 (Mississippi Valley State is the only team lower at #348).
The 40 minutes of game time that will play out on Tuesday night are a mere formality as the result in this one will never be in doubt. Iowa State is going to beat Lamar and they will do so handily. But while the outcome is all but a foregone conclusion, this game will give us a chance to see how this Cyclone team reacts and recovers from a loss.
The true test for responding to adversity and what some have dubbed a "wake up call" loss to Maryland, will come on Thursday as #18 (AP) Arkansas comes to town, but until then, Lamar will have to do.
As you might imagine, Lamar doesn't really do anything well, but is led by the fantastically-named Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, who leads the team in scoring (13.2 PPG), rebounding (6.8), assists (2.6), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.4). The 6'4" senior also is shooting 65.2% from the floor, but is not a threat from deep as he hasn't attempted a 3-pointer all season. He's also the only Cardinal that averages double figures in scoring and could passably be a character on Game of Thrones.
The Cyclones should have plenty of run-out opportunities as Lamar turns it over on nearly 25% of their possessions and I wouldn't worry about another sub-30% shooting night out of this Iowa State team as the Cardinals are practically allowing their opponents to run a shooting drill each possession. Lamar's opposition to date have posted a 56.1% effective field goal percentage, which is the 321st worst mark in the nation (for a definition of eFG%, click here).
Lamar has faced two noteworthy opponents thus far, suffering a 39-point setback to SMU in their opener, but managed to admirably hang around in Bloomington against Indiana. After being down by 17 points, Lamar managed to cut the Hoosier lead to 7 points with under 4 minutes to play before Tom Crean's team prevailed, 85-72.
Perhaps this might also serve as notable, but Lamar does have a player on their roster named Kevin Booze, who would undoubtedly be a fan favorite in Ames, both in Hilton Coliseum and on Welch Avenue.
I'll drink to that, but also to an easy Iowa State victory.
Iowa State 103 - Lamar 68
Tip: 7:00 PM CST
TV: Sorta kinda...not really
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network
Cyclones.com Game Notes: Available here