Everyone's favorite bunch of procrastinators pulled it off again last night. The Iowa State Cyclones trailed for almost the entire game, until a Monte Morris jumper at the final horn pushed ISU over Texas 69-67. The victory marked the third game in a row that Iowa State came from behind to win late in the game. Morris and junior big man Georges Niang were brilliant for the Cyclones, scoring 24 and 22 points, respectively.
Next up for ISU is the 3-seed Oklahoma Sooners. OU defeated in-state rival Oklahoma State last night 64-49 to advance to the semifinals. The Sooners were led by Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield and his 22 points. Big 12 Newcomer of the Year TaShawn Thomas also played well, grabbing a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Opponent: Oklahoma (22-9)
Tip: Friday, 8 p.m. CST - Sprint Center - Kansas City, Missouri
TV/Webcast: ESPN2 (Brent Musburger, PxP; Fran Fraschilla, Analyst) / WatchESPN
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network
Oklahoma SBN Site: Crimson And Cream Machine
What to Know
Big 12 Basketball Tournament: Let's Talk Semifinals: Today, you get a dual preview including our game and the game preceding ours between Baylor and Kansas. Cyclone Scholar's got you covered on the Bears and Jayhawks, while KnowDan takes care of previewing Iowa State and Oklahoma.
Monte Morris Proves Everyone Wrong - Again: Remember when Monte Morris wasn't a Bob Cousy Award finalist? LOL, good times.
3 Keys To Victory For The Oklahoma Sooners - Rich DeCray over on our sister site Crimson And Cream Machine runs through Oklahoma's points of emphasis for the game tonight.
After watching the second half of Iowa State's game against the Sooners in Hilton Coliseum, it's easy to assume the Cyclones are going to play that way again this evening. Coach Hoiberg made some great adjustments during halftime of that game and ISU mounted one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball this season.
However, Lon Kruger's got some coaching chops himself. With a couple weeks to review what went wrong in the second half in Ames, I wouldn't be surprised to see Oklahoma cause Iowa State problems again early on in tonight's game. Kruger will certainly be focused on limiting Niang and Morris' opportunities, as the rest of the Cyclones looked sluggish as a whole against Texas last night. If ISU's two best players aren't playing as well tonight, who's going to step up?
I picked the Sooners to win the tournament and I'm standing by that pick. The third game between these two exciting teams will undoubtedly be fun to watch, but I'm expecting a letdown for the Clones.
Oklahoma 84 - Iowa State 75
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