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Iowa State MBB Analytics Report - Week Two (11/18/19)

Read about notable analytical stats for Iowa State as a team, as well as individual players.

(Photo via: Des Moines Register | Tommy Birch,

You can read last weeks analytics report here.

Last Week’s Notable Iowa State Game News:

  • Nov. 12th: Iowa State (1-1): 70 vs. Northern Illinois (0-1): 52

The Cyclones only game last week was against Northern Illinois. The Huskies are currently rated as the 164th team in the country on KenPom’s rankings. Iowa State had a slow start to the game where they were loosing by three at halftime. They rallied and outscored NIU 39-18 in the second half.

The Penn State transfer Rasir Bolton, and Solomon Young led the Cyclone’s offense with 32 points combined. Both players continue to have the highest usage rate on the team (which is a statistic that measure the amount of plays drawn up for a player while on the floor), 24.7 and 26.2 respectively.

Overall in a game against a definite non-tournament team, Iowa State’s defense struggled once again–against the 194th offensively ranked team in the country. But the second half was a different story, and ISU was able to put it all together in a dominating performance.

Notable Iowa State Team Stats:

  • Currently 48th ranked team in the country on KenPom
  • 34th in adjusted offensive efficiency (107.1) *(compared to 27th last week)
  • 62nd in adjusted defensive efficiency (92.7) *(compared 79th last week)

Following their game against NIU, the Cyclones offensive efficiency decreased, while their defense somehow improved.

Notable Iowa State Individual Stats:

  • George Conditt is 1st in the country in BLK% (23.47)
  • George Conditt is 12th in country in 2PT% (88.2)

George Conditt continues to provide incredibly efficient minutes in his only 17.3 per game. I’m not sure we will see Conditt’s role increase this season, due to in-part of him being behind two upperclassmen (Solomon Young, and Michael Jacobson) who are both playing well enough to not lose their spot. But Conditt having the highest PER on the team of 38.2 makes the future front court of him and new recruit Xavier Foster look very intriguing.

  • Michael Jacobson in 17th in the country in ORB% (20.6)

*(Offensive rebounding percentage is a statistic that puts a player’s number of offensive rebounds in proportion to the total number of offensive rebounds available while they were in active play). Michael Jacobson appearing in the top 20 in the country in ORB proves that he is one of the best rebounders in the country, making ISU’s front court statistically one of the best trios in the country.

  • Tyrese Halliburton is 32nd in the country in Assist Rate (42.0)

After a game where Tyrese recorded a season low of six assists it is very promising to see him still appear near the top in the country in assist rate. *(Assist rate is a a metric that estimates the percentage of field goals made by a team that a particular player assisted on while he was in the game). This continues to show that Halliburton is one of the most gifted passers in the country.

And this is in early consideration for assist of the year...

Previewing Week 3 for Iowa State:

  • Nov. 19th: Iowa State (2-1) vs. Southern Miss (1-2)

Iowa State again only has one game this week, this time it will be against Southern Miss from Conference-USA. The Golden Eagles will come into their matchup against ISU ranked as the 218th (out of 353) team in the country on KenPom’s rankings. Southern Miss is coming off of two straight single-digit losses against South Alabama and North Florida. They come into this game with the 234 ranked offensive efficiency in the country, to go along with 191st ranked defense. This could hopefully be a game where we see Iowa State’s best defensive performance of the season, in what looks to be another relatively easy matchup.