The winners of the Diamond Head Classic are now 11-0 and have a fantastic resume. They were ranked No. 14, and should already have been ranked in the top 10. If you can explain how Duke or Louisville have better resumes, I'm all ears.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that the Cyclones were in a tight game late vs George Mason and trailed Boise State by 11. Yes, they won both, but it's also been a trend with this team to struggle with less talented opponents. With Big 12 conference play beginning January 4th, there's going to be a lot less wiggle room for error. The primary problem is that the Cyclones are 314th in the nation at forcing turnovers, and 283rd at offensive rebounding, so they're not winning the hidden game of possessions like most good teams do. That's how you keep lesser programs from being able to protect leads, and ISU isn't doing it.no comments