Kalscheur is as MVP van die toernooi aangewys. Tristan en Aljaz Kunc het elk gedruk 11 punte vir die siklone (6-0), wat rustyd met vyf punte voorgeloop het en hul voordeel tot soveel as vergroot het 25 in die tweede helfte.
“For our guys it was settling into the game,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “A part of this for us was understanding that we can have longer possessions offensively. I thought we had a lot of success down the stretch in the first half. With longer possessions we’re able to move the ball.”
Emoni Bates led Memphis (5-1) met 12 points and Landers Nolley II scored 11. Coach Penny Hardaway’s Tigers entered as an 11 1/2-punt gunsteling, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
“This loss cut (my players) diep,” Hardaway said. “They thought we were just (gaan na) walk out on the floor and beat Iowa State. And it just doesn’t work that way.”
The Cyclones were not fazed by their more celebrated opponent.
Much like they did in their win over No. 25 Xavier Wednesday, the Cyclones generated their offense in the paint. Iowa State outscored Memphis 22-16 over the first ten minutes of the second half, met 10 of the Cyclones’ points coming on layups and Izaiah Brockington’s two-handed alley-oop jam.
“Our guys should have the confidence that they can beat good teams,” Otzelberger said. “And if they continue to work at the same level that we’ve worked, that there could be some more of those type of victories in our future.”
Iowa-staat: Otzelberger is in his first year with a program that went 2-22 in 2020-21. His rebuild has focused on defense and rebounding. Entering Friday night, the Cyclones were limiting opponents to 39.3% shooting from the field, insluitend 23.9% vanaf 3-punt-reeks, and have averaged 2.6 more rebounds than their opponents. Iowa State outrebounded Memphis 42-34 and limited the Tigers to 35.8% skiet.
“All the guys on our team bought in from the jump,” Otzelberger said. “They bought in when we had everybody here for the first time in June. They all bought in. It wasn’t unwilling. It was more voluntary cooperation.”
Memphis: The Tigers entered the season with the best recruiting class in the country, including celebrated freshman Jalen Duren. But Hardaway warned after Wednesday’s win over Virginia Tech that his team is still learning how to play cohesively. That proved true on Friday as Memphis committed 22 turnovers.
“It’s just bad basketball overall from everybody,” Hardaway said. “Not just the youth, almal. You can’t go 1-on-1 (by) this level. Teams load up; we understand that. … We’re getting it done in practice but when the game starts, it kind of goes out the window.”
Iowa-staat: Hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday.
Memphis: At Georgia on Wednesday.