Follow along as the Wolf Pack plays Iowa State in NCAA Tournament
Mar 19 2017
Before No. 4 Purdue battles No. 5 Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Saturday night, BTN researcher Harold Shelton shares with you what the Big Ten regular-season champs have working in their favor and working against them in their matchup vs. the Cyclones.
AT THE POINT: Iowa State star Monte Morris had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Wolf Pack, and leads the country with a 5.33 assist-to-turnover ratio. Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas - another Wisconsin native - each knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. They'd execute off our turnovers, then the foul calls happened but we tried our best to fight back and we played as hard as we possibly could.
Burton added 14 points and eight rebounds as the fifth-seeded Cyclones won for the 10th time in their last 11 games, building on their impressive run through the Big 12 Tournament.
The Boilermakers are playing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
"We lost to a team that's really good, " coach Eric Musselman said. "I think they're the sixth most experienced team in the country and I thought in the first half, their experience really showed". "We have guys who can really shoot and spread you out".
Cameron Oliver scored 22 points for Nevada (28-7), which had won nine straight by an average of 15 points.
"We just couldn't get over the hump". Burton started the run with a hoop down low, followed by a Matt Thomas 3-pointer and buckets from Jackson and Burton to make it 64-51 ISU with 7:12 remaining.
"We've got seniors", Prohm said. The Wolf Pack went 9-for-30 (30%) in the first 20 minutes and just 4-for-13 from 3-point range. That shooting discrepancy helped the Cyclones build up a double-digit lead about halfway through the first half. "We wasn't finishing at the rim".
The Wolf Pack's shooting evened out early in the second half. "We can't play catch-up ball with a team like that". Vince Edwards had 21 points for the Boilermakers, while Caleb Swanigan, Dakota Mathias, and P.J.
Iowa State: The Cyclones had five players score in double figures and shot 56 percent from the field.