No. 8 Iowa State drops third straight in road loss to Texas

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After starting the season 14-0, No. 8 Iowa State has come crashing back down to earth following Saturday’s 86-76 loss at Texas. The Big 12 loss marks the third consecutive loss for the Cyclones as they drop to 14-3, and 2-3 in the conference on the season.

Continuing to play on a bum ankle suffered in the loss against Oklahoma last weekend, DeAndre Kane struggled to 3-for-12 shooting from the field and seven turnovers as the All-American candidate finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Iowa State struggled to 11-for-32 shooting from the three-point line and had 17 turnovers for the game as a 36-all score at halftime quickly blew open for Texas as the Longhorns led the Cyclones the final 14:46 of the game.

The game was never a blowout but inside scoring was a huge impact for the Longhorns. Jonathan Holmes (23 points, seven rebounds, 9-for-13 shooting) and Cameron Ridley (16 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, 7-for-10 shooting) both played very well for Texas and helped put Iowa State into foul trouble.

Although guards Javan Felix (17 points) and Isaiah Taylor (12 points) both finished in double-figures for Texas they combined for an unreliable 6-for-24 from the field as Holmes and Ridley both shot high percentages and drew fouls on a consistent basis.

Georges Niang (18 points) and Melvin Ejim (17 points) paced the Iowa State offense, but the Cyclones have given up at least 77 points — or more — in the last three Big 12 losses and defense is becoming a concern for them as conference season wears along.

We know about Hilton Magic and the Cyclones’ ability to score, but can Iowa State get enough stops to be a reliable team in March?

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

Dan Hurley

No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: