STANZ: Art of the “kill” –


When Iowa State University defeated Missouri 67-50, Trejackson jumped in for a loose ball. Photo by Connor Ferguson for Cyclone fanatics.

AMES — “Kill, kill, kill …”

On Saturday, when Missouri launched an attack on the half-court, the chant rained from the Hilton Coliseum rafters. To strangers, it certainly sounded strange to hear 13,612 people chanting the word all at once.

It was a motivation for the Iowa State University men’s basketball team. Motivation to get a third straight stop at the defensive end. Motivation for people in the program to get what they call “kills”.

The cyclone has stopped. The student section hung a large golden X on the railing behind the baseline. This is where you can see it every time the defender of the cyclone is on the other side.

Hang another of those Xs, and the game is definitely on the road to Iowa. This was certainly successful when Cyclone passed Missouri with a 67-50 victory in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge and moved the team to 16-5.

Those big gold Xs? By the time the clock went to zero, nine of them were hanging from the front of the cyclone alley. This is 9 kills, with 27 stops spliced ​​together throughout the game.

Missouri had 59 possessions throughout the game. The Tigers scored 23 of them. The other 36 became Iowa State University stops, 27 of which were in three rows.

That’s the secret to my friends winning. It’s Iowa State University basketball from 2021 to 22.

“That’s what we talked about,” said Iowa head coach TJ Otzellberger about the post-match “kill” count. “I think what happened is that we’re screaming on the bench. We’ll stop three times in a row. For every additional stop, we’ll keep screaming. What’s going to happen? And over time, people hear us screaming and I think it’s a kind of catchy. Thank you for the energy and enthusiasm of the fans. It’s great to have students there. Every team has an identity, and our identities are tied together to build a defensive stop. “

The art of killing begins with the pressure of the ball.

Everyone knows that Iowa State University was an elite in the area for most of the season. They rejoined the game, forcing 18 turnovers and keeping Mizuu in an aggressive and constant mess.

The Tigers made some shots, especially early on, but some of them have become easier.

Bringing the ball closer to the floor can cause it to turn upside down. Start loosening in basketball, and it can go in the opposite direction.

Let me Trejackson Move the ball away from you and the Caleb Grill will jump over it. Then throw the headpass backwards to make a transition dunk to Streaking’s Robert Jones.

So what the hell is that? In recent years, Iowa State University teams rarely play that way. We are looking at it over and over again.

It’s what their basketball mind is programmed to do.

They are programmed to kill.

“We really talk about doing effort-based play of diving for loose balls and getting to the floor,” Ozzelberger said. “When you do that, the game rewards you. That play by Caleb leads to another good play. It’s a big energy play for our team. It’s obviously a great play. Was, it moved the crowd even further. These are the types of plays we demand from our men, and we need to keep making them in order to succeed. “

Their killings lead to runouts or easier opportunities against unconfigured defenses. We all know what the Iowa State University attack looked like against the defenses set over the past few weeks.The only clean thing about it is the tendency to end Isaia Blockington’s A disputed midrange jumper.

Even its beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Iowa State University was far from a complete attack on the Tigers. The cyclone shot too many three pointers in the first half, which was also one tenth of the depth before the break.

Nowhere was the offensive purpose the team showed in Stillwater on Wednesday. As a result, the cyclone shot 10-of-29 from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Then, in the second half, the killings began to come. The crime at Iowa State University arrived with them.

Cyclone turned a 3-point half-time lead into an 18-point margin and made a 23-8 run to start the second half. After half-time, they beat Missouri 35-21, 58.3 percent from the field and 5 of 8 from the deep.

Meanwhile, Missouri shot 7-of-22 from the field and 2-of-7 from the 3-point range in the second half. The Tigers scored only 4 points for paint and 12 points for the entire game.

Iowa State University scored 32 points in the painted area and 16 points in each half. The points near the rim are the result of playing downhill towards the basket.

Blockington scored 15 points in the afternoon in attack mode. Tyres Hunter He scored 14 points in 7-of-12 shooting and continued his improved finish with contact with the rim feature on display.

The hunter added four assists and two steals while playing the first game without recording a turnover.

Aljaz Kunc He got out of his recent slump in shots and finished deep with 11 points and 3 of 5. All three of his makeup came from possessions, including a paint touch.

The stack stops, you play downhill and you play with purpose. Achieving these three goals will allow Iowa to hang the only letter that is better than these large golden Xs.

Of course, the letter is W.

“I feel like I picked it up defensively (in the second half), and then the defensive led to an attack,” Kunk said. “In the attack, we were patient and looking for great shots, especially when we flipped them over and knocked them down.”

These three goals need to be in the minds of all Iowa State University players as the team prepares to attack the second half of the Big 12 schedule.

Cyclone is already in a position to host the first NCAA tournament since 2019, but this team cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the 2018-19 team.

With Ken Pom ranked in the top 12 nationwide, the team was all on track. They were a trendy final four pick and were believed to be one of the most talented teams in the country.

After that, everything fell apart. The changing room was controversial. The offense stopped the attack and the defense consistently struggled to get a stop. The only thing that was consistent about them was their contradiction.

As a result, he lost 6 in the last 8 games of the team. They went from 18-5 on February 11th to 20-11 on March 9th. The main reason is that they lost sight of themselves and made them great in the first 23 games.

They easily found it again in Kansas City and won three games in three days to bring back the trophy, but when the disagreement broke through their heads and the problems that plagued the program surged in the final months of the season. I remember what happened next.

This team cannot allow those things to happen. For one thing, they aren’t as talented as their team, which greatly reduces their tolerance.

In most cases, there are no trophies to develop an identity until January. No one remembers the team that failed. Everyone remembers the team getting better day by day and with each game.

There is still room for improvement on this team. They have their identity, but they still deviate too much from it. The stack will stop, attack downhill and play with purpose.

If you focus on the art of killing, the rest will fall in the right place.

“We want everyone to care how important it is to stop every time,” Ozzelberger said. “Man, I’m proud of our guys, because when they focus, work hard, and put their energy into it, they can really do it well.”

Jared Stansberry

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Originally from Clarinda, Iowa, Jared started as an intern at Cyclone Fanatic in August 2013 and worked primarily as a filmmaker until he started the women’s basketball beat before the 2014-15 season. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University in May 2016, Jared was hired as a full-time staff writer for the site and took over as the leading daily reporter for football and men’s basketball. He was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in January 2020. He regularly contributes to Des Moines’ 1460 KXNO and regularly guest appearances on Midwestern radio stations. Jared lives in Ankeny with 4-year-old Puggle Lolo.


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