The ups and downs of College Basketball. No. 17 ISU was down 21 at home after the worst start in the history of Hilton Coliseum, went on a 31-4 run, and somehow got by No. 15 Oklahoma, 77-70.
If I’m being honest, I did step outside and swear at random strangers in the street after terrible shooting, awful officiating, and even worse homer-ness from Fran Fraschilla, who’s son, James, plays for OU. That happened around right here:
Then something happened. A technical foul on Oklahoma happened and the tides turned a little bit. Then chaos happened. Iowa State scored 22 of the game’s next 22 points and completely erased Oklahoma’s lead. Just like that. Felt like it took less than 3 minutes and it actually might have. It’s all kind of a blur. It’s like the Sooners forgot how to play basketball. It was a complete opposite of the first half when the Cyclones couldn’t buy a bucket. Buckets fell, street-ball dunks, 3’s rained, and a second-straight loss at Hilton was avoided. When Hogue made the dunk to finally cap off the comeback I honestly thought Hilton might collapse. Place was louder than loud. People losing their collective minds. After that, OU never had a shot. They were completely rattled. At one point Iowa State’s run was up to 31-4. They never looked back after the technical foul on Oklahoma. An incredible turn of events and an incredible game. One that won’t be soon forgotten in Ames.
Morris finished with 19 and five dimes, Niang had 23 and five fouls, and McKay helped keep it close in the first half when he seemed like the only Cyclone that could score. If this is what the NCAA Tournament has in store for the fans of ISU, I’m going to have to go heavy on the Budweiser and Tums.
Trent’s Note: Unreal game. It made zero sense and fuck Iowa State but that was a shit ton of fun just as a fan of college basketball. Oh, and this was easily the funniest part of the whole thing. Oklahoma players slapping the floor on defense in the midst of giving up a 19-0 run (that would be extended to 22-0). The first dude is into it, the second guy not so much and the third guy gives a, “Are we seriously doing this right now?” type of effort. Hilarious.
Also, I’m not much of a gambler but I can’t imagine more fun than having Iowa State -6 as they blew the doors of the Sooners in the second half. So if that’s you right now, enjoy it.