AMES — Make it seven-in-a-row.
AMES- It's always something.
AMES- Who could've seen this coming?
AMES- It's a sight not a lot of people expected to see. Iowa State men's basketball is back in the AP top-25 for the first time since Feb. 18, 2019.
After their stifling defense led them to an 82-70 win against Xavier, the Iowa State Cyclones had a 5-0 start.
The challenge was given from T.J. Otzelberger to his team on Sunday: play a complete 40 minutes of basketball, led with the habits built every day.
Heading into Sunday's match-up with Grambling State, the Cyclones found themselves at 3-0, despite shooting at just under 44 percent from the field and scoring around 70 points per game.
AMES — T.J. Otzelberger knows what the Cyclones have to do to win.
AMES- From the beginning, T.J. Otzelberger preached that his team would be about defense first.
AMES — It wasn't pretty, but the Cyclones picked up their third win of the season against Alabama State on Tuesday.
AMES- Thank goodness for Aljaz Kunc.
T.J. Otzelberger has only coached this year's Cyclones for about 80 minutes of actual game action. So what has he learned in his short stint as head coach of the program?
Iowa State is off to a hot start under T.J. Otzelberger, taking down Oregon State (who made the Elite Eight last season) on Friday in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones now match their win total from last year.