1) The Iowa State Cyclones were - along with the Oklahoma Sooners - expected to be the two teams to compete in the annual Sisyphean task of ending Kansas' conference title streak. It's still early, but with your stumbles against Baylor & OU it seems as though the Cyclones may not be up to the task. Were expectations too high for Iowa State this season, or do you think they will mount a comeback?
It's tough for me to count them out so gosh darn early in conference play. For every fan having a panic attack over a 1-2 start, I've seen an equal amount reminding everyone that Iowa State had the same win/loss results in these three match-ups last season... and they were still in firmly in play for a conference title in mid-February. The thing is, when you lose a game you weren't supposed to, you have to then win game a game you're not supposed to. I don't think mounting a comeback is as far-fetched as people think it is. Drop one at home to Baylor? Go win one in Lawrence or Morgantown (the latter obviously being more feasible than the former). And the Big 12 is fucking weird, man. We've seen Oklahoma struggle with Hawaii, we've seen Kansas put up 211 points in back-to-back games and then poop out a 69 in Lubbock. Things just happen. But were expectations too high for the Cyclones? Hell no. They know who they are. They know what they're capable of. Do I think they can right the ship? Absolutely.
2) I find it hard to judge Steve Prohm's coaching performance this season due to the talent he inherited from Mayor McDreamy. That's not meant as a knock on him so much as me saying I don't know if he's successfully installed his system and made this program his own or if this is a "Barry Switzer's 1st year with the Cowboys" situation where as long as he can fog a mirror he's probably going to have a reasonable level of success this year. How would you rate Prohm's job this season, and how do you feel about the program beyond this year?
3) Texas is starting to utilize various presses more as the season has gone on, and with Cameron Ridley's injury the team seems to be going even smaller & faster as a result. How much has Iowa State faced pressing teams this year, and how well or poorly have they handled it?
You should've seen Chicago State confuse the absolute daylights out of this team with the press for a while earlier this season. But seriously, we haven't seen a ton of it, and I'm not sure it worries me much. Iowa State is 5-1 against "Press Virginia," so we know they can adjust to it. This comes from having tremendous ball-handlers and floor generals like Monte Morris, Abdel Nader and honestly even George Niang. Texas is going to get their steals and transition buckets and force some frustrating timeouts I'm sure, because that's just how it works, but I'm not overly concerned.
4) Would anybody at WRNL be averse to giving Prince Ibeh 7 fouls for this game? Otherwise, I'm pretty sure he's going to foul out in less than 10 minutes of action against Jameel McKay.
5) I don't think it's going out on a limb to say that Iowa State is the favorite despite being on the road, so I imagine you're going to predict a win for the Cyclones. Let's take a different tact: under what situations do you see Iowa State getting upset by Texas Tuesday?