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Nick Weiler-Babb talks about Iowa State’s struggles throughout a loss to Kansas State
Tommy Birch, tbirch@dmreg.com

AMES, Ia. — I hung round to observe the Iowa State-Texas ladies’s basketball recreation Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Not only was it an excellent probability to see Bill Fennelly’s excellent staff dang close to pull off the upset, nevertheless it also was a chance to take heed to what fans have been saying concerning the males’s recreation.

You understand the one — the Kansas State recreation which the Cyclones lost 58-fifty seven because of a second head-scratching ending in a row.

The predominant questions went one thing like this:

What happened to the Iowa State that had beat Kansas only a week ago? What occurred to the workforce that made 9 of 13 of its second-half three-level photographs in that victory towards the Jayhawks? Where’d the mojo go?

Which workforce is that this, the one which beat Kansas — or the one which misplaced at residence to Kansas State after main by five factors until Dean Wade made a layup with 2 minutes and 10 seconds to go?

It is in all probability somewhere in the middle.

Dropping 73-70 at Baylor is excusable, contemplating it was away from Ames and at a spot where Iowa State has now misplaced six in a row. It had its head-slapping moments — like when Nick Weiler-Babb missed a 30-foot heave simply before the ultimate buzzer on a play that had multiple choices.

You possibly can’t anticipate to win on the Huge 12 street, but at residence? After beating Kansas by 17 points every week earlier, everybody had ideas of 9-0 at Hilton, of getting a ok NCAA Event seed to probably play within the Des Moines NCAA Event regional, and of probably even ending Kansas’ 14-yr run of the regular-season title ending.

I heard it. I wrote a few of it. The players heard it. Coach Steve Prohm addressed it throughout his postgame press conference Saturday:

“Everyone jumped and ran with one recreation,” he stated after his workforce had fallen to 12-4 general and a couple of-2 in the Massive 12. “This group, collectively — prime to backside — we didn’t do a ok job dealing with it.”

The Referees

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Iowa State coach Steve Prohm following his staff’s loss to Kansas State.
Tommy Birch, tbirch@dmreg.com

I heard grousing concerning the refs as Bridget Carleton was enjoying a 14-level second half. Why was the out-of-bounds call that preceded Wade’s layup modified from Iowa State’s ball to Kansas State’s?

I watched the replay. It was shut. There were a whole lot of arms across the ball. The ref underneath the basket dominated for the Cyclones with 2:22 remaining and the Cyclones main by 5. The ref on the perimeter, Joe DeRosa (he’s worked multiple NCAA Event championship games), overturned the call.

“We don’t even assume it should have come right down to that,” Babb…