Iowa State is 7-3 and the front line duo of Craig Brackins and Marquis Gilstrap have led the way. They are one-two in scoring and rebounding for the Cyclones. McDermott says the games where they have struggled, Brackins and Gilstrap did not shoot the ball well, and he says it is important for them to shoot the ball well, or the team struggles.

McDermott feels the Cyclones responded well after losing three straight games. He says anytime you lose games where you controlled them, it is a hit to your psyche. McDermott says they were able to get things righted last week.

Iowa State returns to action Sunday at home against Bradley.