Iowa State coach Greg McDermott says Saturday’s come from behind win over Colorado was a crucial one for his team. The Cyclones trailed 18-4 early on but rallied for a 64-63 victory to improve to 2-4 in the Big 12. McDermott says Colorado is much improved, so the last thing they wanted to do was to spot them 14 points. He says they were fortunate to make a comeback and says it’s the second game in a row where they have spotted their opponents a big lead.
McDermott says they can’t continue to do that and win in this league. The Cyclones open the final full month of the regular season with a Wednesday visit to Baylor and McDermott says a goal for this time of year is to keep the team fresh. he says they’ve always attempted to shorten practice when they hit February, but have already done that because of the short roster.
McDermott says it’s important to get enough rest and use the practice time as efficiently as possible so they don’t wear the team down.
The Cyclones are 13-8 overall.