NCAA Football

Iowa State Basketball Not Satisfied With Defense After IUPUI Win

AMES – TJ Otzelberger has made it clear he doesn’t want to talk about last season anymore.

The Iowa men’s basketball coach wants to turn the page on last year’s shocking 16-year-old season so this year’s players can be judged on their own merits, without the expectations of a wildly outclassed team hanging over them.

It’s hard, however, not to look back on last year’s team and at least use it as a roadmap for the Cyclones to win back-to-back NCAA Tournament spots for the first time since going for a school record seven straight from 2012-17.

Iowa State's Aljaz Kunc on top and IUPUI's John Egbuta (2) battle for a loose ball during the second half of Monday's game at the Hilton Coliseum.

As with last year, this group appears, on paper, to be challenged offensively, but potentially elite defensively, the parallels are easy to draw.

“We believe we can hang our hats on our defense,” said Otzelberger.

Iowa State Men’s Basketball Beats IUPUI 88-39 in Season Opener

Last year’s team did the same and did it right away. Defense propelled the Cyclones to a 12-0 start outside the conference and allowed them to maintain a 7-11 Big 12 record as the offense came and went.

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