The buzzer just sounded on Iowa State’s men’s basketball team today in Columbia, Mo.
If you missed it, be thankful. The Cyclones were never in the game. They got behind by double-digits early, trailed 29-20 at halftime and were blitzed in the second half, losing 77-46 to Missouri.
ISU looked like it was turning the corner a bit with a close loss at Texas and a home win over Nebraska. This one was a clunker, plain and simple.
Only twice before (at Kansas in 2007 and last year at Drake) have the Cyclones suffered a more lopsided loss under Coach Greg McDermott.
The Tigers were unconscious from deep, hitting 13 of 25 3-pointers. ISU made only 2 of 17 shots from long distance and shot 33.3 percent overall.
The box score is full of nasty statistics.
Justin Hamilton was the only real bright spot with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Turnovers, bad shots, poor rebounding — it was all on display.
The Cyclones are 12-6 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play. They get a week off before Kansas comes to town next Saturday for a national ESPN broadcast.
What needs to change with this group by then? Some more offense would help.