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Iowa State Keeps Shooting Until It Hits
March 14, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Iowa State is the nation's most prolific three-point shooting team. In 19 Big 12 games, the Cyclones made 10 or more 3-pointers. In Thursday's quarterfinal game in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship, the Cyclones were under double figures in made threes, going seven-of-26.

In the six games where Iowa State has failed to make double-figure threes, it is 5-1. The fifth-seeded Cyclones used defense, rebounding ... and a late hot streak from 3-point range to slip past No. 4 seed Oklahoma, 73-66.

The Cyclones missed 16 of its first 18 attempts from beyond the arc but they kept firing. Over the final 9:26 when they rallied for the victory, they made 5-of-8 threes.

"We have a team full of shooters," Will Clyburn said. "And one thing about shooters, you have to have confidence. Forget about making or missing. If you miss a shot, gotta shoot the next one. That's what we have on this team ... shooters with confidence."

As hockey great Wayne Gretzky liked to say, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. Iowa State's philosophy is to keep shooting the three ball.

"Well, the one thing I know with the shooting that we have on this team  is eventually the percentages will work themselves out," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We're going to take open looks. My job as a coach is to try to get those guys playing with confidence every time they're out there on the floor."

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