The 3s kept falling for James Bolden and Alabama.
The Iowa State Cyclones (3-2) square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide (2-3) in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort. MI was still able to turn an early nine-point deficit into a 39-34 halftime lead. They'll face the victor of No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 11 Oregon. Simpson fouled out with 5:11 left in the game and was limited to just 17 minutes overall. The Wolverines missed a number looks close to the rim and watched UNC frosh Cole Anthony go off early - he scored nine of his team's first 18 points - but they rallied like they did after falling behind early against Iowa State Wednesday.
The Wolverines (5-0) committed 22 turnovers, including several coming down the stretch as the Cyclones (3-2) tried to claw their way back from a 15-point deficit in the final 8 minutes.
"We lost", Haliburton said when asked about his performance. George Conditt's spin and lay-in brought up Iowa State's century, with 2:06 to go. As several OR players spilled onto the court to celebrate, Powell ended up laying on the floor after the horn with an apparent leg issue before being helped back to the locker room to cap a wild final game on the tournament's first day. But it was also about having them maintain perspective and confidence amid the likely tough results while getting ready for Conference USA play.
Oregon Basketball got a huge win on Wednesday night when they beat the Seton Hall Pirates 71-69, giving the Ducks their second ranked win of the season so far.
"It's tough to get in the win column against the folks we've been playing with the type of team we have at this time", Ladner said.
Iowa State ranks 34th in assists per game (15.5) while Alabama ranks 221st (12.5).
When it comes to 3-point shooting, MI has made more and shot a better percentage than each of its six opponents so far this year. That gave Oats a clear to-do improvement list: defense and rebounding.
But with all that being said, what are the three keys for OR in order to take down Gonzaga and get their second top-15 win in as many days? "When we do that, we're pretty good". Teske was particularly dominant, adding four blocks and a steal to his ten points and eight rebounds. Then, when the Crimson Tide came within 61-55 minutes 14 ½ minutes from the end, Haliburton and the Cyclones took the lead with a 14-0 lead.