Fred Hoiberg Iowa State University Cyclones Hook Series
Monte Morris lead the Iowa State University Cyclones to a win over the University of Oklahoma tonight on Big Monday. I grew up in a time when I was first coaching that “Big Monday” was huge, because we didn’t see college basketball on every night. The Iowa State University Cyclonescame back from 20 down to beat the OU Sooners. The final score was 77-70.
I have seen Coach Fred Hoiberg run the Hook Series before, but not tonight. The second half had the Iowa State University Cyclones spread out the floor and take the ball to the rack. They were able to utilize their players strengths. I was very impressed that Coach Fred Hoiberg basically tossed out the playbook that wasn’t working, because Coach Lon Kruger was having his team switch all screens in the first half.
Sometimes the best coaching isn’t running a ton of set plays or using motion offense. It’s listening to your players. I don’t know what Coach Hoiberg said to the Iowa State University Cyclones, but I am guessing that he listened to his players that they could take certain people to the rack.
After playing one of the worst halves since Fred Hoiberg has been a coach – maybe the worst – his 17th-ranked team responded with one of its best in ending a two-game slide and sending the Cyclones into Saturday’s season finale at TCU riding a high.
The thing to remember as you head into the play-offs is to trust your players. That is if they have earned your trust. Monte Morris was a beast in the last half of that college basketball game. They were down 20 with fifteen minutes in the 2nd half. That never happens in college basketball. It was truly at great game for the Iowa State Cyclones.
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