No. 6 Iowa State manages historically poor offense in loss to No. 11 Pitt
Six-seeded Iowa State's offense never showed up in its 59-41 blowout loss to No. 11 Pittsburgh.
The Cyclones shot an abysmal 23% from the field in the game, the fifth-worst output of any team in the modern era of the NCAA Tournament. They also made just 2 of their 21 threes and only 58% of their free throws.
In addition, the team's 41 points were the fourth-fewest by the higher seed of an NCAA Tournament game since the shot clock era began in 1986, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Iowa State, which ranks ninth nationally in KenPom's defensive efficiency rating, held its own on that end, holding the Panthers to just 34% shooting themselves and forcing 14 turnovers. Yet the team continuously failed to take advantage of its defensive stops.
Notably, the Cyclones asked the NCAA to check their rims during warmups, which gave them less time to shoot around prior to the game, according to The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach. The NCAA added that it offered Iowa State additional warmup time, but the team declined.
The Cyclones' season ends with a 19-14 record, a disappointing result following a 13-2 start that saw the program ranked as high as No. 11 in the AP Poll.
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