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The 'Clones went up against Mountain State, an NAIA team that features two former high major D1 players in Rodney Epperson and Yusuf Baker.

- Even though Mountain State was more talented than your average non-D1 team, they weren't very disciplined. This one had the feel of an exhibition game that happened to count on the overall record.

- Iowa State came out in their press, which Mountain State was somehow completely unprepared for. This pretty much spotted the Cyclones a ten point lead, which they never gave up. Iowa State moved the ball well and looked good on the defensive at certain moments, but there were plenty of quick shots and mental lapses on defense. After the first ten minutes or so, there wasn't much defense played by either club. Mountain State actually had the defecit cut to 10 with around seven minutes remaining. Like usual, Wayne Morgan's club looked spectacular in transition most of the times. I believe the final score was 101-82.

- Curtis Stinson finished with 35 points and looked phenonmenal. He hit his outside jumper, got to the basket, pulled up off of the dribble, and made several spectacular passes. If the outside shot falls consistently, he will lead the Big Twelve in scoring - it won't even be close.

- Will Blalock was a blurr with the ball in hands like usual, and fed Stinson highlight reel passes all night. Stinson and Blalock play off of each other incredibly well.

- Rashon Clark is as athletic as ever, and he must have put down at least five highlight reel dunks tonight. Mountain State came out in the second half in a zone, and Clark threw down consecutive alleyoops (one from Davis, one from Blalock) to send that idea back to the drawing board quickly. Clark shows signs of a perimeter game, but is still most comfortable attacking through the air from around the basket. He flashes star potential, but has a long way to go in terms of polish.

- I'm not sure what Tasheed Carr was thinking. He took terrible shots early in the shot clock all night long, and didn't hit very many of them. Perhaps this is a case of "thinks he's Curtis Stinson but clearly isn't-itis". Wayne Morgan can't be very happy with his supposed shooting specialist at the moment.

- It's not a good sign when Ross Marsden is your opening night starting big man. He is a smart player, but I doubt he starts for long.

- Shawn Taggart got significant play time in short stints, because he is still rounding back into form after a bout with the flu. Taggart is going to get broken in half by the Grays and Buckmans of the conference, but has some nice potentail. He has a knack for picking up easy runs around the cup, rebounds well, and is athletic enough. Right now, it's all about adding bulk to his frame.

- Expect Jiri Hubalek to be ISU's starting center on the opening night of Big Twelve play. Hubalek is also slim, but is significantly stronger than Taggart at this point. He even swished a 3-pointer late in the game. Nothing special here, but at least he can put up a fight.

This team has it's issues, mainly involving size and shot selection. I don't know if the Cyclones are ready to improve on last year's conference finish, but Iowa State should at least be able to match what they did last season.
 

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I personally like Stinson better

Plus one is a Senior the other is a Frosh
 

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Cycloneandy said:
Stinson is still a Junior.. So is Blalock.. We. lose John Neal.. A walkon next year...

but I still take Stinson over Gibson
 

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Stinson and Gibson? I take Stinson right now. He's got a more advanced scoring game, and is actually more of a PG at the moment. Gibson does have the outside shot that would make Stinson an NBA all-star, though.
 
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