It's been easy to forget that Iowa State still has most of its season left.
Thanks to final exams, the holidays and a quirk in the Big 12 schedule that gave Iowa State a bye week right away, the Cyclones have played just once in 21 days - and that was on New Year's Day against Yale.
The Cyclones (10-3) have lost to the teams they were expected to lose to - No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 24 UNLV and Iowa on the road - while beating everyone they were supposed to beat. But Iowa State also looked sluggish at times against weaker competition like Florida-Gulf Coast, Missouri-Kansas City and Yale.
The Cyclones have gotten away with it so far. But they won't when league plays starts Wednesday night at No. 6 Kansas (12-1).
''We think we can play with any team on any night. I think we can beat any team, and I also think we can lose to any team in the league depending on how we come out and play, depending on what our mindset is,'' Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''I like our guys. We've got...