Most teams that fall behind by 18 points to a team as methodical as Northern Iowa are doomed to defeat. Not Iowa State. The 17th-ranked Cyclones needed just seven minutes to rally from a 49-31 deficit against the Panthers on Saturday. Though Northern Iowa forced overtime, the Cyclones scored 20 points in the extra five minutes and won going away, 91-82. Iowa State (7-0) is now third in the nation in scoring at 91.7 points a game heading into Friday's game against 23rd-ranked Iowa.
The unbeaten Cyclones are also second nationally in assists per game - and they generate much of their attack from their defense. Iowa State leads the country with 36 defensive rebounds a game.