Iowa State off to 2-0 start in Big 12

By Luke Meredith

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson (11) looks to drive past Texas guard Julien Lewis, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Ames, Iowa.

Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa State's final non-conference win over Mississippi Valley State felt more like a loss because of how poorly the Cyclones played.

Coach Fred Hoiberg aired his frustrations to his team, and those words have sunk in.

Iowa State (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) is off to its first 2-0 start in the Big 12 in five years. The Cyclones beat Texas 77-71, then trounced preseason favorite Texas A&M 74-50 on Saturday behind 10 points, 10 assists and 18 rebounds from sophomore Royce White — just the sixth triple-double registered in a Big 12 game.

Iowa State hosts No. 9 Missouri on Wednesday night with a chance to knock off its first ranked opponent of the season.

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