March Madness: Horrific shooting dooms No. 6 Iowa State in loss to No. 11 Pitt

No. 6 Iowa State had one of the worst shooting performances in modern NCAA tournament history in a 59-41 first-round loss to No. 11 Pitt in the Midwest region.

The Cyclones shot an abysmal 23% from the field as they had issues making baskets as soon as the game started. Pitt led the game 22-2 with 10:25 to go in the first half before Iowa State made its first field goal with 9:54 to go before halftime. The Cyclones missed their first 11 shots before Jaren Holmes finally scored.

Iowa State clawed back into the game over the course of the first half and then the second half somehow got even worse. ISU made two of its first 25 shots to open the half as Pitt opened a 20-point lead with less than three minutes to go.

Thanks to a few baskets in the final moments after Pitt had put the game away, the Cyclones barely avoided becoming the third team in modern men’s NCAA tournament history to shoot less than 20% from the field. Butler is the infamous record holder as it shot 18.8% from the field in its 2011 national title game loss to UConn. Mississippi Valley State also shot less than 20% from the field when it lost to UCLA in the first round of the tournament.

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