DES MOINES, Iowa —
While Hogue has given Iowa State’s offense an unexpected boost, he’s also been a standout interior defender for a team that doesn’t play too often with a true center.
“He does a little of everything for us. The No. 1 thing he brings is just an element of toughness to help get stops late in games and control the glass,” Hoiberg said. “He’s so strong on the interior and he can play multiple positions, and he’s knocking down his open shots right now, and he just has that warrior mentality. I love everything about the kid.”
Hogue is also a prime example of how much offense Iowa State generates from its defense.
The Cyclones lead the nation with 36 defensive rebounds a game — 4.4 more than second-place BYU. That helps them get out in transition for layups and 3-pointers.
Hoiberg said he’s been pleased with how often Iowa State has forced teams to settle for low-percentage mid-range jumpers. The Cyclones have also been adept at grabbing those misses and putting quick pressure on opponents at the other end of the floor.
Four of Iowa State’s starters are averaging at least four defensive boards per outing, led by Hogue’s 56 in seven games.
“Our guys have really bought into what we’re trying to do,” Hoiberg said. “I think we’re defending the 3 well, and I think we’re doing a decent job of limiting teams in the paint. And again, when teams have a size advantage on you, that’s what you have to do.”
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