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Longhorns do Not Accuse Their Weekend Loss And Take Down Iowa State

It was a key win for No.5 Texas that needed to digest losing the first place in the AP poll on Monday because of the setback, suffered on Saturday, against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.Putting things back in place was the premise for the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night, when they received the Iowa State Cyclones, as they looked to recover from the weekend defeat against the Nebraska Cornhuskers by 70-67, which cost them the first place in the AP poll. Finding themselves as No. 5 on Monday was a hard knock for the Longhorns, but they knew that there was no reason to look back as there is still way to go.Jordan Hamilton also wanted to focus in the present and leave behind a two-game shooting slump, reason why he spent extra time in the gym in an effort to get his shot back. And you know what they say: hard work is the key to success, phrase that Hamilton was about to experience with his 20 points against the Cyclones. The contender for Big 12 of the year also contributed to the victory with eight rebounds and one steal.For his teammate Tristan Thompson "Jordan came out with sparks flying," he said in reference to Hamilton's performance, which included consecutive 3-pointers in just 30 seconds during the second half, giving Texas a 19 point lead that left the Cyclones without options for a come from behind win.This was something that Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg had very clear and described as "a battle you can't win when you get down 20." He felt the game was lost early in the second half, when they allowed the nine point difference to turn into 20 in less than four minutes.

Thompson also played a big role in the 76-53 home win, as he was the top performer for Texas with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocks, recording a double-digit point game for the sixth time in his career. Not to forget that for the ninth time in the season he led the team in rebounds.As for the Cyclones this defeat by 23 points represented their fourth blowout loss of the season, which also extended their losing streak to 10 games. Looking at the Big 12 standings Iowa State's loss against Texas wasn't hard to predict, as they occupy the last place in the Conference with a 1-12 record and 14-14 overall. This made things easier for the Longhorns to beat the 18 point spread.Against Texas and for the 13th time in the season Diante Garrett led Iowa State in points with 16 that night, accounting 30.1% of the Cyclone's points. He has been pretty consistent in the last eight games where he has finished with straight double-digit points, but the team as a whole is his antithesis.With only three games left in the tournament the Cyclones can only wish for putting and end to their 11 loss streak and finish the season with a winning record. As for Texas, leader of the Big 12, it's almost time to start thinking about March Madness.Both of them will play this coming Saturday, February 26. Texas will do so on the road against the Colorado Buffaloes, and Iowa State will receive the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Watch Final Four In Scottsdale

For residents and visitors of Scottsdale, make sure to get out and get involved in this year's March Madness. March Madness is really heating up and watching the excitement with like minded sports fans always enhances the enjoyment. Here are just a few of the hot spots where you can go to share the thrill of the season.Four Peaks Brewery : This is a terrific experience for beer enthusiasts and sports fans alike. Four Peaks takes pride in their on-site brewery, which has produced a number of award winning brews since they opened their doors. Four Peaks has two locations, a fun and historic environment, relaxed atmosphere and tasty food. It's a good choice for watching the final four excitement while sampling some of the most unique and enjoyable brews. 15730 N.

Pima Rd., Scottsdale.Zipps Sports Grille: With various Valley locations - and each one differing as to its favorite pick, no matter where you go they still offer the same delicious homemade menu and large selection of your favorite libations served by a very friendly crew. You can watch the game on H.D. flat screen TV's, or play a game of pool or shuffleboard in your Neighborhood Sports Grill. Remember to bring your friends along or if you like, make new ones at a Zipps location near you. Check their website for the various locations.Blue 32: Here's another place where you can enjoy your favorite team on one of their 28 flat screen hi-def televisions. Relax and enjoy a tasty burger or some spicy wings. The friendly staff there prides themselves on preparing quality food and ensuring that their visitors have a fantastic dining experience. 7293 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.Arcadia Tavern: Even though it's only been open for about two years, Arcadia Tavern can host March Madness like any of the more seasoned taverns.

The bar has twenty-four, 50-inch flat screen TVs surrounding it. The all day special on Saturday, is bottled beer for half price. They serve delicious wings which you can order in a number of ways: tavern-style, with cayenne pepper sauce, with sweet citrus teriyaki or with southwest honey chipotle. By the way, if you can't find a babysitter just bring the kids with you. There are Xbox and Wii stations set up to keep the wee one entertained so the grown-ups can unwind. 4801 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.