The shot that put ISU up four with 28 seconds left in overtime.
Cyclone fans have voted and picked Donovan Jackson’s overtime three-pointer at Kansas as the program’s play of the year. Over the course of the bracket, Jackson’s three garnered nearly 2,000 votes and eventually beat out Deonte Burton’s dunk against West Virginia in the finals of the Big 12 Tournament by a tally of 682-586.
1 vs. 2. Burton vs. Jackson. You, the fans, have spoken and these are the final two plays standing. Which play will earn the title of top play of 2016-17 from the fans? Vote now and the winner will be revealed Tuesday morning.
We are on to the semifinals in our Play of the Year voting. The No. 1 seed is still standing as Deonte Burton fills one of the semifinals. In the other bracket, the No. 11 seed of Matt Thomas-Solomon Young has pulled off a pair of upsets to advance to face the No. 2 seed Donovan Jackson, whose three against KU has rolled through two match ups.
These votes will close Friday morning and we’ll open the championship voting that afternoon through the holiday weekend.
The top-8 plays have advanced with votes from you, the fans. Here is a run down as we get set to vote in the quarterfinals:
#1 vs. #16 – Top-seed Burton’s dunk against West Virginia def. Naz’s no-look against TCU – 1,012 votes to 63 votes. #8 vs. #9 – Morris’ no-look pass to Thomas at OSU upsets the #8-seed Mitrou-Long’s three against Nevada – 531 votes to 437 votes #5 vs. #12 – #5-seed Burton’s three at Kansas beats Nick Weiler-Babb’s “And-1” against West Virginia – 466 votes to 92 votes #4 vs. #13 – #13-seed Morris’ no-look pass to Bowie for an “And-1” dunk against OSU pulls the upset of #4-seed Naz’s three to send us to a second OT at Oklahoma – 300 votes to 217 votes. #11 vs. #6 – Another upset as #11-seed Thomas alley-oop to Young at K-State beats out Burton’s dunk against Nevada – 246 votes to 222 votes #3 vs. #14 – #3-seed Burton’s dunk to send it to OT at Oklahoma beats Jackson’s lob to Young against TCU – 236 votes to 188 votes #7 vs. #10 – #7-seed Morris knocks it out off OSU player to secure home win in season finale beats #10 Burton’s lob to Young against Nevada to beat first-half buzzer – 252 votes to 188 votes #2 vs. #15 – #2-seed Jackson’s three against KU rolls to easy win against #15 Thomas’ corner jumper against K-State – 354 votes to 32 votes
7 vs. 10
In the 7 vs. 10 match up we’ve got a defensive stop and a buzzer-beating alley-oop.
The No. 7 Seed – Morris Forces Big Turnover As ISU Holds On To Win
With Iowa State clinging to a three-point lead with just 8.8 seconds remaining, Monte Morris knocks the ball out off an OSU player to help the Cyclones beat the Cowboys on Senior Night at Hilton Coliseum.
The No. 10 Seed – Burton Breaks The Press And Finds Young For Slam
A perfectly executed press break resulted in Deonte Burton finding Solomon Young at the halftime buzzer as Iowa State opened up a 13-point lead on Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
7 vs. 10 Winner:Announced Thursday, May 18
2 vs. 15
Donovan Jackson hits one of the biggest threes of the season and Matt Thomas’ drills a tough shot to thwart a comeback at Hilton Coliseum in our 2 vs. 15 match up.
The No. 2 Seed – Jackson’s Corner Three Lifts ISU To Win At Allen Fieldhouse
With under 30 seconds left in overtime, Donovan Jackson hits ISU’s school-record 18th 3-pointer of the game as the Cyclones ended Kansas’ 51-game win streak inside Allen Fieldhouse.
The No. 15 Seed – Thomas Ends K-State’s Rally
After Kansas State had erased Iowa State’s 20 point lead to go in front by one, Matt Thomas hit a corner jumper in the face of a defender to put the Cyclones back in front to stay.
6 vs. 11
In the 6 vs. 11 match up, the lanes parted for a Deonte Burton dunk and Solomon Young rises up for the alley-oop slam at Kansas State.
The No. 6 Seed – Burton Elevates For The NCAA Tournament Slam
Deonte Burton took off from outside the lane to slam one home as the Nevada players got out of the way in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was one of Burton’s 17 dunks last season.
The No. 11 Seed – Thomas Hits Young For The Alley-Oop
Solomon Young broke onto the scene in a big way against Kansas State, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The big game included a big dunk courtesy Matt Thomas. On the break, Thomas lobs up a pass and Young finishes the slam.
6 vs. 11 Winner:Announced Thursday, May 18
3 vs. 14
Our 4 vs. 13 match up includes another Burton dunk, this one sending us to overtime in Norman, and Donovan Jackson finding Young for a dunk against TCU.
The No. 3 Seed – Burton Slams Door On Sooner Upset
Burton again found the lane wide open as he drove to tie the game at 69-69 with 35 seconds left. The Cyclones would get a stop to force overtime and eventually win it 92-87 in double OT. Burton finished the game with a career-high 31 points.
The No. 14 Seed – Young and Jackson Beat The Zone For The Dunk
Iowa State avenged an early season loss to TCU and Young pulled a Jackson pass that hit the backboard in and slammed it home all in one motion. The win was part of a six-game win streak in February.
5 vs. 12
In the 5 vs. 12 match up, Iowa State rolls into Kansas and gets a big win, thanks in part to this big shot! And the 12-seed features Nick Weiler-Babb coming off the bench to make a significant impact in the Big 12 Championship final.
The No. 5 Seed – “Oh no, oh yes!”
Iowa State was trailing at Kansas by one with 6:30 left, Deonte Burton dribbles down and pulls up for three. ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla lets out an “Oh no” and quickly follows with “Oh YES” as Burton’s three rips the net to put the Cyclones in front. Iowa State goes on to win 92-89 in overtime, snappying Kansas’ 51-game win streak at Allen Fieldhouse. Burton scored 29 points, 19 of which came after halftime.
The No. 12 Seed – Weiler-Babb With The Bucket And Foul
West Virginia had jumped out to a big lead, but Nick Weiler-Babb came off the bench and helped spark a Cyclone rally that would ultimately help them take control and win their third Big 12 Championship title in four years. Weiler-Babb takes the pass and finishes through contact to cut the WVU lead from 16-8 to 16-11 and ISU went on an 8-0 run to tie it. Weiler-Babb finished the game with five points and three steals.
5 vs. 12 Winner:Announced Monday, May 15
4 vs. 13
Our 4 vs. 13 match up includes a big-time three from Naz Mitrou-Long and another sweet pass by Monte Morris that resulted in a Darrell Bowie dunk.
The No. 4 Seed – Naz Sends It To A Second OT In Norman
Never go under a screen against a shooter like Mitrou-Long. Iowa State had trailed by as many as six just moments before, but Mitrou-Long scored six-straight points, including this deep three in the first overtime to force another. The Cyclones went on to win 92-87 with Mitrou-Long scoring 20 points.
The No. 13 Seed – Morris Zips A Pass To Bowie For The Slam And The Foul
Monté Morris and Darrell Bowie combined to erase any doubt against Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship. After OSU cuts ISU’s lead to just five with just under 13 minutes left, Morris zips a pass from outside the coaching box and Bowie finishes the dunk and draws the foul. Perfect exexcution, as Fraschilla explains.