The Opponent: Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1, 1-0)
Tip: Wednesday, 8 p.m. CST - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa
TV/Webcast: ESPNU (Clay Matvick, PxP; Tim Welsh, Color) / WatchESPN
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters, PxP; Eric Heft, Color)
Texas Tech SB Nation Site: Viva the Matadors
What to Know
Recap: ISU Falls to Oklahoma in Big 12 Opener - It was a valiant effort on the road against a tough OU team, but Iowa State ended up losing to the Sooners 87-83 in Norman.
We're Talking Texas Tech - Tonight's game will be Tech's first true road game of the year, meaning they'll be playing in a somewhat unfamiliar environment.
Tale of the Tape: Iowa State - Viva the Matadors takes a quick peek at tonight's matchup.
Texas Tech-Iowa St. Preview - The Red Raiders' last road win over a top 25 team came way back in 2007 against Texas A&M.
As weird as it sounds, tonight's game in Hilton Coliseum against Texas Tech won't be easy for Iowa State. The Red Raiders have proven they're a worthy opponent this year, having lost only one game all season and knocking off the Texas Longhorns in their Big 12 opener.
An 0-2 start in conference play would be disastrous, and every home game from here on out is a must-win if the Cyclones are to compete for a Big 12 regular season title. Tech has proven they can hang with - and beat - Iowa State if ISU doesn't come out ready to play (see Lubbock, last year).
I don't think the Red Raiders will come into Hilton and win tonight, but I think it'll be a game that's much too close for comfort. If I'm right, expect the uneducated ISU fans to start the "sky is falling" parade due to only beating Tech by a few points in Hilton.
If the margin of victory is larger than this, I wouldn't be upset!
Iowa State 84 - Texas Tech 79