The Opponent: Texas Longhorns (16-8, 7-4)
Tip: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. CST - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa
TV/Webcast: ESPN/WatchESPN (Jon Sciambi - PxP, Fran Fraschilla - Color)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters - PxP, Eric Heft - Color)
Getting Up to Speed
LUBBOCK NASTY - Texas Tech 85, Iowa State 82 - The Cyclones had a number of bad things happen and lost to Texas Tech in Lubbock for the second consecutive season.
We're Talking Texas - This one could be a shootout, says cylentbutdeadly.
Texas Longhorns Head to Hilton - That "booing" thing comes up again in Burnt Orange Nation's preview of today's game.
Texas-Iowa St. Preview - "Havoc" is finally taking hold at Texas after a somewhat slow start for Shaka Smart.
Getting Jameel McKay back today is going to help Iowa State immensely from a depth standpoint, and if he comes back with a determined attitude, then it'll make ISU a much better team. It sounds like Deonte Burton will make the start today, but don't be surprised to see McKay get his usual amount of minutes coming off the bench.
The last time these two teams played, Texas came away with a 94-91 win in overtime. Coincidentally, the Cyclones are hot off another loss by three points in overtime to Texas Tech. After that first overtime loss to the Longhorns, ISU ripped off four straight wins, including a victory in the Octagon of Doom over K-State and a couple wins over Oklahoma and Kansas.
Four of Iowa State's last seven games come against ranked opponents, so there's some great opportunities to improve their NCAA Tournament seeding before the regular season is over. Tonight's the first shot to do that against Shaka Smart and a surging Texas squad.
Iowa State 81 - Texas 80