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Basketball Preview: We’re Talkin’ Oklahoma State Part II

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Iowa State looks to build off the Texas Tech win

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

The Cyclones are coming off a huge win on the road down in Lubbock against Texas Tech. As they move through a pivotal stretch in their schedule, Oklahoma State is standing in their way of a two game win streak.

Last Time Out

Iowa State was able to upset #8 ranked Texas Tech on the road 68-64. The Cyclones led for most of the game, and managed to hold off a furious Red Raiders rally late. The win snapped a two-game losing streak, all while thrusting themselves back into the Big 12 title race conversation.

Marial Shayok led the Cyclones with 20 points and Michael Jacobson added in 14 of his own on the evening. Iowa State shot 44% on the night and 5-22 from beyond the 3pt line. The energy and defense from the Cyclones was enough to hold Texas Tech at bay and give Iowa State a much needed win.

About Oklahoma State

A lot has happened for Oklahoma State since the last time we saw them down in Stillwater. Three players have been booted off the team include point guard Michael Weathers. Since the last matchup, Oklahoma State has gone 2-2, including wins over Texas and West Virginia. The Cowboys are averaging 70.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 40.5 percent shooting.

Overall as a team, there has been a bit of improvement in their KenPom ratings. When we last saw them they were ranked 126th in overall offensive efficiency, which has now improved to 106th in the country, and they can still shoot from behind the arc with the best of them.

The Pokes are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game, an area Iowa State always finds themselves struggling in. They also have lost three of their last four road games.

Player To Watch

Cameron McGriff. Currently he leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game and continues to be their go-to player in times of need. Last time out against Iowa State, McGriff scored 15 points shooting 5-14 from the floor he also pulled down 13 rebounds on the night. He will once again be an area of focus for Iowa State on the defensive end of the floor.

What Will Happen

This one has some added flavor to it as of Friday night. Oklahoma State will fly out on Saturday morning due to weather instead of the night before, which certainly is something that won’t be easy to deal with. Iowa State just beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys by six points on the road, but they’re back in Hilton where they’re shooting 50% from the floor, while allowing just 38 percent shooting, and outscoring teams by an average of 22 points. Oklahoma State can be a tough defensive team that can keep games close, but they’ve failed to cover nine of their last 11 games and are shooting just 39 percent from the field in their last five games.

With the added distractions of players being kicked off the team and now flying into Ames on gameday, I think Iowa State will take this one easily in the end. Give me the Cyclones to cover the 13 point spread and move on through their schedule.

The Pick: Iowa State- 78 Oklahoma State- 62

Pick Three

1- Lindell Wigginton returns to the starting lineup

2- Cameron Lard returns from injury

3- Iowa State hits 10 three pointers

Game Notes

The Matchup: Iowa State (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State (8-9, 2-3 Big 12)

Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m. (CST)

Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/TuneIn Radio Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)

TV: ESPNU Talent: Clay Matvick(PxP), Tim Welsh (Analyst)

Webcast: WatchESPN

Sirius/XM/Internet: 113/200/954 (internet)

Live Stats: Cyclonestats.com