Iowa State is coming off another inexcusable loss at home, this time to Baylor. The Cyclones now will look to rebound in Forth Worth against TCU, who gave Iowa State another head scratching home loss just two weeks ago. Here’s to hoping this time goes way better.
Last Time Out
Iowa State was outrebounded 44-28, and it proved to be the difference in a 73-69 loss to Baylor on Tuesday. Of the Bears 44 rebounds, 18 of them came on the offensive glass. Baylor held an 18-12 edge in second-chance points, which proved to be a major difference in the game. To make matters worse, the Cyclones were 2-12 from the field in the final 7 minutes of the game. Iowa State was led in scoring with 20 points from Marial Shayok and 10 from Lindell Wigginton. Baylor was also the first Cyclone opponent to make 10 threes since Illinois earlier in the season.
If you could believe it or not, TCU has lost three straight games since waltzing into Hilton and beating Iowa State. Two of the three games have been in Forth Worth. To note, Iowa State has lost the last two meetings down in Fort Worth. In this season’s first game, TCU scorched the Cyclones with a 22-2 first half run and shot 63.3 percent from the field in the second half to win 92-83 at Hilton Coliseum
The Horned Frogs are averaging 75 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting, all while allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. TCU has made some slight improvement in the KenPom rankings, moving up to the 43rd overall team with an adjusted offensive rating of 47th in the country and 44th on defense. TCU may have their ups and downs this season, but they’re still proving to be a pretty solid team.
Opponent Player To Watch
Kendric Davis, partly due to the fact he went off for 22 points against Iowa State last time on 70% shooting. Davis has averaged just under 15 points per game in his last four outings, though three of those have been losses. If this will be an inspired Iowa State team, they will not forget Davis torched them last time.
What Will Happen
I am no longer picking with confidence. These Cyclones have become so unpredictable as of late, I can no longer go with my gut in any of the remaining games. That being said, Iowa State has shown they are a better team when they have that back against the wall mentality. Steve Prohm is angry, which he mentioned on Friday, and I can only imagine what it has been like inside those walls of the practice facility. I really have no 100% certain reason to pick Iowa State basketball-wise, but I think Steve Prohm will have these guys ready to roll.
Give me the Cyclones in this one, but it will be close. It’s that time of the season where you roll with “Just Win Baby”.
The Pick: Iowa State-72 TCU-68
1- Iowa State outrebounded....again
2- Twitter has a minor meltdown mid-game
3- Lindell Wigginton hits 5 threes
The Matchup: No. 19 Iowa State (19-7, 8-5 Big 12) vs. TCU (17-9, 5-8 Big 12)
Where: Fort Worth, Texas - Schollmaier Arena (6,800)
When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/TuneIn Radio Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)
TV: ESPN2 Talent: Clay Matvick (PxP), Reid Gettys (Analyst)
Sirius/XM/Internet: 81/81/81 (internet)
Live Stats: Cyclonestats.com