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Basketball Preview: We’re Talkin’ Texas Tech

Iowa State looks to hustle and grind their way to an upset.

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Last Time Out

Iowa State fell to 2-6 on the season and 0-4 in Big 12 play following a 78-72 loss at Texas. The Cyclones battled down the stretch, but ultimately too many turnovers did them in, which has been a common thread this season. Iowa State continues to shoot better than the teams they play, but it wasn’t enough once again. Solomon Young led the team with 13 points on the night.

About Texas Tech

The Red Raiders are 9-3 on the season with losses to Kansas, Oklahoma State and Houston. Tech is a very good defensive team, allowing 57 points per game. According to KenPom, the Red Raiders are 4th in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency and just to pile on even more they turnover opposing teams at the 3rd highest rate in the country. Something that should really pair well against our turnover issues. It’s going to be a tough day for Iowa State on the offensive end of the floor.

Player To Watch

Mac McClung, the junior transfer from Georgetown, leads the Red Raiders in scoring. If you don’t know who he is, he was all over YouTube for his play in high school. Check it out below.

McClung is averaging 15 points on the season and is the primary scoring option for Texas Tech. He is shooting roughly 40% from the field and 31% from behind the arc. He scored 16 points in their win over Kansas State on Tuesday.

What Will Happen

Iowa State’s turnover issues could be on full display today. Texas Tech is probably the best defensive team they will face all season, which is very worrisome considering our troubles handling the ball. Thankfully Iowa State’s shooting has come on as of late and may be able to keep them in this one like the last few games. If the Cyclones can find a way to eliminate to critical mistakes, maybe they can steal a game here. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening and the tough slide against the top teams will continue.

Texas Tech- 70

Iowa State- 60

Pick Three

1- Iowa State turns it over 20 times

2- Iowa State shoots near 50% from the field

3-Cyclone Larry falls in love