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Iowa State Men’s Basketball Preview: We’re Talkin’ Virginia Tech

Hokies and Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Last Time Out

The Cyclones gutted out a 68-64 victory to open the weekend in Orlando. Iowa State had just a 15% chance of victory with three and a half minutes left in the game and missed 19 consecutive shots in the first half. Regardless, Iowa State stays undefeated.

It seemed like it took some time for the Cyclones to calibrate against a real defense but were led by an incredible effort from the Iowa State backcourt of Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert. Both had 22 points and were instrumental in the Cyclones comeback in the second half.

About Virginia Tech

The Hokies beat Boise State last night in the night cap game and have a quick turnaround playing two games in less than 24 hours. Virginia Tech is 4-1 with their sole loss coming to South Carolina.

Virgina Tech had three players scoring 18+ points last night. This is a good shooting team, that can struggle getting stops on the other end. They’re shooting 37% from 3 as a team and have two players shooting above 40% individually. The Hokies will live and die with the 3-ball.

Opposing Player to Watch

I know I just talked about their shooting, but I’m going to pick their 6’10 man in the middle, Lynn Kidd. Kidd is averaging a near double-double with 18 points and 9 rebounds. In his best game this season he went for 24 and 15 against Campbell, and he’s been a good free throw shooter thus far.

He’s not known as a rim protector, only two blocks in his first five games, but his height and rebounding could give Virginia Tech second chance points from long rebounds after missed perimeter shots.

Pick 3

  1. The offense has a much improved first half.
  2. Curtis Jones game
  3. The over hits

Final Analysis

In a vacuum I think Iowa State is a better team than Virginia Tech, that being said, if the Hokies get hot from three, they could very well hand the Cyclones their first loss of the season. VCU hit some tough shots against Iowa State, and if the Hokies do the same, they have the firepower to run away with it.

Score Prediction

Iowa State- 76

Virginia Tech- 74