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Iowa State Men’s Basketball Preview: We’re Talkin’ DePaul

Time to get back in the win column.

Syndication: The Ames Tribune Nirmalendu Majumdar / USA TODAY NETWORK

Last Time Out

The Cyclones would like to forget about their last game. They blew a 21-point lead to Texas A&M in a 73-69 loss. Iowa State gave up 48 points in the second half and a brutal Curtis Jones game didn’t help. Curtis shot 5-13 from the field and 2-9 from three. Things quickly turned when they started to blow that lead. Shooting 26.5% as a team from behind the arc wasn’t fun to watch either.

About DePaul

DePaul is what the kids call these days as “not good.” That means they don’t play the sport of basketball well. They sit at 1-5 and have lost home games to Purdue Fort-Wayne, Long Beach State, San Francisco, and Northern Illinois. DePaul has really struggled on the defensive side of the ball, having an opponent average 75.2. That speaks very well for the Cyclones who sometimes struggle getting the offense going.

Opposing Player to Watch

The player to watch for DePaul is Chico Carter Jr. The senior guard is averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds a game. Against South Carolina, he dropped 24 points and six rebounds earlier this year. Another player to keep an eye on is Jeremiah Oden, a transfer from Wyoming. He is averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. In the six games this season, Oden has scored double digits four times.

Pick 3

1. Lipsey has a double-double with points and assists.

2. Curtis Jones hits 3 or more three-pointers.

3. Tre King bullies in the paint and has 12+ points.

Final Analysis

DePaul is a great matchup for Iowa State right now. Their bad defense and undisciplined play style will work right into Iowa State's hands. The Cyclones will get back into the win column with a great 40 minutes of basketball. With DePaul struggling this season, the environment shouldn’t be an issue either. Tonight’s game is a perfect spot to get a win under their belts before coming back home to take on Iowa.

Score Prediction

DePaul - 59

Iowa State 77