Last Time Out
Well don’t mind if I do... Iowa State defended home court as +3.5 underdogs to the second-best team in the country, and if I had an AP vote, the number one team according to me. Houston’s LJ Cryer struggled massively as his backcourt partners Emanuel Sharp and Jamal Shead rose to the challenge. Sharp finished with 20 points and 5 made three-point shots, Shead played incredible defense all-night and finished with 14 points, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Maybe the most impressive part about this win, Houston didn’t play that bad. Besides a slow start, trailing 14-0 to start the game, Houston looked like a top 2 team in the country the rest of the way, but the Cyclones kept answering.
The “answer” culminating in a near impossible opposite shoulder fade by the true freshman Milan Momcilovic with the go-ahead basket, only 30 seconds remaining. Momcilovic would sink two clutch free throws to go up 4 and put the game on ice.
About Oklahoma State
Similar to the Mike Boynton era teams that have come before this one, not all that impressive. Oklahoma State ranks near the bottom of the Big 12 but this team has given Iowa State fits in the past.
Don’t take my word for it, WRNL’s own Tom Turner did some digging this morning.
Under TJ, Iowa State has a record of 5-7 in the following game after beating a ranked opponent.— Tom Turner (@tom_turner00) January 13, 2024
To make things worse, Oklahoma State has won their past two games in Hilton.
Bad vibes for today
On the bright side, the Pokes are coming off a 17-point loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock, and this team hasn’t done particularly well in true road games. They’re 0-2 with the other loss coming from the Southern Illinois Salukis.
The Cowboys started the season 1-3 with losses to Abeline Christian, St. Bonaventure, and a down Notre Dame. KenPom has Oklahoma State as the 101st ranked teamed, and their 139th ranked offense should struggle against the nation’s 3rd best defense.
Opposing Player to Watch
Quion Williams is having a solid sophomore season for the Cowboys. The 6’5 guard leads the team in rebounds, steals, and has the 2nd best 3-point % on the team at 38%. He doesn’t average 10 points, but he’s finished four games in double digits, and a slow start to conference play could end today. Iowa State has done a good job of nullifying the opponent's leading scorer in the past two games, the Cowboys will need someone like Williams to step up today if they want to stick around.
- The under hits.
- Iowa State wins the turnover battle.
- Tamin Lipsey gets 10 rebounds.
Iowa State - 68
Oklahoma State - 56