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Men’s Basketball Preview: We’re Talkin’ BYU

The boys are headed out West.

Last Time Out

On Saturday, Iowa State was able to avoid the letdown spot against Oklahoma State. They came away with a 66-42 win after the game was pushed back multiple times due to the Cowboys’ travel plans being delayed. Oklahoma State had defeated the Cyclones the past two years in Ames, but not so fast my friend.

The team came to play, especially in the second half, only giving up 16 points to the Cowboys. Tamin Lipsey led the way in scoring with 17 points and some flashy assists. Following Lipsey were both Milan and Ward who both finished with 12 points and at least five rebounds.

The Cyclones were solid on offense, though they didn't struggle from behind the arc, going 3-15. Their main difference in the game came on the defensive end, no shocker there. Oklahoma State scored their fewest amount all season and shot just 31.9% from the field. Iowa State also forced 19 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them.

About BYU

So BYU is an interesting team. They have good wins and zero bad losses and were once 12-1 heading into conference play. They dropped the two first games which were close and happened to sneak away with a win against UCF.

They are a good offensive team that averages 85.6 points a game. They shoot .37% from deep and have multiple guys, including their posts make those threes. Along with hitting their jumpers, they crash the boards very well. The Cougars average 12.8 offensive rebounds a game.

Now, one problem for BYU is taking care of the ball. In their three conference games, they turned it over 18, 14, and 13 times. That was against Cincinnati, Baylor, and UCF who aren’t even the best defenses in the Big 12.

Opposing Player to Watch

There could be multiple guys to choose, with how BYU plays, They have seven players that average at least nine points per game. But, I’m going with Spencer Johnson as the main player to watch. Johnson is mostly on ball-handling duties and averages 10.9 points, 4.1 assists, and 5.4 rebounds.

He’s scored double digits 10 times and is always stuffing the box score. He does a lot of things for this BYU team, including crashing the boards. He is similar to Lipsey in the way Tamin grabbed offensive rebounds out of nowhere.

Pick 3

  1. Gilbert gets 15+ points,
  2. Iowa State forces 20 turnovers.
  3. Milan hits two 3-pointers.

Score Prediction

Iowa State - 79

BYU - 74