On Wednesday night, the Iowa State Cyclones will travel to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Iowa State comes in at 12-4 with a 2-2 conference record and is unranked. Texas Tech comes in ranked number 8 and are 15-1 and are undefeated in conference play at 4-0.
Iowa State Coming Off Loss
Iowa State is coming off a 58-57 heartbreaker against the Kansas St Wildcats. Iowa State led by 5 with 2 minutes to play but allowed the Wildcats to end the game on a 6-0 run to steal the victory in Ames. The defense was solid for the Cyclones, but their offense struggled all game. They shot just 42% from the field and 50% from the free throw line, and also missed the front end of a 1-and-1 a couple of times down the stretch. The leading scorer was Nick Weiler-Babb with 11 points, and he was the only Cyclone in double figure. Weiler-Babb also added 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Marial Shayok added 9 points and 4 rebounds. Lindell Wiggington led the Cyclones in rebounds with 5, and Tyrese Haliburton led in assists with 6.
Texas Tech is coming off a solid 68-62 road win over the Texas Longhorns. They used a 42-point second half to take the victory in Austin. Matt Mooney went off in this game, scoring 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting and was a perfect 3 for 3 from three-point range. Jarrett Culver was doing his thing as well, scoring 14 points and led the team in rebounds with 9 as well as assists with 6. Davide Moretti was the next highest scorer with 13 and Tariq Owens rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points. Norense Odiase pulled down 8 rebounds. A concern for the Red Raiders is the bench play as they got only 5 points from their bench the entire game and will need to get a little contribution from them if they are going to keep winning ballgames.
Iowa State Led by Shayok
Iowa State features four players that average double figures in the scoring column, led by Iowa transfer Marial Shayok, who averages 19.4 points a game. He is followed by Michael Jacobson, who scores 13.6 a game. Talen Horton-Tucker chips in 12.3 per game and Lindell Wiggington adds 11.7. Big man Michael Jacobson leads the Cyclones in rebounding with 6.1 a game and Nick Weiler-Babb is the leading assister with 4.3 each contest. Iowa State has been good on offense this year, putting up 79.8 points per game on 48.1% shooting. The defense has been their Achilles heel, allowing opponents to score 64.6 points each game and will have to do better if they want to hang with Texas Tech.
Sophomore superstar Jarrett Culver does it all for this Red Raider squad. He leads the team in all three major statistical categories. He scores 18.7 points, grabs 6.4 rebounds, and dishes out 4.1 assists each game. However, he is turning the ball over 2.5 times a game, but that will happen when you have the ball in your hands for the entire game. He is followed by Matt Mooney in the scoring column, who is the only other Red Raider averaging double-digits with 11.4 points a game. The offense has been solid for Texas Tech this season, averaging 72.7 a game and are shooting 47.8% from the floor. The defense has been the story for this team though as they are holding opponents to just 54 points a contest.
Texas Tech vs. Iowa Prediction
Texas Tech comes in at -5. The Cyclones will struggle to score the ball against the Texas Tech defense that is one of the best in the country. Also, Iowa State does not play good enough defense to keep the Red Raider offense in check. Jarrett Culver will have his way in this one and will lead his team to a solid win. Take Texas Tech -5.
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