Texas at Iowa State Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Live Streaming CoverageNoah Williams
A pair of ranked Big 12 teams go head-to-head as the 17th ranked Texas Longhorns visit Hilton Coliseum to take on the 9th ranked Iowa State Cyclones. The matchup tips at 9 PM ET on ESPN today. The game will be streamed live on Watch ESPN.
Texas lost to the Kansa Jayhawks 75-62 at the Erwin Center in Austin in Texas on Saturday. Meanwhile, Iowa State was shocked by Tubby Smith’s Texas Tech Red Raiders, 78-73 in Lubbock, Texas.
— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) January 25, 2015
Texas at Iowa State Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Live Streaming Coverage
Matchup: (17) Texas Longhorns at (9) Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Jan. 26, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Ames, Iowa
Stadium: Hilton Coliseum
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Texas Vs Iowa State
Point Spread: Iowa State -5.5
Texas will win this Big 12 matchup if
Keep the final score in the low 70s at most!
Rick Barnes’ Texas Longhorns have won two straight games after losing their previous two and host mighty Kansas on Saturday. Two nights later, the Horns will be in Iowa State to take on a very good Cyclones team.
If Texas wants to beat their high-scoring Big 12 rivals, they’ll need to slow down the tempo and keep the final scores for both teams in the low 70s at most.
While the Longhorns put up just 69.9 points per game (124th), they have also been one of the best defensive teams in the nation in holding their opponents to just 56.3 points per contest to rank a stellar 14th in the nation. Texas gets just 11.8 points per game from leading scorer Myles Turner but has plenty of balance with four players averaging 10.5 points per game or more.
The Horns were held to a pitiful 49 points in their stunning 21-point home loss to mediocre Oklahoma on Jan. 5 while getting held to just 58 points five days later in an 11-point road loss against Oklahoma State.
Iowa State will win this Big 12 matchup if
They run and gun to speed up the pace to their liking!
Fred Hoiberg’s Iowa State Cyclones are ranked 16th in the country in scoring (80.1 ppg) mostly because they play an up-tempo style – and shoot the ball nearly as well as any team in the country (48.7%, 19th).
Iowa State has plenty of balance with four different players leading them in the four major offensive statistical categories. Junior forward Geroges Niang leads the Cyclones in scoring (14.8 ppg), while Monte Morris leads the team in assists (5.8 per), Bryce Dejean-Jones leads the Cyclones in rebounding (5.9 per) and Dustin Hogue in field goal percentage (60.5%).
The Cyclones allow 67.1 points per game defensively (198th) but strangely enough, hold their opponents to just 41.1 percent shooting from the field and 32.0 percent from behind the three-point arc (107th).
Iowa State will need to play this game at their tempo against a Texas team that likes to play at a much slower and more deliberate pace.
Who will win this Big 12 matchup?
I’m fully expecting Iowa State to be favored by about six points in this contest – and I believe they’ll easily cover that figure against the offensively-challenged Longhorns.
Iowa State is a perfect 10-0 at home this season while Texas is just 3-2 on the road. I say…back the Cyclones to improve on their 3-1 ATS mark in their last four games.