#19 Texas vs. #17 Iowa State

The best college basketball game of Tuesday night is the #19 ranked Texas Longhorns traveling to Iowa to face the#17 ranked Iowa State Cyclones.

 

Texas @ Iowa State Preview

texas vs iowa stateThe 20-5 Longhorns are coming off a 88-71 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers. The 19-5 Cyclones are coming off a 70-64 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The Longhorns are lead by junior Jonathan Holmes and sophomore Cameron Ridley. Holmes is averaging 13 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Ridley is averaging 11.1 points, 8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

The Cyclones are lead by seniors Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane. Ejim is averaging 18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Kane is averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

 

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2

 

Key Injuries

For Texas:

Nobody currently injured.

For Iowa State:

Abdel Nader out (eligibility).

 

How Texas Wins

Texas will win the game if they keep rebounding the ball the way they do. They rank 4th in the nation in rebounding as they average 42.3 per game. The Longhorns will also need to play better defense if they want a better chance at winning the game. The Longhorns’ defense gives up an average of 69.9 points per game and that ranks 154th in the nation.

 

How Iowa State Wins

Iowa State need to do what they do best and score the ball for the best chance at winning the game. They rank 4th in the country in scoring as they average 84.1 points per game. The Cyclones need to also keep making good passes to each other. They rank 1st in the country in assists as they average 18.6 per game. The final thing they need to do is play better defense. Their opponents are scoring an average of 73.7 points per game and that ranks 251st in the country.

 

My Prediction

Texas wants to force you to miss shots and then win the rebound the battle. Iowa State wants to go out and score a lot of points. Whichever team plays to their style will have the best chance of winning.

I think that the Cyclones will play to their style on their home court. I think that Texas doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Cyclones.

Final Score

Iowa State: 85
Texas: 73

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