Preview: Iowa State at Iowa

Iowa State faces its first true road test of the season when it visits 19th-ranked Iowa on Thursday in the annual Cy-Hawk series. The Cyclones have won four consecutive games, including an 81-59 victory against North Dakota State on Monday, to move on the cusp on the national rankings after receiving the second-most votes (33) outside the Top 25, and hope to continue their upward trajectory by knocking off the Hawkeyes for the fifth time in the last six years.

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“We know Iowa is a very good team and they have won some big games, but we have to go in there and take care of business,” Iowa State forward Michael Jacobson told reporters. “We need to move the ball and try to be versatile and hopefully come out with a win.” Iowa turned some heads by racing out to a 6-0 start, but expectations have been tempered after they suffered back-to-back losses in Big Ten play – including a 90-68 setback to No. 10 Michigan State on Monday. The Hawkeyes averaged 85.3 points during their six-game winning streak, but have been held to fewer than 70 while being outscored 86-46 in the paint over their last two defeats, and hope to bounce back by avoiding its first home loss to the Cyclones since 2014. “We didn’t expect things to go perfectly for the whole year,” Iowa forward Tyler Cook told reporters. “It’s a hiccup and it doesn’t change the way I look at this team.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

ABOUT IOWA STATE (7-1): Marial Shayok scored 20 points and matched a career high with three steals in the win against North Dakota State to finish in double figures for the eighth time in as many games. Jacobson added 15 points and 10 rebounds to notch his second consecutive double-double as the Cyclones posted their fourth win of 20 or more points this season. Cameron Lard, who averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in 2017-18, scored two points and blocked two shots in 10 minutes during his season debut Monday after missing the previous seven games due to suspension.

ABOUT IOWA (6-2): Cook scored 15 points and collected eight rebounds in the loss to Michigan State to move within 40 points of reaching 1,000 for his career. Isaiah Moss added 13 points while Jordan Bohannon drilled a pair of triples en route to 11 points against the Spartans to move within two 3-pointers of becoming the seventh player in program history to reach 200 for his career. Highly-touted freshman Joe Wieskamp produced eight points and four rebounds before suffering an ankle injury in the second half against Michigan State and his status for Thursday’s clash is unknown.

TIP-INS

1. The home team has won 13 of the last 15 meetings in the rivalry.

2. Iowa State is 16-4 in December games under Steve Prohm.

3. Iowa has won 55 of its last 59 non-conference home games since 2012.

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Preview: Iowa State at Texas

No. 18 Iowa State is coming on fast in the Big 12 and can post its sixth straight victory if it’s able to upend No. 14 Texas on Saturday. The visiting Cyclones and Longhorns are tied for third place in the league standings and only Saturday’s winner will remain eligible to win the Big 12 title.

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Iowa State has scored at least 27 points in every game during its winning streak and has given up 14 points or fewer three times during the hot stretch. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. We’re still a young football team,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said after his team doubled up Baylor 28-14 last weekend. “I think what’s exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there.” Texas avoided a third straight loss with a 41-34 triumph at Texas Tech its last time out as Lil’Jordan Humphrey made an athletic touchdown grab in the final minute. “He’s as good a jump ball guy as there is in the country. We’re already in field-goal range,” Longhorns coach Tom Herman said. “If we get one-on-one coverage, we’re going to try for the win.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network. LINE: Texas -3

ABOUT IOWA STATE (6-3, 5-2 Big 12): The Cyclones have only posted a single-season winning streak longer than five games twice in their history – a seven-game run in 1938 and a six-game streak in 2002. Brock Purdy threw one touchdown and ran for another in the win over Baylor while playing interception-free football for the third straight game. Hakeem Butler had one of his quietest games of the season with three catches for 25 yards, snapping his streaks of three straight 100-yard games and four consecutive games with a touchdown.

ABOUT TEXAS (7-3, 5-2): Sam Ehlinger tossed four touchdown passes last week, finishing a crisp 22-of-34 for 312 yards without an interception. In fact, the sophomore quarterback has not been picked off since Week 1, when he threw two interceptions against Maryland, and has 18 touchdowns and no picks since that contest. Ehlinger also has nine of the team’s 17 rushing TDs, while Keaontay Ingram and Tre Watson have combined for over 1,000 rushing yards and six scores.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Longhorns’ three losses have come by a total of nine points.

2. Texas has won 13 of the 15 all-time meetings with Iowa State.

3. The Cyclones’ defense has held eight of its 11 opponents below its season scoring average.

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NCAA Basketball Iowa St. vs Baylor

College Fantasy Basketball preview

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA College Basketball BIG 12 matchup preview. Come enjoy daily College Fantasy Basketball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of this upcoming March Madness 2016.

# 15 Ranked Iowa State will try to remain on the same momentum and win back to back games for the first time since last month, as they visit the 22nd seed Baylor on Tuesday night. Both teams are currently tied for 4th in the BIG 12 but Iowa State are coming back from a huge win this Saturday over then # 24 Texas 85-75. It was a relief for the Cyclones having dropped 3 out of 4 before their game this weekend. Monte Morris had a tremendous game and season high 24 points while Jameel Mackay’s return from suspension certainly helped the Cyclones with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.

 

The Baylor Bears will hope to find their stride after their defeat to Texas Tech on Saturday 84-66. For them as well, it was their 3rd setback in 4 games. They will need to gain their form back if they want to beat the Cyclones again like they did in early January 94-89 amidst a 5 game winning streak during that stretch. The Bears will need to contain somehow the 50.2% shooting percentage from Iowa State, as well as big man George Niang, averaging 20 points over the past games and his teammate Monte Morris who leads the BIG 12 in assists average with 7. They will count on their leading scorer Taurean Prince who averages 17.5 points the past 2 games and 15.1 on the year as well as their big inside man, Rico Gathers who leads the BIG 12 in rebounds averaging 10.2 a game with 12.4 points.

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