Men's College Basketball
Preview
Iowa State at Texas Christian
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas

After losing back-to-back games at home, No. 20 Iowa State might be glad to hit the road for Saturday’s matchup against TCU. The Cyclones fell two games behind first-place Kansas State in the Big 12 following last Tuesday’s 73-69 loss to Baylor and hope to bounce back against TCU, which has lost three in a row.

Iowa State is looking to avenge a 92-83 loss to TCU at Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 9, when the Horned Frogs quieted the home crowd with a 27-4 first-half run before shooting 63.3 percent in the second half. Senior guard Marial Shayok is averaging a team-high 19.1 points for the undersized Cyclones, who rank ninth in the conference in rebounding margin at plus-0.6 and were dominated on the boards against Baylor by a 44-28 margin. “They came in here and kicked our butts," coach Steve Prohm told reporters. “We've got to find a way to be tougher. That’s the bottom line.” The Cyclones need to find an answer for TCU big men Kendric Davis and Kevin Samuel, who combined for 28 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in the first meeting earlier this month.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2

ABOUT IOWA STATE (19-7, 8-5 Big 12): Sophomore reserve guard Lindell Wigginton, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, was limited to 10 points against Baylor but is averaging 16 points and shooting 45.9 percent from 3-point range over the past seven games. Freshman guard Tyrese Haliburton leads the conference with a 4.5 assist-to-turnover ratio and scored nine points on three 3-pointers in Tuesday’s loss. The team’s impressive backcourt includes senior Nick Weiler-Babb (9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists), who is shooting a career-high 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and ranks second in the conference in assists.

ABOUT TCU (17-9, 5-8): After being held to eight points in a loss to Oklahoma last Saturday, leading scorer Desmond Bane (15.0) responded with 19 points and seven rebounds in Monday’s 68-61 loss to Oklahoma State. Sophomore forward Kouat Noi, averaging 14.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, has missed the last two games with a left-ankle injury but is expected to be cleared to start Saturday. Senior guard Alex Robinson ranks sixth in the nation at seven assists per game to pace the Horned Frogs, who boast the second-best 3-point defense in the league.

TIP-INS

1. Iowa State has won 11 of the 20 previous meetings against TCU, with the series tied 4-4 in games played in Fort Worth.

2. TCU has won 10 of its last 13 Big 12 home games dating back to last season.

3. Iowa State is 66-8 when leading at the half under Prohm.

PREDICTION: Iowa State 84, TCU 78
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Iowa State 19-7 L1 11-3 5-3 3-1 9-3 10-4 8-5
Texas Christian 17-9 L3 11-3 2-6 4-0 7-3 10-6 5-8
Last Meeting
Iowa State Texas Christian
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/9/19 TCU 92 ISU 83 83 32 45.2 92 30 53.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Iowa State M. Shayok 24 41.2 9
Texas Christian K. Davis 22 70.0 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Iowa State M. Shayok 7 3 4
Texas Christian K. Noi 7 1 6
Assists Player  
Iowa State T. Horton-Tucker 4
Texas Christian A. Robinson 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Iowa State M. Shayok 496 49.2 87
Texas Christian D. Bane 391 49.2 51
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Iowa State M. Jacobson 152 55 97
Texas Christian K. Samuel 189 78 111
Assists Player  
Iowa State N. Weiler-Babb 109
Texas Christian A. Robinson 183
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Iowa State Off vs  red bar Texas Christian Defense
blue bar 78.5 Points For
red bar 69.2 Points Against
blue bar 48.0 FG%
red bar 42.4 FG%
blue bar 32.6 Reb
red bar 30.7 Reb
red bar Texas Christian Off vs  blue bar Iowa State Defense
red bar 75.1 Points For
blue bar 66.9 Points Against
red bar 45.9 FG%
blue bar 41.6 FG%
red bar 33.7 Reb
blue bar 31.2 Reb