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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hilton Coliseum (14,356) -- Ames, Iowa. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: UT 7-1, ISU 8-0. Away Record: UT 0-2, ISU 1-3. Neutral Record: UT 1-4, ISU 1-1. Conference Record: UT 0-2, ISU 0-1. Series Record: UT leads, 13-8.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams coming off overtime losses will meet up this at the Hilton Coliseum, as the Iowa State Cyclones host the Texas Longhorns in Big 12 Conference play.
Texas has actually lost back-to-back overtime games, first an 86-79 setback at Baylor last weekend and then a 57-53 loss to West Virginia this past Wednesday to fall to 0-2 in league action. Wednesday's setback was the Longhorns' first loss on their home floor in eight tries this season. They enter this tilt with a 1-6 mark outside of Austin.
Meanwhile, Iowa State went on the road Wednesday night and took sixth-ranked Kansas to overtime, only to fall in a 97-89 final. Prior to that outcome, the Cyclones had won four straight and six of their previous seven games. They'll now look to get back on track inside their home arena, where they have won 15 in a row dating back to last season.
UT has won each of the last six meetings against the Cyclones to take a 13-8 lead in the head-to-head series.
The Longhorns appeared to be well on their way to victory Wednesday night, as they led WVU by 10 with 3:41 to play in regulation, thanks to a staunch defensive effort that had limited the Mountaineers to 37 points through the game's first 36 minutes. However, WVU closed went on a 13-0 run to go up by three with 16 seconds remaining, and it took a 3-pointer by UT's Jonathan Holmes with six seconds on the clock just to force overtime. The Longhorns could must only 1-of-5 field goals in the extra session as the Mountaineers claimed the win. Holmes finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in defeat, while Javan Felix joined him in double figures with 11 points. However, UT shot just 34.5 percent for the game and struggled mightily at the foul line, converting only 11-of-25 attempts (.440). Leading scorers Sheldon McClellan (15.2 ppg) and Julien Lewis (11.6 ppg) combined to shoot a mere 6-of-26 from the floor.
Those types of shooting droughts have not plagued the Cyclones, who are putting up 82.5 points per game, while knocking down 36 percent of their 3- point attempts. Five players are averaging double figures, led by Will Clyburn with 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. Second-leading scorer Tyrus McGee (13.2 ppg) is among the most dangerous sharpshooters in the nation, having connected on nearly half of his 3-pointers (41-of-85, .482). Down low, Melvin Ejim is pulling down 9.3 rebounds per game to go along with his 11.1 ppg scoring average. The Cyclones nearly pulled off a huge upset a few nights ago, but Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore banked in a three from the top of the key with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, as KU overcame a four- point deficit in the final 29 seconds. The Cyclones placed six players in double figures, led by Ejim with 19 points and 11 boards, but they also allowed KU to shoot a healthy 50 percent from the floor.
It will be interesting to see how Iowa State responds from such a heartbreaking loss, and how Texas rebounds from consecutive overtime losses. The Cyclones have the edge in terms of offensive firepower, and the home crowd figures to provide a nice boost.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 80, Texas 69
01/12 11:15:52 ET
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