Iowa State (12-4) at TCU (9-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) -- Fort Worth, Texas. Television: Big 12 Network. Home Record: ISU 10-0, TCU 7-4. Away Record: ISU 1-3, TCU 1-3. Neutral Record: ISU 1-1, TCU 1-1. Conference Record: ISU 2-1, TCU 0-4. Series Record: TCU leads, 5-1.
GAME NOTES: The Iowa State Cyclones and TCU Horned Frogs will square off as Big 12 Conference rivals for the first time in history on Saturday at Daniel- Meyer Coliseum.
This will not be the first-ever meeting however, as TCU owns a 5-1 all-time series lead versus the Cyclones. These schools have not played each other in more than 15 years and not at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since the 1981-82 campaign.
Fred Hoiberg's Cyclones will be tough to stop. They have compiled a 12-4 overall record thanks to Division I rankings of seventh in points (81.6), ninth in rebounds (42.1), and 11th in assists (17.0). ISU has lost to just one unranked opponent and picked up its second consecutive decision on Wednesday by edging West Virginia, 69-67.
Freshman Georges Niang hit a layup with 2.5 seconds left to save the day after the Cyclones surrendered an 18-point lead to the Mountaineers in the second half. Melvin Ejim, who leads the Big 12 in rebounding (9.6), recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Korie Lucious tallied 15 points and eight assists. Will Clyburn recorded 11 points and nine rebounds and Chris Babb added in 11 points. Clyburn leads six Cyclones with double-digit scoring averages at 14.1 ppg.
TCU enters the matchup 9-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference standings after it 67-54 setback to Kansas State on Wednesday. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Horned Frogs, but it was not because of their lack of defensive effort. TCU leads the Big 12 and is 11th nationally in scoring defense with only 56 allowed points per game, which is more than 16 points fewer per game than 2011-12's final figure. Coach Trent Johnson's immediate impact on the team's stopping ability is the bright side, but his squad, which has played at least one more game than every other school in the league, has tallied a Big-12 low 937 points (55.1).
Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson is pacing TCU in points (11.9), assists (3.5), and steals (1.5) despite his inconsistent play. The 5-foot-11 point guard caught fire at the end of November as he poured in 35 points versus UAB before tallying 41 more over the course of his next two outings. Anderson has not cracked the 20-point mark since his three-game tear. Senior guard Garlon Green is the only other player in double-figures with an even 11 points per outing, but was held scoreless at Baylor before netting just six points against the Wildcats while going a combined 2-of-16 from the floor in the poor displays. One player to watch is Adrick McKinney. The 6-8 senior forward just missed his third double-double of the season his last time out by posting 18 points and nine rebounds. McKinney leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 per tilt and he proved he can completely dominate the glass on Dec. 4 when he located 20 boards versus Houston.
TCU's stifling defense may be rendered useless by the Cyclones' uncanny 3- point capabilities. Iowa State's array of scorers will put a lot of pressure on Green and Anderson to step up their play.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 75, TCU 60
01/19 10:37:27 ET