TCU (10-14) at Iowa State (16-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 1:45 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hilton Coliseum (14,356) -- Ames, Iowa. Television: Big 12 Network. Home Record: TCU 8-7, ISU 13-0. Away Record: TCU 1-6, ISU 2-7. Neutral Record: TCU 1-1, ISU 1-1. Conference Record: TCU 1-10, ISU 6-5. Series Record: TCU leads, 5-2.
GAME NOTES: Both the TCU Horned Frogs and the Iowa State Cyclones attempt to halt two-game losing skids on Saturday afternoon, as the teams meet in a Big 12 Conference clash at Hilton Coliseum.
Since pulling off an incredible upset of nationally-ranked Kansas on Feb. 6 (62-55), TCU has dropped a pair of games to West Virginia at home (63-50) and most recently, at Oklahoma on Monday night (75-48). The Horned Frogs are a lackluster 10-14 overall, but they've been even worse in the Big 12, as they sit alone in last place at 1-10 in conference play.
Iowa State recently embarked on a two-game road trip and came away with a 79-70 loss at nationally-ranked Kansas State on Feb. 9, and an 89-86 double- overtime setback to Texas on Wednesday to dip to 16-8 overall and 6-5 in the league. The Cyclones are eager to return home where they have yet to lose in 13 bouts.
These two teams met for the first time in more than 15 years on Jan. 19, with Iowa State winning in Fort Worth, 63-50. TCU still leads the all-time series though, 5-2.
TCU got off to an ice-cold start against Oklahoma earlier in the week, as it did not record its first field goal until nine minutes into the game. It finished the bout shooting only 16-of-53 from the field (.302), while committing 16 turnovers in the 27-point setback. Devonta Abron (12 points, nine rebounds) and Connell Crossland (10 points, eight rebounds) were both on the verge of double-doubles, while Kyan Anderson scored 11 points but did so on a woeful 4-of-19 from the field. The Horned Frogs are no strangers to dreadful offensive showings, as their scoring offense (54.0 ppg) ranks only above Howard and Grambling in all of Division I. Anderson (11.3 ppg) and Garlon Green (10.1 ppg) both benefit from a free-throw efficiency greater than 72 percent, but neither shoots better than 40 percent from the field. Adrick McKinney brings stability to the frontcourt with 8.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg. TCU's poor offense has all but spoiled its scoring defense (59.2 ppg), which ranks first in the Big 12.
Iowa State battled back-and-forth with Texas for 50 minutes on Wednesday night, but it ultimately couldn't outlast the Longhorns in double-overtime. In the end, the Cyclones were plagued by a poor night shooting, and even though they drained 28 field goals, including 11 3-pointers, they needed a whopping 80 shots to get there (.350). Melvin Ejim was a beast in the low block with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Tyrus McGee netted 21 points on 5-of-12 from 3-point range, Will Clyburn added 20 points and seven rebounds, Chris Babb chipped in 12 points, and Korie Lucious was just 1-of-9 from the field but made up for it by handing out 11 assists. While TCU has struggled to fill up the scoreboard, ISU has shined, ranking tied for seventh in the nation with 78.6 ppg. The balanced attack is paced by Clyburn with 15.0 ppg to go along with 7.2 rpg. Ejim (10.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg) and Georges Niang (11.2 ppg) do their damage in the frontcourt, while McGee (12.7 ppg) and Babb (9.4 ppg) are dangerous out on the perimeter. Making sure all the playmakers get their touches is Lucious (9.6 ppg), who ranks second in the Big 12 with 5.8 apg.
Despite the Cyclones' recent slide, they have been nothing short of outstanding at home, and against the league's last-place team, they should have no problem using their balanced attack to get back on track.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 71, TCU 56
02/16 11:03:49 ET