Iowa State Cyclones (11-4 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 O/U) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (13-3 SU, 9-5 ATS, 6-8 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, January 14, 2017, Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas, 5:30 pm ET
Spread: TCU -1, Over/Under: 140
It’s a matchup of Big 12 Conference foes down in the Lone Star State. The Iowa State Cyclones are on the road as they take on the TCU Horned Frogs Saturday night. Iowa State has won two straight and five of their last six after knocking off Oklahoma State 96-86 on the road Wednesday night. TCU had lost two of three before knocking off Texas 64-61 on the road Wednesday night. Iowa State has taken the last eight meetings and has an 8-1 edge in the all-time series. That includes a 92-83 home win in the last matchup on February 20, 2016.
Iowa State Cyclones Go for Third Straight Win
Iowa State has been rolling along of late with their lone loss in the last six a two point defeat at #2 Baylor. The Cyclones had their high octane offense firing on all cylinders as they ran past Oklahoma State. Iowa State led by only one at the half but pulled away in the second half for the win. The Cyclones hit 52.2 percent from the field in the game and went 10 of 26 from three point range in the contest. Iowa State gave up 53.1 percent shooting from the floor but forced 16 Oklahoma State turnovers in the game. Monte Morris had 30 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in the victory to lead Iowa State.
The Cyclones are 34th in the nation this season in scoring offense with an average of 81.9 points per game. Iowa State is tied for 17th in the nation in rebounding with 40.8 boards a contest and is 54th in assists with 16.3 a game. The Cyclones are 56th in scoring defense as they allow 65.7 points per contest. Iowa State is shooting 46.1 percent from the floor this season. The Cyclones average nine three pointers a night while shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. Nazareth Mitrou-Long is second on the team with 15.5 points plus 4.9 boards and 2.9 assists per contest. Monte Morris puts up a team leading 15.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 dimes a night while Matt Thomas contributes 11.4 points plus 4.7 boards per game. Darrell Bowie, Nick Babb, Solomon Young, Merrill Holden and Deonte Burton (12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds) are all putting up at least 4.9 points a game.
TCU Horned Frogs Seek Second Straight Win
TCU has split their last four games after an 11-1 mark to the year. The Horned Frogs picked up a road win over a tough Texas squad to even their conference mark at 2-2. In a back and forth game, TCU took the lead for good in the final minute and managed to hang on for the victory. The Horned Frogs hit 44.8 percent from the field in the game and misfired on 18 of their 24 three point attempts. Both teams turned the ball over 17 times in the contest and struggled from the perimeter as Texas was 4 of 14 from beyond the arc. Vladimir Brodziansky had 19 points plus six rebounds to lead the way for the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs are 102nd in scoring offense as they pile up 77.1 points per game. TCU is tied for 133rd in rebounding with 37.6 boards per contest and 35th with 16.9 assists per game. The Horned Frogs are tied for 46th in scoring defense as they allow 65.3 points per contest. TCU is shooting 46.5 percent from the floor as a team. The Horned Frogs are knocking down seven triples per game on 34.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Vladimir Brodziansky leads the team with 11.9 points plus 5.3 boards per game. Alex Robinson adds 11.3 points and 5.3 assists a night. Jaylen Fisher, Brandon Parrish, Karviar Shepard, Desmond Bane, Malique Trent and Chris Washburn are all in the mix as well for a deep Horned Frogs rotation.
- Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog
- Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog
- No Key Trends
TCU has a deep rotation but they lack much in the way of experience, which is something the Cyclones have in spades. Jamie Dixon has done a great job turning this program around but it remains to be seen how the Horned Frogs will do in conference action. Iowa State has good weapons to work with and a tremendous point guard in Morris. The Cyclones showed they can win on the road. Their run and gun style gets them another road victory here.