NCAAB #13 Iowa State vs Texas Tech

Posted by Aaron . on February 9, 2016 in

This Wednesday, the Iowa State Cyclones head south to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Big 12 men’s basketball online odds action. The Cyclones (17-6) and the Red Raiders (13-9) tip off at 9:00pm Eastern time. Texas Tech is coming off a ten-point loss at the University of Texas, while Iowa State is coming off a five-point win at Oklahoma State, one of the tougher home gyms in the conference. Let’s take a look at this matchup.

NCAAB #13 Iowa State vs Texas Tech

When: Wednesday, February 10, 9 PM EST
Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
TV: ESPNU
Radio: 1340 The Fan
Stream Option: WatchESPN

Why should you bet on Iowa State?

The Cyclones showed in their win at Oklahoma State why they are one of the grittier programs in the country. They took a 13-point lead in the second half, but then the Cowboys went on a big run. It took some flexibility on defense and some big shots down the stretch to seal the win for Iowa State. As usual, Georges Niang made the difference for the Cyclones, putting up 16 points in the second half (out of 18 for the game) and grabbed nine boards to help seal the win. He made 7 of 10 shots during the game and had all of those rebounds after the intermission. Matt Thomas and Monte Morris also dropped 16 each on the Cowboys, with Niang and Thomas each putting six points on the board in the game’s last five minutes. Morris knocked down two clutch free throws with just 13.5 seconds on the clock to clinch the win. When a team can hold on for this sort of win after seeing a big lead almost evaporate, especially in a loud away gym, that is a sign that they are ready for big games on a neutral floor — which the NCAA tournament definitely provides.

Why should you put your money on the Red Raiders?

Texas Tech has some savvy ball-handlers and can use their quickness to jump out to early leads. When Texas tried to lock them down with a full-court press in their game over the weekend, Tech was able to handle the press and get down the floor. For much of the game, each time Texas went on a run, the Red Raiders were able to answer. Texas Tech has a solid interior defense that frustrated the Longhorns’ Prince Ibeh for much of the game. They are also opportunistic on defense, one of the few teams that has a positive steal-to-turnover rate in the Big 12 this season. Against the Longhorns, they put in 16 points from 15 turnovers.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Iowa State has performed better on the Big 12 stage so far this year than Texas Tech, which is more of an upstart than a contender in the conference. I like the Cyclones to come to Lubbock and take care of business, leaving with an 80-72 win.