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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick & Prediction MAR 10TH 2022

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The Big 12 is likely to be a six-bid league for the upcoming NCAA Tournament, and two teams seemingly assured of an invitation will square off in the second round of the conference tournament Thursday when Iowa State plays No. 14 Texas Tech.

Each team has exceeded expectations this season.

Iowa State (20-11) was coming off a 2020-21 season that saw the Cyclones go 2-22 and 0-18 in the conference. It cost Steve Prohm his job, with T.J. Otzelberger returning to Iowa State after two previous stints as an assistant coach.

All the Cyclones did was win their first 12 games, including victories over a pair of ranked teams, and reach No. 8 in the rankings. They stumbled in Big 12 play but split the season series against Texas Tech with each team winning at home.

The Cyclones enter on a two-game skid that came after a four-game winning streak. On Saturday, the Cyclones trailed Baylor 29-4 with less than eight minutes remaining in the first half. But they managed to rally for a 60-58 lead with less than eight minutes remaining before falling 75-68.

"The first half, we came out a little bit on our heels," Otzelberger said. "We were a little carless with the ball. We didn't have toughness on the glass. Our guys fought from that point all the way forward to claim that lead late in that second half. Unbelievable heart and spirit from our guys."

Texas Tech (23-8) was picked in the preseason to finish fourth in Big 12 play, but there still was plenty of doubt circling the program after head coach Chris Beard left to return to Texas, his alma mater. However, longtime assistant Mark Adams has delivered after being promoted to the top job.

Adams used the transfer portal to build a team that debuted in the rankings in Week 6 and reached as high as No. 9.

Bryson Williams (14.0 points per game, 4.3 rebounds), Davion Warren (10.1 points, 3.1 rebounds), Kevin Obanor (9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds), Mylik Wilson (3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds) and Daniel Batcho (2.6 points, 3.0 rebounds) all had Division I experience before arriving in Lubbock. They've combined for 54.6 percent of the scoring and 47.3 percent of the rebounding for the Red Raiders.

For his efforts, Adams was named the AP Big 12 Coach of the Year. But he was more interested in talking about Williams, who was a first-team All-Big 12 selection.

"He's had such a great career and a great senior year with us," Adams said. "I don't know how much more we could ask of him. He's fun to coach and I'm so excited that he could receive these accolades. He's just a great scorer and he's going to have a great future after he's finished here."

--Field Level Media

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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Recap MAR 4TH 2021

Kyler Edwards poured in 22 points that included a 5-for-6 showing on 3-pointers to help No. 23 Texas Tech to an easy 72-52 victory over visiting Iowa State on Saturday afternoon in Big 12 Conference play in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Tech led by six points at the half but Iowa State cut the deficit to 29-27 on a jumper by Michael Jacobson at the 17:28 mark of the second half. The Red Raiders responded with a 12-2 run, keyed by nine points by Davide Moretti, to assume a 41-29 advantage. The Cyclones never got closer than seven points over the final 12 minutes.

Any potential suspense was defused by a 14-0 run by the Red Raiders beginning with 9:01 to play that netted them a 64-40 lead.

Moretti added 17 points for Texas Tech (12-5, 3-2 Big 12), which won its second straight game. Terrence Shannon Jr. returned after missing the past two games with a back injury and scored 11 points, hitting all four of his shots from the floor for the Red Raiders.

Tyrese Haliburton led the Cyclones with 13 points and Jacobson added 10. Iowa State (8-9, 1-4) fell for the second straight outing and for the fifth time in its past six games.

The Red Raiders never trailed, building as much as a nine-point lead through the first half on two separate occasions before settling for a 27-21 advantage at halftime.

Texas Tech outshot the Cyclones 47.6 percent to 31.3 percent over the first 20 minutes, got eight points from Edwards and led despite committing 13 turnovers in the half. It helped that Iowa State went 0-for-13 from beyond the arc. Haliburton's eight points paced the Cyclones and kept them within reach.

The Cyclones missed their first 15 3-pointers in the loss before Haliburton's long-distance basket with 12:09 to play brought Iowa State to within 43-34. They finished 3 of 22 from beyond the arc.

--Field Level Media

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