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Missouri Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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After rebounding from two lopsided losses in Big 12 play, No. 23 Iowa State will try to continue its turnaround against Missouri in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday afternoon in Ames, Iowa.

The Cyclones (15-5) are coming off a thrilling 84-81 overtime victory at Oklahoma State on Wednesday. That win came on the heels of losses to Texas Tech on Jan. 18 and TCU four days later.

Cyclones guard Izaiah Brockington scored 26 points to lead the charge against the Cowboys.

"We had to match their intensity, all game," Brockington said. "They really brought it, but through the highs and the lows, we just kind of looked ahead to the next play, didn't let ourselves get rattled, and focused on what we had to do next."

That road victory boosted Iowa State's NCAA Tournament resume, but Brockington shrugged off its impact.

"It improves the record, and makes it a little easier to look at, but it's really just on to the next one for us," he said. "It's a good win, we needed one on the road, and it's on to the next."

Iowa State returns home to face Missouri (8-11) as the challenge between the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference brings a welcome change in opponents.

"I like the fact that everyone plays the games in one day, so it is a true series," Cyclones coach T.J. Otzelberger said. "We are confident in our league and feel like we are the best league in America. So, it is a great chance with a lot of national TV games, to go out and prove that. So, I think it is a great opportunity, and we are excited to play in front of our fans on Saturday."

Missouri got Iowa State's attention by nearly upsetting No. 1 Auburn at home before dropping a 55-54 decision on Tuesday.

"We feel like we're a good team, as good as anybody," said Javon Pickett, who scored 17 points against Auburn. "I feel like we went out there and proved that (Tuesday). We've just got to go finish and close."

Kobe Brown averages team-leading totals in points (13.5) and rebounds (8.7) points, but he has totaled 33 points in the team's last five losses.

"I thought he was aggressive, but one thing I told him, 'Don't play around with (the ball). Make your move. Catch and shoot. Drive the ball,'" Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. "Because as he's playing with the ball, you allow the defense to get set. Make quick moves, get the switch you want and make the next play."

Like Missouri, Iowa State has struggled with its 3-point accuracy.

The Cyclones were shooting 32.3 percent behind the arc heading into the game against Oklahoma State game. They responded by making 12 of 28 shots from 3-point range versus the Cowboys.

Iowa State freshman Tyrese Hunter continued his development by scoring 18 points in that game, including five in overtime.

"At the end of the day, we don't have time for him to be a freshman anymore," Otzelberger said. "I know he is 18, but we're counting on him. He made some huge plays in overtime."

--Field Level Media

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Missouri Tigers
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Iowa State Cyclones

Missouri Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Izaiah Brockington scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 23 Iowa State past Missouri 67-50 Saturday in Ames, Iowa, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Tyrese Hunter had 14 points and four assists and Aljaz Kunc added 11 points for Iowa State (16-5, 3-5 Big 12), which remained unbeaten in nonconference play.

DaJuan Gordon scored 15 points for the Tigers (8-12, 2-5 SEC), who led by as many as five points during the first half. Amari Davis scored 11 points and Jarron Coleman added 10.

The game was a renewal of a longtime Big 8/Big 12 rivalry. For the 12th time in 21 games this season the Cyclones held their opponent to 64 or fewer points.

Missouri started the game by hitting their first four shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer, to take an early 9-6 lead. Gordon led that charge with seven quick points.

Iowa State responded by holding the Tigers scoreless for the next 5:56 while moving ahead 13-9.

After Hunter hit a second-chance jumper to give the Cyclones an 18-14 lead, Missouri made an 11-2 run behind Ronnie DeGray III's three free throws and 3-point jumper.

But Iowa State scored eight unanswered points -- six of them from Brockington -- to turn its 29-24 deficit into a 32-29 halftime lead. A technical foul call on Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin with 14 seconds left in the half helped spur that turnaround.

The Cyclones forced 13 Missouri turnovers in the first 20 minutes while overcoming their 34.5 percent shooting from the floor.

After Missouri pulled even at 34-34 with 16:35 left to play, Iowa State started pulling away by scoring 15 unanswered points.

Hunter hit two jumpers and Brockington, Caleb Grill and Kunc hit 3-point jumpers to spark the Cyclones. They pushed their lead to 55-37 on Kunc's layup and coasted in from there.

--Field Level Media

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