Will the Iowa State Cyclones keep its unblemished home court record going or will Oklahoma Sooners finally get back on the winning streak? Tonight these questions will be answered in Ames, Iowa as both teams battle for third place in the Big 12. Both teams are 5-3 in conference and need this win to move up in the conference standings.
This battle will be determined by who makes the best plays, rebounds and executes their plays right. It is so hard to win on the road in conference play especially at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones have been playing great at home and two of their Big 12 losses have come by a total of seven points and their other lost was to Kansas in overtime. In that game alone, the Cyclones had the game won and could be in second place right now if Ben McLemore wouldn’t have shot the three pointer for the Jayhawks to send it into overtime.
The Cyclones play with passion and emotion at home in front of their home crowd. They lead the league in scoring, and 3-pointers per contest and also one of the top leaders in assists and assists-to-turnover ration. These guys love to shoot the three and as of late are shooting lights out from outside the key. They are coming off a great win against Baylor at home in which they got to shooting 25 out of 30 free throws from the line. They play aggressive defense and play with toughness against any opponent they face. One of their best players is Will Clyburn who is having a monster of a season. He had 28 points against Baylor and was named Big 12 player of the week. The Sooners will need to stop him and fellow senior guard Tyrus McGee who is from Stringtown,OK if they want to break this home record and get back on the winning streak.
The Sooners need to captivate on getting the Cyclones to turnover the ball and get to the free throw line where they lead the league in free throw percentage. They need to step up on the defensive side of the ball and stop the Cyclones from shooting behind the arc which will be a tough task. The reason why is in their four league road games they have been outscored by 50%. Tonight they need to fix this and make sure the defensive pressure is on. Romero Osby, Amath M’Baye will need to have a strong game to get them back on the winning side.
This game will come down to who has the ball in the final minutes of the game and who will have the free throw advantage. Look for Iowa State to come out as the winner and win by only seven points. Having the home crowd behind you, the home court advantage and they don’t want to be like Kansas who just lost their home court streak will motivate you to win.
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