The No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones (12-2, 3-0 Big 12) host the Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-5, 0-3 Big 12) Tuesday in what may turn out to be a low-scoring game.
Texas Tech was beaten by the Oklahoma Sooners 68-63 at United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday, their third loss in a row. De’Vion Harmon led the way in the losing effort with 23 points. The Red Raiders remain ninth in the Big 12 Conference.
Iowa State won their fifth in a row in a close one on Saturday at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena, beating the TCU Horned Frogs 69-67. Gabe Kalscheur had 15 points, leading the team. The Cyclones dropped to third in the Big 12 Conference.
This marks the only meeting of the season between the teams. They last met in the Big 12 Conference Tourney quarterfinals when the Red Raiders eliminated the Cyclones with a 72-41 victory at T-Mobile Center in March 2022. Texas Tech and Iowa State split their regular season matchups last season, winning one game apiece.
The Red Raiders earned the win in the last meeting 72-41 at T-Mobile Center in March 2022. Terrence Shannon Jr. led the Red Raiders with 15 points, while Kevin McCullar Jr. was a key contributor with 11 points. Tyrese Hunter had 9 points in the losing effort. Kevin Obanor is averaging 16.4 points per game to lead the Red Raiders in scoring this season.
Meanwhile, Daniel Batcho is grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game, and Harmon is dishing 3.7 assists. Jaren Holmes’ 13.0 points per game have powered the Cyclones on offense.
Aljaz Kunc is collecting 4.6 rebounds per game, and Tamin Lipsey is tallying 4.5 assists. The Cyclones and the Red Raiders are two of the stingiest defenses in the nation, ranking ninth and 22nd in defensive efficiency, respectively.
The Cyclones have found success in recent meetings between the teams at James H. Hilton Coliseum, winning seven of the last 10. Texas Tech is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +14.0 (82.6-68.6).
For the season, the Red Raiders are averaging 78.4 points per game, compared to 63.9 for opponents. Iowa State has gone 8-2 over the last 10, scoring 67.2 points per game on average while holding opponents to 60.1 (+7.1 margin).
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Gabe Kalscheur: 19.4 | 14.6 | +4.8
Aljaz Kunc: 8.6 | 13.1 | -4.5
Points per game:
Gabe Kalscheur: 14.6 | 10.9 | +3.7
Rebounds per game:
Aljaz Kunc: 2.2 | 4.6 | -2.4
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