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College Basketball: Iowa State faces tough challenge tonight on the road versus Texas Tech

AMES – No. 15 Iowa State faces its fifth top-25 opponent in the last six games when it travels to No. 18 Texas Tech for a Tuesday night Big 12 showdown.

The Matchup: No. 15 Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) vs. No. 18 Texas Tech (13-4, 3-2 Big 12)
Where: Lubbock, Texas – United Supermarkets Arena
When: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Varsity Radio App
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)
TV: ESPNU
Talent: Mark Neely (PxP), Chris Spatola (Analyst)
Webcast: WatchESPN
Live Stats: Cyclonestats.com

KEY STORYLINES
– Iowa State is 14-3 and 2-3 overall following a 79-70 win against Texas on Saturday … the 14-3 start is its best through 17 games since the 2014-15 team opened with the same record.
– ISU owns five quad one victories, which is tied for first nationally … the Cyclones are 19th in the NET rankings.
– The Cyclones are No. 15 in the AP Top 25, having been ranked the last eight weeks … ISU is 8-3 as a ranked team this season.
– The Cyclones are tied with Villanova for most top-25 wins nationally with four.
– Iowa State is in the midst of playing five of its first six Big 12 games against ranked opponents … ISU is just the fourth Big 12 team in league history and first since 2014-15 to open conference play with five of six against the AP Top 25.
– ISU has one of the nation’s top defenses, allowing just 59.3 points per game and holding opponents to 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 27.1 percent behind the arc … 10 of 17 opponents have scored 64 or fewer points.
– The Cyclones have already snapped losing streaks of 18-straight games overall, eight home games, 25 games against power conference opponents, 28 games away from Hilton Coliseum, 25 games in true road contests, 24 games to Big 12 opponents and 19 games to nationally ranked opponents.
– Izaiah Brockington was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List … the Philadelphia native is having a career year in scoring, rebounding, FG shooting and 3-PT FG shooting … Brockington has a Big 12-best six double-doubles.
– Gabe Kalscheur hit 6-of-12 3-pointers against Texas, tied for the most in the Big 12 this season … he scored 22 points.

LAST TIME OUT
– Iowa State shot 56.9 percent from the field against one of the nation’s top defensive teams in Texas, beating the Longhorns 79-70 at Hilton Coliseum … the Cyclones led for nearly 30 minutes in the top-25 showdown … ISU’s defense proved as well why it was one of the best nationally, turning Texas over a season-high 20 times and converting them into 23 points … Gabe Kalscheur hit a season-high six 3-pointers (6-12) and finished with 22 points … Kalscheur’s first three of the game was the 200th of his career … Tyrese Hunter had his best game as a Cyclone, scoring 13 points and dishing out eight assists with just two turnovers while being in complete control of the game from the tip.

ISU VERSUS TEXAS TECH
– The Cyclones and Red Raiders are playing the 41st game in the series with ISU owning a 21-19 edge in the series … Texas Tech leads 12-6 in games played in Lubbock … ISU’s last win in Lubbock was in 2019 (68-64) … Marial Shayok led four Cyclones in double figures with 20 points.
– Earlier this season, ISU held off a shorthanded Texas Tech squad that was playing with seven players … the Cyclones won 51-47 despite shooting just 3-for-19 in the second half … Brockington led the Cyclones with 14 points and nine rebounds … he scored seven points and pulled down two boards in the final two minutes, including a four-point play with 1:52 left after Tech had taken its first lead of the game … Kunc was also in double figures with 13 points … Davion Warren (12) and Bryson Williams (10) were the only players in double figures for TTU.
– T.J. Otzelberger is 1-0 against Texas Tech and Mark Adams.
– Adams faced the Cyclones as a head coach in 1996 when he led his UT-Pan American team, now UT-Rio Grande Valley, into Hilton Coliseum and fell to the Cyclones, 66-42.
– ISU is 393-612 against teams currently in the Big 12 Conference.

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