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Preview: Iowa State meets Texas Tech at Big 12 Championships

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State returns to Kansas City for the 2022 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships where it has won four of the previous eight trophies. The 6th-seeded Cyclones will open play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. against 3rd-seeded Texas Tech.

The Matchup: Iowa State (20-11, 7-11 Big 12) vs. No. 14 Texas Tech (23-8, 12-6 Big 12)
Where: Kansas City, Mo. – T-Mobile Center
When: Thursday, March 10, 8:30 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Varsity Radio App
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)
TV: ESPN2
Talent: Jon Sciambi (PxP), Fran Fraschilla (Analyst); Kris Budden (Reporter)
Webcast: WatchESPN
Live Stats: Cyclonestats.com

KEY STORYLINES
– Iowa State heads into the postseason with a 20-11 record … ISU is +18 in the win column this season compared to last, the best turnaround in school and Big 12 history and the best-ever by a team led by a first-year head coach.
– Iowa State has nine Quad 1 victories this season, one of just four teams that can claim that many.
– The Cyclones are 12-4 in the last eight seasons at the Big 12 Championships.
– Izaiah Brockington and Tyrese Hunter took home a number of awards from the league’s coaches on Sunday … Brockington was named the league’s newcomer of the year, while Hunter was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year … Brockington was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, while Hunter earned a spot on the all-freshman team … Brockington is the first Cyclone to win newcomer of the year since Deonte Burton (2016) and Hunter is the first ISU freshman of the year award winner since Curtis Stinson (2004).
– Brockington finished the regular season third in the league in scoring (17.5) and rebounding (7.2) … he was the first Cyclone to win that many weekly honors since DeAndre Kane earned six in.
– Hunter broke the school freshman record for assists (155) and is six steals shy of that freshman record … in the last four games, Hunter has recorded his first career double-double at K-State (13 pts-10 assts) and dished out a career-high 13 dimes at Baylor … in those four games, he’s averaging 9.5 points. 8.8 assists and 2.3 steals … he’s also posted a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio in those games.
– Gabe Kalscheur scored a team-high 18 points at Baylor … in the last six games, Kalscheur is shooting 48.9 percent from the field.

LAST TIME OUT
– Iowa State fell at Baylor (75-68) in the regular season finale … the Bears went on a 22-0 run in the first half to lead by as many as 25 … ISU would fight back and erase the deficit, actually leading with less than four minutes remaining in the game … the Cyclones started the game 2-for-17 from the field, but was 26-for-42 (61.9 percent) the rest of the game … ISU saw a 16-game winning streak snapped when outshooting its opponent (47.5-47.3) … Gabe Kalscheur scored a team-high 18 points and Robert Jones had a season-high 12 points off the bench … Hunter dropped 13 assists, the second most by any Cyclone freshman in a single game.

ISU VERSUS TEXAS TECH
– The Cyclones and Red Raiders are playing the 42nd game in the series with ISU owning a 21-20 edge in the series.
– The teams are 1-1 against each other at neutral sites, both of which came in Kansas City … ISU won a 1997 meeting and Tech won in 2005 at the conference tournament.
– Iowa State and Texas Tech split the regular season series with both teams winning on their home floors.
– Izaiah Brockington averaged 13 points and 9.0 rebounds in the two games and Caleb Grill chipped in 12.5 points while making 6-of-14 3-pointers … for Tech, Bryson Williams averaged 13 points and Davion Warren 11.5 points … Kevin Obanor averaged 9.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.
– T.J. Otzelberger is 1-1 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 398-620 against teams currently in the Big 12 Conference.

ISU CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
– The Cyclones are the No. 6 seed in the tournament … this is the second time the Cyclones have been this seed, owning a 0-1 record in these games … 2016 was the only other time.
– Iowa State is 1-1 all-time against Texas Tech at the Big 12 Championships, defeating the Red Raiders in 1997 (72-70) and falling in 2005 (64-56).
– T.J. Otzelberger is making his debut in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship … Otzelberger is 7-3 as a head coach in conference tournaments (Summit: 6-1; Mountain West: 1-2).
– Iowa State has won 12 of its last 16 games at the tournament, winning the title in four of the last seven completed tournaments.
– Iowa State, Arizona, Kentucky and Villanova are the only power conference schools with four titles since 2014.
– ISU is 20-20 in the Big 12 Championship, winning the tournament five times (2000, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019).
– ISU is 78-92 all-time in conference tournaments with seven league tournament championships (1955-Big Seven; 1959-Big Eight; 2000-Big 12; 2014-Big 12; 2015-Big 12; 2017-Big 12; 2019-Big 12).
– ISU has earned a first day bye in eight of the last 11 seasons.
– ISU has won a game at the tournament in five of the last nine seasons.
– ISU has had 24 players all-time make the conference all-tournament team, including seven most outstanding players.
– In 2019, Iowa State won the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 5 seed, the lowest seeded team to ever win the title.

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