The Big 12 Conference takes the stage this Tuesday in College Basketball when the 19th ranked Texas Longhorns visit the 11th ranked Iowa State Cyclones, at James H. Hilton Coliseum.
Texas has won two in a row and nine of their last 10 games for a 20-5 overall record; they are also 9-3 against Big 12 rivals, including the 88-71 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers last Saturday.
“We’re all playing for each other,” Texas Cameron Ridley said after scoring 17 points in the victory. “We’re playing for a Big 12 championship. Everybody on the team has the same goal, which is to win games, not anything selfish.”
Iowa State is 19-5 in the season; they have won four of the last five matchups, including a 70-54 win over Texas Tech, also on Saturday.
“We just lost our minds for a stretch,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. “For us to find a way to get it, even after they took the lead, is huge for us. I saw some faces in that huddle when they were making that run that suggested a little bit of bad body language,” Hoiberg added. “We pulled it together. Georges made some big plays for us down the stretch. Matt (Thomas) made a big basket…and DeAndre made a lot of big plays for us.”
Consider the Longhorns are 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against the Cyclones, and the total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa State.