Iowa State forward Georges Niang celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Iowa State

Posted January 11th, 2016


Time: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn


Series history: Texas leads the all-times series, 17-14. The Cyclones have won four straight in the series, including a thrilling 69-67 decision in last season’s Big 12 tournament.

TEXAS (9-6 overall, 1-2 Big 12)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318516.44.8*
2GDemarcus HollandSr.6-31903.81.9
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.91.9*
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102355.76.0
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112652.03.9
Coach: Shaka Smart (9-6, 1st year at Texas; 172-62, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: It’s worth noting that five Big 12 teams have a 1-2 league record. Texas opened 1-2 last season before notching an unexpected win over No. 16 West Virginia in Morgantown. … G Demarcus Holland is expected back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game due to his grandmother’s funeral. … UT’s freshmen are learning how the intensity increases in January. Eric Davis is 3 for 14 (.214) from 3-point range in three league games. Tevin Mack is 4 for 14 (.286) from beyond the arc. Those totals aren’t helping the overall numbers. Texas has made only 18 of 72 3-pointers in Big 12 play so far. … The Horns are minus-3.7 in rebounding margin in Big 12 play, too.

No. 14 IOWA STATE (17-7 overall, 6-5 Big 12)
11GMonte MorrisJr.6-317514.87.2*
21GMatt ThomasJr.6-419710.25.1
1FJameel McKaySr.6-922512.49.0
2FAbdel NaderSr.6-622512.65.2
31FGeorges NiangSr.6-823019.06.4
Coach: Steve Prohm (17-7, 1st year at Iowa State; 121-36, 5th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Cyclones: F Georges Niang is easily one of the best players in the nation. In fact, he’s the only Division I player with at least 1,700 points, 550 rebounds and 325 assists for his career. His inside-out presence could cause Texas problems defensively. … F Abdel Nader can get himself into foul trouble, much like UT’s Prince Ibeh. The Cyclones are 19-3 whenever Nader can play more than 20 minutes. … G Monte Morris has seen his assist totals come down slightly since Big 12 play started. He still averages seven assists per game. … Overall, Iowa State isn’t known for lock-down defense. The Cyclones allowed a league-high 69 points last season. This year, it’s up to 73.7.

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