Iowa State's Georges Niang celebrates with fans after his team defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 85-72 at Hilton Coliseum on January 25, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: No. 24 Texas at No. 14 Iowa State

Posted February 12th, 2016


Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hilton Coliseum (capacity 14,384)

TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn


Series history: Texas leads the all-time series, 18-14. The Longhorns won the last matchup on Jan. 12 with a 94-91 overtime victory. Isaiah Taylor scored 28 points and both freshmen Tevin Mack and Eric Davis added 14 each. Iowa State’s Georges Niang said Texas “shot the leather off the ball.”

No. 24 TEXAS (16-8 overall, 7-4 Big 12)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318515.44.9*
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.82.2*
5GKendal YancyJr.6-32103.12.0
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102356.65.6
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112654.05.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (16-8, 1st year at Texas; 179-64, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: The Big 12 is an insanely difficult league. Texas is still one game back in the league standings despite losing to Oklahoma on Monday. After facing the Cyclones, the Horns have a favorable closing stretch with four home games — all against title contenders — in Austin. … Few outside the city limits have noticed the all-Big 12 season G Isaiah Taylor is putting together. In league play, the junior is averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and shooting 84.5 percent from the free throw line. … Injured C Cam Ridley (featured foot) had a mid-week doctor appointment, but a UT spokesman said there was no newsworthy change in his timetable. Coaches hope Ridley can return for the postseason.

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: Coach Steve Prohm’s team is difficult to figure out. The Cyclones had a four-game winning streak but has since lost three of its last four. That includes an 85-82 loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday. “We’re battling our tails off,” Georges Niang said. “We’re not the deepest team. We’re asking guys to play out of position. It’s our coach’s first year working his tail off making ends meet.” … G Monte Morris became the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Niang also became the eighth player in Big 12 history to score 1,000 points in Big 12 play. … G Deonte Burton was a surprise starter for the second straight game against Tech. He finished with a team-high 20 points.

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