AMES — Winners of two straight games, the 16th-ranked Iowa State men’s basketball team returns home to face TCU this afternoon.
Tip is set for 3 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum. WOI-TV Channel 5 will televise the game.
The Cyclones (17-4 overall, 5-4 in the Big 12 Conference) are looking to improve on their 10-1 home mark this season. ISU just concluded a four-game stretch against all ranked opponents, going 3-1 during that span. Iowa State’s last eight foes have been rated for at least one week since Jan. 7. The Cyclones are 6-2 against those top teams this season.
After facing four opponents with combined conference records of 22-11 at the time of the game, Iowa State’s next three are just 9-19.
Melvin Ejim is the Big 12’s top scorer at 18.3 points per contest. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim has posted seven double-doubles and against Oklahoma became just the 11th player in Big 12 history to grab 900 career rebounds.
Ejim is the only player in a power conference averaging at least 18 pts and eight rebounds, while also shooting 50 percent or better from the field and 35 percent behind the arc.
Georges Niang has been the Cyclones’ hottest player over the last five outings. Niang scored a career-high 27 points in an 81-75 victory over No. 23 Oklahoma a week ago and followed that with 17 points in a 98-97 triple-overtime triumph at Oklahoma State on Monday. He has contributed 20.8 points and 4.2 assists over the last five games.
TCU leads the all-time series against Iowa State at 5-3. The Cyclones own a 2-1 edge in games played in Ames. Iowa State swept the season series last year, prevailing 87-53 at Hilton Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs (9-12, 0-9) have dropped nine straight games, including a 59-54 decision to No. 15 Texas on Tuesday.
Kyan Anderson (15.1), Amric Fields (13.6) and Brandon Parrish (10.2) are the top offensive threats for TCU.
Under head coach Trent Johnson, the Frogs are now 20-3 overall and 9-2 this season when outshooting their opponent.
TCU has scored 70 or more points this season on eight occasions, which already eclipsed the total number of times the Purple and White scored over 70 in 32 games a year ago.