AMES — No. 11 Iowa State will look to get back on track after a crushing road loss when they return home to face Texas Tech today.
Tip is set for 12:45 inside Hilton Coliseum. The game will air on WOI TV (Cable Ch. 5 in Fort Dodge).
After winning three straight, including two victories over Top 25 teams, Iowa State (18-5 overall, 6-5 in Big 12) was handled by West Virginia last Monday night, 102-77.
The defeat marked the worst loss of the year by the Cyclones, and the first time they have given up over 100 points this season.
Iowa State has won four of its last five over Texas Tech (13-11, 5-6), including eight of the 11 played in Ames.
Earlier this year, the Cyclones defeated the Red Raiders, 73-62, behind Georges Niang’s 17 points, seven rebounds.
Melvin Ejim leads the conference in scoring at 19 points per night. He is looking to become the first ISU player since Marcus Fizer in 2000 to finish atop the league scoring chart.
Both Ejim and DeAndre Kane were recently named to the Naismith Award Midseason Top-30. Kane has helped the Cyclones to the No. 1 spot in all of college basketball in assists per game at 18.5.
Texas Tech is led by Jaye Crockett who is averaging 14.5 points per game. Tubby Smith and the Red Raiders are on a three-game win streak that includes a 65-61 victory over then-No. 19 Oklahoma State.