#1 Oklahoma vs #19 Iowa State Preview
When Oklahoma beat Iowa State in the Big 12 opener, it was thought to be a preview of two of the conference’s top contenders. The Sooners have continued their winning ways, only losing one game to then top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in 3 OT’s. For Iowa State it’s been a different story. they have lost two of their last three and are sliding down the polls.
The chance for redemption comes tonight for the Cyclones, as they look to avenge their 87-83 loss to the Sooners in Norman on January 2nd. That win has not been the norm for Oklahoma who previously dropped three out of four games against Iowa State, all games were played with both teams being ranked in the Top 25.
Oklahoma is about to become the No.1 team in the country, what would be their first in the AP Top 25 since March 1990. “The leadership of this group, the senior group, Jordan (Woodard) and those guys know that whatever is today is OK,” coach Lon Kruger said. “… but it’s nothing in terms of what we have to keep doing in Big 12 play in terms of getting better to keep challenging the opposition that lies ahead.”
Iowa State (13-4, 2-3) was thought to be a challenger entering the conference season but lost three of its first four games before Saturday’s 76-63 win at Kansas State. The Cyclones, though, still have to play Kansas and West Virginia twice each and could desperately use a win over the Sooners.
“I have learned a lot in my short time in this league, and we just have to continue to get better each day,” coach Steve Prohm said. “But to come here and win like this in double figures, it shows that we are not going to let people push us out and say that Iowa State is done this year.”
The Sooners will have a tough time winning in Ames, where the Cyclones are 72-6 since Feb. 26, 2011, and had won nine straight before falling 94-89 to Baylor on Jan. 9.
This game also features the two top scorers in the Big 12, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (26 PPG) and Iowa State’s Georges Niang (19.6 PPG)
I wouldn’t be surprised if Oklahoma’s stay atop the rankings is short, and they lose tonight in Ames tonight against an Iowa State team that needs a resume building win.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/1-oklahoma-vs-19-iowa-state-preview/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/a-38.jpg?fit=640%2C360&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/a-38.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Big 12NCAABRecent Posts#NCAAB,Iowa State Cyclones,Oklahoma SoonersWhen Oklahoma beat Iowa State in the Big 12 opener, it was thought to be a preview of two of the conference's top contenders. The Sooners have continued their winning ways, only losing one game to then top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in 3 OT's. For Iowa State it's been a...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk