Iowa State men take on No. 19 TCU Saturday

No. 24 Iowa State will play its second ranked opponent on the road this week, as
the Cyclones travel to Fort Worth to take on No. 19 TCU. It will be the third-straight
meeting between the two teams with both of them being ranked.

KEY STORYLINES

  1. The Cyclones are coming off an 87-72 setback at No. 20 BYU on Tuesday night.
    The 87 points were the most allowed by ISU under T.J. Otzelberger.
  2. Last week, ISU had a perfect week at Hilton Coliseum, beating No. 2 Houston
    57-53 on and Oklahoma State 66-42. It marked just the second time in Iowa
    State’s Big 12 history to hold back-to-back league opponents to under 100 points
    combined. It was Houston’s lowest point total since Dec. 3, 2022.
  3. Iowa State has won 27-straight games against non-conference opponents at Hilton Coliseum, tied for the ninth-longest streak in the nation. Prior to Big 12 play, Iowa State had scored 80-plus points in six-straight games, the most since doing so six-straight times in 2018.
  4. Under Otzelberger, ISU is 35-7 against non-con opponents. The 35 wins are tied for the ninth-most in the nation and the .833 winning percentage is the seventhbest.
  5. Iowa State went 6-0 in the month of December, as Iowa State improved to 16-1 in the month under Otz. The 16 victories under Otz are tied for the 10th most in the nation in that span.
  6. Iowa State is 23-1 under Otz when four or more players score in double figures.
  7. The six highest scoring Cyclone outputs under Otzelberger have all come this season, including a pair of 100 point performances. Nine of the 10 highest under Otz have also come this season.
  8. One of the nation’s toughest venues, ISU will play 18 games in Hilton Coliseum this season. In its 53rd year, Iowa State owns a .745 winning percentage and picked up its 600th win in the venue Dec. 7 against Iowa.
  9. The Cyclones have scored 90 or more points six times this season. It is the most times hitting that mark in a season since the 2016-17 team did so eight times.
  10. Only nine players in the country are averaging at least 13.1 points, 4.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game this season. Two of them reside in the Cyclone backcourt in Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert.
  11. Lipsey, a unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team selection last year, is averaging 14.5 points, 5.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 steals this year. He is the only player in America since 1996-97 to average those numbers in a season. Lipsey earned ESPN Events Invitational All-Tournament honors
    during Feast Week and turned in the seventh triple-double in school history against DePaul on Dec. 1. Against Prairie View A&M, he broke the school record for steals in a game with eight.
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