TCU, Iowa State Try to Reverse Current Form
The No. 22 TCU Horned Frogs and No. 19 Iowa State Cyclones will look to get back to what made them successful when they meet Wednesday in a Big 12 game.
For the Horned Frogs, this means getting back injured players Mike Miles, Jr. and Eddie Lampkin, Jr., whose absence coincides with the team’s current three-game losing streak. For the Cyclones, it is getting their defense and senior Gabe Kalscheur back on track as struggles for both had led to losses in four of the last five games.
Miles, who leads TCU scoring at 18.1 points per game, and Lampkin, who is tied for the team lead in rebounding (6.3), were full participants in practice Tuesday, putting them in line to play in the rematch of a two-point home loss to Iowa State last month.
Iowa State’s defense is ranked in the top 20 in points allowed, but one that has surrendered 78, 80, and 76 points in recent losses, an untenable situation for a team that scores 70 points per game when Kalscheur is playing well.
Kalscheur, a senior guard who hit the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds left against TCU last month, tends to run hot and cold, and right now, he is cold.
He has failed to crack eight points in the last three games while going 6-of-25.
Coles Filling Void
Sophomore JaKobe Coles has helped to pick up the slack with Miles and Lampkin out, scoring in double figures in a career-best five straight contests.
The 6-7 forward from Denton, TX, is averaging 14 points while shooting 60.5% from the field and 12-of-17 from the line over that span, including 17 points vs. West Virginia.
Coles started his career at Butler, where he saw very little action in 2020-21, which continued last season in his first year at TCU, but he has more than doubled his minutes this season, leading to an increase in all major statistical categories.
Lipsey Doing a Bit of Everything for Cyclones
Tamin Lipsey isn’t much of a factor points-wise on most nights for the Cyclones, but the freshman guard, who plays for his hometown team, affects the game in other ways.
Lipsey, the 15th player from Ames to play for Iowa State, is one of two players nationally averaging at least 7.5 points, 4.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 2.16 turnovers.
A 58% shooter on two-point attempts, Lindsey had 10 points and four assists, including one on Kalscheur’s game-winning shot against the Horned Frogs, and had career-highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (10) in last week’s victory over Kansas.
“He’s a great loose-ball guy and he’s the best offensive rebounder for a point guard I’ve seen”, Kansas head coach Bill Self told the media about the 6-1, 200-pound Lipsey. “The dude has a knack for getting 50-50 balls off the glass. I really like him.”
TCU vs Iowa State Game Injuries
TCU vs Iowa State Head-to-Head
Iowa State’s win over TCU last month knotted the series at 14 wins apiece.
The Cyclones have won two straight games in the series, but the Horned Frogs took eight of nine contests prior to that, including two in a row at Hilton Coliseum.
TCU vs Iowa State Game Information
- Game: TCU (17-8, 6-6 Big 12) vs Iowa State (16-8, 7-5)
- Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9:00 p.m. ET
- TCU vs Iowa State Live Stream: TBS.com
TCU vs Iowa State Betting Lines
TCU vs Iowa State Picks & Prediction
Iowa State, which is 9-5 against the spread at home and 6-6 against the number as a favorite, is giving four points to TCU on the college basketball lines. Six of the last eight meetings between the Cyclones and Horned Frogs were decided by four or fewer points.
Iowa State is listed at -175 in our Las Vegas NCAAB odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cyclones, you have a chance to win $77. TCU is +150, offering a chance to win $150 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Iowa State a 63.64% chance to win, with the Horned Frogs 40.00%