I do think so. Ridley and Holmes combined for 39 points, 18 rebounds (including 7 offensive) and 7 blocks. Their interior presence forced ISU to attempt 32 three pointers, seven more than their average. They fact that they were able to knock down 11 of them kept ISU in the game. With lots of long shots come long rebounds and ISU was able to get hold of many of those, which also helped. But the superior size of Texas pounded ISU on the interior, drawing lots of fouls, which sent them to the line for high percentage free throws and putting an ISU team that isn't very deep in foul trouble. I alos remember the length of Texas defenders being a big reason ISu had so many turnovers. I think ISU has to get Ridley and/or Holmes out of the game in foul trouble for long stretches to have a good shot at winning. They were close in Austin, but Texas prevailed. Since Texas isn't getting any smaller, ISU needs to figure out what changes can be made. They'll either need to get the Texas bigs moving more side to side and drive past them or make more threes. I am cheering for ISu to win this game to help KU out in the standings, but I think it will very very hard. Until ISU proves thay can beat a team with big strong post players I will pick Texas.
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