PREDICTIONS: Iowa State vs. Texas Tech

Dec 1, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm looks on during the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Cincinnati won 55-54. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

A new feature at Cyclone Fanatic. Before every Big 12 basketball game, our team that covers the Cyclones – Chris Williams and Jared Stansbury – will give their predictions on how they see things going down. 

Today’s Game: Iowa State (8-3) vs. Texas Tech (11-1)
TV Info: 5 p.m. tip on ESPN News
Line: Iowa State (-5)

Chris Williams: Nobody really knows what to expect from an Iowa State team that struggled in the second half of the non-conference schedule. On the other side, Chris Beard’s Texas Tech team has benefitted from one of the worst non-conference schedules in all of college basketball. Iowa State isn’t exactly sharp right now but this is still Big 12 play inside of one of America’s strongest home court advantages. I think this is a game where Iowa State hits 10 or more threes and sneaks out a 76-66 victory.

Jared Stansbury: Texas Tech has been one of the more surprising teams in the league so far, but they definitely benefitted from a pretty weak non-conference schedule. Tonight’s game will be the Red Raiders’ second against a major conference opponent and their first major road game. I expect to see them try to slow the pace and shrink the number of possessions, but I also believe Iowa State will make an even more concerted effort to push the ball than they did during the first two months of the season. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see a more zoned in Cyclone team than we’ve seen in a while. I’ll take Iowa State to win 72-60.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.