Basketball

PREDICTIONS: Iowa State vs. Texas

Jan 4, 2017; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Tevin Mack (0) reacts against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-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 (9-4, 1-1) vs. Texas
TV Info: 8:15 tip on ESPN2
Line: Iowa State (-11)

Chris Williams: I’ll be honest: I have no idea what to expect from Texas. They are talented, but all over the place. I do think that Iowa State will come out and play well at home though. The Cyclones are finally starting to click when it comes to this four-guard thing. I’m also feeling a big game from Deonte Burton. I think he goes for 20 or more. The pick: Give me Iowa State by a 70-61 final. 

Jared Stansbury: Texas has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the Big 12 so far this season but they are coming off one of their best wins of the year against Oklahoma State on Wednesday. With a roster chalk-full of   young blue-chip prospects, it seems like it is only a matter of time before things click for Shaka Smart’s crew. The Longhorns have five freshmen and sophomores in their regular rotation so I don’t see Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum being that time. I expect Deonte Burton to come out with confidence after playing well in the second half of Iowa State’s loss to Baylor and we see the continued evolution of the small-ball lineup. The pick: Iowa State 75, Texas 62

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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 CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com 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.