Basketball

PREDICTIONS: Iowa State at Texas Tech

Feb 13, 2017; Lubbock, TX, USA; A Texas Tech Red Raiders cheerleader entertains the crowd during the game against the Baylor Bears at United Supermarkets Arena. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 84-78. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State (17-9, 9-5) at Texas Tech (17-10, 5-9)

TV: 8 p.m. on ESPNU

Line: Texas Tech by 1.5

Chris Williams: I agree with Vegas on this one … it’s a total toss-up. Iowa State is playing very well but the Big 12’s best have not fared well in Lubbock this year. The long road trip on a Monday isn’t encouraging either. My hope is that Tech’s double-overtime game at Morgantown on Saturday evens that out a bit. I will conservatively pick the Red Raiders to win this one by a 75-72 final. Obviously, the hope here is that the Cyclones prove me wrong.

Brent Blum: Texas Tech’s only two losses at home are to Kansas (by 1) and to Oklahoma State, who may be playing as well as anyone. The Red Raiders are playing very well of late and guard Keenan Evans is the best player in the Big 12 you’ve never heard of. Evans is averaging 24 points and shooting an absurd 75 percent from three (12-16) during his last four games. This is a tough spot for an Iowa State team to travel to on short rest. Iowa State has won in Lubbock just one time in the last four years. This is a grinder all the way. Texas Tech 79 Iowa State 75.

Chris Williams

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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.