Basketball

PREDICTIONS: No. 20 Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Jan 9, 2019; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats forward Xavier Sneed (20) blocks out West Virginia Mountaineers forward Lamont West (15) during the second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams: We often times hear coaches talk about the need for teams to work on themselves instead of worrying about the opponent. This is a sneaky important game for the Cyclones due to the following question: How does this group respond after a tough loss? It has yet to do so since Lindell Wigginton returned to the lineup. This is an important chemistry game against Iowa State. K-State is too depleted to win in Hilton (knock on wood).

Iowa State 70, K-State 62

Jared Stansbury: The Wildcats will be riding high coming off their comeback win over West Virginia on Wednesday. There is a possibility star forward Dean Wade will return to the lineup, but without him, I can’t imagine K-State being able to keep up in Hilton.

Iowa State 69, Kansas State 60

Brent Blum: This needs to be a workmanlike effort for the good guys. K-State will make the Cyclones grind for everything, but as long as Barry Brown is kept in check, I like the Clones to move to 3-1 in the Big 12.

Iowa State 76, Kansas State 68

Rob Gray: K-State is the last of four Big 12 teams ranked among the top nine in KenPom’s adjusted defensive rankings. The Dean Wade-less Wildcats are still good — even shorthanded, but not good enough to prevent an ISU rebound win at Hilton.

Cyclones 72, K-State 59

Kirk Haaland: Kansas State has been a strong defensive team so far this year built on sound defense, elite rebounding, and a bit of luck on opponent 3-point percentage while giving up a high rate of 3-point attempts. Their offense has been a major struggle as they’ve battled injuries to starters like Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade. Many of their guys have not shot the 3-pointer well despite having a better track record.

I think we’ll see a good bounce back game for Iowa State with personnel and style that they match up well with while having better talent overall. It will likely be a slog at times but…

Iowa State 73, Kansas State 64

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.