Big XII Tourney Preview: Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State is not entering the Big XII Conference Tournament in a confident fashion. Since losing All-Big XII sophomore Tyrese Haliburton to a broken wrist, the Cyclones have dropped six of their last eight games. Can they turn things around and make a run in Kansas City? The WagerTalk TV crew offers their Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State preview and prediction.

Date/Time: 03-11-2020, 18:00 EDT
Opening Spread: Oklahoma State -6.5
Opening Total: 140

In addition to losing Haliburton, starting guard Rasir Bolton suffered a concussion and hasn’t been cleared to practice. Guard Prentiss Nixon suffered a sprained ankle last week and has been limited in practice. Iowa State finished the regular season on a 2-6 slide with those six losses coming by 29, 20, 30, 12, 6, and 16 points. The Cyclones went 1-13 away from the Hilton Coliseum this season.

Oklahoma State has won seven of their last ten games, and those three losses came to Baylor (No. 3 in KenPom), West Virginia (No. 10) and Kansas (No. 1). The Cowboys are 17-14, and a good showing in the Big XII Tournament should help them secure a berth in the NIT. Oklahoma State has enjoyed considerable success in the Big XII Tournament over the years. The Cowboys are 12-2 all-time in the opening round of the conference tournament, and their .533 win percentage trails only Kansas among all Big XII teams. Oklahoma State has already experienced a tournament victory this year. The Cowboys won the NIT Tip-Off in Brooklyn over Penn State, Syracuse and Ole Miss.

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