Sure, let’s start with the bad news, Cyclones fans.
Iowa State (2-18, 0-15) is not good this year. They beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-63 in the Nov. 29 season-opener. They beat Jackson State 60-45 on Dec. 20.
That’s the list of wins.
And it’s March.
Now, the good news: Sportsbooks don’t care where you’ve been; they only care where you’re going.
So, if you’re ride-or-die for the Cardinal and Gold, feel free to take in three rescheduled COVID-19 games on the menu this week — it’s three more pitches to swing at for that first win before the Big 12 Conference tournament.
With a little luck, maybe there won’t be any Associated Press top 25 teams on the horizon … uh …
Hello, No. 15 Texas. Welcome to Ames.
Tip is at 6 p.m. ESPN+ will stream Tuesday’s game.
Iowa’s sportsbooks favored the Cyclones in their most recent outing, but Saturday ended with a 76-72 loss to TCU.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm shifted his focus to Texas moments after Saturday’s game:
“We got to get back on the horse and be ready to go for Texas on Tuesday, together. I mean, you want to win for the seniors, you want to win for all these kids, and they deserve it. I can try to help them more so we can get over the hump.”
The Longhorns (14-7, 8-6) are favored at -11 to -11.5 in the early lines. Iowa sports betting fans can stay on top of the live odds at PlayIA.com.
Texas vs. Iowa State odds
Slow start helped the ‘under’ Frogs
The Cyclones fell into a 14-point hole to squander one of their better opportunities for that elusive win. Senior Jalen Coleman-Lands‘ 21-point performance helped pull Iowa State back to 49-47 early on in the second half.
“They’re competitors. They’ve been resilient and they’ve persevered through everything that’s been thrown out in this year. And so, obviously, it’s a disappointed locker room because we haven’t won. And so, there’s there’s no magical speech that I that I can give them.”
Iowa State’s gauntlet continues Thursday with a road trip to No. 18 Texas Tech, then a trip Saturday to Kansas State wraps up the regular season.