With out the staff’s perfect frontcourt participant, the Texas Longhorns will face the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames on Saturday — junior ahead Jericho Sims is out indefinitely after struggling with via a again damage for months.
Junior guard Jase Febres (knee) and sophomore ahead Gerald Liddell (again) may even leave out the sport, however the clinical body of workers is hopeful that freshman ahead Okayai Jones can go back from the ankle damage that he suffered final Saturday.
So Texas shall be with out no less than 3 gamers in opposition to Iowa State.
“Clearly our staff’s a bit bit short-handed at the moment, however whilst you get thus far within the season it’s were given to be about guys stepping ahead and your staff coming in combination across the guys which might be wholesome and taking part in your perfect basketball with that workforce and it would imply taking part in a bit bit otherwise, it would imply converting sure issues relying on who’s in the market, who’s now not in the market,” head trainer Shaka Good mentioned on Thursday. “However we surely have the blokes that may come in combination, so thinking about what we do on Saturday.”
The Cyclones took a up to date damage hit, too, as sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton’s profession at Iowa State is most probably over after he fractured his left wrist final Saturday. One of the crucial few shiny spots in a 10-14 season for head trainer Steve Prohm’s staff, Haliburton is the main scorer for the Clones at 15.2 issues consistent with recreation, along with main the staff in rebounds consistent with recreation (5.9), assists consistent with recreation (6.5) and steals consistent with recreation (2.5). He’s additionally the main three-point shooter (41.Nine %). In different phrases, Haliburton served because the catalyst in just about each house of the sport.
The lack of Haliburton method extra power on switch guard Rasir Bolton, who’s averaging 14.Nine issues consistent with recreation and a pair of.Nine assists consistent with recreation, and larger roles for guards Prentiss Nixon (8.2 issues consistent with recreation) and Terence Lewis (6.four issues consistent with recreation). Lewis specifically stepped up within the blowout loss to Oklahoma, scoring 17 issues, his profession prime.
“He’s had some video games previous this yr the place he didn’t play a lot in any respect, however he’s most likely the largest beneficiary of any one in the case of taking part in time and mins and shot makes an attempt and alternatives,” Good mentioned.
Within the earlier recreation between the 2 groups — two weeks in the past in Austin — the Longhorns wanted an 11-Zero run within the ultimate 2:29 to come back again from a four-point deficit for a four-point win. Iowa State led by way of as many as 8 issues in the second one part, however Texas sophomore guard Courtney Ramey scored 8 of 10 issues right through the decisive stretch, together with two three-pointers.
Ramey has been up and down for the Horns right through his 2nd season. With the the entire accidents, then again, Texas wishes Ramey to play extra constantly.
“He’s an enormous key,” Good mentioned. “He’s a man that I believe everyone knows is able to taking part in smartly, however he’s been up and down every now and then this yr. He’s a man that’s very laborious on himself will get disappointed with himself when he doesn’t do sure issues, however the very last thing we would like that to create is any form of loss of aggressiveness. Our message to him of overdue has been if you happen to’re going to make a screw up, make an competitive mistake, be the fellow that’s making the extra violent play than the opponent.
Previous within the convention season, Ramey used to be taking part in that method, main Good to mention that the coaches need him to copy the ones performances quite than the hot disappearing acts that come with six or fewer issues in 5 of the final seven video games.
The sport pointers off at 1 p.m. Central on ESPN2. KenPom.com offers Texas a 41 % win chance with a projected margin of 70-67 in prefer of Iowa State.