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Unbeaten Cyclones visit Red Raiders

January 04, 2014 18:15:13 UK

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.

The undefeated Iowa State Cyclones put their No. 13 ranking on the line when they open Big 12 play in Lubbock against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The Cyclones have eased to a 12-0 start, but could pay the price if they look beyond the Red Raiders to Tuesday’s game against Baylor although Texas Tech has lost each time they have stepped in quality in the early going. Defeats to Alabama, Pittsburgh, Arizona, LSU and Arizona State seem indicative of a side that will struggle against Iowa State.

Defending National champion Louisville play their second American Conference game, against Rutgers, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ after defeating UCF in their opener on New Year’s Eve. It’s the final season in the renamed and reconstituted former Big East for both the Cardinals and the Scarlet Knights as Louisville heads to the ACC and Rutgers to the Big Ten. Rick Pitino’s side is without Chane Behanan who has been dismissed from the side and a mid week match up with the Memphis Tigers should give an indication as to how the Cardinals will play without the forward’s presence.

Kentucky’s three defeats are only good enough for No. 15 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, despite beating Louisville three days after Christmas. The Wildcats continue to be a work in progress, as losses to Michigan State, Baylor and North Carolina have shown, but the freshman class has already given notice that they are likely to be favored come the Tournament in March.

Meanwhile, Miami Heat areĀ 2.80 to win the NBA Championship and Oklahoma City Thunder can be backed at 8.00.

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