Iowa State looks to hold off winless Jackson State
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Jackson State and Iowa State have one thing in common that they don't want to at the moment: Both are on four-game losing streaks.
It's been a rough start to the season for both, but at least one will take solace that their losing streak will end when they collide on Sunday at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State enters with a 1-4 record, but has dropped four straight after a season-opening win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Jackson State has started the season 0-4.
The Cyclones will be playing their third game in six days, having lost at home to Kansas State on Tuesday and at West Virginia on Friday.
One big problem for the Cyclones so far this season have been turnovers.
Iowa State is averaging over 16 turnovers a game, including 18 against Kansas State and 21 against West Virginia.
"A lot of travels," Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said after the Kansas State game of what specific turnover issues have popped up. "A lot of it not being shot-ready off of drive and kicks or skips. On passes to the weak side, just not being shot-ready and traveling. That was one and just forcing things when things weren't there. We've just got to be better."
Rasir Bolton leads Iowa State in scoring at 17.6 points per game, followed by Jalen Coleman-Lands (13.0 ppg.) and Javan Johnson (10.6 ppg.).
The Cyclones have dropped their last two home games.
Coming into Ames is a Jackson State team that will be playing its fifth straight road game to start the season.
Jackson State is coming off an 83-60 loss at Bradley on Thursday and has struggled to score thus far, as that loss was the only time this year the Tigers have reached the 60-point mark.
As a team, Jackson State enters shooting just 36.2 percent from the field overall and 28.6 percent from three-point range.
As has been the case with Iowa State, turnovers have been a problem for Jackson State since the Tigers have averaged 21 turnovers a game so far.
Jackson State has been led in scoring through the first four games by Tristan Jarrett (16.0 ppg.) and Jayveous McKinnis (15.7 ppg.).
McKinnis is also averaging 11.0 rebounds per game.
--Field Level Media
Updated December 19, 2020