Iowa State (6-2) at Iowa (7-2)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, December 7, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) -- Iowa City,
Iowa. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: ISU 6-0, Iowa 6-0. Away
Record: ISU 0-1, Iowa 0-1. Neutral Record: ISU 0-1, Iowa 1-1. Conference
Record: ISU 0-0, Iowa 0-0. Series Record: Iowa leads, 42-23.
GAME NOTES: The stage is set for this season's annual Corn-Cy Hawk Series, as
the Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes meet for state bragging rights at
Fred Hoiberg's Cyclones are coming off of an 83-72 decision over Florida Gulf
Coast, which improved their record to 6-2. Iowa State's only two losses came
against nationally-ranked opponents Cincinnati and UNLV, but it has picked up
double-digit victories in its other six competitions. The Cyclones are a
threat to scorch the nets with outside shooting every night as they average
82.5 ppg and 9.5 makes from downtown per contest.
Iowa is just a shade better with a 7-2 mark through nine games. Fran
McCaffery's squad is coming off of an 87-63 rout of South Dakota, which was
its second win in a row. The Hawkeyes only losses came to Wichita State and
Virginia Tech, both of which were played away from home. Iowa is outscoring
its opponents by an average of 12.8 ppg this season.
Iowa holds a 42-23 advantage in a series that began with a 30-27 Hawkeye win
back in 1910. However, Iowa State has won the last three meetings, two of
which took place at home.
The Cyclones showed they cannot be given any room on the perimeter the last
time out against FGCU. Iowa State knocked down 13-of-25 attempts from beyond
the arc, but also showed toughness on the inside by holding a 37-31 edge in
the rebounding battle. Korie Lucious stood out by drilling five 3-pointers on
his way to a team-high 17 points, which he accompanied with nine assists.
Melvin Ejim registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards and Tyrus
McGee was a spark off the bench with 16 points and seven rebounds. Will
Clyburn is the team's leading scorer with 16.1 ppg, while McGee (14.3) and
Ejim (11) rank second and third, respectively.
Iowa managed to run past South Dakota for a 24-point win despite converting
only 2-of-16 attempts from three-point range. The Hawkeyes did their work at
the charity stripe, where they drained 17-of-19 attempts. Aaron White tied his
season-high with 21 points and Roy Devyn Marble finished the contest with 14
points and eight rebounds, making it the ninth time he has reached double
figures this season. Devyn Marble leads the team with 14.4 ppg and 3.4 apg,
while White is close behind with 13.7 ppg.
Although Iowa has the home court advantage, it will have trouble stopping the
incoming Cyclones' 3-point shooting storm. Rivalry games usually yield close,
hard-fought games. It will be very difficult for ISU to come in and completely
control matters. If the Hawkeyes find their 3-point shooting stroke, they may
be able to pull off the minor upset.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 78, Iowa 74
12/07 10:35:23 ET