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DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 9, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hilton Coliseum (14,376) -- Ames, Iowa. Television: None. Home Record: Nebraska Omaha 1-1, ISU 6-0. Away Record: Nebraska Omaha 0-6, ISU 0-1. Neutral Record: Nebraska Omaha 1-1, ISU 0-2 Conference Record: Nebraska Omaha 0-2, ISU 0-0. Series Record: Iowa State leads, 3-2.
GAMES NOTES: The Iowa State Cyclones will try to remain perfect at home this season when the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks invade Hilton Coliseum for a non- conference tussle Sunday night.
Losers of their last three games, the Mavericks are sitting at just 2-8 overall. All three of those defeats came on the road where the Mavericks have yet to earn a victory in six chances.
Iowa State clashed with in-state rival Iowa last time out and came away from Iowa City with an 80-71 loss to the Hawkeyes. The setback came in the first true road game for Iowa State which has spent the majority of its season on its home floor. That has been fortunate for the Cyclones who are 6-0 this year at Hilton Coliseum.
The last time these teams squared off was during the 1991-92 season. Iowa State earned a 114-57 victory in that matchup. In the game the Cyclones set a school record for points in the half with 76 in the second frame. The Cyclones lead the all-time series, 3-2.
Nebraska Omaha was absolutely dominated in its most recent contest as the Mavericks were routed 86-40 against Wisconsin. The Mavericks managed to shoot just 33.3 percent in the game including a mere 5-of-23 effort in the first half. The Mavericks were outrebounded 49-26, outscored from 3-point range (24-6) and on second chance points (21-9). Justin Simmons had a team-high of 12 points, while no other player scored more than six for Nebraska Omaha.
The Mavericks have made it a habit of getting beaten on both ends of the floor. As a team they are scoring a mediocre 64.3 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting. It is on the defensive end where the Mavericks have been particularly weak as they allow teams to shoot at a 47.3 percent clip and roll up 82.0 points per game. The Mavericks are also getting beat up on the glass as the team is getting outrebounded by nearly 10 boards per game. Simmons (12.1 ppg) was right in line with his season production against Wisconsin. He has scored in double figures in eight games this season and six straight. John Karhoff (10.8 ppg) has been a tad bit more erratic in his offensive performances. Alex Phillips (9.6 ppg) is another decent scoring option on a team that features only four players scoring more than six points per game.
Iowa State let a slim 36-35 lead at halftime dissolve in the second half in its loss to Iowa. The Cyclones had hit on 41.9 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half but dipped to 34.4 percent in the final 20 minutes en route to the setback. Iowa State also broke down on defense, allowing the Hawkeyes to deliver on 51.5 percent from the floor in the second half. Five different players scored in double figures fore ISU, led by Korie Lucious and Percy Gibson who each scored 14 points.
Offense hasn't bee a recurring problem for Fred Hoiberg's squad. The Cyclones are the 13th best scoring team in the nation, as they net 81.2 points per game. That type of offensive showing has come along with a respectable 45.2 field goal percentage and a +10.1 edge on the boards. Iowa State has also shown the ability to tighten up on defense, allowing teams to shoot just 38.3 percent from the field. Will Clyburn (14.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg) has a ton of size for a guard which has allowed him to get to the hoop to score as well as clean the glass effectively. Tyrus McGee (14.0 ppg) is the second scoring option and one of four different players scoring in double figures. Melvin Ejim, (10.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg) is a solid frontcourt player and Lucious (9.9 ppg, 5.4 apg) can score and distribute out of the backcourt. Georges Niang (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) provides scoring and rebounding off the bench.
When it plays at Hilton Coliseum Iowa State has been unstoppable this season. Nebraska Omaha won't have enough on either end to be the first team to capture a win on the Cyclones' home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 84, Nebraska Omaha 64
12/09 10:32:35 ET