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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hilton Coliseum (14,376) -- Ames, Iowa. Television: None. Home Record: UNCW 0-0, ISU 0-0. Away Record: UNCW 0-1, ISU 0-0. Neutral Record: UNCW 0-0, ISU 0-0. Conference Record: UNCW 0-0, ISU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Fred Hoiberg's Cyclones are set to tip-off their 2013-14 campaign as Iowa State hosts the UNC Wilmington Seahawks at the Hilton Coliseum on Sunday.
UNC Wilmington began its season on Friday night with a lopsided, 82-39 loss to Iowa in Iowa City. The Seahawks are coming off a 10-20 finish to the 2012-13 season and clearly had a size disadvantage for their opener versus the Hawkeyes. They were outrebounded, 56-43, and went 2-of-23 from beyond the arc against Iowa. They also dealt out only six assists to 14 turnovers. Coach Buzz Williams has accumulated a 33-60 record since taking over the helm of the program.
The Cyclones seem to be the forgotten team in the Big 12 this season with Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor hogging up the spotlight due to the marquee names present on their respective rosters. Iowa State has been stellar under Hoiberg, winning 10 games in Big 12 action in each of the past two seasons. Hoiberg's team has gone 32-3 at home over the past two years and made a trip to the Big Dance in each of those seasons as well.
This is the first meeting in history between UNC Wilmington and Iowa State on the hardwood.
UNCW was led by Cedrick Williams on Friday versus Iowa. Williams nearly posted a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Addison Spruill chipped in 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field. The Seahawks shot a collective 16-of-72 from the floor. Freddie Jackson had a tough outing, finishing 1-of-10 on field goal tries with three misses on as many attempts from behind the 3- point line. Jackson appears to be poised to take on a bigger role after finishing sixth on the team in scoring with 6.9 ppg in 2012-13. The starting backcourt went a combined 3-of-24 from the field.
ISU made a big time addition over the offseason when DeAndre Kane landed in Ames after spending three seasons as Marshall's premier guard. Kane is not the only transfer expected to be in the starting lineup as forward Dustin Hogue is also slated to be on the floor at tip-off. Hogue is a 6-foot-6 forward who spent the past two seasons playing at Indian Hills C.C. Prior to that, he played for the historic Lincoln High School program in New York that has produced stars such as Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair. All news is not bright though, as the Cyclones will be without star Melvin Ejim, who is expected to miss the next four to six weeks as he recovers from a knee injury. Georges Niang, who was a member of the Big 12 All-Rookie Team in 2012-13, will be available as he looks to build upon his promising rookie campaign that yielded averages of 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Although ISU is missing one of its key players, Kane and Niang are both capable of leading the team to a victory over a weak foe like UNCW. The Seahawks will most likely be more competitive in their second outing as the shots are bound to start falling, but the difference in talent and athleticism between these squads is still very wide.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 75, UNC Wilmington 56
11/10 10:48:30 ET