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Cyclones Host Augustana In Exhibition

Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 10/31/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa - Fans can get their first look at the 2013-14 Iowa State men's basketball team when it hosts Augustana (S.D.) Sunday evening in the lone exhibition for the Cyclones. Tipoff from Hilton Coliseum is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
When: Sunday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Cyclones.tv powered by Mediacom | Channel Info
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Webcast: Cyclones.tv
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, assistant director of athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the game at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.

Cyclone Notebook
- Iowa State is playing its 107th season and the fourth under head coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg has led the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons and is seeking to become the second coach in school history to earn three berths in a row (Tim Floyd, 1995-97). Hoiberg is 62-39 overall at Iowa State.
- The Cyclones played at Creighton on Oct. 27 in a closed scrimmage. It was the fifth time that ISU has used one of its exhibition dates to play a closed scrimmage: Creighton (2008), Bradley (2010), Nebraska (2011, 2012).
- Iowa State is 45-4 in exhibition games dating back to the 1983-84 season. The last Cyclone loss in an exhibition was in 2005-06 when they fell to EA Sports, 64-57.
- Augustana head coach Tom Billeter was an assistant coach at Texas A&M from 1998-2003 under Melvin Watkins. The Cyclones were 4-2 against A&M during his tenure in College Station.
- Iowa State was picked fourth in the Big 12 coaches preseason poll, its highest preseason pick since 2000-01. Senior Melvin Ejim was selected to the preseason All-Big 12 team.
- ISU returns just six players from last year’s team that finished 23-12. ISU will be led by Ejim (11.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and sophomore Georges Niang (12.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg), who are the lone returning starters for the Cyclones.
- The Cyclones welcome eight newcomers, a list that includes two transfers that won’t play this season, two freshmen and four junior college players.
- The top addition in the offseason was DeAndre Kane, a 6-4 guard who transferred from Marshall in May. Kane, who is eligible immediately and on the Bob Cousy Award watch list, averaged 15.1 points per game and 7.0 assists (11th nationally) last season. He has scored 1,496 career points.
- Iowa State also adds a pair of top-100 freshmen in Monté Morris and Matt Thomas. Morris was ranked No. 89 in the Scout.com rankings and was a Detroit Free Press’ Dream Team selection in 2012 and 2013. Thomas was ranked as high as No. 51 by ESPN after averaging 28.3 points per game at Onalaska High School.

Iowa State Team Quick Facts
- Iowa State has been picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 by the league’s coaches. ISU was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 in the last two preseason polls. ISU finished third in 2012 and tied for fourth in 2013.
- Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has won 46 games in the last two seasons, the third-best two-year win total in school history: Larry Eustachy (57), 2000-2001; Tim Floyd (47), 1995-96; Fred Hoiberg (46), 2012-13.
- Hoiberg needs 23 wins to record the most by an Iowa State head coach in his first four seasons. Larry Eustachy had 84 wins in his first four seasons, while Tim Floyd recorded 81 wins.
- Iowa State posted its second back-to-back 10-win league season in school history: 2000 (14), 2001 (13); 2012 (12), 2013 (11).
ISU defeated four of its last five ranked opponents in Hilton Coliseum and is 32-3 at home in the last two seasons.

Series Notes vs. Augustana
- Iowa State and Augustana have met three times. The Cyclones have won all three meetings by an average of 38.7 points. This is the first meeting as an exhibition game.
- The last time the teams met was in 1984, with Iowa State winning 113-55 in Johnny Orr’s fifth season, which ended up being ISU’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 1944. Lafester Rhodes scored 20 points in 11 minutes in the last meeting between the schools.
- Augustana lost to Arizona, 84-52, Monday night in Tucson, despite having three players in double figures. Orange City, Iowa native Daniel Jansen scored a team-high 18 points for the Vikings.

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