No. 17 Iowa State Hosts No. 23 Iowa Friday
AMES, Iowa - No. 17 Iowa State hosts No. 23 Iowa in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown at Hilton Coliseum Friday night. The game will be a Color It Cardinal game so fans are encouraged to wear their favorite cardinal apparel.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Friday, Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Mike Couzens (PxP), Reid Gettys (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Patrick Tarbox, 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.
Promotions: Color it Cardinal - Fans are encouraged to wear cardinal to the game.
- Iowa State (7-0, 0-0) is 7-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season following a come-from-behind win against UNI last Saturday at the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic in Des Moines. The Cyclones’ last 8-0 start was in 1996-97 (10-0).
- ISU is the only undefeated Big 12 team and one of just 14 nationally. This is just the ninth time that ISU has faced Iowa while unbeaten. The Cyclones are 5-3 in those games.
- The Cyclones are ranked No. 17 in The Associated Press poll for the third week in a row. ISU comes in at No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Iowa State and Iowa are meeting as ranked teams for just the second time in series history. The only other meeting was in 1987, when Iowa State entered the game No. 20 and Iowa was ranked No. 7. ISU won that game, which was played at Hilton Coliseum, 102-100 in overtime behind a 54-point performance by LaFester Rhodes.
- The Cyclones’ season average of 91.7 points per game leads the nation. ISU is averaging 97.5 points in the last four games.
- Iowa State has five different players averaging double figures. The Cyclones have had five players tally 20+ points in a game this season, the latest being sophomore Georges Niang. Niang scored a career-high 22 points vs. UNI.
- Dustin Hogue became the third different Iowa State player to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors after averaging 19.5 points and 15 rebounds in wins against Auburn and UNI. Hogue, who shot 70.6 percent from the field last week, had a 22-point, 16-rebound performance against Auburn. He was also named national player of the week by the USBWA.
- Since 1998, only six Division I players have averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Senior guard DeAndre Kane is currently averaging 15.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
- Melvin Ejim has been a force since returning from injury (knee). He is leading the Cyclones averaging 18 points per game to go along with 7.8 boards. Ejim, who is shooting 52.3 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all five games since his return, including three games with 20+ points.
- The Cyclones are second nationally averaging 19.9 assists per game. ISU is assisting on 61.8 percent of its field goals (139 assts/225 fg).
Iowa State vs. UNI Recap
- Iowa State erased an 18-point second-half deficit, which ties for the third-largest overcome in school history, to defeat Northern Iowa, 91-82 in overtime, Saturday in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
- Georges Niang kept Iowa State within striking distance early in the game and finished with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting despite fouling out with 1:42 left in regulation. Niang also had career-highs of four steals and three blocks.
- Melvin Ejim scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Ejim hit a career-high four threes, including two on back-to-back possessions in overtime to put the Cyclones up seven.
- Dustin Hogue (17 pts/14 rbs) and DeAndre Kane (18 pts/11 rbs) recorded double figures for the Cyclones. Hogue and Kane have three double-doubles each this season.
- Iowa State outrebounded UNI 44-41.
- ISU had just three assists in the first half, but finished the game with 16 dimes.
- Naz Long connected on a 3-pointer for the seventh time in as many games this season.
Series Notes vs. Iowa
- Iowa leads the all-time series vs. Iowa State at 43-23, but 16 of ISU’s 23 wins in the series have occurred since 1984.
- Since 1984, Iowa State leads the series at 16-15.
- Iowa State leads the series in games played in Ames, 17-16. At Hilton Coliseum, ISU leads 14-8.
- Iowa State has won the last five meetings in Ames by an average of 9.8 points per game.
- The home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings. ISU’s 2010 win (75-72) in Iowa City is the lone exception.
- Iowa forced 19 turnovers and Aaron White scored a game-high 18 points as the Hawkeyes won 80-71 in Iowa City. The Cyclone had five players in double figures, including 13 points from Georges Niang.
- Melvin Ejim averages 11 points and 5.0 rebounds in three career games vs. the Hawkeyes. He is 13-of-18 from the field (72.2) against Iowa.
- Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is 5-2 all-time against Iowa as a player (3-1) and head coach (2-1) for the Cyclones.
- Hoiberg was 3-1 vs. Iowa during his playing career (1992-95) with the Cyclones. He averaged 11.5 pts., 5.8 reb., and 5.3 asst., in his four-game career vs. the Hawkeyes.
- Hoiberg had 19 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3FG), 7 assists and 6 rebounds in ISU’s 86-79 win over Iowa in Ames on Dec. 11, 1993.
- Iowa State Director of Operations Micah Byars served for five seasons in the same position at UCF under head coach Kirk Speraw. Speraw is now in his fourth season as an assistant coach with Iowa.
- Iowa State guard Monté Morris is a cousin of Iowa guard Roy Devyn Marble.
Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series
- This is the 10th season of the head-to-head all sports series between Iowa State and Iowa. The school that excels in competition- athletic and academic- will be crowned champion of the head-to-head series between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.
- Iowa holds an early 7-6 lead, earning points in soccer (2), football (3) and wrestling (2). The Cyclones earned points in volleyball (2) and men’s and women’s cross country (4). Six more points will be awarded this week with women’s basketball (2) on Thursday and men’s basketball (2) and women’s swimming (2) on Friday.
- Iowa leads the overall all-time series at 5-4.
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