Iowa and Iowa State renew their Cy-Hawk men’s basketball rivalry at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, Dec. 7, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes (4-5) have lost three straight games while the Cyclones (5-2) have won their last five.
Iowa State has won the last seven games in the series in Ames and three of the last four meetings overall. The Hawkeyes upset the Cyclones 78-64 last season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to end a three-game series losing streak.
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— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) December 6, 2017
Iowa-Iowa State basketball game time, details
Iowa and Iowa State play at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Dec. 7.
- Time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT tipoff
- Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
- Location: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Iowa State?
ESPN2 airs the game. Rich Hollenberg is the play-by-play announcer and Fran Fraschilla is the analyst.
How can I watch Iowa-Iowa State online?
ESPN3.com and WatchESPN provide live streaming of the game. Click here or more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Iowa State on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 144/XM channel 195. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Iowa State, broadcaster John Walters calls the action while Eric Heft provide analysis. The Cyclones’ flagship affiliate is 1430 AM (KASI-Ames). Other primary affiliates include 1460 AM (KXNO-Des Moines) and 1600 AM (KGYM-Cedar Rapids). Click here for other Iowa State affiliates.
How can I buy Iowa-Iowa State tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com. Tickets can also be purchased from scalpers outside of Hilton Coliseum.
Lindell Wigginton had 28 points last night.
His last two games: 24.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 17-31 FG (54.8%), 8-14 3FG (57.1%). pic.twitter.com/nd7beFjr0p
— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) December 5, 2017
Iowa-Iowa State preview
Every Iowa-Iowa State game takes on its own personality, and this year is no different.
Some years, like in 2013 or 2015, you have ranked foes battling to the end. Other years, like this one, you’re not sure where either team is headed.
Last year, Iowa State was the hot team and Iowa limped into the matchup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes had struggled defensively and it looked like another blowout. Instead, Iowa shocked their rivals 78-64 and it provided Iowa with some momentum.
This year, there’s almost a similar vibe. The Hawkeyes have lost three straight games to Power 5 conference opponents, including two in Big Ten action. Iowa State has won its last five games after dropping its first two. It’s an important game within the state no matter the records, but it’s pivotal for Iowa to salvage its season.
Iowa State is led by point guard Nick Weiler-Babb, who averages 7.42 assists per game. At that pace, he’ll own the single-season record at Iowa State. Weiler-Babb scored 10 points against Iowa last season.
Senior guard Donovan Jackson leads the Cyclones with 17 points a game. Freshman guard Lindell Wigginton puts up 15.3 points per game.
“I think they are playing really well right now and it obviously starts with the three perimeter guys, who are terrific,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “The thing that I like about those guys is they give it up easy. They can put it on the deck and they make 3s. So it’s not like one makes 3s and the other one is OK and the other one is just a driver. They all do everything. They move the ball really well, those guys. They are unselfish.”
Iowa’s backcourt has struggled to play a complete game, although sophomores Jordan Bohannon (12.7 points per game) and Isaiah Moss (12.4 ppg) have flashed their potential. Opponents have zeroed in on Bohannon, who runs the point, trying to prevent him from getting the team into any flow in the halfcourt. Outside of power forward Tyler Cook (14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Iowa’s posts have struggled to score consistently.
The Hawkeyes now start two freshmen in center Luka Garza (8.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and forward Jack Nunge (8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg). Both stand 6-foot-11.
For Iowa’s younger players, they’ll witness the most intense atmosphere in their college careers. Hilton Coliseum offers one of the nation’s best home-court advantages and students often wait for days outside in the cold to sit near the floor for the Cy-Hawk rivalry game.
“We know it’s going to be a great crowd,” McCaffery said. “We know it’s going to be an intense game. It’s every bit the same as the most intense Big Ten game you are going to face.”