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.
Iowa-Iowa State game updates
2:45 (2H) — Cordell Pemsl just flew into the Iowa State student section going for a loose ball. He suffered a cut on his right leg and limped off the court. Iowa State leads 78-71.
3:06 (2H) — Iowa State 76. Iowa 71. Iowa with a min-run to close the gap, but now needs another one if it’s to pull out the victory.
4:21 (2H) — Things are getting chippy here. Words getting exchanged after players battle for a loose ball. Iowa trials 76-66.
5:28 (2H) — Iowa with the response. Three quick points after the Iowa State threes. An Iowa trap at mid-court forces Iowa State to call timeout. Hawkeyes trail 72-66.
6:15 (2H) — The Hawkeyes are in trouble. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Iowa State and Iowa now trails 72-63.
7:08 (2H) — Wigginton is a problem for Iowa. The Iowa State guard has 19 points. The Cyclones lead 66-63.
9:47 (1H) — Iowa State with a 6-0 run and leads 63-57.
11:55 (2H) — Iowa leads 55-54, but the Hawkeyes offense is struggling. They haven’t scored in 2:09.
14:16 (2H) — Bohannon called for a foul as Weiler-Babb hits a shot. Coach Fran McCaffery is not happy with the call, coming onto the floor. A ref escorts him back the bench. Weiler-Babb hit the free throw to complete the three-point play.
15:46 (2H) — It is all tied at 49. It’s also all offense to start the second half. The Hawkeyes are shooting 50.0 percent after intermission. The Cyclones are shooting 55.6 percent.
17:01 (2H) — Fashion update. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm just took off his tie. In other news, Iowa leads 47-46.
Halftime — Lots of interesting stats for the Hawkeyes. Bohannon found his shot and leads the team with 11 points. Maishe Dailey with a good all-around half with six points and three rebounds. Iowa had as many turnovers in the first five-plus minutes (three) as it had in nearly the final 15. The most unique stat line goes to Tyler Cook. Zero points, six rebounds and a career-high five assists.
0:00 (1H) — Iowa closes the half on a 13-6 run and leads 41-36 at the break.
2:30 (1H) — Iowa leads 33-32. This game is a little all over the place. Some sloppy play followed by a few superb shots. A series of missed shots is followed by the teams trading baskets.
7:20 (1H) — Slowing down Iowa State’s starting guards was a key to this game. Iowa is doing a good job so far. Iowa State leading scorer Donovan Jackson is scoreless. Lindell Wigginton has three points and Nick Weiler-Babb has two points.
7:21 (1H) — Hawkeyes lead 21-20. Already eight lead changes in this game.
8:46 (1H) — Ryan Kreiner, who had a concussion, just checked into the game for the first time. He was a game-time decision tonight.
9:28 (1H) — Iowa defending the 3-point line well. Iowa State is 2-9 from deep.
10:54 (1H) — The pace of this game is something. Both teams are going up and down. Each team is willing to out in transition and is getting chances to do so.
10:55 (1H) — A potential good sign for Iowa is Jordan Bohannon hitting a pair of 3-point shots for Iowa. He has eight points early. Iowa leads 19-18.
14:43 (1H) — Iowa State leads Iowa at the first media timeout. Again, defense and turnovers are a problem. The Cyclones hit five of their first nine shots. The Hawkeyes have three turnovers.
16:20 (1H) — In a surprise, Iowa State is attacking Iowa inside. It’s working. Solomon Young and Jeff Beverly with the first eight points for the Cyclones. ISU up 8-6.
19:35 (1H) — Iowa wins the tip and Isaiah Moss hits a bucket. Iowa leads 2-0.
Iowa-Iowa State pregame updates
6:43 p.m. — The Hawkeyes are going with small with Brady Ellingson replacing Luka Garza in the starting lineup.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) December 8, 2017
6:15 p.m. — The Iowa-Iowa State just got a whole lot more interesting for Georges Niang and Peter Jok. The former Iowa State and Iowa players are putting a $1,000 charity bet on the game.
— Peter Jok (@Jok_City14) December 7, 2017
6:00 p.m. — The Cy-Hawk matchup is an hour away. The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings in the series.
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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.
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.”
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