Iowa State vs. Cincinnati Prediction, Game Preview

    Iowa State vs. Cincinnati prediction and game preview for when the Bearcats host the Cyclones in Fifth Third Arena.

    September 26, 2016

    The Iowa State Cyclones will make the trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit the Cincinnati Bearcats in Fifth Third Arena. Below is the Iowa State vs. Cincinnati prediction and game preview.

    Iowa State vs. Cincinnati Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Tuesday, Dec. 22
    Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
    Venue: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Network: ESPN2

    Why You Need To Care

    Head coach Mick Cronin has led the No. 22 Bearcats to a 10-2 record so far. Cincinnati ran through its first seven games without a loss until facing Butler. The Bulldogs topped the Bearcats 78-76.

    Two games later, the Bearcats fell at the hands of their rival, Xavier, in the Crosstown Shootout, 65-55. But now Cincinnati is looking to win its third straight game since then.

    They’ll welcome the No. 11 Iowa State Cyclones, who were 9-1 until they were upset by Northern Iowa on Saturday, 81-79.

    Let’s see if Iowa State can avoid losing back-to-back games away from home.

    Why Iowa State Will Win

    Georges Niang and his 18.7 points per game help the Cyclones score 84.8 points per game (No. 24 in the nation) and shoot 51.2 percent (No. 9 in the nation). Niang and Jameel McKay are two of five Cyclones averaging double figures, but they’ll have to spearhead the offensive attack. McKay will have to attack the glass, too. He’s leading Iowa State with 10.6 rebounds per game, and it’ll be a challenge going up against Cincinnati, which has hauled in the 14th-most rebounds in the nation (489).

    Why Cincinnati Will Win

    The Bearcats obviously have to flex their muscle on the boards and dominate the rebounding category. That’s where Octavius Ellis comes into play. At 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds Ellis has the size to dominate down low, but 7.8 rebounds per game might not get it done against someone like McKay. He’ll get help from Gary Clark, and they’ll need to establish an interior presence early. That could open up space for Farad Cobb to get solid looks at the basket.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Niang is going to spark a few offensive surges for the Cyclones. He’ll drop in a couple of threes and shoot just under 50 percent from behind the arc, but he’ll use the threat of the long ball to get to the basket, too. Ellis will take too long to establish himself inside. The Bearcats will win the rebounding battle but lose in the turnover category, and the Cyclones will steal one in Cincinnati.

    Iowa State vs. Cincinnati Prediction

    Iowa State 82, Cincinnati 73

    Line: TBD


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