Iowa State vs. Iowa Prediction, Game Preview

    Iowa State vs. Iowa prediction and game preview for when the Cyclones host the Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum.

    September 26, 2016


    The Iowa State Cyclones are back home in Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum. Below is the Iowa State vs. Iowa prediction and game preview.


    Iowa State vs. Iowa Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Thursday, Dec. 10
    Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
    Venue: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
    Network: ESPN2

    Why You Need To Care

    If you hail from the “Hawkeye State,” you’re probably pretty pumped for this matchup.

    Iowa State has climbed to No. 4 in the rankings, and it’s the first time since the 1996-97 season the Cyclones have been ranked within the top five. The last time they lost a regular-season home game was last February, so the odds are that Iowa State improves it’s winning streak to eight games with this one. It took down Buffalo, 84-63, last time out.

    For the Hawkeyes, they also come into this matchup with seven wins, but they’ve also been tagged with two losses from Dayton and Notre Dame. Iowa put those losses in the rearview mirror, though, by winning the next four games.

    Western Illinois was run over by the Hawkeyes on Monday, 90-56, and now Iowa will try and take that momentum into enemy territory.

    Why Iowa State Will Win

    How great is it to have a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward who can knock down 46.4 percent of his threes and average 18.6 points with 6.6 rebounds per game? Yeah, the Cyclones are pretty content with Georges Niang’s play thus far. Niang will need to keep stroking that three-point jumper, but he’ll also have to put in work on the defensive end against Jarrod Uthoff, who’s scoring 18.2 points per game. On top of that, Monte Morris can be the one who swings this game toward Iowa State. Morris is averaging 14.9 points and 7.3 assists per game, and his playmaking ability can really give the Cyclones an edge.

    Why Iowa Will Win

    Conversely, the Hawkeyes need Uthoff to score and contain Niang at the same time. Uthoff is shooting 48.8 percent from behind the arc, so some clutch three-point bombs can shift the momentum in Iowa’s favor. Mike Gesell needs to step up and create high-percentage looks for the rest of his teammates. He’s been picking up 6.9 assists per game, and if he can get into the lane and kick out to Uthoff or drop it off for Adam Woodbury near the basket, then the Hawkeyes will be in this one until the very end.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Niang and Uthoff are both going to take what they want on the offensive end, but the slight edge goes to Niang playing it up for the home crowd. Morris will be a thorn in Iowa’s side, too. He’ll be pesky on defense and force some turnovers, but he’ll also set up his teammates with open looks all night. Both teams will shoot well from the perimeter, but Iowa State will keep the Hawkeyes from pulling down offensive rebounds, which is a big part of their game. Look for Jameel McKay to do work inside, too. He’ll get some shots to fall and help the Cyclones pull this one out.

    Iowa State vs. Iowa Prediction


    Robert Judin:
    Iowa State 77, Iowa 72


    Jordan Cornette:
    Iowa State 84, Iowa 81

    Line: Iowa State -7

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