When we last saw the Iowa State Cyclones, they were feasting on more pork than Hickory Park serves up in a year in a 95-77 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Next up for the #14 Cyclones is a UMKC Kangaroos team that has been hard to predict so far this year.
The Opponent: UMKC (3-6)
Tip: Tuesday, 6 p.m. CST - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa
TV/Webcast: ESPNU (Mitch Holthus, play-by-play; Kevin Lehman, color) / WatchESPN
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network
The 'Roos have had a truly confusing season. They started off well, grabbing a win over Mizzou in Columbia by a score of 69-61. Then, they gave Kansas State all they could handle in the Octagon of Doom, losing by a mere ten points after leading at halftime. Not bad for a team Iowa State beat by 59 last year, huh?
But since those first two games, UMKC's only wins have come against Missouri S&T and William Jewell. The losses haven't been good for the 'Roos either... UALR, Samford, Youngstown State, Milwaukee and South Dakota State isn't exactly murderer's row.
For more on UMKC, here's CBD's preview of tonight's opponent.
With a rivalry game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Iowa coming at the end of the week, this matchup could be viewed as a trap game notched between a couple tough outings against Arkansas and the Hawkeyes. UMKC has already shown it can be pesky against the bigger-name opponents on its schedule this year, so they'll have a puncher's chance.
However, I don't expect the Cyclones to take their foot off the offensive gas pedal they've had on the floor since the second half of the game against Lamar.
Iowa State 100 - UMKC 61
Call your shot. What's more likely to happen tonight?
This poll is closed
Monte Morris doesn't turn the ball over.
Naz Long buries five threes.
Bryce Dejean-Jones gets a double-double.
Dustin Hogue grabs 10 rebounds.
Georges Niang scores 25 points.