The Opponent: North Dakota State Bison (4-1, 0-0)
Tip: Tuesday, 7 p.m. CST - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa
TV/Webcast: Cyclones.TV (John Walters, PxP; Eric Heft, Color)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters, PxP; Eric Heft, Color)
What to Know
Recap: Cyclones Rally and Down Illinois in Emerald Coast Classic Championship - Saturday night, Iowa State defeated the Fighting Illini 84-73 behind big nights from Monte Morris, Georges Niang and Abdel Nader.
We're Talking North Dakota State - The Bison were an NCAA Tournament team last year and like to slow the game down. They also feature a great player in Paul Miller, a 6-foot-5 sophomore averaging 19.6 points per game.
N. Dakota St.-Iowa St. Preview - NDSU's only loss on the year was against Illinois -- the team ISU beat on Saturday night. The Fighting Illini weren't even at full strength for their 80-74 victory over the Bison, which makes tonight's game look a bit easier for the Cyclones.
Seeing as how North Dakota State doesn't have a significant contributor taller than 6-foot-6, I expect Iowa State to use Jameel McKay much more than they did against Illinois. The senior center was benched in the second half on Saturday in favor of a smaller lineup. However, McKay's height will give ISU a major advantage in tonight's game. Don't be surprised to see another game with multiple McKay dunks.
The Bison are a team that can play with the big boys, as evident by them giving Gonzaga a good game in last year's NCAA Tournament, but I don't see them defeating the Cyclones tonight. It might not be the type of non-conference blowout that many of the Hilton Coliseum faithful have learned to expect, but ISU should be able to make it to 6-0 once tonight's game is complete.
Iowa State 87, North Dakota State 70