The Opponent: Buffalo Bulls (4-4, 0-0)
Tip: Monday, 8 p.m. CST - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa
TV/Webcast: ESPNU (Dave Armstrong, PxP; Miles Simon, Color) / WatchESPN
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters, PxP; Eric Heft, Color)
Buffalo SB Nation Site: Bull Run
What to Know
Recap: Bison? Bye, Son - Last Tuesday, the Cyclones let NDSU hang around, then ended up extending their lead out for a 20 point, 84-64 victory over the Bison.
Buffalo-Iowa St. Preview - Coming off a week's rest after his injury scare against North Dakota State, Georges Niang will look to lead Iowa State against Buffalo.
I think everyone in Cyclone Nation had a mini heart attack when the above-mentioned injury scare happened last week in Hilton Coliseum. Not only would losing Georges Niang to injury be one of the worst things that could happen to ISU this year, it would have been a heartbreaking end to the career of one of the best players to ever put on an Iowa State uniform.
Let's hope nothing like that, charley horse or worse, ever happens again for the remainder of the season.
Anywho, back to tonight. The Bulls are just .500 so far this season, and their only game against a ranked opponent (Duke, two days ago) was a 23 point loss. Having to play in two of the toughest venues in the country within 72 hours in Cameron Indoor Stadium and Hilton Coliseum is not an easy task, and it's going to be difficult for Buffalo to play at a high level tonight against ISU.
Duke's starting guards combined for 53 points in their victory over the Bulls. I'd look for big nights out of Monte Morris, Nazareth Mitrou-Long and Abdel Nader tonight. Regardless of who actually does the scoring, look for the Cyclones to once again pull away for a comfortable win in Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State 90, Buffalo 64