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The Mid-Morning Dump: Bring on the Bearcats

Cincinnati comes to Ames for the second leg of the home and home series

Iowa State Athletics

SPURNED BY STOKES. Iowa State’s primary basketball target, Isaiah Stokes, the 4-star power forward from IMG Academy in Florida reportedly signed with Florida during the early signing period, secretly, and now it’s leaked.

HEART OVER HEIGHT. Iowa State is rebounding remarkably well this season, and the guards have been playing a huge part in the turnaround.

TWISTER SISTERS. Bill Fennelly’s squad has a big weekend coming up, including a matchup with #6 Mississippi State in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

GOOD WORKS. Both Monte Morris and Seanna Johnson were nominated for their respective Good Works Teams.

IT’S TOURNEY TIME. The Cyclone Volleyball team starts their journey through the NCAA tournament today in B1G country by facing Purdue at 4:30pm in Columbia, Missouri. Watch on WatchESPN.

Around the Country

BOUNCE AROUND. Russell Westbrook is good, Karl Anthony Towns is good, the Bulls are padding stats on cupcakes and the Kings/Sixers game was gonna be so bad they just cancelled it.

ONE EYE’D MIKE. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had emergency eye surgery last night and his status is uncertain for tonight’s game against the Cowboys. What could go wrong?

BASEBALL IN DECEMBER? Owners and players agreed to a new five year collective bargaining agreement yesterday and with that, the All-Star Game no longer decides World Series home field advantage.

FLOYD-MCGREGOR? Conor McGregor was issued a boxing license in the state of California, furthering speculation and anticipation of a matchup with pound for pound champion, Floyd Mayweather.

ACC-B1G CHALLENGE. The ACC dominated the B1G in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge this season giving the conference its first win over the Big Ten outright since 2008. Roy Williams lost at Indiana and threw a little shade at the UNC fans.

LOL. Here’s Dwight Howard running point guard.