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Iowa State Basketball Preview: We’re Talking Milwaukee

The Cyclones look for their first W on Monday night against Milwaukee

Nevada v Iowa State Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Last Time Out

Iowa State endured numerous offensive and defensive woes in a 59-74 loss to Missouri. It was an ugly and humbling loss for the Cyclones.

The good news is Iowa State will be at home for the first time in the regular season and have Donovan Jackson and Terrence Lewis facing off against their hometown school.

Milwaukee is coming off a 83-73 victory over Division III opponent UW-Lacrosse in their opening game.

About Milwaukee

This squad went 11-24 a year ago and return three of their top four scorers. The Panthers should be a middle to low tier team from the Horizon conference, but are listed in the low 200s in KenPom’s rankings.

This team was both outshot percentage wise and out rebounded last year. They also fouled much more than their opponent and gave up a significant difference in points from the line.

Either way, this team will be competitive and will give Iowa State another good test to see where they are.

Players to Watch

Bryce Stull was the leading scorer for the Panthers a year ago averaging 13.5 points per game. He shot almost 40% from three point range and 80% from the free throw line while averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.

Additionally, Milwaukee brings back Brett Prahl and Jeremiah Bell who both averaged 7.2 points per game last year. Bell is a low efficiency shooting perimeter player and Prahl did most of his damage on the interior.

The Panthers shot 63% from the floor in their first game and had all five starters scoring in double figures. They shot 47% from three, but turned the ball over 17 times. Sophomore Bryce Barnes led Milwaukee with 19 points after going 6-7 from the field in only 19 minutes of playing time. Bryce Stull and Jeremy Johnson both ended up with 13 points after each making three from distance.

What to Expect

Iowa State should be able to rebound from the loss to Missouri with a solid win in this game. How well they play and the difference in the final margin could go a long way in predicting how Iowa State will fare for the rest of the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Cyclones will have the talent advantage, will be coming out on their home floor for the first time this season and should play with a little bit of an edge considering how poorly they played last time out.

Donovan Jackson did not have a good game offensively at Missouri. He started 0-7 and finished the game making 2 threes that cut the margin at the end, but seemed to be forcing shots at the beginning of the game. Look for him to bounce back and find his groove. Steve Prohm stated in his last post game press conference that he has to find a way to get the ball to Jackson in more ways for him to be successful.

My guess is that the game will be close in the first half and in the beginning of the second half, Iowa State opens around a 10 point lead and hold on to that margin for the rest of the game.

Iowa State- 75 Milwaukee - 62

Pick 3

  1. Lindell Wigginton shoots 10 or more free throws.
  2. Iowa State has 15 assists as a team.
  3. Zoran Talley has 15+ points.

Game Notes

Game Time: Monday, November 13th, 7 PM

TV: Cyclone TV