Quickly: Iowa State looks to bounce back against Northern Iowa Tuesday night after falling in the championship game of the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge to Iona Saturday night (89-72)...the loss ended ISU's 21-game non-conference home winning streak...Northern Iowa has made the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons and is preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference.
Last Time Out: Iowa State (3-1) lost its first game of the season Saturday night to Iona (89-72) in the championship game of the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge...the loss was just the second for the Cyclones in Cyclone Challenge history and it ended ISU's 21-game non-conference home winning streak...the Cyclones were out rebounded, 37-26 for the game after holding a one-rebound advantage at the half and the Gaels shot an ISU-opponent high 49.1 percent from the field, including a 9-for-19 (47.4 percent) effort from downtown...ISU failed to record 10 or more steals for the first time this season, registering eight and it was the first time that the Cyclones had a negative assist/turnover ratio, tallying 14 assists and committing 16 turnovers...ISU was led by Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson, who scored 17 and 16 points, respectively...Rahshon Clark added 15 points and four boards for the Cyclones...Clark has been one of ISU's top players so far this season, averaging 15.8 points and 5.8 rebounds...Clark is hitting 62.5 percent (25-40 FG) from the field and was especially accurate during ISU's three Cyclone Challenge tournament games, connecting on 20-of-28 shots (71.4 percent) from the floor to earn all-tournament honors...Stinson also made the all-tournament team, averaging 14.6 points, 5.3 assists and 2.6 steals...Stinson, who is a preseason Wooden and Naismith Award candidate, leads the Cyclones in scoring at 19.8 ppg...he now ranks eighth in career steals (136) and 10th in career assists (305)...Stinson is currently the 20th-best all-time scorer in school history with 1,147 career points...he needs 40 points to pass Dedric Willoughby at No. 19...Blalock continues to move up the career assist and steal charts at ISU...he ranks 13th all-time in steals (122) and ninth in assists (307)...Stinson and Blalock have a combined 50 assists to 19 turnovers this season (2.6 a/t ratio)...freshman Shawn Taggart has provided instant offense for ISU off the bench, averaging 11.3 points in 18.0 minutes of action per game.
Northern Iowa comes to Ames with a perfect 3-0 mark after a 72-47 victory over Upper Iowa on Sunday...the Panthers defeated Western Carolina (68-46) in Des Moines and Western Michigan (69-63) in Kalamazoo in their first two games...the Panthers are the preseason favorites to win the Missouri Valley Conference after earning NCAA Tournament bids the last two seasons...UNI returns all five of its starters, including preseason Wooden Award nominee and preseason conference MVP Ben Jacobson...the senior from Sioux City, who averaged 17.9 ppg last year, is averaging 9.7 points so far this season...a deadly shooter, Jacobson is 3-for-12 from 3-point range...he scored 11 points and made a pair of treys in the win at Western Michigan...Jacobson is joined in the backcourt by Erik Crawford, who is one of the Valley's top defenders...Crawford is averaging 10.0 points this season...Crawford was teammates in high school (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) with former Cyclone star Jake Sullivan...UNI is strong inside with the return of the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year Eric Coleman...the sophomore, who also prepped at Tartan, leads the Panthers in scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg)...the 6-6 power forward tallied 17 points in the Western Carolina win and grabbed 11 boards in the Western Michigan victory...he is hitting 69.6 percent of his shots from the floor and had 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. Iowa State last year in Cedar Falls...Junior Grant Stout, a 6-8 forward from New Sharon, Iowa, is another strong player in the middle for the Panthers...Stout is averaging 9.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and connecting on 50 percent of his shots from the field...he had 12 points in the Western Michigan win.
ISU-UNI Quick Facts
Iowa State leads the all-time series vs. Northern Iowa, 33-7, including a 23-2 record in games played in Ames...ISU has won five of the last six games in the series...ISU's last loss to the Panthers in Ames was a 54-48 defeat on Nov. 23, 1997...ISU won the last meeting in Ames, 79-76...UNI won last year's contest, 99-82 in Cedar Falls...the Cyclones had no chance against the torrid shooting of the Panthers...UNI made 60.3 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range (12-22)...Erik Crawford scored 28, Ben Jacobson scored 27 and Eric Coleman scored 24 in the Panther win...UNI had 25 assists and ISU had just four...Curtis Stinson tallied 22 points in the game to pace the Cyclones...UNI head coach Greg McDermott played three times against the Cyclones in his Panther playing career...his best game was during the 1986-87 season, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 79-60 loss to the Cyclones in Hilton Coliseum...McDermott has a 200-117 career record in 11 seasons as a head coach...he is 67-53 in his fifth year with the Panthers and is 1-3 all-time vs. Iowa State...ISU head coach Wayne Morgan is 1-1 against UNI.
Team Quick Facts
• ISU has had more assists than turnovers in all but one game.
• ISU as a team has 78 assists and 52 turnovers through four games (1.5 a/t ratio).
• ISU has two games with 20 or more assists.
• ISU is averaging 11.5 steals per game.
• ISU has recorded 10 or more steals in seven of its last 10 games dating back to last season.
• The Cyclones have out shot all but one opponent this season.
• ISU has out rebounded all but one opponent.
• ISU scored 101 points in its first game, the first 100+ game for ISU since 2001.
• ISU's 24 assists vs. Howard is the second-most for the Cyclones since the 2000-01 season.
• ISU's opponents have made 84.9 percent from the foul line (79-93 FT).
In The Wayne Morgan Era
• ISU is 5-2 vs. ranked opponents in Hilton Coliseum.
• ISU has shot 50 percent or above in a game 19 times.
• ISU has recorded 10 or more steals in a game 26 times.
• ISU has forced 20 or more turnovers in a game 15 times.
• ISU has held an opponent under 40 percent shooting from the floor 29 times.
• ISU is 25-4 when holding opponents to under 40 percent shooting.
• ISU has only allowed 11 opponents to shoot 50 percent or above.
• ISU is 37-3 when leading with five minutes remaining.
• ISU has out shot its opponent 48 times in 68 games.