Iowa State vs Iowa Preview

Iowa State and Iowa will meet for the 59th time on Friday before both teams take a break for finals...the mythical state championship is on the line, as ISU has defeated its first two instate opponents (Northern Iowa and Drake)...the Cyclones are aiming for their third mythical state title in the last four years

Iowa State (5-2) Plays Host To No. 12 Iowa (7-2) In Annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series Battle

Quickly: Iowa State and Iowa will meet for the 59th time on Friday before both teams take a break for finals...the mythical state championship is on the line, as ISU has defeated its first two instate opponents (Northern Iowa and Drake)...the Cyclones are aiming for their third mythical state title in the last four years.

Television: The Iowa State-Iowa game will be televised by ESPN Regional...Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (color) will call the action...the game will be shown on the following stations: WOI (Des Moines), KCRG (Cedar Rapids), WBQD (Davenport), KYOU (Ottumwa), Cox (Omaha), Lakes Cable, Premier Communication, Siebring, Cable One (Sioux City), Mediacom, Clear Lakes (Rochester/Mason City)

Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series: This is the second year of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series...the school that excels in competition- athletic and academic- will be crowned champion of the head-to-head series between the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes...ISU has taken an early 5-2 lead, gaining wins in football (3 points) and soccer (2 points)...Iowa won the wrestling matchup (2 points)...the women's basketball game is on Thursday (2 points) and the women's swimming and diving meet is on Friday (2 points)...Iowa won the inaugural championship last season.

Last Time Out: Iowa State put forth one of its best efforts of the season Monday night, shooting 56.7 percent from the floor en route to a 89-74 win at Drake...the win was ISU's fifth road victory in its last six games dating back to last season...the Cyclone received outstanding performances from their star backcourt (Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson) and forward Rahshon Clark...Blalock and Stinson tore through Drake's tough full-court press, tallying nine assists each...Blalock (7.4 apg) and Stinson (6.0 apg) rank No. 1 and 3 in the Big 12 in assists, accumulating 69.6 percent of ISU's dimes this season...Blalock currently ranks fourth nationally in assists...both players also stepped up in the scoring column...Stinson scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, making 5-of-6 shots after was Stinson's 22nd 20-point game of his career...he ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring...Blalock did his damage in the first half, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the opening period...Blalock has been shooting the ball extremely well, making 63.6 percent from the floor (28-44 FG) in his last five games...the other star of the game was Clark, who set a career-high in points with 26 behind a 10-of-15 effort from the field and a 5-of-6 showing from behind the arc...Clark, whose five 3-pointers was a career high, also tallied seven boards, four steals and three blocks...Clark is 8-for-11 from 3-point range in his last two games and his season 62.3 field goal percentage is third in the Big 12...Clark's effort from 3-point range aided the Cyclones to a season-high 11 treys, tying for the fourth-best single game team 3-point performance in school history...ISU continued its strong defensive exploits by tying a season-high 14 steals...the Cyclones have registered 10 or more steals in five of seven games, averaging 10.7 steals per game.

Iowa (7-2): The 12th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are off to a fast start, owning a 7-2 mark as they enter Hilton Coliseum...Iowa's first blemish was a loss to No. 2 Texas, 68-59 in the championship game of the Guardians Classic in Kansas City...Iowa made the title game by defeating nationally ranked Kentucky, 67-63...Iowa lost to Northern Iowa on Tuesday in overtime (67-63)...Iowa can beat you in a variety of ways, but they will always rely on the contributions of their top three players Adam Haluska, Greg Brunner and Jeff Horner...Haluska is second on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg and has 14 3-pointers...his 18 points vs. North Carolina State helped Iowa knock off its second ranked team of the season...Brunner, a senior from Charles City, is a good post player who can find angles in the paint...Brunner leads the team in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and scoring (15.1 ppg)...Horner, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, is an outstanding shooter who is finishing off an excellent career this season...along with Brunner, Horner is an 1,000-point scorer...Horner is averaging 12.0 ppg and leads the team and ranks in the top-10 nationally in assists at 6.4 apg...he is also one of the best foul shooters in the nation, making 29-32 of his shots from the charity stripe (90.6 percent)...Iowa is shooting just 42.6 percent from the field as a team, but offset that total by allowing just 35.7 percent from its opponents, which ranks fourth nationally...they are also a fine free-throw shooting team, connecting on 74.3 percent of its shots at the line.

Iowa's Probable Starters

No. Player Hgt. Wgt Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School) PPG RPG

34 Erek Hansen 6-11 220 C Sr. Bedford, Texas (Kirkwood C.C.) 6.6 4.7

44 Greg Brunner 6-7 245 F Sr. Charles City, Iowa (Charles City) 15.1 9.0

1 Adam Haluska 6-5 210 G Jr. Carroll, Iowa (Carroll) 13.2 4.9

35 Mike Henderson 6-2 190 G Jr. Waterloo, Iowa (East) 7.7 4.1

2 Jeff Horner 6-3 185 G Sr. Mason City, Iowa (Mason City) 12.0 3.7

Head Coach: Steve Alford (Indiana, 1987)

Assistant Coaches: Craig Neal, Greg Lansing, Brian Jones

Iowa State-Iowa Quick Facts: Iowa leads the all-time Tall Corn State series vs. Iowa State, 40-18...Iowa leads the series in games played in Ames at 16-13...the series started off slow for Iowa State, losing 17 of the first 18 games in the intrastate rivalry by 1920...since then, the rivalry has been a little more even, with Iowa holding a 23-17 advantage...11 of ISU's 18 wins in the series have occurred since 1984...since ISU's watermark 76-72 double overtime win in 1984, the series is 12-11 in Iowa's favor...this meeting marks the 12th time in the last 20 that at least one team was ranked in the top-25 nationally...only once have both teams been ranked at tip-off, and that was the 102-100 ISU overtime win in 1987 when Lafester Rhodes poured in a school-record 54 points...Iowa was ranked seventh and ISU was ranked No. 20...Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan is 1-1 against Iowa...he is 1-3 vs. Iowa head coach Steve Alford...Morgan's Long Beach State team lost to Steve Alford's Southwest Missouri State team (1/9/97, SWMS 90, LBSU 75; 12/9/98, SWMS 80, LBSU 52)...former Iowa head coach Lute Olson came to Iowa after coaching at Long Beach State...Alford is 4-3 vs. the Cyclones in his head coaching career...Alford played against Iowa State twice in his career at Indiana, winning both games, 69-67 in 1984 and 86-65 in the 1984 game, Alford scored 22 points in Hilton Coliseum while playing all 40 minutes...Alford has the fifth-best NCAA Division I free-throw shooting percentage in NCAA history at 89.8 percent...ISU won the last time in Ames on Jan. 21, 2004 (84-76), the first time the rivalry was played in January since 1984...John Neal came off the bench and hit two 3-pointers in the final 4:31 to help ISU erase a 68-63 Iowa lead...Curtis Stinson had 12 points for the Cyclones and Iowa's Jeff Horner led all players with 26 points, hitting 6-of-13 shots from downtown...this is the second season of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series between Iowa State and Iowa...the two teams battle head-to-head in nine sports and earn points for each win in order to win the season title.

Cyclone-Hawkeye Ties: Iowa junior Adam Haluska played his freshman season at Iowa State...he averaged 9.2 points and earned Big 12 all-freshman honors...Haluska and ISU senior John Neal were roommates in his only year in Ames...Iowa State freshman center Ross Marsden played on the same high school team (Ames High School) as Iowa sophomore Alex Thompson...Iowa State junior forward Jessan Gray and Iowa junior center Kurt Looby were teammates last season at Tyler C.C. in Texas.

Mythical State Championship On The Line: Iowa State will try for its third mythical state championship in four years on Friday against Iowa...the Cyclones have already defeated Northern Iowa (Nov. 29, 68-61) and Drake (Dec. 5, 89-74) this season...listed below are seasons where ISU defeated the other three Division I schools in the regular season.

Iowa State Mythical State Championship Seasons*:  1983-84 at Drake (79-72 ot), Northern Iowa (91-75), Iowa (76-72 2ot)

1984-85 at Iowa (54-50), Drake (74-73), at Northern Iowa (69-61)

1987-88 at Northern Iowa (80-75), at Drake (83-77), Iowa (102-100 ot)

1991-92 Northern Iowa (84-66), Iowa (98-84), at Drake (92-61)

1993-94 Northern Iowa (79-66), at Drake (83-67), Iowa (86-79)

1994-95 Drake (94-69), at Iowa (76-63), at Northern Iowa (81-62)

2002-03 at Iowa (73-69), Drake (76-55), at Northern Iowa (71-64)

2003-04 Northern Iowa (79-76), at Drake (83-77), Iowa (84-76)

*must have played all three of the Division I schools in the same season

Iowa State Team Quick Facts:

• Iowa State had its 21-game non-conference home winning streak ended against Iona (Nov. 26).

• ISU has won five of its last six road games.

• ISU as a team is ranked nationally in four statistical categories: scoring offense (T19, 82.1 ppg), field goal percentage (20th, 49.7%), assists (12th, 19.3 apg) and steals (T24, 10.7 spg).

• ISU has not committed more turnovers than assists in all but one game.

• ISU's Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson have 94 of ISU's 135 assists, 69 percent of the team assist load.

• ISU as a team has 135 assists and 102 turnovers through six games (1.32 a/t ratio).

• ISU has three games with 20 or more assists.

• ISU has recorded 17 or more assists in six of seven games.

• ISU is averaging 10.7 steals per game.

• ISU has recorded 10 or more steals in nine of its last 13 games dating back to last season...has tallied 10 or more steals in five of seven games this season.

• The Cyclones have outshot all but two opponents this season, going 5-0 while outshooting their opponent and 0-2 when getting outshot.

• ISU shot 43.7 percent (66-151 FG) from the field in its first two games...has shot 52.6 percent in its last five games (159-302 FG).

• ISU has shot 41.0 percent (23-56) from 3-point range in its last three games.

• ISU has shot above 50 percent from the field three times.

• ISU has attempted more free-throws than its opponent just once this season...ISU's opponents have attempted 33 more free-throw attempts.

• ISU had its streak of not allowing its opponent to shoot over 50 percent stopped at 11 games vs. Fresno State.

• 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 2000-01.

• ISU hit a season-high 11 3-pointers vs. Drake, tying for the 4th-best total in ISU history.

• In ISU's five wins, the Cyclones' opponents are shooting 41.2 percent from the field (118-286) its two losses, its opponents are hitting 50.4 percent (56-111) from the floor.

In The National Rankings:

Here is a list showing Iowa State individuals and team appearing in the latest (12/6/05) NCAA statistics.

Player/Team Category Rank Total

Curtis Stinson Scoring No. 38 20.0 ppg

Curtis Stinson Assists No. 23 6.0 apg

Curtis Stinson Steals No. 38 2.7 spg

Will Blalock Assists No. 4 7.4 apg

Rahshon Clark FG percentage No. 37 62.3%

Team Scoring offense No. 19 82.1 ppg

Team FG percentage No. 20 49.7%

Team Assists No. 12 19.3 apg

Team Steals No. 24 10.7 spg

ISU vs. Rated Opponents

ISU is 66-188 all-time against ranked opponents (ranked in the AP at tip)...Iowa is the first ranked opponent ISU will face this season...the Cyclones are 44-56 against rated foes at home...ISU is 5-8 against teams ranked No. 12 in the AP poll...ISU head coach Wayne Morgan is 7-8 at Iowa State vs. ranked opponents and 5-2 vs. rated foes in Hilton Coliseum.

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