Northwestern State Preview

Tonight at 9 the Cyclones will take on Northwestern State. The Clones are fresh off a win against South Florida and look to advance in the Rainbow Classic. Brent Blum breaks down Northwestern State.

Tonight should be a fun one. In case you were wondering, "Who the heck is Northwestern St."? like I was, here is some info. The Demons are from Natchitoches, Louisiana and out of the Southland Conference. They are 7-2 on the year. Northwestern St. is the odds-on favorite to win the Southland this season. Last year, they won the regular season title, but lost in the final of the conference tournament to SE Louisiana.


This isn't your ordinary small-conference team. They not only defeated Oregon State last night, but also won at Mississippi State and at Oklahoma State. (Iowa State hasn't won in Stillwater since 1988.) Their only losses were at Wichita State and at Missouri. They will run….and run some more. 12 players average 14 or more minutes, each averaging between four and 15 points per game. Senior 6'7' F Clifton Lee is the go-to man averaging 15 points and 8 boards. Lee had 23 and 9 against Okie State. But, no other Demon player averages more than 10 points.


Their main outside threat is Jermaine Wallace, who has launched 53 3's in nine games, making 36 percent. These guys are hard to prepare for, because you don't know who will play. The one thing ISU will have to do is get minutes for John Neal, Jessan Gray, Shawn Taggart, and Tasheed Carr early and often to counter the Demons depth. The Cyclones need to defend better. If they allow 60 plus percent shooting like they did yesterday it could get ugly. The Demons will be able to run with the Cyclones and prefer the up-tempo style.


Both teams force over 20 turnovers a game, so ISU will get a taste of their own medicine with constant pressure. If some games are "track meets," this one will be a NASCAR race. John Walters and Eric Heft and the rest of those on the island better have the paper bag out in case of motion sickness.


Tip-off is set for 9:00 Iowa time. Iowa State is listed as a 4.5 point favorite.          

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