I said earlier this week might define our season and I'm sticking to it. The first BIG test is HERE! Iowa State in their first 2 games have been a scoring MACHING averaging 87 PPG. Grant(ed) it was against Oakland, MI and GA State, but still... over 80PPG in the slow down era of college hoops is admirable.
Their starting 5 all average at least 13PPG, Niang and Dejean-Jones pull in 19 boards, with Naz Long leading the team in 3 pointers (and attempts). Long has taken close to 1/2 of the team's total 3s so that's the guy to watch outside. Inside, while not tall they do a great job on the boards (+5.5).
Iowa State plays 3 SEC teams this season (South Carolina and Arkansas). Looking at their non-conference slate we are one of their 3 toughest games.
ESPN Season stats
9:30 PM EST (8:30 PM CST) tipoff on ESPN2. I don't expect to win, but would like a good showing to better gauge us for the Arizona St/Maryland loser tomorrow.