Iowa State non-conference schedule revealed

Iowa State fans may be disappointed that neither Melvin Ejim nor┬áDeAndre Kane were drafted in last night’s NBA Draft (I know I was). But there is still something to be excited about today, and that something is Iowa State’s non-conference schedule.

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Fred Hoiberg’s squad has another tough non-conference schedule this year.

Last season’s non conference schedule gave us some truly exciting games, such as Michigan, Iowa, Auburn, and Boise State. The schedule helped prepare the Cyclones for the grueling Big 12 schedule that lay before them. This season’s non-conference fixtures look to give Iowa State that same ┬ápreparation.

The schedule looks like this:

Nov. 7: vs. Viterbo (pre-season)

Nov. 14: vs. Oakland

Nov. 17: vs. Georgia State

Nov. 24: CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, against Alabama, Arizona State or Maryland

Nov. 25: CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, against Alabama, Arizona State or Maryland

Dec. 2: vs. Lamar

Dec. 4: vs. Arkansas (Big 12-SEC Challenge)

Dec. 9: vs. Missouri-Kansas City

Dec. 12: at Iowa

Dec. 14: vs. Southern

Dec. 20: vs. Drake (Big Four Classic)

Dec. 31: vs. Mississippi Valley State

Jan. 3: vs. South Carolina (will be played in Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Of course, the Iowa and Drake games will be ones to watch, being local rivalries. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic pairings have not come out, so Iowa State’s first opponent is unknown, but all three could give them a test. Alabama gave plenty of top teams a test last season, losing to Wichita State by only five, to Florida by six and then nine, and Kentucky by seven. Arizona State took down Arizona in double overtime last year, and Maryland took down Virginia in March. So, all three know how to take down heavyweights.

One game that may be overlooked but shouldn’t be is the Georgia State game. That is the school to which former Louisville player Kevin Ware transferred, and leading scorer R.J. Hunter (18.1 points per game) is returning, so it could make for an interesting early season game.

Which game are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment below.