Iowa State fans may be disappointed that neither Melvin Ejim nor DeAndre 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.
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 preparation.
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.