The 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

The 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference schedule has been set. Below are short capsules of the teams the Cyclones will be facing in Fred Hoiberg’s fifth season as head coach. Times and TV information will be announced at a later date, as will the Big 12 schedule.

Friday, Nov. 7 – Exhibition – Viterbo (Wis.) (16-14)
The Cyclones and V-Hawks will meet for the first time as ISU gets primed for its season opener a week later. Viterbo, which plays at the NAIA level, went 16-14 last season and returns two of three scorers that averaged double figures on last season’s team. This won’t be Viterbo’s only trip to Iowa this season. The V-Hawks are members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, which includes the likes of AIB, Mount Mercy, William Penn and Grand View.

All-Time Series: First Meeting
Viterbo on Twitter: @viterboathletic

Friday, Nov. 14 – Oakland (13-20, 7-9 Horizon League)
Gone is all-time NCAA 3-point record holder Travis Bader, who made an astonishing 504 threes in his career, but under Greg Kampe the Grizzlies have never shied away from playing bigger schools. Last season, Oakland played at North Carolina, at UCLA, at Cal and at Gonzaga to open the season. They also matched up with Indiana and Michigan State. So Kampe, who will be in his 30th season at the school, doesn’t back down in preparing his team for conference play. Oakland returns 6-10 center Corey Petros, who shot 57.6 percent from the field and averaged 13.3 points. The game is part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

All-Time Series: First Meeting
Oakland on Twitter: @OUGrizzlies

Monday, Nov. 17 – Georgia State (25-9, 17-1 Sun Belt)
The Panthers cruised through the Sun Belt Conference last season before losing by a point in overtime in the conference tournament championship game to UL-Lafayette. Georgia State returns its top two scorers, including junior R.J. Hunter, the coach’s son who averaged 18.4 points and shot 88.4 percent at the line. Hunter will participate in the Nike Skills Kevin Durant Camp later this summer with Cyclone Bryce Dejean-Jones. Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow averaged 17.9 points last season and fills out the Panthers’ backcourt. Georgia State also received a boost when Louisville transfer Kevin Ware was declared immediately eligible by the NCAA. Don’t sleep on this Georgia State team, a major NCAA Tournament team contender. This game is also part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

All-Time Series: First Meeting
Georgia State on Twitter: @GSUPanthers

Nov. 24-25 – CBE Hall of Fame Classic – Kansas City, Mo.
Cyclone fans will again have a chance to visit our home away from home, the Sprint Center. Hilton South as some know it. The competition will be good as ISU will play two games against a combination of Maryland (17-15, 9-9 ACC), Alabama (13-19, 7-11 SEC) and Arizona State (20-8, 9-6 Pac-12). The schedule for the tournament will be announced later this summer.

All-Time Series: Alabama (Alabama leads 1-0), Arizona State (ISU leads 2-1), Maryland (Never met)
On Twitter: Alabama (@AlabamaHoops), Arizona State (@SunDevilHoops), Maryland (@TerrapinHoops).

Tuesday, Dec. 2 – Lamar (4-26, 3-15 Southland)
The Cardinals struggled last season to a 4-26 mark but will have a new coach in Tic Price, who served as interim head coach after the dismissal of Pat Knight late last season. Lamar returns five of its top six scorers, including guard Nimrod Hilliard (14.1 ppg).

All-Time Series: First Meeting
Lamar On Twitter: @LamarCards

Thursday, Dec. 4 – Arkansas (22-12, 10-8 SEC) – SEC/Big 12 Challenge
The second edition of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge will again see the Cyclones at home, meaning the next two years will be away from home. ISU beat Auburn last year in the challenge, while Arkansas didn’t participate. The Razorbacks played in the NIT after missing the NCAA Tournament in head coach Mike Anderson’s third season at the helm. Arkansas returns three starters, including leading scorer Rashad Madden (12.7 ppg). Post Bobby Portis averaged 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore. Portis is attending the Nike Elite Big Man Skills Academy along with Cyclone Georges Niang.

All-Time Series: Iowa State leads, 3-1
Arkansas on Twitter: @RazorbackMBB

Tuesday, Dec. 9 – UMKC (10-20, 7-9 WAC)
The Cyclones will meet UMKC for the third time in as many years, with ISU winning last season’s game 110-51 in what proved to be the highest-scoring output of the 2013-14 campaign for Fred Hoiberg’s team. Guard Martez Harrison averaged 17.2 points as a freshman to lead the Kangaroos in scoring. UMKC is coached by former Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson.

All-Time Series: Iowa State leads, 3-0
UMKC on Twitter: @UMKCMensHoops

Friday, Dec. 12 – at Iowa (20-13, 9-9 Big Ten)
In what is always the most anticipated game of the non-conference season, Iowa State will travel to Iowa for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup. The Cyclones and Hawkeyes battled in a thrilling contest last season that saw ISU win 85-82 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones are 1-1 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena under the guidance of Fred Hoiberg. The Hawkeyes won 80-71 in 2011, while the Cyclones were victorious in Hoiberg’s initial trip to Iowa State, winning 75-72. Scott Christopherson had 30 points in that win. Iowa returns much of its lineup, but will have to replace leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble (17.0 ppg).

All-Time Series: Iowa leads, 43-24
Iowa on Twitter: @IowaHoops

Sunday, Dec. 14 – Southern (19-13, 15-3 SWAC)
The appearance of Southern University at Hilton Coliseum will also mark the return of a familiar face. Calvin Godfrey, who averaged 5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds for Fred Hoiberg’s 2010-11 team before being dismissed from the team, will return as the Jaguars’ leading scorer after averaging 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season. Godfrey made 55.6 percent of his shots.

All-Time Series: Iowa State leads, 2-0
Southern on Twitter: @SouthernUSports

Saturday, Dec. 20 – Drake (15-16, 6-12 Missouri Valley)
The Cyclones and Bulldogs meet for the 173rd time in the third year of the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic. Iowa State won the last meeting in 2012. The Bulldogs return a pair of double-figure scorers in Gary Ricks, Jr. (12.3 ppg) and Jordan Daniels (10.2) in Ray Giacoletti’s second season at the school.

All-Time Series: Iowa State leads, 107-65
Drake on Twitter: @DrakeBulldogsMB

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – Mississippi Valley State (9-23, 4-12 SWAC)
The Cyclones will play on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row when they host Mississippi Valley State this season. The Delta Devils return their top-five scorers, including Anthony McDonald (11.9 ppg). MVSU is a fairly frequent visitor to Hilton Coliseum as this will mark their fourth trip to Ames in seven years.

All-Time Series: Iowa State leads, 4-0
Mississippi Valley State on Twitter: @MVSUDevilsports

Saturday, Jan. 3 – vs. South Carolina (14-20, 5-13 SEC) – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Iowa State could be facing its third SEC opponent of the season when it faces South Carolina in the first game of 2015 at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. Dustin Hogue gets to play what is essentially another home game. Remember the last time he played in New York? If you don’t remember, well, he was awesome. 34 points on 15-of-19 shooting at the Garden. The Gamecocks struggled last season under Frank Martin, a familiar face who spent five years as head coach at Kansas State and is in his third season with the Gamecocks. USC should be improved this season, however.

All-Time Series: First Meeting
South Carolina on Twitter: @GamecockMBB

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3 Responses to The 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

  1. sputnik121 says:

    Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Oakland-what kind of reception will Percy Gibson get?


  2. w edwards says:

    Luther College and Buena Vista University are members of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), which is NCAA III level, not NAIA.


  3. Pingback: Iowa State men's basketball: 2014-15 non-conference schedule released

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