Learning More About The 2016-17 Non-Conference Opponents

MBB Nonconference Schedule
Iowa State announced its 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule Thursday. Times and television will be announced at a later date, as will the Big 12 Conference schedule.

2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule Breakdown
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Sioux Falls (Exhibition)
2015-16 Record: 17-13
Coach: Chris Johnson (9th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Mack Johnson (Sr.), 17.5 ppg
The Cyclones will face Sioux Falls in an exhibition game. The Cyclones and Cougars have never met. Iowa State is 48-4 in exhibition games dating back to the 1983-84 season, with the last loss coming in 2005-06. USF returns its top three scorers. 

Friday, Nov. 11 – Savannah State
2015-16 Record: 16-16
Coach: Horace Broadnax (12th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Troyce Manassa (Sr.), 12.4 ppg
Iowa State opens its 110th season of men’s hoops hosting Savannah State. It will be the fourth meeting between the schools, with the Cyclones holding a 4-0 edge in the all-time series. This will be the first time the schools have faced off since the 2006-07 season, which resulted in a 70-59 win for the Cyclones.

 Monday, Nov. 14 – Mount St. Mary’s
2015-16 Record: 14-19
Coach: Jamion Christian (5th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Junior Robinson (Jr.), 12.5 ppg
Mount St. Mary’s comes to town for a family affair as Nazareth Mitrou-Long and younger brother Elijah Long, a sophomore for The Mount, play for the first time. This will also be the first meeting between the Cyclones and Mountaineers.

 Sunday, Nov. 20 – The Citadel
2015-16 Record: 10-22
Coach: Duggar Baucom (2nd year)
Top Returning Scorer: Warren Sledge (Sr.), 10.3 ppg
Another first-time meeting for the Cyclones as The Citadel comes to Ames. The Bulldogs play at a fast pace, ranking second nationally last season with 86 points per game. They allowed 92.6 points, however, while finishing 10-22 overall. 

Thursday, Nov. 24 – vs. Indiana State (AdvoCare Invitational – Orlando, Florida)
2015-16 Record: 15-17
Coach: Greg Lansing (7th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Brenton Scott (Jr.), 14.6 ppg
The Cyclones head to Orlando for a Thanksgiving Day showdown at the AdvoCare Invitiational. It will be Iowa State’s first Thanksgiving Day game since falling to Southern Illinois at the 2001 Las Vegas Invitational. The ISUs have met just once before in 1992, with the Cyclones winning 84-69 behind 24 points from Julius Michalik.

 Friday, Nov. 25 – vs. Miami or Stanford (AdvoCare Invitational – Orlando, Florida)
2015-16 Records: Miami, 27-8; Stanford, 15-15
The Cyclones will face either Miami or Stanford in the second game of the AdvoCare Invitational. Iowa State is 0-1 all-time against Stanford, while the Cyclones and Hurricanes have never met. 

Sunday, Nov. 27 – vs. Quinnipiac/Florida/Gonzaga/Seton Hall (AdvoCare Invitational – Orlando, Florida)
2015-16 Records: Florida, 21-15; Gonzaga, 28-8; Quinnipiac, 9-21; Seton Hall, 25-9
After a day off in Orlando, Iowa State plays one of the following on the final day: Quinnipiac, Florida, Gonzaga or Seton Hall. 

Thursday, Dec. 1 – Cincinnati
2015-16 Record: 22-11
Coach: Mick Cronin (11th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Troy Caupain (Sr.), 13.0 ppg
The Cyclones get a return visit from Cincinnati on the heels of last season’s 81-79 win on the Bearcats’ home floor. The Bearcats still own a 3-2 edge in the series, but this will be the first meeting in Ames. 

Monday, Dec. 5 – Omaha
2015-16 Record: 18-14
Coach: Derrin Hansen (12th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Tre’Shawn Thurman (Jr.), 13.9 ppg
Iowa State welcomes Omaha back to Hilton Coliseum for the seventh meeting against the Mavericks. ISU owns a 4-2 edge in the series, having won the last three meetings that date back to 1982. Omaha won two of the first three meetings in the series in the 70s.

 Thursday, Dec. 8 – at Iowa
2015-16 Record: 22-11
Coach: Fran McCaffery (7th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Peter Jok (Sr.), 17.3 ppg
The 2015-16 version of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series provided one of the most memorable moments of the campaign, with Iowa State storming back from 20 down in the second half to win. Monté Morris’ floater with seconds remaining proved to be the difference and Hilton Coliseum erupted into pandemonium. It was an instant classic. This will be the 70th game in series history, with Iowa owning a 43-25 edge. But the Cyclones have been in control recently, with wins in six of the last seven meetings.

 Saturday, Dec. 17 – vs. Drake (Hy-Vee Classic – Des Moines, Iowa)
2015-16 Record: 7-24
Coach: Ray Giacoletti (4th year)
Top Returning Scorer: Reed Timmer (Jr.), 16.8 ppg
The Cyclones and Bulldogs meet for the 174th time. Iowa State leads the series 108-65, including wins in four of the last five games. ISU is 3-1 in the Hy-Vee Classic.

 Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Mississippi Valley State
2015-16 Record: 8-27
Coach: Andre Payne (3rd year)
Top Returning Scorer: Marcus Romain (Sr.), 18.6 ppg
Iowa State heads into the holiday break with Mississippi Valley State, as the Delta Devils visit Ames for the fifth time in the last nine seasons. The Cyclones are 5-0 all-time against MVSU and 22-0 against SWAC opponents.

 Saturday, Jan. 28 – at Vanderbilt (SEC/Big 12 Challenge)
2015-16 Record: 19-14
Coach: Bryce Drew (1st year)
Top Returning Scorer: Matthew Fisher-Davis (Jr.), 9.7 ppg
As previously announced, ISU heads to Nashville to face Vanderbilt, who will be in its first season under the direction of new head coach Bryce Drew. ISU owns a 4-3 edge over the Commodores, with wins in the last two meetings. The Cyclones are 2-1 all-time in SEC/Big 12 Challenge games.

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About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 12th year at Iowa State and fourth as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at mshoultz@iastate.edu. I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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