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Iowa State and Iowa headed in different directions

IOWA CITY, IOWA (KTIV) — The Cy-Hawk series continues Thursday in men’s basketball when Iowa State goes to Iowa. The Cyclones have won seven of the last nine meetings with the Hawkeyes. These two teams are going in different directions.

Iowa State has won four in a row to get to 7-1. The Cyclones haven’t trailed at all in their last three wins. Head coach Steve Prohm is 2-1 against the Hawks, including an 84-78 win last year in Ames. Although the Cyclones have played three games in Hawaii, this will be their first true road game.

“They’ve got a really good basketball team, vastly improved from last year,” said Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm. “It will be our first true road test. We’ve played at a neutral environment but it will be good. I think we’re ready for this challenge. Got great respect for them and their team.”

Iowa is 6-2 overall. The Hawks won their first six games and were ranked as high as 14th. But they’ve lost their first two Big Ten games to ranked teams from Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Iowa will try to slow down an ISU squad that’s averaging 80 points per game.

“You know what we do,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “We’re going to change defenses throughout the game and kind of see what’s working. Sometimes you think it’s going to be a big zone game and it’s not, and you think it’s going to be a big man game, and it’s not. We’ll see how it goes. We’ll do both.”

Iowa and Iowa State play at 7 o’clock Thursday on Fox Sports 1.

Brad Pautsch

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