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NU basketball vs. Iowa State: Gameday

(Rodger here. Comment or die. Also, check out ISU blog Clone Chronicles, which is a really terrifying name until you realize that they were going for a shorter version of "cyclone" and not "duplicate human beings sent to kill you". Although there's probably an SBNation blog about that too.)

 

Northwestern is right back in action tonight, taking on Iowa State in the championship game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Tip off is at 7 PM central, and the game will again be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Iowa State comes in at 6-0, and they've outscored their opponents by an average of 24 points a game. However, they've played a very weak schedule, with their only even semi-impressive win coming last night over St. Louis. The Cyclones are led by 6'10" forward Craig Brackins, who's averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds per game. Last season he was even better, averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds per game, highlighted by a 42 point, 14 rebound effort against Kansas. As a team, Iowa State is shooting very well, at 51.3% from the field overall and a staggering 51.5% from 3 point range. 3-point specialist Lucca Staiger will be key for Iowa State against NU's zone. 42 of his 46 attempts this season have been from 3-point range, and he's hit 20 of those. If he shoots the ball well it will open up the lane for Brackins.

It will be very interesting to see if Northwestern can string together two good games in a row. Iowa State certainly doesn't get the hype Notre Dame does, but on paper they look like just as tough a matchup. Another convincing NU win will show 'Cats fans and the rest of the Big Ten that they're for real. Go 'Cats, and comment here if you're watching. Last night Rodger wrote that the key to NU basketball is "having more than one person in these game threads," so post early and often tonight.

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