It’s a non-conference tilt in the Hawkeye State when the Horizon League visits the Big 12. The Milwaukee Panthers are on the road to take on the Iowa State Cyclones Monday night. Milwaukee kicked off their season with an 83-73 home win over Wisconsin Lacrosse Friday night. Iowa State took a 74-59 road loss at Missouri in their season-opening contest Friday night. The Cyclones took the three previous meetings between the schools, including a 79-61 home win in the last contest on November 16, 2008.
Milwaukee Panthers Shoot to Go 2-0
Milwaukee used hot shooting to pick up a win in the debut of coach Pat Baldwin, who came over from an assistant role at Northwestern to run the program after LaVall Jordan, who took the Butler job after one season at the school. The Panthers had a little tougher time than expected with Wisconsin Lacrosse but came up with the win. Milwaukee shot the ball well as they hit 62.5 percent from the field and drained 8 of 17 three point attempts. The Panthers had a 14 point halftime edge and eased off a bit in the second half but picked up the win.
Bryce Barnes led five Panthers in double figures with 19 points, three assists and two steals in the win. Jeremy Johnson and Brock Stull each contributed 13 points. Brett Prahl and Bryce Nze (nine rebounds) each had 10 points for Milwaukee. The bench wasn’t great but they did outscore Wisconsin Lacrosse’s reserves by an 18-15 margin. The Panthers held a 33-24 edge on the glass: that, coupled with the hot shooting, helped them overcome 17 turnovers in the victory.
Iowa State Cyclones Look for Better Showing in Home Opener
Iowa State had a tough outing in their opener as they fell flat on the road in Missouri. The Cyclones will look for a better showing here at home against a mid-major program in front of its faithful. Iowa State never got in sync in the opener, trailing by 14 at the half. The Cyclones were held to 39.3 percent shooting from the floor in the contest, while sinking just 6 of 19 three point attempts and five of 11 free throws. Iowa State was beaten 38-27 on the glass, turned the ball over 13 times and allowed Missouri to shoot 52.9 percent from the field, including 10 of 23 from long range.
Nick Weiler-Babb led the Cyclones with 14 points plus four rebounds and five assists in the loss. Zoran Talley added 11 points in 26 minutes off the bench while Lindell Wigginton put up 10 points. No other player for Iowa State finished with more than six in the contest as the team is going to have to find someone to step up and become a go-to guy on the offensive end of the floor.
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- Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss
- Cyclones are 6-1 ATS in their last seven at home
Milwaukee came up with a win at home in their opener but they could have played better. After all, a 10 point margin over a Division III program shows there is still work to be done. At least the Panthers can hang their hat on a win as Iowa State was outplayed in their opener. The days of Naz Mitrou-Long firing from the perimeter and Monte Morris distributing the ball with ease are gone in Ames. The Cyclones have to move on from those days and establish some players in the here and now. Look for Iowa State to bounce back and get the win here at home.