Time to rise up #cyclONEnation, it’s Cy-Hawk gameday! This matchup is the most anticipated rivalry game throughout our great state of Iowa and this year’s competition will be nothing short of spectacular. So, without further adieu, here is a quick preview for tonight’s rivalry game.
First things first, the Cyclones (7-1) will be heading to Iowa City to play the Hawkeyes (6-2) which will most certainly provide for a wild environment. Luckily, players like Nick Weiler-Babb, Marial Shayok, and Michael Jacobson have experienced playing big time rivals on the road. For instance, Babb was present the last time the Cyclones took the trip down to Iowa City and Jacobson has played in Carver Hawkeye Arena as a Husker. This game will also be a true testament to what our young players can do in a high pressure environment.
The freshman for both teams will certainly make for an interesting game. From an Iowa State standpoint, we’ve seen what Tyrese Haliburton, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Zion Griffin can do when they get into the groove of things. As for Iowa, they utilize freshman Joe Wieskamp who is sure to play this evening, despite an ankle injury that occurred this past Monday. The Cyclones also have a slight edge, for the fact that Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley both returned Monday evening to help Iowa State to a win over NDSU. Having these two men back in lineup will sure be helpful this evening against the Hawkeyes, as well.
Nonetheless, despite the records that these two teams uphold, it will most definitely be a close game, since everyone desires bragging rights for the year. Our Cyclones are ready to defeat the team out East and make it a Cyclone State once again! Let’s do this, CyclONEnation!