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Two reasons I'm not looking forward to Cy-Hawk hoops

December 12, 2013 - Andy Heintz
There are many reasons to get excited about Iowa and Iowa men's basketball this season.

For the second straight season, there is plenty of hype for both teams. Each squad is ranked and both have big aspirations for a deep tournament run.

But there are two reasons why I am not looking forward to the matchup this week.

1. Friday night

I am not sure whose idea it was to put this game on Friday night in the middle of high school basketball.

I realize only so many fans can fit into Hilton Coliseum -- and Carver-Hawkeye Arena when Iowa hosts -- but the TV ratings would be much better if the rest of the fans who are attending high school games had the chance to watch the game when it happens.

The fact that it is played on Friday makes little to no sense to me. I don't care if it is finals week. The athletes are used to playing a bunch of games and it shouldn't be that big of a deal.

I realize as a sports journalist, it is my job to cover high school sports along with the collegiate games, but it would be nice to be able to catch this game once in awhile. Instead, I will be in Grundy Center covering two of our 13 prep teams trying to keep tabs on the game on my phone.


I don't have ESPNU. So not only will I not be able to watch the game as it happens, I can't even DVR it and watch it later.

I missed the good ole days when I would get home from high school basketball practice and catch the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday nights and watch them against on Saturday nights. Those used to be the only two days they played and KDSM Fox had every game with Larry Morgan and Mac McCausland on the call.

Now, with so many networks and so many games shown on national TV, it is hard to catch the games locally anymore.

I am not a big fan of Mediacom but one advantage is being able to watch what local games there are on Mediacom22.

Hopefully, we get another good game in this basketball series. I just won't get to see it. Any of it. None. Except maybe some highlights after the fact.


This series usually goes with homecourt. It is tough for the other to win away from home. For that, I think Iowa State has an advantage.

But if the officials call the game tight, the arrow shifts to the Hawkeyes as they can go 10-11 deep. Iowa State likes to only go 7 -- maybe 8 -- comfortably and if some of their starters are on the bench with fouls, expect Iowa to use that to its advantage. The Hawkeyes can sub in hockey line changes essentially, but I still think it is going to be hard to pick against Iowa State on its home floor, where it rarely loses.

Who does Fran McCaffery put on Iowa State point guard DeAndre Kane? How will Iowa State stop Iowa's bigger, taller interior players? Will Jarrod Uthoff, an Iowa native, make an impact in his first-ever Cy-Hawk game? Will Iowa follow UNI's gameplan in covering up the Cyclones' two best shooters and sagging off everyone else to force the Cyclones to take outside shots?

Those are things I wish I could watch for but can't. Because I can't watch the game.

Iowa State 85, Iowa 81


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