Cyclones close non-conference slate

AMES – The Cyclones find themselves with a favorable matchup to close out the 2015 part of the 2015-16 season when the Iowa State mens’ basketball team hosts Coppin State in ISU’s second-to-last non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.

CSU (2-12) hails from the MEAC conference. The Eagles average giving up 86.3 points per game to their opponent, which bodes well for the Cyclones (10-1), which averages scoring 84.5 points per game. Coppin State scores 70.8 points per game, which is right at what ISU gives up at 70.2.

Three Eagles average scoring double digits a game in Terry Harris Jr. (12.4), Christian Kessee (11.3) and James Sylvester (10.6). CSU will likely have trouble keeping up with the four Cyclones (Georges Niang, Monte Morris, Jameel McKay, Abdel Nader) that average at least 12.4 points per game.

CSU brings some height to Ames, having six players that stand at least 6-foot-7.

Iowa State’s field goal percentage of 50.4 per game is right in line with what Coppin State’s defense gives up at 50.6 percent.

CSU has lost all eight of its road games this season, including dropping a 103-68 contest to the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City back on Nov. 15.

The Eagles have lost at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons.

Iowa State’s last non-conference game this season is against Texas A&M when the Cyclones travel to College Station.