IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says he is not surprised with the success that Illinois is enjoying this season. Winners of four straight the Illini visit Iowa in the final game in Kinnick Stadium.
Ferentz says the rebuilding efforts of fourth year coach Lovie Smith are taking shape.
Iowa has won five in a row in the series and 10 of the last 11.
Kickoff in Iowa City is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO.
AMES — Iowa State will honor 20 seniors on Saturday when the Cyclones host Kansas. ISU coach Matt Campbell says it is a class that had blind faith when he took over the job.
It is a senior class that Campbell says has been a big part of the turnaround of the program.
Campbell says Kansas has made strides under first year coach Les Miles. The Jayhawks are 3-7.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock.
CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa Panthers close the regular season at home this weekend against Western Illinois. The Panthers are 7-4 after getting hammered at South Dakota State.
That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says it is a similar Western Illinois team to the one that beat the Panthers 37-17 a year ago.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 1 o’clock.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Solomon Young scored 14 points, Prentiss Nixon added 13 and Iowa State eased past Southern Miss 73-45 on Tuesday for its second straight win.
Tyrese Haliburton had 12 points with nine assists and three steals for the Cyclones (3-1), who used a 15-2 run to close the first half to pull away.
After a sluggish start, Iowa State held the Golden Eagles scoreless for nearly five minutes in building a 33-20 halftime lead. The Cyclones then reeled off 11 points in a row to make it a 60-34 game midway through the second half.
Iowa State once again struggled from beyond the arc though. After going just 3 of 25 in a win over Northern Illinois, Iowa State was 5 of 22 against the Eagles.
George Conditt had nine points, six rebounds and four blocks off the bench for the Cyclones.
Boban Jacdonmi scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles (1-3). Southern Miss went 0 of 16 from the 3-point line and didn’t shoot its first free throw until there was 2:47 left.
Iowa State is now 3-1 and will face Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament next Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Trae Berhow poured in a career-high 36 points and Northern Iowa breezed to an 87-67 victory over UT Martin on Tuesday night.
Berhow made 13 of 17 shots from the floor, including 8 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.
AJ Green had 14 points and nine assists for the Panthers (5-0). Austin Phyfe added 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Isaiah Brown pitched in with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Parker Stewart hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 for the Skyhawks (2-3). Derek Hawthorne Jr. added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Quintin Dove tallied 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers knocked down 32 of 54 shots (59%) overall and 16 of 34 from distance (47%).
UT Martin shot 41.5% (22 of 53) and 36% from beyond the arc (9 of 25).
UNI turns right around and hosts Cornell College tonight at the McLeod Center before heading off to the Cancun Challenge next week.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice, Alex Stalock made 30 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who improved to 4-2-1 in their last seven. Brandon Montour scored for the Sabres and Linus Ullmark stopped 22 shots. Buffalo is on a 1-6-2 skid and battling injuries at the forward position following 9-2-1 start.