Sunday, November 16, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at Iowa State

We will again have a live blog from courtside at Hilton Coliseum as UWM and Iowa State square off in what amounts to the championship game of the World Vision Classic here in Ames.

You can view the live blog here.

You can also view the live stats for tonight's matchup here and listen to Bill Johnson's game call here. His call is also available on WISN (AM 1130).

A few notes on tonight's opponent. Milwaukee native Diante Garrett runs the offense, collecting 16 assists in the first two games. His main interior weapon is Craig Brackens, who has averaged 16.5 points in his first two outings. The Cyclones have also added a freshman sharpshooter in Wes Eikmeier, who has made 8-of-16 from long range in two games.

The most interesting note, though, is that Iowa State has been outrebounded in the first two games. In fact, Cal Davis and Loyola Marymount have combined for 27 offensive rebounds in two games, with Iowa State at a minus-5 in the rebounding column overall.

On the other hand, the Cyclones have certainly guarded Friday and Saturday, as LMU and Cal Davis combined to shoot just 33.3 percent from the field.

For UWM, Avery Smith will return to the active roster tonight, and will likely come off the bench for his first regular season action in about 20 months. It is safe to say he is VERY excited.

As always, please remember to refresh the screen as you follow along.