Iowa State vs. #20 UConn Gameday Primer

Who: State of Iowa (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. No. 22 UConn (7-0, 0-0 BIG East)

Where: Moda Center (19,980) – Portland, Oregon

When: Sunday 27 Nov 2022 – 9pm (CT)


The leadership:
Iowa qualified for the Phil Knight Invitational Championship Game after beating No. 1 North Carolina 70-66 in the semifinals. The win was the third in program history over a high-ranking team. The Cyclones meet their third straight Blue Blood in the finals in Connecticut. The Cyclones have won four of the last eight holiday tournaments they have competed in.


  • In addition to winning four of the last eight holiday tournaments the Cyclones have competed in, Iowa State has participated in championship play in six of those, with Sunday being the seventh of nine tournaments.

  • Iowa State is 2-0 in the previous two games after a win over the state No. 1. The Cyclones defeated Oklahoma 74–54 on January 19, 1957, after knocking down No. 1 Kansas five days earlier. In 2016, ISU won 73-60 at TCU on January 23 after defeating No. 1 Oklahoma five days earlier.

  • head coach TJ Otzelberger is 6-7 against the AP Top 25 in Iowa State after Friday’s win. ISU is now 26-51 against the top 25 on neutral sides. UConn comes in at #20 this week, with ISU sitting 20th in the poll with a 7-5 vs. teams.

  • With three players who have scored 1,000 points or more in their careers, Iowa State is one of 13 schools in the state with three or more.

  • Tamin Lipsey averages 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his first five games. He’s one of four true newcomers in the country to average those numbers.

From the notes:
In five games this season, Iowa State has forced 107 turnovers. In Thursday’s win, the Cyclones forced 18 turnovers against Villanova. The Wildcats had turned the ball just 34 times in four games Thursday. No. 1 North Carolina turned the ball 14 times over a season high.

change of sides:

  • UConn reached the championship game with victories over Oregon (83-59) and Alabama (82-67).

  • UConn (7-0) has had its best start since the team started 2013-14 9-0.

  • Junior Adama Sanogo, who had 25 points against Alabama, leads the Huskies in scoring (20.6) and rebounds (7.1) while three other Huskies are averaging double digits — student Jordan Hawkins (13.0), senior Tristen Newton (12.6) and Redshirt newcomer Alex Karaban (10.4).

  • Up until Sunday’s game, UConn and Iowa State had only met in the NCAA tournament. In the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, Iowa State defeated UConn 77-64 in Louisville, UConn coach Jim Calhoun’s last game at UConn.