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College Basketball: Iowa State Cyclones open season against MVSU Tuesday

This news story was published on November 4, 2019.
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State opens the 2019-20 season Tuesday evening when it hosts Mississippi Valley State at Hilton Coliseum.

The Matchup: Iowa State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Mississippi Valley State (0-0, 0-0 SWAC)
Where: Ames, Iowa – Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/TuneIn Radio
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Analyst)
Sirius/XM/Internet: NA/NA/979 (internet)
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1. This is the fifth season running the program for Steve Prohm, who has coached the Cyclones to three NCAA Tournaments and a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles…Prohm is 83-53 as head coach of the Cyclones and he ranks among the nation’s top-20 coaches (five years of experience) in career winning percentage.
2. Cyclone sophomore Tyrese Haliburton was a preseason All-Big 12 selection…he is second in school history with a 4.46 career assist-to-turnover ratio trailing only Monte Morris (4.65).
3. ISU has won eight consecutive non-conference home games and 20 of its last 21 home openers.
4. Michael Jacobson has started the last 91 games he’s played dating back to his freshman year at Nebraska…he was one of just two Cyclones (Nick Weiler-Babb) to start all 35 games in 2018-19.
5. ISU will play a minimum of 16 games this season against teams that made the NCAA Tournament a season ago…depending on how the bracket breaks in the Battle 4 Atlantis, that number could rise to as many as 18.

• Iowa State and Mississippi Valley State will meet for the seventh time…the Cyclones own a 6-0 edge in the series with all meetings coming at Hilton Coliseum…the Cyclones and Delta Devils last played in 2016, an 88-60 ISU victory in which current Toronto Raptor Matt Thomas scored 23 points.
• The closest game in the series came in 2011, when ISU won 67-65 at Hilton Coliseum.
• MVSU played an exhibition on Oct. 30 against Tougaloo College and won 98-79 despite trailing 46-40 at the half…three Delta Devils reached double figures: Caleb Hunter (30), Jordan Lyons (28) and Michael Green (27).
• Michael Jacobson’s first career college game came against Mississippi Valley State when he was at Nebraska (9 pts, 5 rbs)…Solomon Young scored eight points and had seven rebounds against the Delta Devils as a freshman.
• Steve Prohm is 1-0 all-time against MVSU…this will be his first meeting coaching against Lindsey Hunter.
• ISU is 28-0 all-time against the Southwestern Athletic Conference with MVSU (6) and Texas Southern (6) being the most common opponent from the league.

Head Coach Steve Prohm

• Steve Prohm enters his fifth season at the helm of the Cyclone men’s basketball program…he ranks sixth on ISU’s all-time wins list with 83 victories, averaging more than 20 wins per season at ISU.
• He joins Tim Floyd, Larry Eustachy and Fred Hoiberg as the only coaches in school history that have averaged at least 20 wins per season.
• Prohm is the seventh coach to lead Iowa State to the NCAA Tournament and the fifth to have multiple appearances, joining Johnny Orr, Floyd and Hoiberg as the only coaches to lead three Cyclones teams to the NCAA Tournament.
• Prohm is the sixth coach in Big 12 history to win multiple Big 12 Tournament titles, joining: Hoiberg, Bill Self (KU), Roy Williams (KU), Kelvin Sampson (OU) and Eddie Sutton (OSU)…with a .750 winning percentage (6-2) at the tournament, he ranks fourth in league history.
• He has had three players earn All-America honors in his four seasons and his players have earned 16 All-Big 12 honors, the most in the conference in that time.
• Prohm has had a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, the Karl Malone Award and the Julius Erving Award…Georges Niang won the Karl Malone Award in 2016.
• Entering the season, Prohm ranked 16th nationally among coaches with at least five years of experience with a .695 winning percentage.

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