UNCW Vs. Iowa State
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 – 12:06 p.m. CT
Hilton Coliseum (14,376) – Ames, Iowa

THE TIP-OFF:   The UNCW Seahawks wrap up a two-game swing to the Upper Midwest today with an inaugural matchup against Iowa State’s Cyclones. Coach Buzz Peterson’s club will be trying to bounce back from an 82-39 defeat at the hands of Iowa Friday night in Iowa City.

THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is beginning his 16th season with a 258-207 (.555) overall record and 33-59 (.359) mark in three seasons with the Seahawks. Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg opens his fourth season with a  62-39 (.614) record – all in Ames.


THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr. Guard, Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward), Dylan Sherwood (6-9, 215, R-Soph., Forward). The probable starters for the Cyclones include Naz Long (6-4, 210, So., Guard), Matt Thomas (6-3, 190, Fr., Guard), DeAndre Kane (6-4, 195, Sr., Guard), Dustin Hogue (6-8, 205, Jr., Forward), Georges Niang (6-7, 245, So., Forward).


JUMP BALL: The Seahawks scored their fewest points (39) and shot their poorest from the field (.222) in the Buzz Peterson Era in Friday’s loss at Iowa. The previous lows were 40 at Purdue (11-21-12) and .275 at James Madison (01-19-13).


FAST BREAK: Two players made their first official appearance in a UNCW uniform at Iowa. Ben Eblen (Alabama) started and scored four points with three rebounds in 27 minutes of action. Addison Spruill (Brevard CC) played 17 minutes, collecting 10 points and one board.


THE SERIES: Tonight marks the first game between the two clubs. UNCW now stands 4-1 against Iowa opponents after playing Northern Iowa (4-0) and Iowa (0-1).


OPENING MINUTES: The Seahawks will keep their bags packed early in 2013-14, playing six of their first eight games away from Trask Coliseum. Tonight’s contest is the second leg in a three-game road swing. After returning to Wilmington briefly late Monday, the team will depart again Tuesday for a matchup against Big South Conference favorite Charleston Southern on Wednesday night.


TIP-INS: Iowa State will be the fourth Big 12 opponent the Seahawks have played. UNCW owns a 1-2 record against the league, defeating Baylor and losing to the Bears and Texas Tech.


BENCH TALK: Buzz Peterson has battled five Big 12 schools on the hardwood, compiling a 1-6 record against the league. His lone victory came on Jan. 17, 2001, when Tulsa topped the Horned Frogs, 82-66, at home in the first matchup in a two-game series that season.


INTERESTING FACT: Tornadoes are fairly common in Iowa, so how did Iowa State get “Cyclones” as its nickname?  ISU’s athletic teams have been known as the Cyclones since the latter part of the 1800s. On September 28, 1895, the Iowa State football team surprised Northwestern by winning, 36-0. The Chicago Tribune wrote: “Struck by a Cyclone…Northwestern might as well have tried to play football with an Iowa cyclone as with the Iowa team it met yesterday. At the end of 50 minute’s play, the big husky farmers from Iowa’s Agricultural College had rolled up 36 points, while the 15-yard line was the nearest Northwestern got to Iowa’s goal.”

WE MEET AGAIN: UNCW is very familiar with talented backcourt threat DeAndre Kane after going up against the ISU newcomer the last two years during his time at Marshall. Kane averaged 17.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg in the two contests - both wins - and shot 40 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent behind the arc.

BUZZ (PETERSON) BITES: “Obviously, Friday night was frustrating, but you have to give Iowa credit. They are a long athletic unit. I told our guys we are a much better ball club than we showed. Give Iowa a lot of credit. They are a very good basketball team. We are much better than we played and we just have to get back to work. They took us out of the game early. We have not seen that length and we may not see that length the rest of the year. They did a good job of taking us out of everything. They are a good ball club and we knew that coming in, but we did not think it would turn out like this.”

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Television/Internet: ESPN3.com; Radio: Sunny 107.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.


ON THE HORIZON: The Seahawks return to the East Coast early next week to take on Charleston Southern at the Buc Dome (capacity 881) in their final road outing of an early three-game road set.