Preview Of The Iowa State - Dartmouth Game

After a week long layoff from games, and the Cyclones will have their final exams behind them and the "Big Green" of Dartmouth in front of them this weekend.

I'm not just going to touch on a couple of quick things: First, Iowa State should have their way if they play up to their capabilities. Dartmouth is projected to finish last in the Ivy League. They sit at 3-6 right now, and have lost to teams such as New Hampshire, Loyola MD, Quinnipac, and St Francis (NY), along wih others. Their 3 wins consisted of victories over Hartford, Colgate, and Army.

With Dartmouth, they play about 8 deep, but have had 11 guys make appearances. They go with a 3 guard lineup with a "center" (although he's only 6'9, and 220lbs), although their "forward" (6-4, 215 lbs) could pass for a guard as well. Their three big scorers are #10 Jabari Trotter (guard, 11ppg), #24 David Rufful (forward, 9ppg), and #15 R.J. Griffin (guard, 8ppg).  With rebounding, their center (Weeden) is their offensive rebounding threat, while on the defensive glass it is Rufful. The rest of the team doesn't really rebound.

Overall, however, Iowa State is the better is almost every relevant category.  The chart below gives a better picture, and one can see this has the makings of a blowout:

 

As long as Iowa State doesn't come out the gates too rusty, or take the game too lightly, they should win by 20-25 points in this one. I think it's a game that Jordan Railey would get a good opportunity to do his thing (as he is of similar build as that Weeden player).  For Cyclone fans, the main thing is to just gut through this slow period in the season around the holidays when the team is not playing much. In three weeks, conference play starts, and from there, it is 16 games about 2 months time. Before we know it, this season will be over. But for now, it's all about the Big Green. Game tips off at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday (December 19) at 1pm CST.

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