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Iowa State Basketball: 2020-21 Schedule Analysis

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Today Heartland College Sports breaks down the 2020-21 Iowa State Cyclones basketball schedule.

Season opener: The Cyclones will open the regular season a bit later than everyone else, as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 29.

Tournaments: The Cyclones will not play in any tournaments this season.

The Big 12/Big East Game: Iowa State will host DePaul on Dec. 6. That means transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands will get to play his former team.

The Big 12/SEC Game: The Cyclones will travel to Mississippi State for the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. The Cyclones have never played Mississippi State in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

The Big Non-Con: I guess it’s Mississippi State, even though we’ve covered that game. They’re the only Power 5 opponent on Iowa State’s schedule, outside the Big 12.

Mid-Major Danger: The South Dakota State Jackrabbits won 22 games last season and finished in a tie for the top spot in the Summit League.

Big 12 Opener: The Cyclones open the Big 12 season at home against Kansas State on Dec. 15.


The ‘Big’ Big 12 stretch: The Cyclones face a tough stretch beginning Jan. 16 with a road game at Kansas. After that the Cyclones host Texas, travel to Texas Tech, host Oklahoma State and hosts West Virginia. That stretch could have a lot to do with where the Cyclones are seeded in the Big 12 Tournament.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and the late-evolving nature of national schedules, the schedule is subject to change and could see games removed or added with little notice.

2020-21 Iowa State Schedule

(Home games in Bold; *-Big 12 game; schedule subject to change)

Nov. 29 Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Dec. 2 South Dakota State

Dec. 6 DePaul (Big 12/Big East Battle)

Dec. 15 Kansas State*

Dec. 18 at West Virginia*

Dec. 20 Jackson State

Dec. 22 Chicago State

Jan. 2 Baylor*

Jan. 5 at Texas*

Jan. 9 Texas Tech*

Jan. 13 at Kansas State*

Jan. 16 at Kansas*

Jan. 20 Texas*

Jan. 23 at Texas Tech*

Jan. 25 Oklahoma State*

Jan. 30 at Mississippi State (Big 12-SEC Challenge)

Feb. 2 West Virginia*

Feb. 6 at Oklahoma*

Feb. 9 at TCU*

Feb. 13 Kansas*

Feb. 16 at Oklahoma State*

Feb. 20 Oklahoma*

Feb. 23 at Baylor*

Feb. 27 TCU*

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