The Iowa State Cyclones will reportedly play Xavier in the Preseason NIT at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 24, according to Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today.
The Cyclones and the Musketeers would be one of the two first-round games on Nov. 24. The other game will be Memphis against Virginia Tech. The winners and the losers will play each other two days later on Nov. 26.
Iowa State, under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger and coming off a two-win season, will join Memphis, Virginia Tech and Xavier at the Preseason NIT on Nov. 24 and No. 26 at Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets. This will be the Cyclones’ third appearance all-time in the NIT, with the last coming in the 1992-93 season.
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The Cyclones previously announced their 2021-22 non-conference schedule, which included the trip to the NIT but not the pairings. Playing Xavier means the Cyclones will play two Big East teams in non-conference action. The other will be Creighton, as the two teams will square off on Dec. 4 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Otzelberger will make his regular-season debut at home on Nov. 9 when the Cyclones host Kennesaw State, one of four straight home games to start the season. That includes Oregon State on Nov. 12, Alabama State on No. 16, and Grambling State on Nov. 21. Oregon State reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament last March.
The Cyclones renew the Cy-Hawk Series on Dec. 9 at Hilton Coliseum against Iowa, and the Cyclones won’t leave Hilton Coliseum the rest of the month. The Cyclones host Jackson State at Dec. 12, Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 19, and Chicago State on Dec. 21.
The Cyclones’ final non-conference game is against former Big 8 and Big 12 rival Missouri on Jan. 29 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. That game will be at Hilton Coliseum.
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