Hoops series vs. Minnesota; yay or nay?

Everybody loves a little non-conference college basketball schedule banter in early May. On Friday, I posted the following on our men’s basketball forum here at 

"I’m hearing that Iowa State will NOT be playing Kentucky or Florida in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge this year, however the Cyclones could be moving up in the ranks to play an opponent better that originally thought. Also, Iowa State is still trying to book a high-major opponent for a home and home. Sounds like progress is being made."

Go ahead and rule Minnesota from the Big Ten out as far as that home and home with a high-major is concerned – for now at least. That’s according to Minneapolis media man Darren Wolfson, who tweeted the following this weekend. 

"Told no real surprises as #Gophers hoops is finalizing their non-conf. schedule. Iowa St. wants to start a series. Will happen. Not now."

That would be a natural series for both programs looking to bump up schedule strength in the future so it makes a lot of sense. Iowa State has clearly arrived on the national scene and with a guy named Pitino calling the shots, I’ll go on a limb and say that the Gophers are about to do the same. 

The problem with non-conference scheduling at this time of year is finding dancing partners with open space on their schedule. To my knowledge, Iowa State has one date open at this time. Chances are, Minnesota does not. 

Let’s throw this topic up to you today. Let us know what you think and why. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.