Mar 11, 2020; New York, New York, USA; DePaul Blue Demons guard Charlie Moore (11) celebrates after a three point basket against the Xavier Musketeers during the second half in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State’s opponent for the 2020 Big East/Big 12 Battle is reportedly known.
According to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the Cyclones will host DePaul in the annual matchup between the two conferences. Iowa State upset eventual Big East co-champion Seton Hall in last year’s iteration of the event.
DePaul, coached by Dave Leitao, started the 2019-20 season 9-0, including a win on the road at Iowa and an overtime win over Texas Tech in the Big East/Big 12 Battle. The Blue Demons eventually reached 12-1 during non-conference play, but won only three regular season conference games along with their Big East Tournament first-round game to finish the year 16-16.
They finished alone in last place in the Big East standings, but they do return three of their top-four scorers to next year’s roster, including leading scorer Charlie Moore, who averaged 15.5 points per game as a junior, and second-leading scorer Paul Reed, who added 15.1 points per game.
Iowa State finished the 2019-20 season with a 12-20 record, the program’s highest loss total in more than 40 years, and currently has four open scholarships during the spring recruiting cycle.
Other noteworthy matchups in the event include Creighton visiting Kansas, Villanova traveling to Texas, Baylor going on the road to Seton Hall and Georgetown hosting West Virginia.