Friday December 28th Local Sports


12:45 — Men’s basketball — Nevada at Utah
6:00 pre-game, 7:00 tip — Iowa men vs. Bryant

11:45 pre-game, 12:00 tip — Iowa women at Michigan State
6:30 — Hawkeye Radio Network Outback Bowl preview show



PEORIA, ILLINOIS — The NIACC women’s basketball team gets back to action today as they are at the Illinois Central Holiday Tournament in Peoria. The 3rd-ranked Lady Trojans have played in the annual eight-team tournament several times, placing third in 2013 and 2014, fourth the last two years and seventh in 2015. NIACC will face Bryant & Stratton of Wisconsin at 4 o’clock this afternoon in their tournament opener. NIACC won the first meeting between these two teams 117-95 back on November 25th in the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge. Other ranked teams in the field include the host Illinois Central, who is ranked 4th and fell to NIACC in overtime in the Konigsmark Klassic on November 2nd, and 11th-ranked Kirkwood. NIACC is 8-2 overall and have been idle since a 113-92 win at Southwestern on December 8th.



SAN ANTONIO — Iowa State has not been a one-hit wonder under coach Matt Campbell. After beating Memphis in the Liberty Bowl a year ago the 24th ranked Cyclones are preparing to take on 13th ranked Washington State in the Alamo Bowl tonight. The Cyclones have enjoyed the best back-to-back seasons in school history.

Campbell feels it puts the Cyclones on the path to becoming a consistent program.

Kickoff for the Alamo Bowl is scheduled for shortly after 8 o’clock.


TAMPA — Four close losses kept this from being a truly memorable season for the Iowa Hawkeyes and they hope to turn that around in the Outback Bowl against 18th ranked Mississippi State. In a game featuring two of the nation’s top defenses it has the makings of a low scoring affair.

That’s Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz who says the Hawkeyes need to limit mistakes to have a chance.

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald rushed for more than a thousand yards and the Bulldogs will challenge an Iowa run defense that is giving up only 103 yards per game.

That’s senior safety Geno Stone. The Outback Bowl takes place on Tuesday with an 11 o’clock Iowa time kickoff. You can hear the broadcast on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 9 o’clock. Join us on Sunday evening for a special bowl preview show from the Hawkeye Radio Network starting at 6:30 on AM-1300 KGLO.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the fourth time in the past five years, the Chicago Bears will visit the Minnesota Vikings in the last game on the schedule. For once, this matchup has some meaning. The Bears can still get a first-round bye for the playoffs, if they win and the Los Angeles Rams also lose. The Vikings haven’t secured a spot in the postseason yet, needing a victory or a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles to get in. NFC North champion Chicago won the first meeting with Minnesota last month, a 25-20 decision.



CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane had a hat trick, Brandon Saad scored twice and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 for their fourth win in five games. Collin Delia made 46 saves, and Jonathan Toews, Erik Gustafsson and Dylan Strome each had two assists for Chicago, tied for last place with St. Louis in the Central Division. Kane completed his first hat trick since March 2017.



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