In an effort to improve the level of competition on their schedule, Oregon State has agreed to play a home-and-home series against Iowa State beginning in the 2019-2020 season. The agreement between the two teams means that the Beavers will host the Cyclones this upcoming campaign and then travel to Ames for a second meeting during the 2020-2021 season. The news was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Sources: Iowa State and Oregon State will begin a home-and-home series next season in Corvallis. Return game in Ames in 20-21.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 30, 2019
Iowa State joins Oklahoma (who the Beavers will play in the PK Invitational on November 12th, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland) as the first Big 12 squads to grace Oregon State’s schedule since the Beavers played Kansas in the Kansas City Shootout back in December of 2015, while interestingly enough, the Cyclones haven’t beaten a Pac-12 school since head coach Steve Prohm’s debut game against Colorado in November of 2015.
Prohm, who left Murray State to lead the Iowa State program, has amassed 83–53 overall record during his tenure in Ames, with trips to the NCAA Tournament in three out of his four seasons.
Iowa State should be a tall task for head coach Wayne Tinkle’s program, as the Cyclones finished last season with a 23-12 mark, won a Big 12 Tournament Championship and earned a #6 seed in the big dance. However, if there is a positive sign for the Beavers, the Cyclones lost four of their top five scorers from last season, including Marial Shayok and Nick Weiler-Babb to graduation and Talen Horton-Tucker and Lindell Wigginton to the NBA Draft.
No date, time or media coverage has been announced yet for these match-ups.