Iowa State tries to regain footing vs. 1-5 DePaul

Perhaps a matchup with struggling DePaul will help Iowa State get back on track.Looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat, the visiting Cyclones will aim to extend the Blue Demons’ losing streak to four games on Friday night in Chicago as part of the Big East/Big 12 Battle.Iowa State (5-2) won its first four games amid a highly favorable schedule by an average margin of 45.5 points. Then the Cyclones took part in the ESPN Events Invitational, where it opened with a 68-64 win over VCU but totaled 131 points in losing to Virginia Tech and then-No. 12 Texas A&M by a combined 13.They shot just 38.8 percent overall, and 23.5 percent from 3-point range, during the three-day event.”The biggest thing is knowing how to stay consistent and put a whole 40 minutes together,” Cyclones starter Tre King said.”(Last week), we experienced every type of adversity and challenge we could possibly face.”Iowa State hopes to put those lessons learned to good use in its first true road game of 2023-24. It comes against a DePaul squad that’s averaging just 70 points and allowing the opposition to 44.7 percent — and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc.