Iowa and Iowa State meet Thursday in another edition of their in-state rivalry, and like many rivalries, the affair is preceded by a game between each team's managers the night before.
Unlike many rivalries, the Hawkeye State rivalry manager game has been blessed with the analysis of Jay Bilas himself. The Bilastrator got started on his preview long before tipoff.
Tonight is Iowa v. Iowa State basketball manager game! There will be trash talk and blood on the floor (and pros that can clean it all up).— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 11, 2014
Scouting report from tonight's Iowa-Iowa State manager game. One player scouted as "Somewhat athletic looking. Possibly has a hot sister."— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 11, 2014
As the game approached, Bilas started to get into the nitty gritty of his analysis.
Iowa needs a big game from Pat Doherty and Pat O'Connor. "Fratty Patty" and Notorious POC are the heart and soul of Hawkeye managers.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 12, 2014
Iowa State managers are long, with tremendous wingspans, Kurt Benjamin and Parker Kober can pass a water bottle the length of the bench.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 12, 2014
And when Doherty had the unbelievable nerve to try and correct Bilas by saying his nickname is actually "Frat" Doherty, Bilas was sure to correct the misguided youngster.
Finally it was time to play. Unfortunately, there weren't many people as interested in the game as Bilas.
Iowa-Iowa State manager game about to tip. Shockingly, tickets are still available. Dozens of Upper Managerial scouts in attendance.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 12, 2014
Something tells us there will be more fans in attendance for Friday's game.
- Ben Estes