Iowa State Begins Big 12 Play at Nebraska
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (13-2, 0-0) opens the Big 12 season in what could be its last ever meeting vs. Nebraska (12-2, 0-0) in Lincoln. Iowa State is currently riding a seven-game winning streak, its best streak since winning seven consecutive games in the 2004-05 season. ISU has not won eight or more games in a row since the 2000-01 season (10-game winning streak).
Who: Iowa State (13-2, 0-0) at Nebraska (12-2, 0-0)
Where: Devaney Center (13,595)
When: Saturday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (color)
Television: Cyclone Television Network/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court
Talent: B.J. Schaben (PxP), Kevin Lehman (color)
Affiliates: WOI-DT1 (Des Moines/Ames), KCRG-DT2 (Cedar Rapids/Waterloo), KCAU-DT1 (Sioux City), WHBF-DT2 (Quad Cities)Mediacom (Mason City, Ottumwa, Keokuk)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at huskers.com
Live Blog: Mike Green, associate director of athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the game at cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- Iowa State (13-2, 0-0) opens the Big 12 season in what could be its last ever meeting vs. Nebraska (12-2, 0-0) in Lincoln.
- Iowa State is currently riding a seven-game winning streak, its best streak since winning seven consecutive games in the 2004-05 season...ISU has not won eight or more games in a row since the 2000-01 season (10-game winning streak).
- Iowa State's 13-2 start ties for the fourth-best start in school history with two losses.
- Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is one of two coaches in school history to begin his Cyclone tenure at 13-2 or better (Tim Floyd; 17-2 in 1994-95).
- Iowa State and Nebraska rank No. 5 and No. 1 nationally in opponent field goal percentage: Nebraska (33.5 pct.), Iowa State (36.1 pct.).
- Iowa State's 13 wins in non-conference play is the fourth-most in school history: 1987-88 (14), 1991-92 (14), 1994-95 (14), 2010-11 (13).
Last Time Out
- Iowa State ended its non-conference portion of its schedule at 13-2 after a 72-63 victory over Northern Illinois on Monday.
- The Cyclones shot a season-low 25.0 percent from the field in the first half, but still held a slim 29-25 margin at the break.
- The game was tied at 44-44 until the Cyclones went on a 9-0 run to take control.
- It was the seventh-straight win for ISU, marking the first time the Cyclones won seven consecutive games since the 2004-05 season.
- Iowa State played the game without two regulars in Scott Christopherson and Jordan Railey...Christopherson sat the game out with a bruised elbow and Railey was serving a suspension after violating team rules.
- Diante Garrett scored over 20 points for the fourth time this season (22 points), including 15 in the second half.
- Garrett tied a career high with four steals, giving him 133 steals in his career to tie for 12th all-time in school history.
- Garrett leads the Big 12 in steals per game at 2.3 spg...he is averaging 3.2 spg in his last six games.
- Jake Anderson had a great game against his former school, scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds.
- Anderson is 13-of-21 (61.9 pct.) from the field in his last three games.
- Melvin Ejim tallied his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards...Ejim is the Big 12's top freshman scorer at 12.7 ppg.
- Jamie Vanderbeken added 11 points and a career-high six blocks in the win...Vanderbeken, who leads the Big 12 in blocks (2.3 bpg), already has 35 blocks on the season to rank 16th in school history.
- Vanderbeken also drilled three 3-pointers to give him 77 in his career, tying for 17th all-time in school history.
- Calvin Godfrey came off the bench to tally nine points and nine boards in the win.
- Iowa State recorded 11 steals in the win, the sixth time this season where the Cyclones had 10 or more steals in a game.
- ISU had more assists (11) than turnovers (9) for the 13th time this year.
- Iowa State was outshot for just the second time this season (37.1%-35.9).
Cyclone-Husker Quick Facts
- Nebraska leads the all-time series at 130-102...the two teams first met on Jan. 15, 1909, a 42-20 NU win.
- Iowa State is 6-2 vs. the Huskers in the last four seasons.
- NU leads the all-time series in games played in Lincoln at 75-33.
- The Cyclones have won four of the last six meetings in Lincoln.
- Diante Garrett is averaging 7.7 points and 4.2 assists in six games vs. Nebraska in his career...Garrett had a series-high 11 points in ISU's win at home last season.
- Scott Christopherson is averaging 11.5 points in two games vs. the Huskers...Christopherson had 17 points in last season's win in Ames.
- Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg was born in Lincoln and both of his parents, Eric and Karen Hoiberg, graduated from Lincoln Southeast H.S. and Nebraska.
- Hoiberg's grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the head coach at Nebraska from 1955-63.
- When Bush was inducted into the Nebraska hall of fame in 1991, Hoiberg was there to accept the award.
- Hoiberg averaged 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in his career vs. the Huskers as a Cyclone player from 1992-95...he scored 29 points vs. Nebraska on Feb. 12, 1994.
- Hoiberg was 3-5 all-time vs. Nebraska in his Cyclone playing career, winning the last two games in his senior season.
A Closer Look At Nebraska
- Nebraska (12-2) is off to a great start and is currently on a 10-game winning streak.
- The Huskers are coming off a 68-48 win over Savannah State on Wednesday...NU was led by Jorge Brian Diaz, who had 13 points.
- The Huskers are one of the best defensive teams in the country, ranking No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (52.9) and first nationally in opponent field goal pct. (33.5).
- The Huskers have held six teams to below 50 points and have only given up 70 points once in a 70-67 loss to Davidson.
- Brian Diaz is having an outstanding season, averaging 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds...Brian Diaz is shooting 62.2 percent from the field.
- Senior guard Lance Jeter is averaging 10.1 points while starting all 14 games...Jeter leads the team in 3-pointers (14), assists (55) and steals (27).
- Junior guard Caleb Walker is leading the team in rebounding at 4.7 rpg...Walker is also averaging 5.8 points.
- The Huskers are shooting 49.7 percent from the field on the season, ranking third in the Big 12.
- NU's +6.9 rebounding margin ranks sixth in the Big 12.
- ISU is 38-64 all-time in conference openers and 6-8 in Big 12 openers.
- ISU is 2-5 when opening the Big 12 season on the road.
- The Cyclones will open the Big 12 season on the road for the fourth time in the last five season.
Iowa State Team Season Quick Facts
- Hoiberg is just the third coach in school history to start his Cyclone career at 6-0: Wayne Morgan (7-0, 2003-04); Greg McDermott (6-0, 2006-07).
- Iowa State's 6-0 start ties for the fifth-best start in school history without a loss.
- Iowa State won the five-team Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge at 4-0.
- Iowa State's 13 wins in non-conference play is the fourth-best total in school history.
- The Cyclones held back-to-back opponents to below 30 percent shooting (Alabama State, 27.1%; Drake, 22.4%) for the first time in the modern era (1950-present).
- When ISU held Drake to just 22.4 percent from the floor it marked the third-lowest opponent field goal percentage by a Cyclone team in the modern era (1950-present).
- Iowa State's 48-point win over Drake (91-43) is the largest margin of victory by an ISU team since defeating Illinois-Chicago by 51 points (95-44) on Jan. 2, 2001.
- ISU scored 90 points in three-straight games: 91 vs Drake, 91 vs. Creighton, 91 vs. Kennesaw State for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
- ISU scored 104 points vs. Chicago State, marking the first time the Cyclones reached the century mark in a game since defeating Mountain State, 101-82 on Nov. 20, 2005.
- ISU ranks third in the Big 12 and ranks 38th nationally in 3-point pct. (39.0 pct.).
- ISU has shot 40 percent or above from beyond the arc in five games.
- At 8.9 3FG made per game, ISU leads the Big 12 and ranks 17th nationally in 3-pointers made per game.
- ISU has made 10 or more treys in seven games.
- ISU has outshot 13 of 15 opponents this season.
- All five starters are averaging over 10.9 points per game and have accounted for 85.1 percent of the scoring.
- ISU has had at least three players score in double figures in 14 games and have had four players score in double figures in nine games...ISU is 9-0 in those contests.
- Iowa State has posted equal or more assists than turnovers in 13 games this season...ISU ranks fourth in the Big 12 in a/t ratio (1.4) and third in assists (15.7 apg)...the Cyclones rank 20th in the nation in assists per game (15.7 apg).
- Iowa State ranks second in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in opponent field goal percentage (36.1 percent)...ISU has held 11 opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field.
- ISU has won three Big 12 Rookie of the Week Awards this year: Jake Anderson (11-15); Melvin Ejim (11-22, 12-13).
Off To A Good Start
- At 13-2, Iowa State is trying to become the fourth team in school history to begin the season at 14-2 or better through 16 games...the last time ISU raced out to a 14-2 mark or better was in 1999-2000 (16-2).
- Listed below are the best starts in Iowa State history with two losses:
1. 17-2 (1994-95) 2. 16-2 (1987-88 & 1999-2000) 4. 13-2 (1991-92, 2000-01, 2010-11) 7. 12-2 (1943-44).