Big 12-SEC Challenge Up Next As Cyclones Host Auburn
AMES, Iowa - No. 17 Iowa State hosts Auburn Monday in a Big 12-SEC Challenge contest at Hilton Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the game being televised on ESPNU.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Monday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Dave Armstrong (PxP), reid Gettys (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, assistant 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.
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- Iowa State (5-0, 0-0) is hoping to improve to 6-0 for the second time under Fred Hoiberg and just the 12th time in program history. The Cyclones are 4-0 at home this season and have won 36 of the last 39, including 17 straight vs. nonconference foes.
- The Cyclones are ranked No. 17 in The Associated Press poll. It is the highest ranking for the Cyclones since the 2000-01 season. ISU comes in at No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Iowa State poured in 110 points in a 59-point rout of Kansas City last Monday. It was the most points scored since 1998. The Cyclones, who are second in the Big 12 averaging 90.4 points per game, are the only team in the league with six players averaging double-figures.
- Iowa State has been riding the strong play of newcomer DeAndre Kane. Kane, who has twice been named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week, is averaging 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He is the only conference player ranking in the top-10 of scoring, rebounding and assisting. In the last two games, the Bob Cousy Award watch list member is averaging 20.5 points, 9.5 boards, 3.5 assists and shooting 68.2 percent from the field in just 24 minutes per game.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). The Cyclones, who dished out 24 assists vs. UMKC, had a 1.0 assist/turnover ratio through five games last season. Freshman point guard Monté Morris leads the Cyclones with a 3.0 a/to ratio.
- Iowa State has shot at least 50 percent from the field in four of five games and currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 shooting 51.1 percent. The Cyclones have shot 50 percent from the field in six of 10 halves of basketball this season. In contrast, ISU is holding opponents to a league-best 35.2 percent shooting.
- Melvin Ejim is leading the Cyclones in scoring through his first three games. Ejim, who missed the first two games to injury (knee), is averaging 18 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the field.
- The Cyclones have been strong on the glass this season, ranking fourth in the Big 12 with a +9.8 rebounding margin. The trio of Ejim, Kane and Dustin Hogue are among the league’s top rebounders. Hogue (8.6) and Kane (8.4) rank second and third in the league, while Ejim, who is not yet eligible because of games played, would rank among the league’s top-10 rebounders.
Iowa State vs. UMKC Recap
- Iowa State used a 27-0 run midway through the first half en route to a 59-point win (110-51) over UMKC last Monday. The win is the largest of the Fred Hoiberg era and the sixth largest ever. The 110 points were the most by a Cyclone squad since Dec. 29, 1998 (112 vs. Southern-New Orleans.
- The Cyclones had five players in double figures for the fourth time this season. A season-high seven players connected on a three for ISU, which was 12-of-32 from long distance.
- DeAndre Kane scored 20 points to lead the Cyclones. Kane joins Melvin Ejim with back-to-back 20-point games this season.
- Sherron Dorsey-Walker finished with a career-high 17 points (6-of-7 FG) in 18 minutes. Matt Thomas tallied a career-high 14 points and Monté Morris and Ejim added 11 points for the Cyclones, who shot 51.4% from the field.
- ISU had a season-high 24 assists, led by seven assists (no turnovers) from Morris.
- All 12 players scored for the Cyclones in the game.
- No Iowa State starter played more than 20 minutes.
Series Notes vs. Auburn
- Iowa State and Auburn are meeting for the third time overall and first since the 2000 NCAA Tournament Second Round (March 18), which the Cyclones won 79-60 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
- In that game, Marcus Fizer led the way with 22 points while pulling down 12 boards. Stevie Johnson equaled his career-high with 21 points.
- Auburn won the first meeting in the series on Dec. 29, 1986 in El Paso, Texas. The final score was 89-87.
- Iowa State is 105-173 against teams currently in the Southeastern Conference.
- Auburn’s Malcolm Canada played at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.
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