No. 14 ISU Battles Boise State For Championship
AMES, Iowa - No. 14/13 Iowa State faces Boise State Wednesday in the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (CT) with ESPN2 broadcasting the game.
Where: Honolulu, Hawai'i - Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 7:30 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Roxy Bernstein (PxP), Miles Simon (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.
- Iowa State (10-0, 0-0) faces Boise State (10-2) Wednesday in the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Cyclones are looking to record the best start in school history after matching it with the win vs. Akron. ISU is one of just nine unbeaten teams remaining nationally.
- ISU is 1-0 all-time playing on Christmas Day. The Cyclones beat Saint Louis, 62-57, in 1997 in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.
The Cyclones are ranked No. 14 in The Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Iowa State ranks among the NCAA’s top-10 in five statistical categories: Fifth in scoring (88.9), first in assists (19.6), first in assist/turnover ratio (1.8), fifth in scoring margin (20.7) and ninth in 3-point field goals per game (9.3).
- Iowa State has four players averaging double figures. The Cyclones have had five players tally 20+ points in a game this season, the latest being sophomore Georges Niang. Niang has scored 20+ in four games in a row, the first Cyclone to do so since Craig Brackins in the final four games of the 2008-09 season.
- Niang is averaging 22.5 points and shooting 55.4 percent during the last four games.
- Dustin Hogue, who was named national player of the week on Dec. 10, is averaging 17.2 points and 12.2 rebounds the last five games. He is shooting 71 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from behind the arc and 73 percent on free throws during that stretch.
- Since 1998, only seven Division I players have averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Senior guard DeAndre Kane is currently averaging 14.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
- Melvin Ejim is leading the Cyclones averaging 18.4 points per game to go along with 8.6 boards. Ejim, who is shooting 52.5 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all eight games since his return, including five games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in back-to-back games.
- The Cyclones are first nationally in assists per game (19.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8). ISU is assisting on 63.4 percent of its field goals (196 assts/309 fg).
Iowa State vs. Akron Recap
- Iowa State had season-highs of 53.6 percent field-goal shooting, 47.4 percent 3-point shooting and 87.5 percent free-throw shooting as it beat Akron, 83-60, to improve to 9-0.
- After a string of three games decided by 12 points or less, ISU’s 23-point win was the largest since beating Auburn by 29 on Dec. 2.
- The Cyclones trailed by eight with 8:59 left in the first half.
- Niang led the Cyclones in scoring for the fourth game in a row, tallying 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He hit a career-high four threes and was 4-of-4 at the line.
- Niang was one of four in double figures for the Cyclones. Ejim had his fifth 20-point effort of the season, finishing with 21 points and 12 boards for his second double-double in as many games. DeAndre Kane also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dustin Hogue chipped in 18 points.
- Ejim tied a career-high with seven offensive boards for the Cyclones, who owned a 40-30 edge on the glass.
- ISU had 20 assists on 30 field goals.
- The Cyclones made 14-of-16 at the free-throw line.
Iowa state Team Trends
- In the Fred Hoiberg era, the Cyclones have made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game 51 times. They have hit 10 or more in four games this season.
- Iowa State has at least 16 assists in every game this season.
- Iowa State is 15-1 under Hoiberg when scoring 90+ points, including 5-0 this season.
- Iowa State has had at least four players in double figures in each game this season.
- The Cyclones have shot at least 50 percent from the field in five of 10 games.
- ISU has outrebounded all but two opponent this season.
- Iowa State has shot better than its opponents from the field in nine of 10 games.
- Melvin Ejim has scored in double figures in 11 games in a row, a career-best streak.
- Naz Long has hit a three-pointer in nine of 10 games this season.
- Iowa State has scored 50 or more points in a half four times this season.
- The Cyclones are averaging 29.5 FT attempts per game in the last six contests (72.1 percent).
- ISU is averaging 20.8 assists per game in the last six contests.
- Monté Morris has just three turnovers in his last 134 minutes of play.
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