Cyclones Host Oklahoma In Top-25 Showdown
AMES, Iowa - No. 16 Iowa State (15-4, 3-4) hosts another top-25 showdown as No. 23 Oklahoma (17-4, 6-2) Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Feb. 1, 3 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Big 12 Network
Talent: Mark Neely (PxP), Rich Zvosec (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Patrick Tarbox, 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.
- ISU (15-4, 3-4) returns to Hilton Coliseum, where it is 9-1 this season, for an important home showdown with No. 23 Oklahoma. Oklahoma handed the Cyclones their first loss of the season on Jan. 11.
- The Cyclones are ranked No. 16 in The Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Poll.
- Iowa State is in the middle of a grueling stretch that features four-straight games against nationally ranked opponents. The Cyclones are facing four ranked programs in a row for just the fifth time in school history (57-58, 94-95, 02-03, 10-11, 13-14).
- Iowa State is one of just four schools nationally with three players averaging at least 15 ppg. The Cyclones have had five different players tally 20+ points in a game this season.
- Melvin Ejim is the Big 12’s top scorer at 17.9 points per game. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim, who is shooting 51.6 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all 17 games since his return (21 straight games overall dating back to last season), including seven games with 20+ points. The senior has posted five double-doubles and needs just 10 boards to become the 11th player in Big 12 history with 900 rebounds.
- DeAndre Kane, who is on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, leads the Big 12 in scoring in conference games with 19.4 points per game. He has scored 20+ in four of the last six games.
- Georges Niang has been the Cyclones’ hottest player over the last three contests. Niang is averaging 20 points and shooting 54.8 percent (23-42) and 55 percent from behind the arc (11-20). He scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting against KU.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 84.6 points per game. The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.1 assists (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation) and posting a 1.72 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 3rd in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris has seen his playing time increase as the season has progressed. Morris is averaging 28.4 minutes per game after logging 20.3 minutes per game in nonconference play. He leads all players with a 10.0 assist/turnover ratio in conference play with 20 assists and two turnovers.
- Matt Thomas has hit 6-of-12 three-pointers in the last two games.
Series Notes vs. Oklahoma
- Oklahoma holds a 112-81 edge as the teams get set for the 194th meeting in the series.
- ISU is averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game against Oklahoma during the seven meetings in the Hoiberg era.
- Oklahoma won the first meeting this season, 87-82 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. DeAndre Kane (23 pts, 9 rbs) and Melvin Ejim (21 pts, 6 rbs) led the Cyclones. OU hit 13 threes in the game and was led by Buddy Hield (22 pts, 6-12 3FG). The Sooners owned a 41-34 edge on the glass behind Ryan - Spangler’s 15 rebounds as they handed ISU its first loss of the season.
- Ejim averages 16.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in seven games vs. OU. He has three double-doubles against the Sooners.
- Fred Hoiberg is 4-3 against OU as a coach. OU coach Lon Kruger is 9-6 all-time vs. ISU as a head coach (7-1 at Kansas State, 0-1 at Florida, 2-4 at Oklahoma).
- Hoiberg was 4-5 vs. OU in his playing career with the Cyclones (1992-95). He averaged 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds vs. the Sooners and tallied 30 points at OU on Feb. 1, 1995 (OU, 79-78).
- In Hoiberg’s senior season at Iowa State, the Cyclones defeated Kruger’s Florida squad, 64-61 in the first round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament. Hoiberg had 15 points in the game.
Kane Filling Stat Sheets, Getting Recognized
- DeAndre Kane is one of three players nationally averaging at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
- Since 1998, only six Division I players have averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
- Kane has been named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List and the Bob Cousy Watch List.
- This isn’t something new for Kane, who has accumulated 1,812 points, 628 rebounds and 539 assists in his career.
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