Iowa State Faces K-State Thursday At Big 12 Tourney
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (23-7, 11-7) opens postseason play Thursday against Kansas State (20-11, 10-8) at the Big 12 Championships. The Cyclones and Wildcats tip at 11:30 a.m. at the Sprint Center. ESPN2 will have the coverage.
Where: Kansas City, Mo. - Sprint Center (18,972)
When: March 13, 11:30 a.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Brent Musburger (PxP), Fran Fraschilla (Color); Holly Rowe (Reporter)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at Big12Sports.com
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, assistant director in the athletics communications department, will be holding a live blog during the game at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- Fourth-seeded ISU (23-7) opens Big 12 Championship play Thursday against fifth-seeded Kansas State (20-11). The Cyclones are 1-3 in conference tournament play under the direction of Fred Hoiberg. The Cyclones won at least 10 conference games for the third-straight season, a first in program history.
- Hoiberg won his 85th game as head coach of the Cyclones vs. OSU, which makes him the winningest coach in the first four seasons at ISU (Larry Eustachy, 84).
- ISU is one of just four schools nationally with three players averaging at least 16 ppg (VMI, Delaware, Grand Canyon). The Cyclones have had five different players tally 20+ points in a game this season.
- Ejim has been named the Big 12 Player of the Year. He is the first Cyclone to earn the award since Jamaal Tinsley (2001). He is second in the conference averaging 18.2 points, up 6.9 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim is the only player in a power conference averaging at least 18 pts, eight rebounds while also shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 32 percent behind the arc.
- Ejim has been named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, joining Fred Hoiberg as the only first-team members in school history. No first-team pick has led the Big 12 in scoring.
- Against OSU, Ejim became the fourth player in Big 12 history to score 1,500 points and grab 1,000 career rebounds.
- Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, DeAndre Kane has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games and is averaging 21.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 5.2 assists in the last six games. Kane is shooting a career-best 36.8 percent behind the arc (previous: 31.8, 2010-11). He has scored more than 2,000 career points.
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last 11 games and is currently on pace to break the NCAA record with a 5.5 assist-turnover ratio. In conference play, his a/to ratio was 6.9. Morris had 12 assists and no turnovers in ISU’s win against West Virginia. The 12 assists were an ISU freshman record.
- Niang has scored 17 or more points in 11 of the 14 games since Jan. 18. Niang, a third-team All-Big 12 pick, is the only post player to rank in the top-10 of the Big 12 in assists per game (3.6).
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring (82.4). The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.6 assists (1st in nation) and posting a 1.78 assist/turnover ratio (2nd in nation, 1st in Big 12).
- ISU’s seven wins against top-25 teams ties the school record set in 1999-2000. The Cyclones are 7-2 against the top-25 this season and have nine wins vs. the RPI top-50.
Iowa State Conference Championship History
- The Cyclones earned the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Championship.
- It is just the seventh time ISU has received an upper-half seed in the Big 12 Championship: 1997 (4), 2000 (1), 2001 (1), 2005 (5), 2012 (3), 2013 (5), 2014 (4).
- ISU is 8-16 in Big 12 Championship history with one Big 12 title (2000).
- ISU is 66-88 all-time in conference tournaments with four league tournament championships (1955-Big Seven; 1959-Big Eight; 1996-Big Eight; 2000-Big 12).
- The Cyclones face No. 5 seed Kansas State in the second round after receiving their sixth first-round bye: 1997, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014.
- Iowa State has met K-State just once at the Big 12 Championship, going 1-0 vs. the Wildcats in the Big 12 Tournament. The Cyclones beat KSU, 78-64, in the 2004 Big 12 Tournament.
- ISU is 9-9 vs. the Wildcats all-time in conference tournament action: Big 6/7/8 Holiday (8-7), Big Eight (0-2) and Big 12 (1-0)
- ISU has lost its first game in the Big 12 Championship in seven of the last eight seasons with last season against Oklahoma (73-66) being the exception.
Series Notes vs. Kansas State
- Kansas State leads the all-time series at 136-81, but Iowa State holds an 8-7 edge in games played in Kansas City.
- ISU has won four of the last six meetings. The last neutral site meeting between the teams came in 2004 at the Big 12 Tournament, when ISU won 78-64.
The teams split during the regular season, with both teams winning at home. The Cyclones won by six (81-75) at home and Kansas State won by seven in Manhattan (80-73).
- Melvin Ejim averaged 25 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two regular season meetings, including a 30-point, 16-rebound performance in Manhattan. DeAndre Kane averaged 17 points in the games and Georges Niang posted 13 points per game. Niang hit 5-of-10 threes in the two games.
- ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg is 4-4 vs. KSU as a head coach and was 5-3 vs. KSU in his playing career at ISU (1992-95). Hoiberg averaged 19.5 points and 5.9 rebounds vs. the Wildcats in his career.
- Hoiberg scored 20 or more points vs. the Wildcats in his last four games.
- KSU head coach Bruce Weber is 3-2 vs. ISU as a head coach. Weber’s Southern Illinois team defeated Iowa State, 66-57 on Nov. 22, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nev.
- As an assistant at Purdue (1981-98), Weber faced Iowa State three times, going 2-1. One of those victories came against Hoiberg when he was playing at ISU, as the Boilermakers defeated the Cyclones, 88-87 in overtime (Nov. 27, 1994) in Hilo, Hawaii. Current Tennessee coach Counzo Martin made two free-throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory. Hoiberg scored 23 points.
Melvin Ejim - The Best On The Court & In The Classroom
- Melvin Ejim’s impact on the court has been recognized....and so have his achievements in the classroom. Ejim has been named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American. The history major has a 3.70 GPA and is just the fifth Iowa State player to earn the honor. He joins Fred Hoiberg as the only first-team honorees. No Academic All-America First Team selection has ever led the Big 12 in scoring like Ejim is attempting to do.
- After being lightly recruited out of Brewster Academy, Melvin Ejim blossomed into the Big 12 Player of the Year this season. He ranks in the top-10 of the Big 12 in eight categories: scoring (2nd, 18.2), rebounding (2nd, 8.6), FG percentage (3rd, 51.3), free-throw percentage (6th, 78.1), steals (10th, 1.2), offensive rebounds (6th, 2.7), defensive rebounds (3rd, 5.9) and minutes played (9th, 31.6).
- Ejim is just the fourth player in Big 12 history to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He joins Damion James (Texas), Nick Collison (Kansas) and Aleks Maric (Nebraska).
- The Toronto, Ontario, native missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury before returning to score 22 points against Big Ten Champion Michigan. He has scored 20+ points in 12 games, 30+ points twice and 40+ points once.
- Ejim led the Big 12 in rebounding as a junior, becoming one of the shortest players (6-6) to lead the league on the boards. His technique is based on hustle and heart. Only three players in Big 12 history led the league in rebounding at 6-6 or shorter: Terry Black (6-5), Baylor, 8.4 rpg in 2001; P.J. Tucker (6-5), Texas, 9.5 rpg in 2006; Melvin Ejim (6-6), Iowa State, 9.3 in 2013.
- Ejim is the Big 12’s active career leader in double-doubles with 31. No other player has more than 22 career double-doubles (Cory Jefferson, Baylor).
- Ejim ranks third in career rebounds at Iowa State with 1,007.
- Ejim has recorded a double-double against all nine Big 12 teams and 23 different teams overall. He has four double-doubles against Oklahoma in his career.
- Ejim is the only player in ISU history with over 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 100 steals in a career.
Kane Filling Stat Sheets, Getting Recognized
- DeAndre was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and an All-Big 12 First-Team selection. It is the third-straight Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award for the Cyclones (Royce White & Will Clyburn).
- Kane is one of three players nationally averaging at least 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. (Shabazz Napier, UCONN & Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette).
- Since 1998, only four Division I players have averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
- This isn’t something new for Kane, who has accumulated 2,008 points, 700 rebounds and 609 assists in his career.
- Kane has been named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List and the Bob Cousy Award Final 20.
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