No. 16 Cyclones Face No. 6 Jayhawks Wednesday
AMES, Iowa - No. 16 Iowa State (15-3, 3-3) faces No. 6 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
Where: Lawrence, Kan. - Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Clay Matvick (PxP), Darrin Horn (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.
- ISU (15-3, 3-3) faces another tough road test at No. 6 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) Wednesday evening. The Cyclones are in search of their first win at Allen Fieldhouse since 2005.
- 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, who won the first of those games by defeating Kansas State Saturday, will face 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 leads all Big 12 players averaging 17.9 points per game. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim, who is shooting 51.5 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all 16 games since his return (20 straight games overall dating back to last season), including seven games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in five games.
- DeAndre Kane, who is on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, ranks among the Big 12’s top-11 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He has scored 20+ in three of the last five games.
- After struggling against Kansas in the first meeting, Georges Niang has hit 13-of-25 (52.0) shots from the field and 8-of-13 (61.5) from behind the arc. As a team, ISU has hit 20-of-50 (40 percent) of its 3-point shots since going 4-of-25 vs. the Jayhawks.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 84.8 points per game. The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.2 assists (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation) and posting a 1.75 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris has seen his playing time increase as the season has progressed. Morris is averaging 27.3 minutes per game after logging 20.3 minutes per game in nonconference play. He leads all players with a 9.5 assist/turnover ratio in conference play with 19 assists and two turnovers. Of the top-14 in the league in that category, only one other player has less than 10 turnovers (KSU’s Jevon Thomas, eight TOs).
- Matt Thomas hit 4-of-6 threes against Kansas State, tying a career high.
Series Notes vs. Kansas
- Kansas leads the all-time series against Iowa State at 175-59 and has an 89-15 advantage over the Cyclones in games played in Lawrence.
- ISU’s last win at Lawrence was a 63-61 overtime victory over No. 2 Kansas on Feb. 19, 2005.
- KU has only lost nine times at home to Big 12 teams since the league was formed in 1996-97. ISU is responsible for three of those defeats (2000, 2001, 2005).
- KU had won 13-straight games in the series until the Cyclones defeated the fifth-ranked Jayhawks in the last meeting, 72-64 in Ames on Jan. 28, 2012.
It was ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg’s first win over a ranked opponent as the Cyclone mentor.
- Kansas took advantage of cold-shooting night by the Cyclones to win 77-70 in the first meeting between the teams this season. The Cyclones shot just 31.4 from the field, including 4-of-25 shooting behind the arc, in the loss. DeAndre Kane led the Cyclones with 21 points, while Naadir Tharpe had a game-high 23 points for the Jayhawks. ISU forced 24 KU turnovers.
- Ejim is averaging 12.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in eight career games vs. KU. In four meetings with KU, Georges Niang is averaging 14.5 points.
- Ejim and Tharpe were teammates at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire (2009-10). Niang and KU’s Wayne Selden, Jr. both attended Tilton School in New Hampshire.
- Hoiberg averaged 17.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in nine games vs. KU in his Cyclone career (1992-95), going 4-5 vs. KU as a player.
- Hoiberg is 1-7 vs. KU as a head coach, owning a 5-8 overall record against the Jayhawks as a player and coach.
- One of Hoiberg’s best games came against Kansas on Jan. 14, 1995. Hoiberg scored 32 points, including 17-straight Cyclone points in the second half, to help the Cyclones defeat No. 3 Kansas, 69-65. Hoiberg was 6-of-12 from 3-point range in the game.
Ejim Closing On Rebounding Milestone
- Melvin Ejim is just 18 rebounds shy of 900 in his career. Ejim would be just the 11th player in Big 12 history to grab 900 career rebounds.
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