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No. 13 Cyclones Host Northern Illinois To Close 2013

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Release: 12/30/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa - No. 13 Iowa State looks to maintain an unblemished record as it plays its final nonconference game of the season Tuesday against Northern Illinois at Hilton Coliseum. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. and be shown on Cyclones.tv.

Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Cyclones.tv powered by Mediacom | Channel Info
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color) 
Webcast: Cyclones.tv
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.

Cyclone Notebook
- After securing the best start in school history, Iowa State (11-0, 0-0) looks to become just the seventh school (11 times) in Big 12 history to enter conference play undefeated. The Cyclones are one of just eight undefeated teams remaining nationally.
- Since 1950, Iowa State has went undefeated in nonconference play just once, in 1956-57 (8-0).
- ISU is 16-4 all-time in games played on New Year’s Eve, including 14-2 at home (9-0 at Hilton Coliseum).
- The Cyclones are ranked No. 13 in The Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Iowa State ranks among the NCAA’s top-10 in four statistical categories: Third in assist/turnover ratio (1.77), fourth in assists (18.5), seventh in scoring (87.2) and ninth in scoring margin (19.2).
- Iowa State has four players averaging more than 13 points per game. The Cyclones have had five players tally 20+ points in a game this season.
Melvin Ejim is leading the Cyclones averaging 18.0 points per game to go along with 8.8 boards. Ejim, who is shooting 50.9 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all nine games since his return, including five games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in three-straight games.
- Georges Niang is averaging 21.2 points and shooting 54.5 percent during the last five games.
- Dustin Hogue, who was named national player of the week on Dec. 10, is averaging 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds the last six games. He is shooting 62 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from behind the arc and 72.1 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 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
- Iowa State is the first school in Big 12 history to have five different players earn player of the week honors in a season.
- The Cyclones are fourth nationally in assists per game (18.5) and tied for second in assist/turnover ratio (1.77). ISU is assisting on 61.5 percent of its field goals (203 assts/330 fg).

Iowa State vs. Boise State Recap
- Iowa State rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to defeat Boise State, 70-66, in the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day. The win gave Iowa State its best start in program history.
- The Cyclones were led by DeAndre Kane’s 23-point, five rebound performance. Kane tied a career-high with four 3-pointers. After missing his first two threes of the game, Kane hit his final four tries.
- Kane was one of four Cyclones in double figures in the game. Georges Niang continued his strong play, finishing with 16 points. Melvin Ejim recorded his third double-double in as many games, posting 15 points and 10 boards. Dustin Hogue was also in double digits with 13 points.
- Iowa State won despite having a season-low seven assists. The previous low was 16 (three times).
- The Cyclones hit 20-of-27 free throws. ISU has hit at least 20 free throws in six of the last seven games.

Series Notes vs. Northern Illinois
- Iowa State and Northern Illinois are meeting for the sixth time in series history.
- Iowa State leads the all-time series 3-2. Neither team has won on the other’s home floor.
- ISU is 9-3 all-time against the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
- Abdel Nader, a junior transfer from NIU, is sitting out this season after playing his first two with the Huskies. Nader led Northern Illinois in scoring both years at the school, including 13.1 points per game as a sophomore.
- Nader isn’t the first notable transfer from Northern Illinois. Darion “Jake” Anderson played for the Cyclones in 2010-11 after playing his first three seasons in DeKalb. Anderson averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 boards as a senior. The Cyclones also played NIU that season, which was Hoiberg’s first in Ames, and beat the Huskies 72-63 at Hilton Coliseum.

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