Iowa State Finishes Up Regular Season At Kansas State
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (16-14, 3-12), winners of back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time since 2008, will travel to Kansas State (21-9, 9-6) in the regular-season finale on Saturday. The Cyclones played spoiler last year in the season-finale at Kansas State, upsetting the No. 5 Wildcats, 85-82 in overtime on Senior Day for their last conference road victory.
Who: Iowa State (16-14, 3-12) at Kansas State (21-9, 9-6)
Where: Manhattan, Kan. - Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
When: Saturday, March 5, 12:45 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (color)
Television: Big 12 Network/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court
Talent: Mitch Holthus (PxP), Jon Sundvold (color)
Affiliates: WOI (Ames/Des Moines), KFXA (Cedar Rapids/Waterloo), WBQD (Quad Cities), KPTH (Sioux City), KYOU (Ottumwa), Mediacom (Mason City)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at kstatesports.com
Live Blog: Mike Green, associate 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 (16-14, 3-12), winners of back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time since 2008, will travel to Kansas State (21-9, 9-6) in the regular-season finale on Saturday...the Cyclones played spoiler last year in the season-finale at Kansas State, upsetting the No. 5 Wildcats, 85-82 in overtime on Senior Day for their last conference road victory.
- Iowa State is locked into the No. 12 seed at next week's Big 12 Championships...ISU will play Wednesday afternoon (March 9) at 2 p.m...the Cyclones' opponent is still yet to be determined...it marks the first time Iowa State is the 12th seed in the tournament.
- Senior Diante Garrett will play in his 127th game in school history on Saturday, breaking the Iowa State record for games played at 126 held by four players (Fred Hoiberg, Julius Michalik, Stevie Johnson and Diante Garrett).
- Garrett has 600 career assists, tying for 2nd on ISU's career assist list...he is one of three Big 12 players to amass 1,300 pts./600 ast. in a career (Kirk Hinrich/John Roberson).
Last Time Out
- Iowa State won its second game in a row with a thrilling 95-90 victory over Colorado on Senior Night in Hilton Coliseum.
- Senior Jake Anderson buried a huge 3-pointer with 1:41 left in the game to give the Cyclones an 86-81 advantage.
- The Cyclones shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field, their second-straight 50 percent outing...ISU scorched the nets in the second half, making 70.4 percent from the floor (19-27 FG).
- The 95 points scored by the Cyclones was the most vs. a Big 12 opponent since defeating Colorado, 96-79 on Feb. 5, 2006.
- Iowa State had five players score in double figures for the seventh time this season.
- Freshman Calvin Godfrey was the difference in the game, tallying his second double-double with a career-high 23 points and 11 boards.
- Godfrey, who was 10-of-11 from the floor, is averaging 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and shooting 68.6 percent from the field in his last five games.
- Seniors Diante Garrett, Jamie Vanderbeken and Anderson all went out on a high note while contributing significantly in the Cyclone victory on Senior Night.
- Garrett tallied 16 points and dished out seven assists while playing all 40 minutes...his seven dimes gives him 184 on the season (5th on ISU's season chart) and 600 in his career, tying for second all-time in school history with Gary Thompkins.
- Garrett moved past Jeff Hornacek to No. 16 in career scoring at Iowa State with 1,327 points...Garrett is one of only three players in Big 12 history (Kirk Hinrich, KU; John Roberson, TTU) to amass 1,300 points and 600 assists in a career.
- Vanderbeken posted his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds...Vanderbeken drilled a pair of treys to give him 64 on the season, the 11th-best single-season total in school history.
- Anderson was 5-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range en route to 16 points.
- ISU outrebounded CU, 40-32...it's just the third Big 12 team the Cyclones have outboarded (Oklahoma, Texas A&M).
- The Cyclones led at the half, 38-37...ISU has only led at the half three times in conference play, all three victories (Baylor, Nebraska, Colorado).
Cyclone-Wildcat Quick Facts
- Kansas State leads the all-time series vs. Iowa State at 133-77.
- KSU leads the series in games played in Manhattan at 76-21...ISU has won just one time in Manhattan since 2001, an 85-82 overtime win last season (2010) against the No. 5 Wildcats.
- KSU won the first meeting in Ames this season, 86-85...Iowa State held a four-point lead with under a minute remaining in the game, but Jacob Pullen scored five-straight points, including the game-winner with :02 seconds left.
- The loss was one of six the Cyclones have suffered this season when they had the lead or were tied with under a minute remaining in the game.
- Diante Garrett and Scott Christopherson tallied 23 and 22 points, respectively, in the first meeting between the two schools...Christopherson was 8-of-11 from the field.
- Christopherson scored 18 points and was 4-for-4 from 3-point range in ISU's upset over KSU in Manhattan last season...he is averaging 15.3 points and shooting 57.1 pct. from the field (16-28) and 50 percent from 3-point range (6-12) in three games vs. KSU.
- KSU assistant coach Dalonte Hill played basketball for Iowa State assistant coach Bobby Lutz when he was the head coach at Charlotte...Hill was also an assistant to Lutz at Charlotte for three seasons.
- ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg 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.
A Closer Look At Kansas State
- Kansas State (21-9, 9-6) is one of the hottest teams in the nation, winning seven of its last eight games, including a big win on Monday at No. 8 Texas, 75-70.
- The Wildcats were led by Rodney McGruder and Jacob Pullen, who tallied 22 and 20 points, respectively.
- Pullen is leading the team and ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring at 19.7 ppg...Pullen has 39 20-point games in his career.
- McGruder, a sophomore, is having a fantastic season, ranking second on the team in scoring at 11.6 ppg.
- McGruder leads the team in 3-pointers with 65, followed by Pullen's 62 treys.
- Curtis Kelly is averaging 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds to pace the Wildcats in the middle...he also has 30 blocks and leads the team in field goal percentage (53.5 pct.).
u Kansas State is a great rebounding team, ranking third in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in rebounding margin at +7.1.
- The Wildcats rank third in the Big 12 in blocked shots at 4.7 bpg.
- KSU ranks last in the league in free-throw percentage at 64.2 percent.