No. 13 Cyclones Open Big 12 Play at Texas Tech
AMES, Iowa - No. 13 Iowa State (12-0, 0-0) opens Big 12 play Saturday at Texas Tech (8-5, 0-0) at 12:45 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network.
Where: Lubbock, Texas - United Spirit Arena (15,098)
When: Saturday, Jan. 4, 12:45 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Big 12 Network | Big 12 Network TV Listings
Talent: Dave Armstrong (PxP), Stephen Howard (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 (12-0, 0-0) became just the seventh school (12 times) in Big 12 history to enter conference play undefeated. It is the first time for the program since 1956-57 that it has went unbeaten in nonconference action. ISU is one of just seven unbeaten teams remaining in the nation.
- Iowa State’s 12-game winning streak is the second-longest in school history, just one off the record of 13 set from Dec. 3, 1999 to Jan. 19, 2000.
- ISU is 39-66 all-time in conference openers and 7-10 in Big 12 openers.
- A win Saturday would put Iowa State’s record back at .500 for the first time since Feb. 29, 1908. That game, a win vs. Drake, was the second in school history for ISU, which is 1,252-1,253.
- 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 five statistical categories: First in assists (19.3), first in assist/turnover ratio (1.93), second in scoring (88.2), second in defensive rebounding (32.2) and ninth in scoring margin (20.6).
- Iowa State is one of just seven 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 leading the Cyclones averaging 17.9 points per game to go along with 8.1 boards. Ejim, who is shooting 52.5 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all 10 games since his return, including five games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in four games.
- Georges Niang has been one of the nation’s hottest players over the last six games, averaging 20 points and shooting the ball at an impressive clip (55.3 FG/45.8 3FG/80.6 FT).
- DeAndre Kane has been a major addition to the Cyclones this season, especially in the last four games where he is averaging 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range. He has made his last five 3-point attempts. He was named the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Tuesday.
- Dustin Hogue has been one of the biggest surprises for the Cyclones this year, giving ISU a tenacious rebounder (9.8 rpg, leads Big 12) and efficient offensive player (13.3 ppg, 58.5 FG%).
Iowa State vs. Northern Illinois Recap
- Iowa State avoided a slow start against Northern Illinois, instead cruising to a 55-34 halftime lead en route to a 99-63 win at Hilton Coliseum on the day that ISU remembered all-time winningest head coach Johnny Orr, who passed away that morning.
- The Cyclones had six players in double figures for the first time since the Kansas game at Hilton Coliseum last season: Ejim (17), Long (17), Kane (16), Niang (14), Hogue (11), Morris (11).
- Kane just missed recording the school’s fifth triple-double, finishing with 12 assists and eight boards to go along with his 16 points. It was his first points-assists double-double of the season, but his fifth overall.
- Iowa State tied a season-high with 28 assists and had a season-low five turnovers. Kane’s 12 dimes was a season-high.
- The Cyclones shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field. ISU hit 11 threes, the fifth time this season with 10 or more and the 52nd time under Hoiberg.
- Iowa State’s 12-0 start is the best in school history, eclipsing the 10-0 start by the 1996-97 Cyclones.
That’s A First
- Iowa State has had five players named Big 12 Player of the Week, becoming the first school in league history to accomplish that feat. A complete list of the Cyclone player of the week honorees is available on page five of these notes.
Series Notes vs. Texas Tech
- Iowa State and Texas Tech are meeting for the 24th time (11th in Lubbock). The Cyclones have won three of the last four meetings and own a 12-11 edge in the all-time series.
- Iowa State is just 3-7 in Lubbock, having won just once in the last seven games. That win came in 2012, an 18-point Cyclone win that came behind a 20-point outburst off the bench from Tyrus McGee.
- Texas Tech is one of three Big 12 schools that Iowa State has a series edge with: Baylor (15-9) and West Virginia (2-0).
- Melvin Ejim is averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in five career meetings with Texas Tech.
- This will be Iowa State’s second meeting against a Tubby Smith coached squad. Smith’s 2007-08 Minnesota team visited Ames and beat the Cyclones, 68-58, on Nov. 20, 2007.
- Fred Hoiberg is 3-2 against Tech as a coach.
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