Cyclones Face Kansas On Big Monday
AMES, Iowa - No. 9 Iowa State (14-1, 2-1) returns to Hilton Coliseum for a Big Monday showdown with No. 18 Kansas (11-4, 2-0). The game is a Gold Rules game and fans are encouraged to wear their favorite gold apparel.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Monday, Jan. 13, 8 p.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 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.
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- ISU (14-1, 2-1) looks to bounce back following its first loss of the season vs. Kansas. In the last two seasons, ISU is 14-0 at home following a road loss. The game is a Gold Rules game with fans encouraged to wear gold apparel. ISU is 6-1 vs. last seven ranked opponents at home.
- The Cyclones are ranked No. 9 in The Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Poll.
- Iowa State ranks among the NCAA’s top-10 in four statistical categories: First in assist/turnover ratio (1.91), first in assists (18.9), sixth in scoring (86.7), tied for second in defensive rebounding (30.9), ninth in scoring margin (17.9).
- 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.
- DeAndre Kane has been a major addition to the Cyclones this season. In Big 12 games, Kane is leading the league in points (22.7), assists (6.3) and steals (3.3). On Tuesday vs. Baylor, Kane had one of the best Cyclone performances in recent memory, finishing with 30 pts, eight boards, nine assists and five steals. He scored 23 points against Oklahoma before spraining his left ankle in the final minute of the game. He will be a gameday decision for the KU game.
- Melvin Ejim is leading the Cyclones averaging 18 points per game to go along with 7.3 boards. Ejim, who is shooting 52.1 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all 13 games since his return (17 straight games overall dating back to last season), including six games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in four games.
- Kane and Ejim are the only two players in the Big 12 to rank in the top-10 of both scoring and rebounding. Kane also leads the league in assists (6.1) and is tied for second in steals (1.5). Both players also are among the top-5 in the league in FG percentage with Kane third at 53.2 percent and Ejim fifth at 52.1 percent.
- Georges Niang averages 15.3 points per game after scoring 12.1 ppg as a freshman. Niang averaged 15.7 points per game in three meetings with the Jayhawks last season.
- Dustin Hogue has been one of the biggest surprises for the Cyclones this year, giving ISU a tenacious rebounder (9.3 rpg, leads Big 12) and efficient offensive player (12.3 ppg, 58 FG%).
- Of Iowa State’s top seven players, five are shooting at least 49 percent from the field. The Cyclones are second in the Big 12 shooting 49.5 percent as a team.
Kane Filling Stat Sheets
- DeAndre Kane is the only player nationally averaging at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
- Since 1998, only six Division I players have averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Series Notes vs. Kansas
- Kansas leads the all-time series against Iowa State 173-59.
- KU has a 23-19 lead in the series in games played in Hilton Coliseum and a 67-37 edge in games played in Ames.
- Kansas won all three games last season, with the two regular season games decided in overtime.
- KU had won 13-straight games in the series until the Cyclones defeated the fifth-ranked Jayhawks, 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.
- Ejim averages 12.3 points and 8.3 boards in seven career meetings with the Jayhawks. In three career games against KU, Georges Niang is averaging 15.7 points per game.
- Ejim and KU’s Naadir Tharpe were teammates at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire (2009-10).
- 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 1-5 vs. KU as a head coach, owning a 5-9 overall record against the Jayhawks as a player and a 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.
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