No. 16 Cyclones Host No. 22 Kansas State Saturday
AMES, Iowa - No. 16 Iowa State (14-3, 2-3) hosts No. 22 Kansas State (14-5, 4-2) Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:45 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Big 12 Network
Talent: Mitch Holthus (PxP), Chris Piper (Color)
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.
- ISU (14-3, 2-3) hosts Kansas State (14-4, 4-1) in hopes of ending a three-game losing streak. The Cyclones have won two in a row against the Wildcats at Hilton Coliseum. Saturday’s game is an NABC Coaches vs. Cancer game. Coach Hoiberg and his staff will wear sneakers to support the cause.
- The Cyclones are ranked No. 16 in The Associated Press poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Poll.
- Saturday’s game is the first of four in a row against team’s currently ranked in the top-25. If all four teams remain in the top-25 it will be the fifth time in school history playing four games against ranked teams (57-58, 94-95, 02-03, 10-11).
- Iowa State is one of just six 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 and Melvin Ejim are the only players in the Big 12 ranked in the top-11 of both scoring and rebounding.
- Kane, who was named Wednesday to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, has been a major addition to the Cyclones this season. In Big 12 games, Kane is leading the league in points (20.8) and steals (3.5), while also ranking second in assists (5.2). Kane has scored 20+ in three of the last four games. The senior is shooting 50 percent from the field and has made 10 of his last 21 three-point attempts.
- Ejim continues to lead the Cyclones in scoring at 17.7 points per game. Ejim, who is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all 15 games since his return (19 straight games overall dating back to last season), including six games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in five games.
- Georges Niang is ninth in the Big 12 in scoring at 15.1 points per game, making ISU the only Big 12 team with three players ranked in the top-10 of the league. Niang has scored in double-figures in 13 games this season and 36 times in his career. Niang’s ability to orchestrate offense for others as well may be his biggest strength. The sophomore is the only non-guard ranked among the Big 12’s top-10 in assists (3.5).
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 85.1 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 1.8 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation).
Series Notes vs. Kansas State
- Kansas State leads the all-time series at 135-80. KSU leads in games played in Ames, 50-49. The Cyclones own a 23-19 edge at Hilton Coliseum.
- ISU has won three of the last four meetings.
- ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg is 3-3 vs. KSU as a head coach and 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.
- KSU head coach Bruce Weber is 2-1 vs. ISU as a head coach. Weber’s Southern Illinois team defeated Iowa State, 66-57 on Nov. 22, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nev.
- As an assistant at Purdue (1981-98), Weber faced Iowa State three times, going 2-1. One of those victories came against Hoiberg when he was playing at ISU, as the Boilermakers defeated the Cyclones, 88-87 in overtime (Nov. 27, 1994) in Hilo, Hawaii. Current Tennessee coach Counzo Martin made two free-throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory. Hoiberg scored 23 points.
Kane Filling Stat Sheets, Getting Recognized
- DeAndre Kane is the only player nationally averaging at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
- Since 1998, only six Division I players have averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
- Kane has been named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 and the Bob Cousy Watch List.
- This isn’t something new for Kane, who has accumulated 1,780 points, 621 rebounds and 531 assists in his career.
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