Cyclones Set For Big Monday Showdown Against OSU
AMES, Iowa - No. 16 Iowa State (16-4, 4-4) faces its fourth-straight nationally ranked opponent Monday when it faces No. 8 Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4) in Stillwater on ESPN's Big Monday.
Where: Stillwater, Okla. - Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
When: Monday, Feb. 3, 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: 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 (16-4, 4-4) heads to Stillwater, Okla. to face No. 8 Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4) in another key Big 12 matchup on ESPN’s Big Monday. ISU has five wins vs. ranked opponents this season, which ties for the second most in school history (7, 1999-00).
- Iowa State is in the middle of a grueling stretch that features four-straight games against nationally ranked opponents. The Cyclones are facing four ranked programs in a row for just the fifth time in school history (57-58, 94-95, 02-03, 10-11, 13-14).
- Iowa State is one of just two schools nationally with three players averaging at least 16 ppg (VMI). The Cyclones have had five different players tally 20+ points in a game this season. ISU is the only school in the nation to score 70+ points in every game.
- Melvin Ejim is the Big 12’s top scorer at 18.1 points per game. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). The senior has posted six double-doubles and against Oklahoma became just the 11th player in Big 12 history to grab 900 career rebounds.
- Ejim and Creighton’s Doug McDermott are the only players in one of the power conferences to average at least 18 pts, seven rebounds while also shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 35 percent behind the arc.
- DeAndre Kane, who is on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, is ninth in the Big 12 in scoring, second in assists and steals and 12th in rebounding. He has scored 20+ in four of the last seven games.
- Georges Niang has been the Cyclones’ hottest player over the last four contests. Niang scored a career-high 27 points vs. OU and is averaging 21.8 points in the last four games (56.9 FG%, 51.9 3FG%).
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 84.4 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 1.73 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 3rd in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris made his first career start vs. Oklahoma, finishing with 12 points in 35 minutes of action. Morris led the Cyclones in minutes played against the Sooners and has a 5.3 assist/turnover ratio in conference play.
- Matt Thomas has hit 9-of-17 three-pointers in the last three games.
Series Notes vs. Oklahoma State
- Oklahoma State leads the all-time series vs. Iowa State at 63-54.
- ISU has lost 18-straight games to OSU in Stillwater. Its last win at Gallagher-Iba was a 97-88 victory on March 2, 1988.
- The two teams split last season’s meetings. OSU won 78-76 in Stillwater on Marcus Smart’s floater in the lane with five seconds left.
- The last four meetings in Stillwater have been decided by an average of 3.5 points, including the last two by two points each.
- Georges Niang averaged 17.0 points in two meetings with the Cowboys last season.
- OSU head coach Travis Ford played against ISU for two different teams in his collegiate career. As a freshman at Missouri in 1989-90, Ford scored 10 and nine points, respectively, in his two games vs. ISU. He later transferred to Kentucky, where he played against ISU in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. He played four minutes in the game, but did not score.
- Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg was 2-9 vs. Oklahoma State in his ISU playing career from 1992-95. Hoiberg averaged 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in his career vs. the Cowboys. His top scoring game vs. OSU was 20 points on Feb. 15, 1995.
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