No. 16 Cyclones Face TCU Saturday
AMES, Iowa - No. 16 Iowa State (17-4, 5-4) hosts TCU (9-12, 0-9) Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised by The Big 12 Network.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Feb. 8, 3 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Big 12 Network
Talent: Dave Armstrong (PxP), Stephen Howard (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at Cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Nick McVey, graduate assistant in the athletics communications department, will be holding a live blog during the game at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- ISU (17-4, 5-4) hosts TCU (9-12, 0-9) Saturday in hopes of improving its 10-1 record at Hilton Coliseum this season. The Cyclones swept the season series in 2012-13.
- Iowa State just concluded a four-game stretch against all ranked opponents, going 3-1 in the games. ISU’s last eight opponents have been ranked for at least one week since Jan. 7. The Cyclones are 6-2 against ranked opponents this season, the second-most wins against ranked foes in school history (seven in 1999-00).
- 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 18.3 points per game. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). The senior has posted seven double-doubles and against Oklahoma became just the 11th player in Big 12 history to grab 900 career rebounds.
- Ejim is the only player in a power conference averaging at least 18 pts, eight 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 seventh in the Big 12 in scoring, second in assists and steals and 12th in rebounding. He has scored 20+ points in five of nine Big 12 games.
- Georges Niang has been the Cyclones’ hottest player over the last five contests. Niang scored a career-high 27 points vs. OU and followed that with 17 points against Oklahoma State. He is averaging 20.8 points and 4.2 assists in the last five games.
- 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 18.3 assists (1st in Big 12, T-1st in nation) and posting a 1.73 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last two games for the Cyclones. In those games, he is averaging 11 points and three assists. Against OSU, Morris played 52 minutes without a turnover. He boasts a 6.5 assist/turnover ratio in Big 12 play.
- Matt Thomas has hit 11 three-pointers in the last four games.
Series Notes vs. TCU
- TCU leads the all-time series vs. Iowa State at 5-3.
- The Cyclones own a 2-1 edge in games played in Ames.
- Iowa State swept the season series in 2012-13, winning 87-53 at Hilton Coliseum.
- Georges Niang averaged 14.5 points in last season’s two meetings.
- TCU beat ISU, 53-52 in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Nov. 29, 1991. ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg was a freshman in that game, scoring 13 points for the Cyclones.
Ejim In Top-3 Of Scoring And Rebounding
Melvin Ejim currently ranks in the top-3 of scoring and rebounding. Since 2003-04, the list of players to do this is impressive: Craig Brackins (ISU), Michael Beasley (KSU), Kevin Durant (UT), Blake Griffin (OU), Thomas Robinson (KU) and Wayne Simien (KU).
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