Cyclones To Face Texas Tuesday
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (19-5, 7-5) hosts Texas (20-5, 9-3) Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Feb. 18, 6 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Roxy Bernstein (PxP), Miles Simon (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at Cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Patrick Tarbox, assistant director 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 (19-5, 7-5) hosts second-place Texas (20-5, 9-3) in a key Big 12 showdown Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones have won two straight vs. Texas at Hilton Coliseum.
- Iowa State is one of just nine schools nationally with three players averaging at least 15 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 18.9 points per game, up 7.6 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). The senior has posted eight double-doubles this season and 30 in his career.
- Ejim had one of the best performances in ISU and Big 12 history against TCU. Ejim scored a Big 12 record 48 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. He shot 20-of-24 from the field, including 2-of-2 behind the arc, and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
- 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 34 percent behind the arc. In the last five games, Ejim is averaging 22.2 points and 13 rebounds.
- DeAndre Kane, who is on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, is 10th in the Big 12 in scoring, first in assists, second in steals and 13th in rebounding. He has scored 20+ points in five Big 12 games.
- Ejim and Kane were named to the Naismith Award Midseason Top-30 last week.
Georges Niang has been the Cyclones’ hottest long-range threat since Jan. 18. Since that time, Niang is 19-of-39 from long distance and is averaging 18.6 points per game.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 84.1 points per game. The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.6 assists (1st in nation) and posting a 1.76 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last five games for the Cyclones. Morris leads the nation with a 5.2 assist/turnover ratio. In conference play, he’s been even better with a 7.3 a/to ratio.
- Head coach Fred Hoiberg won his 81st game as head coach of the Cyclones vs. TTU, tied with Tim Floyd (81) and three behind Larry Eustachy (84) in their first four years leading the program.
Series Notes vs. Texas
- Texas leads the all-time series vs. Iowa State at 17-10.
- The Cyclones lead 7-4 in games played in Ames, including wins in two in a row.
- Texas won the first meeting this season, 86-76, at the Frank Erwin Center. Jonathan Holmes had a game-high 23 points for the Longhorns, while ISU was led by Georges Niang’s 18 points. Melvin Ejim (17) and DeAndre Kane (15) were also in double-figures for the Cyclones. ISU turned it over a season-high 18 times in the first meeting.
- Ejim averages 10.9 points and 8.9 rebounds in seven career games vs. UT. Niang has averaged 14.3 points in three games against Texas.
Hoiberg is 2-5 against Texas in his coaching career.
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