Road Test Looms At Kansas State
AMES, Iowa - No. 15 Iowa State (22-5, 10-5) faces a tough road test at Kansas State (19-9, 9-6) Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
Where: Manhattan, Kan. - Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
When: March 1, 6 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Anish Shroff (PxP), Tim Welsh (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at Cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, 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 (22-5, 10-5) looks to extend its winning streak to five games and extend its hot February (7-1) play into March when it faces a tough road challenge at Kansas State. The Cyclones have won 10 conference games for the third-straight season, a first in program history.
- Head coach Fred Hoiberg won his 84th game as head coach of the Cyclones vs. WVU, which ties him with Larry Eustachy (84) in their first four years leading the program.
- Iowa State is one of just three schools nationally with three players averaging at least 16 ppg (VMI, Delaware). 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 (18.8), Georges Niang (17.5) and DeAndre Kane (17.4) are all averaging 17+ points in conference action. No Big 12 team has ever had three players average 17+ pts in league games.
- Ejim is the Big 12’s top scorer at 18.4 points per game, up 7.1 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). 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.
- Ejim has been named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, joining Fred Hoiberg as the only first-team members in school history. No first-team pick has led the Big 12 in scoring.
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last eight games and is currently on pace to break the NCAA record with a 5.9 assist-turnover ratio. In conference play, his a/to ratio is 8.4. Morris had 12 assists and no turnovers in ISU’s win against West Virginia. The 12 assists were an ISU freshman record.
- Kane has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games. He is ninth in the Big 12 in scoring, 11th in rebounding, second in assists and fourth in steals.
Niang has scored 17 or more points in 10 of the 11 games since Jan. 18. In those 11 games, Niang is averaging 19.3 points and shooting 52.8 percent from the field.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring (83.6). The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.9 assists (1st in nation) and posting a 1.84 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, T-1st in nation).
- ISU has eight wins over the RPI Top-50, more than everyone except KU, Arizona and Michigan.
Series Notes vs. Kansas State
- Kansas State leads the all-time series at 135-81. KSU leads in games played in Manhattan, 78-22.
- ISU has won four of the last five meetings.
- Iowa State won the first meeting this season, 81-75, at Hilton Coliseum. Melvin Ejim led all Cyclones with 20 points. Ejim blocked Shane Southwell’s three-pointer with 31.2 seconds left and ISU clinging to a three-point lead. Georges Niang added 18 points in the win and Matt Thomas was 4-of-6 from long-range to finish with 14 points.
- ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg is 4-3 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 2-2 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.
What A Month!
- Iowa State went 7-1 in February, with just a loss at West Virginia as a blemish on its record. It is the first time in school history that Iowa State has won seven conference games in a month.
Hoiberg Matches Eustachy
- With his 84th win, Fred Hoiberg matched Larry Eustachy for most wins in his first four years as a head coach at Iowa State. Hoiberg is 84-44 while Eustachy finished his fourth season with an 84-45 mark.
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