Get in a cliff-notes session before No. 17 Iowa State takes on No. 19 Texas tonight at Hilton Coliseum
A few hours until tip here at Hilton Coliseum for what amounts to a huge game for Iowa State, which is No. 4 in the Big 12 and needs to beat Texas to even its season series and begin to make up some ground. Below are some game notes, courtesy of the media relations teams of Iowa State and Texas.
TV: ESPN2, 6 p.m.
Vegas: Iowa State (-6)
Kenpom: ISU, 81-76 — w/68 percent chance of winning
No. 19 Texas (20-5, 9-3 Big 12)
The Longhorns lead the series with ISU, 17-10, and won 86-76 in Austin on Jan. 18.
In its last two contests, Texas has shot 52.7 percent from the field, including 41.7 from three-point range. In Saturday's win over West Virginia, Texas hit a season-high 57.9 percent from the floor and had five players record double digits.
Sophomore guard Javan Felix in his last two games is averaging 22.5 points and shooting 55.6 percent from three-point range.
Texas is 5-2 this season against AP Top 25 opponents: wins against No. 14 North Carolina, No. 24 Baylor and No. 8 Iowa State, No. 22 Kansas State and No. 6 Kansas.
There's quite the line of demarcation for the Longhorns in opposing team's three-point percentage in Big 12 wins and losses. In nine games won, Texas has held the opposition to a 29.2 clip from three-point range. In three games lost, it's yielded three-pointers at a 43.6 percent clip.
UT is No. 14 nationally in blocks per game (6.1). Per kenpom.com, Texas has a defensive block percentage of 16.4, No. 6 nationally.
Also per kenpom: the Longhorns have the No. 21 adjusted defense, holding teams to 43.1 on two-point shots.
While Texas center Cam Ridley was a foul-shooting liability early on, he's picked it up in his last 14 games, hitting 67.8 percent of his free throws, compared to 55.6 in his first 11 games.
Likewise for Prince Ibeh: 61.9 percent last 13 games, 48.4 percent first 12.
Freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor has scored in double figures in 20 games.
No. 17 Iowa State (19-5, 7-5)
ISU is one of nine schools with three players averaging at least 15 points per game and the only team to score 70 points or more in each game.
Senior point guard DeAndre Kane, on the Wooden and Naismith Award mid-season watch lists, is 10th in the Big 12 in scoring, first in assists, second in steals and No. 13 in rebounding, with five conference games scoring 20 points or more.
Melvin Ejim leads the Big 12 in scoring at 18.9 points per contest. The last Cyclone to lead the league in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim has eight double-doubles this season.
Georges Niang is 19-for-39 in three-pointers his last eight games and No. 8 in the Big 12 at 16.3 points per game.
Dustin Hogue is third in the conference with 8.5 rebounds per game.
Monté Morris leads the Big 12 with a 5.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
At 81 wins, Fred Hoiberg is tied with Tim Floyd for most as an ISU coach in their first four years on the job. Hoiberg is three wins behind Larry Eustachy.
ISU dishes out 18.6 assists per game, No. 1 nationally, and have the No. 2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Per kenpom: The Cyclones are shooting 55.8 percent on two-point shots, No. 5 nationally, have the No. 9-best turnover percentage and have the No. 28 adjusted offensive efficiency.
Projected Starting Five (ht., yr., ppg, rpg, fg %)
PG: Isaiah Taylor (6-1, fr., 12.6, 3.6*, 41.9)
G: Demarcus Holland (6-2, so., 8.1, 5, 40.9)
G: Javan Felix (5-11, so., 12.7, 2.8*, 37)
F: Jonathan Holmes (6-8, jr., 13, 7.3, 51.8, 38.6^)
C: Cameron Ridley (6-9, so., 11.1, 8, 54.4)
PG: DeAndre Kane (6-4, sr., 15.9, 6.6, 6.1*, 47.2)
G: Monté Morris (6-2, fr., 6.6, 3.3*, 43.1)
F: Dustin Hogue (6-6, jr., 10.8, 8.5, 52.9)
F: Melvin Ejim (6-6, sr., 18.9, 8.6, 52.1)
F: Georges Niang (6-7, so., 16.3, 4.1, 49.5)
*assists per game; ^three-point percentage