Quickly: Iowa State (13-6, 3-3) returns home to face Kansas (12-6, 3-2) Saturday on ESPN...the Cyclones have lost all three of their games on ESPN this season and are 1-6 on Saturdays (including exhibitions) this year...ISU would like to turn its "road magic" into "Hilton Magic" this weekend...the Cyclones are 3-1 on the road this year, including a 2-1 mark in Big 12 play...ISU has lost its last two league home games, however, and have not lost three-straight conference games in Hilton Coliseum since the 2001-02 season.
Last Time Out: Iowa State's success on the road continued on Wednesday, upending Missouri 82-58 in the third largest conference road win in school history...the win was ISU's sixth Big 12 road win in its last eight tries...it was the biggest win for the Cyclones at Columbia and it was the largest margin of victory in a road game since the Big 12 Conference was formed in 1997...Curtis Stinson was the star player for the Cyclones, scoring 27 points for the third consecutive game...Stinson, who tallied 20 of his 27 points in the second half, is shooting 52.8 percent (28-53 FG) from the field, 83.3 percent (20-24 FT) from the free-throw line and averaging 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals in the three-game stretch...Stinson also tallied six assists in the game, giving him 100 on the season to become just the sixth player in school history to record three 100-assist seasons...Will Blalock tallied 13 points, drilling 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and posted six assists and three steals in the contest...Blalock reached the 400-assist mark in his career (404), becoming the sixth player in school history with 400 or more assists...Blalock is the Big 12 leader in assists (6.5 apg) and is shooting 43.8 percent (14-32) from 3-point range in league play...ISUhad 17 assists to 10 turnovers in the game, the third consecutive game with a positive assist/turnover ratio...ISU has 56 assists and 36 turnovers in its last three games...junior Jessan Gray had his most productive game as a Cyclone, tallying a career-high 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT)...Gray also had three rebounds, an assist, steal and block in the game...the Cyclones produced yet another brilliant effort at the free-throw line, connecting on 25-of-27 shots at the charity stripe...ISU leads the Big 12 in FT percentage in league play, making an incredible 81.0 percent from the foul line (94-116) in six conference games...ISU shot 64.9 percent from the free-throw line in the first 10 games and 82.3 percent in its last nine games.
Coach Wayne Morgan
Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan solidified himself among the best coaches in school history, becoming the fifth Cyclone coach to lead ISU to an NCAA Tournament in his second season with the Cyclones...ISU finished the season at 19-12 and garnered its first winning season in league play since 2001 with a 9-7 record...Morgan's Cyclones won 11 of their final 15 games in 2005, as ISU reached the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history...Morgan's 2005 ISU team defeated five teams ranked in the top-25, tying for second all-time in school history, and became the first team in ISU history to beat two ranked teams on the road in the same season...his teams developed a reputation of playing strong full court defense and a stingy 2-3 zone defense...the 2004-05 Cyclones led the Big 12 and ranked 18th nationally in steals (9.5 spg)...he led ISU to the Final Four of the NIT in his rookie season (2003-04), becoming just the second Cyclone coach to win 20 games in their inaugural season...Morgan, who has over 30 years of coaching experience, has a proven track record of intercollegiate success...the Brooklyn, N.Y., native has been involved in 13 NCAA Tournaments, seven regular-season conference titles and five NIT appearances...Morgan is in his second stint as a head coach, leading Long Beach State from 1996-2002...he compiled a 91-84 mark and coached three teams that finished first or second in the Big West Western Division...his 1999-2000 squad was 24-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big West en route to winning the conference championship...he was named 2000 NABC District 15 Coach of the Year for his efforts...Morgan has coached or recruited 14 players that have played in the NBA.
Year School Overall Pct. Conference Pct. Postseason
1997 Long Beach State 13-14 .481 9-7 .563
1998 Long Beach State 10-19 .345 5-11 .313
1999 Long Beach State 13-15 .464 9-7 .563
2000 Long Beach State 24-6 .800 15-1 .938 NIT First Round
2001 Long Beach State 18-13 .581 10-6 .625
2002 Long Beach State 13-17 .433 7-7 .500
2004 Iowa State 20-13 .606 7-9 .437 NIT Final Four
2005 Iowa State 19-12 .613 9-7 .563 NCAA Second Round
2006 Iowa State 13-6 .684 3-3 .500
Long Beach State (6 years) 91-84 .520 55-39 .585
Iowa State (3 years) 52-31 .626 19-19 .500
Totals (9 years) 143-115 .554 74-58 .560
Kansas Quick Facts
Kansas (12-6, 3-2), which sports one of the youngest teams in the Big 12, is coming off an 83-73 win at Texas A&M on Wednesday...KU scored 52 second-half points, the most in a half against an A&M team this season...the Jayhawks were led by Russell Robinson, who scored 24 points...KU ended a two-game conference losing streak last Saturday in a huge way, downing Nebraska, 96-54...KU shot 72.4 percent (21-29 FG) in the first half...KU had five players in double-figures vs. the Huskers...KU is one of the most balanced teams in the nation with seven players averaging 6.8 ppg or higher...freshman Brandon Rush leads the way with a 13.8 ppg scoring average...Rush, who posted 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting vs. A&M, is a dynamic scorer who can do damage from the inside and out...Rush, who is hitting 50 percent (25-50 3FG) from downtown, played prep school ball with ISU's Shawn Taggart at Mt. Zion Christian Academy...sophomore Sasha Kaun is KU's top post player, averaging 9.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg...Kaun leads the team in field goal percentage at 55.2 percent...freshman Mario Chalmers, a 2005 McDonald's All-American, is having an outstanding rookie campaign for the Jayhawks...Chalmers is third on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg) and leads the Jayhawks in assists (70) and steals (45)...Chalmers ranks second in the Big 12 behind ISU's Curtis Stinson in steals per game (2.5 spg)...he also ranks seventh in the league in assists...sophomore C.J. Giles is averaging 6.9 ppg in 18.7 minutes per game...Giles ranks fourth in the Big 12 in blocks at 1.7 bpg...KU ranks fourth in the league in both scoring defense (60.7) and scoring offense (76.3)...the Jayhawks are holding their opponents to just 35.7 percent from the field, which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12...Kansas also leads the conference in assists (18.3)...Kansas leads the all-time series record at 158-58...ISU holds an 18-15 edge in games played in Hilton Coliseum...ISU and KU split last season, with both teams stealing games on the road.
Kansas Probable Starters
No. Player Hgt. Wgt Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School) PPG RPG3 Russell Robinson 6-1 200 G So. New York, N.Y. (Rice) 8.6 2.6
15 Mario Chalmers 6-2 190 G Fr. Anchorage, Alaska (Bartlett) 8.9 1.6
25 Brandon Rush 6-7 210 G Fr. Kansas City, Mo. (Mt. Zion Academy) 13.8 5.5
24 Sasha Kaun 6-11 250 C So. Melbourne, Fla. (Florida Air Academy) 9.3 5.8
30 Julian Wright 6-8 220 F Fr. Chicago Heights, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor) 6.8 3.9
Head Coach: Bill Self (Oklahoma State, 1985)
Assistant Coaches: Tim Jankovich, Joe Dooley, Kurtis Townsend