Iowa State (14-8, 4-5) travels to Kansas (16-6, 7-2) to face a team that has won 13-of-its-last-15 games...ISU is one of the few Big 12 Conference teams that has had relative success in Allen Fieldhouse...since the Big 12 started in 1997, KU has lost only six times in Allen Fieldhouse to a Big 12 opponent...the Cyclones own three of those victories (3-6)...the last two meetings in Allen Fieldhouse between ISU and KU went into overtime...the Cyclones prevailed last year (63-61) on Curtis Stinson's shot with :05 seconds left...the season before, KU defeated ISU, 90-89 in overtime...that game was marred by controversy when KU rebounded the front end of a two-shot free-throw by Jared Homan and nailed a 3-pointer at the other end...the play stood even though it should have been a deadball rebound...Curtis Stinson has been extremely successful vs. the Jayhawks in his career, averaging 24.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in his five games vs. KU...he has scored 20 or more points in all but one game (19, 26, 22, 29, 24).
The Iowa State-Kansas game will be televised by ESPN Regional as part of the Big 12 Network...Bob Carpenter (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (color) will call the action...the following stations will carry the game: WOI (Des Moines/Ames) and KCRG (Cedar Rapids/Waterloo).
Last Time Out:
Iowa State lost yet another close game on Wednesday, falling to Kansas State 66-63 in Manhattan...it was the third conference loss this season for ISU where it had the final shot to win or tie the game with no time left on the shot clock (Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas State)...the Cyclones got another strong performance from Curtis Stinson, who tallied 17 second half points en route to a game-high 22 points...the junior from the Bronx has recorded 20 or more points in his last six games, which included a triple-double vs. CU...Stinson, who is averaging 25.2 ppg in the last six games, becomes the first Cyclone to notch six consecutive 20-point outings since Marcus Fizer in the 1999-00 season...the last Cyclone to have seven or more 20-point games was Victor Alexander, who recorded 10-straight 20-point contests during the 1990-91 season...Stinson improved his career scoring total to 1,501 points, becoming just the 12th player in school history to reach the 1,500-point barrier...ISU was outrebounded by 14 in the second half and shot just four free-throws to KSU's 25...Jessan Gray tallied his second consecutive double-figure game with 11 points and Shawn Taggart recorded a career-high 11 boards.
Kansas Quick Facts
Kansas (16-6, 7-2) is arguably one of the hottest teams in the nation, winning six consecutive league games and 13-of-its-last-15 overall...the Jayhawks are fresh from a 69-48 win at Nebraska, holding the Huskers to just 34.6 percent shooting from the floor...freshman guard Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 20 points...Kansas is one of the youngest teams in the league and is beginning to gel at the right time...KU is led by true freshman Brandon Rush...Rush, the younger brother of former Missouri great and current NBAer Kareem Rush, leads the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg...Rush is shooting 53.2 percent from 3-point range and is averging 16.7 ppg in league play...Chalmers has stepped up since conference play began, averaging 14.7 ppg in league play, recording 20 or more points in four of his last eight contests...Chalmers holds a slight edge over Curtis Stinson in the league steals race...Chalmers has 58 thefts and Stinson has 56 in 22 games...in conference play, Chalmers leads the league by averaging 3.3 spg...he also leads the team in assists with 88...Sasha Kaun has started 18 games at center, averaging 9.0 ppg and a team-high 5.9 rpg...KU has been playing smothering defense this season, ranking first in the league in field goal percentage defense at 35.7 percent...they also lead the league in assists (18.09) and rank second and third, respectively, in blocks (5.73) and steals (9.23)...in conference games only, Kansas and Iowa State are the top-two scoring teams in the league (Kansas, 78.2 ppg; Iowa State, 77.6)...KU leads the all-time series at 159-58, including a 81-15 mark in Lawrence...the last two games played in Lawrence went into overtime.
Kansas' Probable Starters
No. Player Hgt. Wgt Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School) PPG RPG
3 Russell Robinson 6-1 200 G So. New York, N.Y. (Rice) 8.7 2.9
15 Mario Chalmers 6-2 190 G Fr. Anchorage, Alaska (Bartlett) 10.0 1.7
25 Brandon Rush 6-7 210 G Fr. Kansas City, Mo. (Mt. Zion Academy) 14.4 5.9
24 Sasha Kaun 6-11 250 C So. Melbourne, Fla. (Florida Air Academy) 9.0 5.9
30 Julian Wright 6-8 220 F Fr. Chicago Heights, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor) 7.5 4.2
Head Coach: Bill Self (Oklahoma State, 1985)
Assistant Coaches: Tim Jankovich, Joe Dooley, Kurtis Townsend