Nebraska leads the all-time series against Iowa State at 128-96...the Cyclones own the series lead in games played in Ames at 57-48...for three years (2002-2004), the home team won each game, however the last two seasons have proven to be quite different...ISU has won the last two meetings in Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers have defeated ISU two consecutive times in Hilton Coliseum, including last season's 73-63 Cornhusker victory where Aleks Maric scored 37 points (13-of-15 FG) and grabbed 16 rebounds...NU has not won three-straight games in Ames since winning six consecutive contests in Hilton Coliseum from 1976-81...no Big 12 team has won three-straight games in Ames since the league formed in 1996-97...NU head coach Doc Sadler is one of six new coaches in the Big 12 and will be making his Big 12 coaching debut Wednesday night...five of the six new Big 12 mentors coached in their first league game on Saturday...only two (ISU's Greg McDermott & OSU's Sean Sutton) were successful...Nebraska freshman Sek Henry and Iowa State freshman Wesley Johnson went to the same prep school, The Patterson [N.C.] School...Johnson did not compete for the team because he transferred to the school during the middle of the season after his other prep school (Eldon Academy [Mich.]) shut down.
Wesley Johnson scored four points in the fi nal 11 seconds, including a putback with 1.6 left on the clock as Iowa State overcame a 16-point second-half defi cit to win Greg McDermott's and its Big 12 opener Saturday at Missouri, 66-65...the 16-point comeback win was ISU's second-largest second half come-from-behind victory since ISU rallied from an 18-point second half defi cit to down No. 2 Oklahoma State (84-83) in 1992...ISU was actually down by six points (65-59) with less than a minute remaining...Mike Taylor hit a clutch trey to cut it to three followed by a Jessan Gray steal that led to a Johnson layup to close the gap to one-point with :11 seconds remaining...on MU's next inbounds play, ISU trapped MU's Stefhon Hannah in the corner and forced a traveling violation to setup Johnson's heroics...it was ISU's first buzzer-beater win since Omar Bynum scored on a lay-up as time expired to beat Kansas State, 73-71 Feb. 23, 2002...the win was ISU's second Big 12 Conference road opening victory since 1997 when the Cyclones downed Missouri 68-65 in Columbia...ISU relied on two freshmen to engineer its brilliant comeback...Johnson tallied 12 of his 14 points in the second half and tied a career high with 13 rebounds to record his seventh double-double of the season...Johnson is averaging 10.6 rebounds in his last eight games and has the fourth-best rebounding average (8.7 rpg) among all NCAA freshmen...Dodie Dunson, who was celebrating his 20th birthday, tallied 16 of his career-high 19 points after intermission...Dunson was 4-of-7 from 3-point range, making all three of his 3-point attempts in the second half...Jiri Hubalek came off the bench to record his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds...Taylor fi nished the game with 17 points...Hubalek's and Johnson's efforts on the boards helped ISU outboard the Tigers, 43-33...ISU has outboarded seven of its last eight opponents by a +8.5 margin...the only team to outrebound ISU in the last eight games was No. 5 Ohio State, who won the battle of the boards by just one carom...the Cyclones recovered from a poor shooting first half, where they were below 30 percent (29.6%) in a half for just the second time this season...ISU hit 48.5 percent after intermission...the Cyclones recorded nine steals in the game, the second-best effort of the season...Rahshon Clark led the way with three steals and Wesley Johnson had two.
Nebraska plays its Big 12 opener against Iowa State on Wednesday...the Cornhuskers are off to a 11-3 start in the Doc Sadler era after an 82-71 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday...Jamel White led all players with 23 points (7-of-10 FG) and six assists, as the Huskers scorched the nets for a 62.2 percent outing from the field...Sadler is one of six new coaches in the Big 12...the Huskers ride the strength of veteran post player Aleks Maric, who leads the team in scoring at 18.1 ppg and has a team-high 7.5 rebounding average...Maric has fi ve 20-point games this season, including a season-high 29 vs. Nebraska-Omaha...Maric, at 6-11 and 270 pounds, uses his wide body to get excellent post position...he currently leads the Big 12 in fi eld goal percentage at 63.8 percent...Maric was virtually unstoppable the last time he played in Hilton Coliseum...Maric scored a career-high 37 points on 13-of-15 shooting from the fl oor, as Nebraska defeated ISU, 73-63...he also grabbed 16 boards in the game...freshman guard Ryan Anderson has been a pleasant surprise for the Huskers...Anderson ranks second on the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and has made 48.9 percent of his 3-point attempts...Anderson scored a career-high 29 points in a 81-72 loss at Hawaii earlier this season...senior guard Marcus Perry has given the Huskers a spark from the bench, averaging 8.4 ppg...Perry tallied 17 points behind a 5-of-7 effort from 3-point range in an 81-53 win over Savannah State last week...Perry leads the team with 24 3-pointers, making 49.0 percent from beyond the arc...senior guard Charles Richardson his having a strong start to his senior season...Richardson has excelled in Sadler's up-tempo style, ranking second in the Big 12 in assists at 6.36 apg...Richardson, who averages 8.4 ppg, leads the team and ranks third in the league in steals with a 2.2 spg average...Nebraska has been an extremely efficient team on the offensive end...the Huskers are hitting 51.5 percent of their shots from the fi eld (ranking second in the Big 12) and 40.7 percent of their shots from downtown (ranking fourth in the league)...NU leads the league in rebounding defense, with its opponents averaging just 29.2 rebounds per game...Sadler arrives at Nebraska after coaching two seasons at UTEP, compiling a 48-18 record.
• Iowa State has just four returning scholarship players from last season.
• 65.7 percent of the minutes played (1972) in ISU's 15 games were by newcomers on the roster.
• 68.3 percent of ISU's points this season (693) are from players who did not play a minute last year.
• ISU's 6-0 start tied for the fi fth-best start in school history...only nine teams had won its fi rst six games.
• ISU head coach Greg McDermott is one of two coaches in ISU history to win his fi rst six games at the helm.
• ISU head coach Greg McDermott is the fi rst native Iowan to coach the Cyclone men's basketball team since Clayton Sutherland (1948-54)...McDermott is from Cascade; Sutherland was from Nashua.
• McDermott entered the season with the 41st-best winning percentage among active Division I coaches.
• Wesley Johnson broke Will Blalock's school-record for standing vertical leap at 34 inches...Blalock's record was at 33 1/2 inches...Johnson also had a 41-inch step vertical leap to break the school record.
• ISU head coach Greg McDermott is in his first season with the Cyclones, but he is already the seventh-longest tenured coach in the Big 12...of the six new coaches in the league (Mike Anderson, Missouri; Bob Huggins, Kansas State; Doc Sadler, Nebraska; Jeff Capel, Oklahoma; Sean Sutton, Oklahoma State; Greg McDermott, Iowa State), McDermott was the first to be hired.
• ESPN.com picked Hilton Coliseum as the "Hot Arena" in the Big 12...coaches in the league noted that, "regardless of talent, the Cyclones have a home court like no other."
• ISU junior college transfers Corey McIntosh and Mike Taylor have witnessed a ton of success in their collegiate playing career...McIntosh tallied a 59-9 record in his two seasons in JC ball, while Taylor recorded a 62-8 mark in his two seasons at Chipola JC...the pair posted a combined 121-17 record in their two years in junior college.
• ISU held Louisiana-Monroe to 27.3 percent from the fi eld, the fi rst time a Cyclone opponent was held under 30 percent shooting since Dec. 31, 2002 (Arkansas-Pine Bluff).
• 11 different Cyclones have made a 3-pointer this season.
• ISU tied the school record by making 13 treys (13-25, 52.0 percent) vs. SEMO, including 11 in the fi rst half.
• ISU has recorded four games with 10 or more 3-pointers this year.
• ISU ranks fi fth in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (7.13 3FG).
• ISU has made a 3-pointer in 47 consecutive games.
• ISU ranks fi fth in the Big 12 in rebounding margin (+5.6).
• ISU has outrebounded seven of its last eight opponents, 304-237, a +8.4 average margin.
• ISU has shot more free-throws than its opponents in 10 of 15 games this year.
• ISU has outshot its opponents from the free-throw line, 209-107 in home games...but is getting outshot at the charity stripe, 95-50 in away games.
• ISU is 7-0 when ahead at the half.
• Only six teams (Northern Iowa, Drake, Iowa, Bradley, Ohio State, Southeast Missouri State) have scored 70 or more points against ISU this season...22 teams scored 70 or more points against the Cyclones last season.
• ISU ranks in the 12th nationally in least amount of fouls per game (14.8)...only two teams (Northern Iowa & Iowa) have committed less fouls than ISU in a game this year.
• ISU is 35-of-89 (39.3 percent) from 3-point range in its last four games.
• ISU has kept its last four opponents to under 30 points in the fi rst half.
• ISU is 7-0 when outshooting its opponent.
• ISU has held its last two opponents (North Dakota State & Missouri) to 33.8 percent from the fi eld (41-121).