Stat Geek Sheet: Kansas

A few weeks ago, with several player struggling to know their roles and no inside presence to speak of, the thought of the Cyclones starting 2-0 in the Big 12 was a pipe dream. But that's just where Iowa State sits heading into a nationally televised showdown with national powerhouse Kansas.

Cyclone-Jayhawk Quick Facts

Kansas leads the all-time series against Iowa State at 160-58 and has a 60-37 edge over the Cyclones in games played in Ames...ISU still has a slight edge in games played in Hilton Coliseum at 18-16...since 1992, ISU is 7-8 against Kansas in Hilton Coliseum, with KU winning 4-of-the-last-5 games played in Ames, including last year's 95-85 win...KU head coach Bill Self is 4-2 against Iowa State...ISU head coach Greg McDermott has never faced Kansas or a Bill Self-coached team...Self played in Hilton Coliseum a number of times while he was a member of Oklahoma State basketball team from 1981-85...KU sophomore Brandon Rush had both of his older brothers compete against Iowa State in their respective collegiate careers...Jaron Rush played at UCLA, losing to Iowa State in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, 80-56 in 2000...is other brother, Kareem, played three seasons at Missouri from 2000-02...KU Director of student-athlete development Danny Manning played at Kansas from 1985-88...the former NBAer and 1988 national player of the year was 0-4 as a player in his four games in Hilton Coliseum...ISU junior Rahshon Clark and KU junior Russell Robinson are both from the New York area...Clark is from Queens and Robinson is from the Bronx...Since Feb. 24, 2001, ISU is 1-14 in games played on ESPN or ESPN2...the Cyclones have lost 10-straight games on ESPN...its last win in an ESPN televised game was a 79-77 win at No. 5 Kansas, Feb. 5, 2001.

Previewing Kansas

No. 6 Kansas will be ISU's second-ranked opponent this season, as the Jayhawks enter Hilton Coliseum with a 14-2 overall record and a 1-0 league mark...the Jayhawks' only two losses were to Oral Roberts at home (78-71) and a 64-57 defeat at DePaul...KU is one of two teams to beat second-ranked defending national champion Florida this season, downing the Gators, 82-80 in overtime in Las Vegas...KU is fresh off a 87-57 pounding of No. 9 Oklahoma State Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse...KU shot 57.6 percent from the fl oor and held the Cowboys to 32.1 percent from the fi eld...the Jayhawks were paced by Sasha Kaun, who scored 16 points (7-8 FG) and grabbed five rebounds...KU has four players averaging over 11.5 ppg, led by sophomore Brandon Rush...the 2006 Big 12 Freshman of the Year is a preseason fi rst-team all-Big 12 choice and leads KU in scoring at 13.6 ppg...Rush is shooting 43.2 percent from the fi eld and has made a team-high 28 3-pointers...Julian Wright is one of the top centers in the Big 12, averaging 11.6 ppg and a team-high 7.9 rebounding average...freshman forward Darrell Arthur, a 2006 McDonald's All-American, has had a fantastic start to his Jayhawk career...Arthur is averaging 12.1 ppg and 5.0 rpg...Arthur ranks second in the Big 12 in blocked shots at 2.06 bpg...Arthur and Wright both have a pair of doubledoubles to lead the team...sophomore Mario Chalmers is one of the best guards in the country...the point guard leads the team in steals at 3.06 spg, ranking second in the Big 12 behind Missouri's Stefhon Hannah...he had six steals in the Oklahoma State win...Chalmers, who has a 12.4 scoring average, is averaging 16.4 ppg in his last five games...Chalmers' backcourt mate is junior Russell Robinson, who is one of two Jayhawks who has started every game this season...Robinson averages 6.2 ppg and leads the team in assists (4.69 apg), ranking fi fth in the Big 12 Conference...KU's defense is one of the best in the country, ranking eighth nationally in opponent field goal percentage at 36.8 percent...KU has held 22-straight opponents to under 50 percent shooting...on the offensive end, KU ranks fi fth in the league in field goal percent (49.0 pct.)...the Jayhawks are the fi fth-best shot-blocking team in the nation, swatting away 7.5 shots per game...KU has four players with over 16 blocks this season.


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