Stat Geek Sheet: Kansas

Considering the way the two teams have played since Iowa State nearly pulled the upset in the second week of conference play, if the Cyclones win today at Phog Allen Fieldhouse it has to be considered the biggest upset of the Big 12 season.

Cyclone-Jayhawk Quick Glance

Kansas leads the all-time series against Iowa State at 161-58 and has an 82-15 edge over the Cyclones in games played in Lawrence...since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, KU is 79-7 against league competition in Allen Fieldhouse...ISU is responsible for three of the seven losses (2000, 2001, 2005)...KU head coach Bill Self is 5-2 against Iowa State...ISU head coach Greg McDermott is 0-1 vs. KU and Bill Self-coached teams...ISU almost knocked off Kansas in the earlier game this season in Hilton Coliseum (Jan. 13), falling 68-64 in overtime...the Cyclones held a 3-point lead with under a minute in regulation, but Brandon Rush hit a trey to tie the game and force overtime...ISU shot just 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from the free-throw line in the game...freshman Wesley Johnson had 14 points and 11 boards to pace the Cyclones...Self played against ISU 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 other brother, Kareem, played three seasons at Missouri from 2000-02..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.

Cyclone Update

Iowa State (14-13, 5-8) held its fi rst lead with 2:35 left in the game and hung on to defeat Colorado, 55-53 Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum...the Buffs held a 15-point lead (28-13) at one time in the first half, but a 13-2 run to close out the half kept ISU within reach...ISU missed seven of its first eight shots from the field to fall behind early...the Cyclones shot 36.8 percent for the game, the seventh time in 13 league games where ISU did not hit above 40 percent from the field...Wesley Johnson's basket with 2:35 remaining gave ISU a 53-51 lead and Cyclones withstood several final Buffalo chances to tie or win the game to hang on for their fifth conference victory...Corey McIntosh was instrumental in the win...McIntosh tallied just his second doublefigure scoring outing of the eason and the first in league play with a career-high 13 points...McIntosh hit a trey at the closing seconds before intermission and scored eight of ISU's first 12 points of the second half to keep ISU close...he finished the game with a careerhigh three 3-pointers...Mike Taylor nailed a pair of treys en route to 12 points, his 17th consecutive double-digit scoring effort...Taylor has now hit a 3-pointer in a school-record 23 consecutive games...his 68 treys on the season ranks sixth on the ISU single-season 3-pointers made chart...Taylor currently ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.5 ppg) and sixth in the league in assists (4.52 apg)...Wesley Johnson was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds...Johnson is second in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and double-doubles (11)...the Cyclones made their first six free-throws, but faltered down the stretch, missing four of their last five, including a front end of a one-and-one by Jiri Hubalek that would have sealed the game with :10 seconds left...ISU has improved immensely from the charity stripe in its last six games, however, making 66-of-83 (79.5 percent) shots at the free-throw line.

Previewing the Jayhawks

No. 6 Kansas (24-4, 11-2) will be ISU's fifth-ranked opponent this season, as the Jayhawks are tied for first place in the Big 12...KU is fresh off a 71-62 victory over Kansas State Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum, winning for the 24th-straight time in Manhattan...KU shot 51.0 percent from the floor and held the Wildcats to 32.3 percent from the fi eld...the Jayhawks were paced by Sherron Collins, who came off the bench to score 20 points (8-11 FG)...KU has five players averaging in double figures, led by sophomore Brandon Rush...the 2006 Big 12 Freshman of the Year is a preseason first-team all-Big 12 choice and leads KU in scoring at 14.1 ppg...Rush has made a team-high 53 3-pointers at a 40.5 percent clip...Julian Wright is one of the top centers in the Big 12, averaging 11.6 ppg and a team-high 8.0 rebounding average, which ranks third in the league...freshman forward Darrell Arthur, a 2006 McDonald's All-American, has had a fantastic start to his Jayhawk career...Arthur is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg...Arthur ranks fifth in the Big 12 in blocked shots at 1.54 bpg...sophomore Mario Chalmers is one of the best guards in the country...the point guard leads the team and Big 12 in steals at 2.61 spg...Chalmers, who has a 11.4 scoring average, has hit 41 3-pointers...Chalmers' backcourt mate is junior Russell Robinson, who is one of two Jayhawks who has started every game this season...Robinson averages 6.6 ppg and leads the team in assists (4.68 apg), ranking fourth in the Big 12 Conference...Collins has been impressive since Big 12 play began, averaging 12.9 points and making 57.4 percent from the fi eld in league games...he is 21-of-45 from 3-point range (46.7 percent) in Big 12 play...KU's defense is one of the best in the country, ranking second in the Big 12 in opponent fi eld goal percentage at 37.3 percent...on the offensive end, KU ranks second in the league in field goal percent (49.3 pct.).

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