News and Notes: Kansas-Iowa State

News and Notes for the start of conference play, while hoping the Jayhawks got the urge to explore a career in bricklaying out of their system during Sunday's victory at Michigan.

* Tonight's contest is the Big 12 conference opener for the Jayhawks, but not the Cyclones. Iowa State lost its opener in a heartbreaker at Nebraska on Jan. 8, 63-62.

* Kansas (15-0) is one of five teams in D-1 to remain undefeated as of Jan. 9. Despite close contests of late, the Jayhawks still own an average margin of victory of a whopping 24.7 points.

* Head Coach Bill Self's squad leads the Big 12 in scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense and assists.

* Marcus Morris leads Kansas in scoring with 15.7 points per game, and is coming off a 22-point performance at Michigan on Jan. 9. He leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (58.7-percent). Brother Markieff Morris leads the Big 12 in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game.

* The Cyclones are 13-3 on the season, averaging 76.7 points per game. Senior guard Diante Garrett is Iowa State's leading scorer with a 17.1 ppg average, and his 5.8 assists per game lead the conference. He's also second in the conference in steals with 2.3 per game.

* Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, a Cyclone legend from his own playing days, is in his first season as head coach. Hoiberg is a native of Ames, a 10-year NBA veteran and a former executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

* Despite the victory over Michigan, the performance was...ah...not one of the Jayhawks' finest. They set season lows in scoring, points in a half, total field goals, three-point field goals made, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and blocked shots. And despite all that, they still won. Make of that what you will.

* Tyrel Reed is developing a larcenous habit. He recorded four steals against Michigan, just one shy of his career best of five - a mark he set a game earlier in the Jayhawks' contest with UMKC.

* Markieff Morris scored all 13 of his points in the second half. Tack on 11 rebounds, and you've got his sixth double-double of the season.

* Mario Little has been cleared for competition, and with Travis Releford doubtful after suffering a sprained ankle early against Michigan, it's a safe bet he'll see the floor as the fourth big man. Top Stories