Scouting Iowa State

News, notes and quotes on No. 1 KU's matchup with Iowa State tonight at 7:00 in Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised on ESPNU with Clay Matvick and Stephen Howard calling the action. Kansas is 23-1 and 9-0 in Big 12 action.

SCOUTING IOWA STATE

ISU (13-11, 2-7 Big 12) has lost six of its last seven games and four of its last five since falling to Kansas, 84-61, at home on Jan. 23. The Cyclones' lone victory during that stretch came at home against Colorado, 64-63, on Jan. 30.

Iowa State, which is coming off a 65-56 loss at Missouri on Wednesday, has posted a 2-5 record in true road games this season.

Head coach Greg McDermott's Cyclones average 73.6 points per game and allow 69.6. They're shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range (6.8 threes per game), and 64 percent from the charity stripe. They're holding foes to 41.4 percent field goal shooting and 34.4 percent from downtown, while slightly outrebounding opponents 38.6 to 36.4.

Junior forward Craig Brackins leads the team in scoring at 16.8 points per game, followed by senior forward Marquis Gilstrap (14.8 ppg, team-high 9.2 rpg and 31 threes), junior guard Diante Garrett (8.5 ppg, 5.2 apg, team-high 30 steals), junior forward LaRon Dendy (7.2 ppg), sophomore guard Scott Christopherson (6.8 ppg), sophomore center Justin Hamilton (5.9 ppg) and freshman guard Chris Colvin (3.4 ppg).

SELF ON ISU

KU coach Bill Self believes ISU is better than its 2-7 conference record. Three of its first four Big 12 home games were against Top-10 foes at the time (Texas, Kansas and K-State).

"They have a bad schedule," Self said. "Those aren't bad losses (three home games), but when you don't win on the road consistently and you throw in three home losses, your record can't be good. ... They are playing short handed, too. You take (Lucca) Staiger off their team before their first game in league play, that's something no coach can prepare for."

Staiger, the former junior guard, was averaging 9.4 points in 17 games with a team-high 48 threes when he left the team to play professionally in his native Germany.

Self added the Cyclones played Missouri close on Wednesday before falling by nine.

"They had plenty of opportunities," Self said. "There were a lot of plays that could have gone either way."

GOING FOR NO. 400

In his seventh season at KU and 17th season overall as head coach, Self is one win shy of 400 career victories. He's posted a 399-146 record (73.2 percent) during his career and is 192-41 at KU (82.4 percent).

He said winning his 400th game won't hold any special significance.

"It means that I'm a little older than what I want to believe I am," Self cracked. "But I'll be honest, it doesn't mean that much. It will mean that we won a game, which is more important than any number that you put on the individual side. We've really been fortunate that we've been around some really good players and really good people that have given us a chance to win a lot of games.

"Starting out losing 18 in a row at ORU, I didn't know if this would ever get to this point. We'd have been lucky to ever win a hundred. At the rate we were going it would have taken us 20 years to win a hundred. It's a pretty remarkable turnaround and have the chance to coach the guys that I have coached."

Self went just 6-21 in his first season at Oral Roberts in 1993-94, when he lost 18 straight. He was 10-17 during his second season before leading ORU to the NIT in Year Three with a 21-7 record. Self then went 74-27 in three seasons at Tulsa, including two NCAA tournament appearances and an Elite Eight berth.

Self next landed as head coach at Illinois, where he recorded a 78-24 record in three years, including an Elite Eight and Sweet 16 appearance.

At KU, he's won one national title, five straight regular-season Big 12 championships and three league tournament titles.

A reporter asked Self if he could see himself coaching until he was 75?

"I won't coach ‘til I'm 75. That will not happen," Self said.

Self's players are eager to earn win No. 400 for him tonight.

"It's something that we would love to do for him to ensure his legacy," junior center Cole Aldrich said.

Junior guard Tyrel Reed said Self is "just a great coach." And how would Reed describe Self's coaching style?

"Intense, focused, driven," Reed said. "He's so good with players. He knows how to get the best out of them."   

FLASH BACK TO 1988

On this day (Feb. 13) in 1988, KU senior forward Danny Manning exploded for a season-high 39 points to lift the Jayhawks to an 82-72 victory over Iowa State. Manning, who also set a season high in assists (seven) and steals (six), went 13-of-18 from the field and 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Kevin Pritchard and Jeff Gueldner were the other Jayhawks in double figures with 10 points each. Walk-on Clint Normore added a career-high seven points, while Chris Piper tied his season high with seven rebounds. Junior varsity players Brad Wahl and Marvin Mattox saw their first varsity action.

Kansas went on to win the national championship that season, becoming the first team in the NCAA to win the title with more than 10 losses. KU finished the season at 27-11.

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