Kansas has turned around from their 0-3 losing streak from 2 weeks ago to stand toe to toe with Kansas State to keep pace for the Big 12 league lead at 11-3 in conference play. The Jayhawks (23-4) have won four straight and are tied with Kansas State atop the conference standings. Iowa State is 19-8 on the season and 9-5 in conference play. The Cyclones have won three-straight games heading into Monday and own the country’s third longest home winning streak at 22.
The Jayhawks are 15-1 at home, 6-2 in road games and 2-1 on neutral courts in 2012-13. In his 10th season at KU, Bill Self holds a 292-57 record for an 83.7 winning percentage. Overall, Self is one win shy of his 500th career victory with a 499-162 record in his 20th season as a head coach. He could get that 500th win tonight at Iowa State.
Iowa State leads the Big 12 in scoring at 79.5 points per game and has a +10.9 scoring margin. The Cyclones also lead the conference in rebounding at 39.6 boards per game, three-point field goals made at 9.6, three-point field goal percentage at 37.0 and assists at 16.3. ISU also averages 6.9 steals per contest and shoots 45.8 percent from the field.
This will be another big test for this revived KU team. As with Oklahoma State, Iowa State plays tough on defense and can keep the pressure on the offensive end. If Kansas can play their best basketball as they have in the past 4 games, then look for a KU narrow win on the road. They must avoid getting behind early or allowing Iowa State to stick around at the end for a chance to cash in on a last second three to win or tie.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 172-59, dating back to 1908. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 17-3 all-time versus Iowa State, including 16-3 while at KU, while ISU’s Fred Hoiberg is 1-4 all-time against KU.
Kansas overcame a six-point second-half deficit in the first meeting in Big 12 play at Allen Fieldhouse to defeat Iowa State 89-87 in overtime in Allen Fieldhouse. KU redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore scored 33 points, including the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation.
Kansas will host West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, at 1 P.M. on CBS.
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