Moving Forward: Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State forward Craig Brackins reaches for a loose ball while being closely guarded by Kansas' Marcus Morris in last year's game in Ames, IA.

Another conference victory (albeit a close one) and onward we push in the Quest for Six.  Hilton Coliseum has never been an easy place for Kansas to play - or anyone in the Big 12, for that matter.  But, for all of the talk of "Hilton Magic," the Jayhawks are 6-1 in their last seven trips to Ames.

An ever-changing roster.  Since the end of last season - suspended: guard Chris Colvin, dismissed: guard Mike Taylor and forward L.A. Pomlee, injured long-term: guard Charles Boozer and forward Jamie Vanderbeken, transferred or left team: forward Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) and guard Lucca Staiger (Germany professional league)

So, that leaves what?  All-Big 12 candidate Craig Brackins and one other guy I've heard of - Marquis Gilstrap, a senior forward.  In a situation that can only be described as bizarre, head coach Greg McDermott obviously is working with a short roster.  While the transfer of Johnson was a shock, this week's development with Staiger seems to be even more abrupt.  And, that is the case, according to the boss over at Clone Chronicles - the Cyclones SB Nation site.

How Good is Brackins?  Well, last year he averaged 31 points per game in two matchups against Kansas, including a 42 point show last year worthy of the all-conference hype, and more.  He used his long, lean 6'10" frame to have his way with then-young freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris.  He simply could not be stopped.  Inside (8-14), outside (3-5) and from the line (17-21) - he kept the Cyclones in the game singlehandedly.  Predictably, his numbers are down a bit this year, with the departure of Johnson leaving him the sole reliable scoring option.  Defenses have likely double and triple-teamed him to the point of frustration and reduced his impact greatly.  Still, though, he has managed to average over sixteen points a game.  He's still only a junior, by the way.  He seems like one of those guys that has been around for about eight years, yet still has another year of eligibility, if he wants it.

Record: 12-6 (1-2)

Best Win(s): Bradley, @Nebraska

Worst Loss(es): Northern Iowa (lone Big 12 home loss in non-con)

 

Informative Iowa State Links

KenPom Page

Texas @ Iowa State Recap

Iowa State @ Nebraska Recap

Iowa State @ Texas Tech Recap

To be honest, I don't expect much trouble from the Cyclones come Saturday - thus the limited amount of insight.  The fact is that they have a severely depleted roster, and with the exception of Brackins, not one player that would crack the ten-man Kansas rotation - and that is said with no disrespect intended to their players.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Craig Brackins 18 34.2 5.8 13.1 44.5 0.9 2.1 45.9 3.6 4.8 73.6 2.0 6.2 8.2 2.7 2.0 0.7 1.3 1.8 16.2
Marquis Gilstrap 18 29.6 5.2 11.1 47.2 1.2 2.8 42.0 3.3 5.2 64.5 2.6 6.4 9.1 1.3 2.4 0.6 1.0 2.1 14.9
Lucca Staiger 17 26.5 3.0 7.1 42.5 2.8 6.6 42.5 0.5 0.7 75.0 0.2 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.4 0.5 0.1 1.6 9.4
Diante Garrett 18 29.1 3.3 7.5 44.4 0.4 1.1 36.8 1.4 2.1 67.6 0.3 2.1 2.4 5.2 2.4 1.4 0.3 1.9 8.4
LaRon Dendy 13 16.0 2.9 5.2 55.9 0.0 0.2 0.0 1.8 4.1 45.3 1.9 1.8 3.7 0.4 0.7 0.6 1.5 1.8 7.7
Scott Christopherson 18 21.7 2.4 5.1 47.8 1.2 2.4 50.0 0.8 1.1 78.9 0.1 1.9 1.9 1.0 1.0 0.4 0.1 1.4 6.9
Justin Hamilton 17 17.8 2.1 2.9 73.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.2 57.1 1.6 2.1 3.7 0.4 0.8 0.2 1.0 1.8 4.9
Jamie Vanderbeken 10 13.2 1.5 2.5 60.0 0.8 1.6 50.0 0.3 0.9 33.3 0.6 2.2 2.8 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.9 1.4 4.1
Charles Boozer 16 9.7 1.1 2.8 40.0 0.3 1.3 23.8 0.9 1.5 62.5 0.7 0.8 1.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.6 3.5
Chris Colvin 15 12.9 1.1 3.1 37.0 0.1 0.4 16.7 0.7 1.5 43.5 0.4 0.8 1.2 2.1 2.2 0.7 0.1 1.3 3.0
Dominique Buckley 13 6.6 0.7 1.7 40.9 0.5 0.9 50.0 0.2 0.3 50.0 0.1 0.5 0.6 1.1 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.7 2.0
Alex Dorr 10 2.8 0.3 0.5 60.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.4 75.0 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.9
L.A. Pomlee 8 4.0 0.4 0.6 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.6 20.0 0.5 0.6 1.1 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.8 0.9

 

More Iowa State preview coverage to come tomorrow.

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