No. 3 Kansas (17-1, 3-0 Big 12) hits the road for a Big 12 matchup at Iowa State (12-6, 1-2 Big 12) on Saturday, on ESPN2. Kansas is coming off an 81-75 win against Baylor on Wednesday when it extended the nation's longest home court winning streak to 53 games. Iowa State returns home following a two-game road swing and look to rebound from a 78-71 loss at Texas Tech Wednesday. Kansas will be the fourth nationally-ranked team to play at Iowa State this season.
|Rank and Records||KU||ISU|
|Strength of Schedule||#21||#130|
|RPI Top 50||5-1||0-4|
Kansas is 3-0 in conference play for the fourth-straight season. The Jayhawks are 3-1 in true road games and 5-1 in games away from Allen Fieldhouse in 2009-10. The Jayhawks average 85 points per game and give up 61.5 ppg for a +23.5 scoring margin, which leads the Big 12. In league play, Kansas is scoring 84.7 points per game and holds a +14.7scoring margin.
Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoringat 16.3 points per game and has scored 22 or more points in four of his last five games. Collins had 28 points against Baylor (Jan. 20). Collins leads the team with 75 assists and 40 three-pointers, one ahead of freshman guard Xavier Henry. Henry averages 14.9 points per game and also has a team-high 34 steals. He had seven steals against Baylor.
Sophomore forward Marcus Morris has averaged 20.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in his last three games, including 20 points against Texas Tech (Jan. 16) and 22 points versus Baylor. He is scoring 12.2 points per game for the season and is second on the team with 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Iowa State is 12-6 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones are 9-2 at home in 2009-10. ISU has lost three of its last five games with two of those coming against top 10 teams - then-No. 7 Duke 86-65 in Chicago on Jan. 6 and then-No. 2 Texas 90-83 on Jan. 13 in Ames. Iowa State averages 75.8 points per game and holds a +8.8 scoring margin. The Cyclones lead the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 42.1 percent and make 7.5 threes per game.
Junior forward Craig Brackins leads the team and is 10th in the Big 12 in scoring at 16.2 points per game. Brackins has a team-high 23 blocked shots and is second on the squad with 49 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Senior forward Marquis Gilstrap is next in scoring at 14.9 points per game and leads the team with 9.1 rebounds per game, which is fifth in the conference. Junior guard Diante Garrett is a starter who scores 8.4 points per game and ranks third in the Big 12 in assists with 5.2 per game. He also leads the team with 25 steals. Junior forward LaRon Dendy comes off the bench to score 7.7 points per game. He has 20 blocked shots on the season.
Sophomore guard Scott Christopherson scores 6.9 points per game and has a team-best 22 three-pointers. Sophomore center Justin Hamilton is a starter who scores 4.9 ppg, while freshman guard Chris Colvin (3.0 ppg) and sophomore guard Dominique Buckley (2.0 ppg) round out the ISU regulars. Junior guard Lucca Staiger (9.4 ppg) shocked ISU when he left the team on Jan. 19 to pursue a professional career in his homeland of Germany.
Staiger had a team-high 48 three-pointers in 2009-10 for ISU.
Meet the Opposing Coach
Greg McDermott is 56-57 in his fourth season at Iowa State. Overall, he is 277-184 in his 16th season. While at Iowa State, McDermott has coached four players who have earned All-Big 12 recognition - Mike Taylor, Wesley Johnson, Jiri Hubalek and Craig Brackins. McDermott went to ISU after five seasons at Northern Iowa, his alma mater. While at UNI, McDermott guided the Panthers to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2006. McDermott began his head coaching career at Wayne State from 1995-2000 and was at North Dakota State in 2001 before moving to Northern Iowa. McDermott is 0-6 against Kansas.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 166-58, and has won the last eight meetings. KU holds a 64-36 record against ISU in games played in Ames, Iowa, including a 20-18 edge in Hilton Coliseum. The Jayhawks have defeated the Cyclones five-straight times in Hilton dating back to 2005. This series dates back to 1908. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 21-7 against Iowa State with a 19-7 record in regular-season play and 2-0 mark in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Last season's matchup in Ames was quite memorable as ISU's Craig Brackins scored 42 points against Kansas. It was the most points scored by a player against Kansas since Randy Rutherford of Oklahoma State had 45 against KU in 1995. KU's Sherron Collins had 26 in the Jayhawks' 82-67 victory.
- Junior guard Brady Morningstar made his first start of the season, joining Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris and Xavier Henry in the starting lineup.
- Freshman Xavier Henry collected seven steals in the game, which was the most by a Jayhawk this season. Henry's seven thefts tied the Kansas freshman record and were the most by a Jayhawk since Russell Robinson had eight steals against Yale on Dec. 29, 2007.
- As a team, Kansas collected 15 steals, which was the most by KU in a Big 12 game since it had 15 thefts against Kansas State on March 1, 2008.
- Baylor shot 52.1 percent from the field, marking the first time in 92 games that a Kansas opponent has shot better than 50 percent in a game. The previous Jayhawk opponent to hit more than half of its shots was Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 9, 2007 when it shot 51 percent.
- Sherron Collins scored a game-high 28 points, marking the fourth time in the last five games that he has scored 22 points or more. His 28 points marked the third-highest total by a Jayhawk this season.
- Collins' 28 points gives him 1,623 for his career, making him the 12th player in Kansas history to amass 1,600 points. He is currently 12th on the career scoring at KU, just four points behind Mark Randall.
- Sophomore Marcus Morris had 22 points and eight rebounds. Morris' 22 points marked his second highest career total, one shy of his career high 23 points against Michigan earlier this year.
- Morris shot 8-of-11 from the field (72.7 percent). In three Big 12 games this season, Morris has shot 22-for-29 (75.8 percent), and is averaging 20.3 points per game. His eight field goals versus Baylor were a career high.