Kansas vs. Iowa State
No. 1 Kansas (23-1, 9-0) returns home to face Iowa State (13-11, 2-7) on Saturday. The Jayhawks, who are ranked No. 1 for the 11th time this season, won their ninth straight game at No. 14 Texas 80-68 on ESPN Big Monday. It's hard to believe it's already been nine games since many of our conference opponents had declared us all but a fraud following the loss to the Vols. Jayhawk head coach Bill Self's next victory will be his 400th career win. Saturday will also mark a grand achievement by Benjamin Winters as RCT has it's first member to sing the national anthem prior to tip(congrats again to Bensa).
|Rank and Records||ISU||KU|
|Strength of Schedule||#70||#19|
|RPI Top 50||0-8||8-1|
Kansas enters the Iowa State with the nation's longest home court winning streak at 55 games, which ties for the second longest in KU history. KU averages 83.6 points per game and gives up 62.9 ppg for a Big 12-leading +20.7 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 81.1 points per game and holds a +13 scoring margin.
Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game and has scored in double figures 19 times this season. Sophomore forward Marcus Morris has stepped up his game in Big 12 play. Morris leads KU in scoring in league games at 17.8 points per game following his 18 points and eight rebounds at Texas Monday. Morris is pulling down 8.4 rebounds in conference play. In all games, Morris averages 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Freshman guard Xavier Henry is coming off his Big 12 high of 15 points at Texas. He is scoring 13.1 points per game overall and leads KU in steals with 42. His 45 three-pointers are two behind Collins. Junior center Cole Aldrich has four double-doubles in his last six games and 10 DDs for the season. He is one of three Big 12 players to average a double-double with 11.4 ppg and 10.0 rpg this season. Aldrich also leads the team in blocked shots at 3.8 per contest and has 25 blocked shots in his last four games.
Iowa State is 13-11 on the season and 2-7 in Big 12 play after its 65-56 loss at Missouri on Wednesday. The Cyclones are 3-7 away from Hilton Coliseum this season, including a 2-5 record in true road games. Iowa State has lost six of its last seven games. Iowa State averages 73.6 points per game and holds a +4.0 scoring margin. The Cyclones are third in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 39.1 percent and they make 6.8 threes per game. Junior forward Craig Brackins leads the team and is seventh in the Big 12 in scoring at 16.8 points per game. Brackins has a team-high 29 blocked shots and is second on the squad with 55 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game. Senior forward Marquis Gilstrap is next in scoring at 14.8 points per game and leads the team with 9.2
rebounds per game, which is fifth in the conference. He also has a team-high 31 three-pointers. Junior guard Diante Garrett is a starter who scores 8.5 points per game and ranks third in the Big 12 in assists with 5.2 per game. He also leads the team with 30 steals. Junior forward LaRon Dendy comes off the bench to score 7.2 points per game. He has 25 blocked shots on the season. Sophomore guard Scott Christopherson scores 6.8 points per game and is second on the team with 29 threepointers. Sophomore center Justin Hamilton is a starter who scores 5.9 ppg, while freshman guard Chris Colvin scores 3.4 points per contest.
- Make Kansas 24-1 on the season, the best KU record since the 1996-97 team was 34-1.
- Extend the nation's longest home court winning streak to 56 games, the second longest in school history.
- Make Kansas 10-0 in conference play for first time since the 2005 season.
- Give Kansas 10 league wins for an amazing 16-straight seasons and 48 seasons overall.
- Give Kansas its 10th-straight win against Iowa State and make the all-time series 168-58 in favor of KU.
- Give Kansas a 23-7 record against Iowa State since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97.
- Make KU's record in Allen Fieldhouse 15-0 this season, 109-6 under Bill Self and 647-106 all-time.
- Make Bill Self 193-41 while at Kansas, 400-146 overall and 13-2 all-time against Iowa State, 12-2 while at Kansas.
- Make Kansas 1,994-794 all-time.
- The win marked Kansas' first win in Austin since Feb. 11, 2002, snapping a three-game skid at the Erwin Center.
- Kansas used a 22-0 run in the first half to pull away from the Longhorns.
- KU converted 17 Longhorn turnovers into 27 points, its most points off turnovers in Big 12 play this season.
- The Jayhawks held Texas to 37.3 percent shooting from the field and have held 18 of 24 opponents this season to under 40 percent shooting.
- Texas' 24 points in the first half were the second-fewest points scored by a KU opponent during conference play this season. Texas Tech had 18 points in the first half versus Kansas (Jan. 16).
- Marcus Morris continued his Big 12 dominance leading Kansas with 18 points to go along with a season-high four assists. He hit 7-of-10 from the field and has shot 50 percent or better in four of his last six games.
- Sherron Collins moved up a spot to No. 10 on the KU career scoring list. He had 15 points and has
- Aldrich fouled out for the first time in his career(amazing considering the amount of fouls attributed to him by everyone watching on the other team).
Kansas travels to Texas A&M for an ESPN Big Monday match-up at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15. The Jayhawks will then return home to face Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. KU will then make its fourth ESPN Big Monday appearance of 2010 when it hosts Oklahoma on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.