Kansas and Iowa State prepare for the rare back-to-back home-and-home in Big 12 Conference play as the Jayhawks visit Lawrence tonight prior to KU making the return trip to Ames on Saturday.
KU enters the contest at 13-7, unranked (for the first time since 2009) but receiving votes. Iowa State, meanwhile, at just 2-12 is obviously not receiving votes . KenPom has the Jayhawks at #25 and the Hawkeyes at #133.
Kansas leads the overall series against ISU by a 182-66 count. Iowa State has won just 10 times in 63 tries inside Allen Fieldhouse. The most recent meeting between these two programs was a 91-71 KU win in Lawrence back in February of 2020.
The Jayhawks are coming off a hard fought 78-66 home win over Oklahoma State, while the Hawkeyes dropped a 79-76 affair at TCU in their last outing.
Here are the essentials:
Kansas: 13-7, 7-5 Big 12
Iowa State: 2-12, 0-9 Big 12
Line: KU -14.5
How to Watch
Thursday, Feb 11, 6:00 p.m. CST
Lawrence, KS: Allen Fieldhouse
- Mark Neely (Play-by-Play), Lance Blanks (Analyst)
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network
- Brian Hanni (Play-by-Play), Greg Gurley (Analyst)
Online Streaming: www.espn.com/watch or the ESPN app
This is just the third time in the Bill Self era that Kansas has played the same opponent in back-to-back games (Missouri 2004, Okla St 2018).
All seven of KU’s losses have been to teams ranked in the Top-25 or that later moved into the Top-25. Not coincidentally, all of KU’s losses are considered “Quadrant 1” games.
Although KU has dominated the historical matchup with Iowa State and the Jayhawks have won 3 of the last 4 matchups, KU is “just” 7-5 in the last 12 meetings.
8 of the last 15 games with ISU have been decided by seven points or less.
Don’t look now, but if Kentucky (5-13, 4-7 SEC) loses out and Kansas wins out through the Big 12 Tournament (aka the next 8 games), the Jayhawks will tie Kentucky atop the all-time program wins leaderboard at 2,323.