Kansas Men's Hoops to Take on Iowa State Saturday at 3 p.m.
Feb. 10, 2006
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Kansas (16-6, 7-2) has won six straight heading into this afternoon’s game with Iowa State (14-8, 4-5). The six-game streak is tied for the eighth longest active streak in the nation. Included in the Jayhawks’ run are road wins at Texas A&M, Iowa State and Nebraska. KU is coming off a 69-48 win at Nebraska on Wednesday. Iowa State is 3-3 in its last six games after its 66-63 loss at Kansas State Wednesday. KU defeated ISU 95-85 on Jan. 28 in Ames.
One of the hottest teams in the nation, Kansas is on a six-game winning streak and has won 13 of its last 15 games dating back to Dec. 10. The Jayhawks (16-6, 7-2) are currently 7-2 in Big 12 play and sit one game behind league leader Texas at 8-1. KU guard Brandon Rush leads KU and the Big 12 freshmen class in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Rush – the reigning Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week – leads KU in three-point field goals with 33 and is tied for the team high in rebounding with a 5.9 average. Freshman Mario Chalmers is next in scoring at 10 points per contest. The guard leads KU in steals with 58 – second in the Big 12 – and assists with 88 – sixth in the conference. Sophomore center Sasha Kaun is next in scoring at nine points per game and is tied with Rush for the rebounding lead at 5.9 rpg. KU averages 76.5 points overall and 78.2 ppg in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks are outscoring league foes by more than 13 points per game.
About Iowa State
Iowa State has been waffling in its last six games going 3-3 after its 66-63 loss at Kansas State on Wednesday. The Cyclones are 14-8 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play. Junior guard Curtis Stinson ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 19.7 points per game. He leads the conference in steals with 56. Junior Will Blalock is next in scoring at 14.3. He leads the league in assists at 6.3 per games. Sophomore forward Rahshon Clark is averaging 14 points per game and is the team’s three-point leader with 35 made, just ahead of Blaclock’s 34 and Stinson’s 31. Clark leads the team in rebounds with 5.5 per game. Iowa State averages 78.3 points per game and leads the Big 12 in turnover margin at +5.9.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 159-58, yet the two teams have split their last two season series meetings. In fact, four of the last five meetings have been decided by seven points or less with two of those going into overtime – both in Lawrence. Last season the visiting teams each won games with KU a 71-66 winner at Ames and ISU a 63-61 overtime decision in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas defeated Iowa State 95-85 in Ames on Jan. 28. Kansas is 40-9 against Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse. KU holds a 12-7 edge in Big 12 league play. This series dates back to 1908.
Kansas will play its fourth game in eight days at Oklahoma State on Feb. 13 on ESPN’s Big Monday. Tip from Gallagher-Iba Arena is set for 8 p.m. (Central). KU then returns home for two games hosting Missouri Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:45 p.m. on CBS and Baylor Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.