No. 9 Kansas to Host No. 15 Iowa State on ESPN Big Monday
Kansas to Host Iowa State on ESPN Big Monday
No. 9/11 Kansas (18-3, 7-1) plays host to No. 15/16 Iowa State (16-4, 6-2) on ESPN Big Monday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won four-straight games after its 68-57 home victory against Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State Jan. 31. The Jayhawks have won nine of their last 10 games with the lone blemish coming at Iowa State on Jan. 17 (86-81). Iowa State has won two straight and four of its last five games after its 83-66 win against TCU on Jan. 31 in Ames, Iowa.
Historically, in Kansas’ 14 Big 12 Conference regular-season championship titles, the Jayhawks have been 7-1 or better to start conference play 12 times, including eight times under head coach Bill Self. Kansas was 6-2 in 2005-06 and in 2006-07 and went on to win the Big 12 regular-season titles.
Kansas’ current 19-game winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse is tied with Iowa State’s 19-game home-court winning streak at Hilton Coliseum, with both being tied for eighth on the active NCAA Division I list as of Jan. 31. KU’s 19-straight victories at the Fieldhouse are the 14th longest in school history and the 10th-longest in the Fieldhouse ever.
No. 9/11 Kansas (18-3, 7-1), 10-time defending Big 12 regular-season champion, holds a slim one-game lead over Iowa State (16-4, 6-2) and West Virginia (18-3, 6-2) in the 2015 conference race. Kansas scores 71.8 points per game and has a +7.6 scoring margin. The Jayhawks have outrebounded six of their last seven opponents, average 39.3 boards per game and have a +5.9 rebound margin. KU leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 39.1 percent and averages 14.1 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.2 blocked shots per game.
Following his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas State (1/31), junior F Perry Ellis is Kansas’ leading scorer at 12.8 points per game, which ranks ninth in the Big 12. Ellis is fourth in the league in rebound average with a team-best 6.8 boards per game. Sophomore G Frank Mason III is just behind Ellis at 12.7 points per game, which is 10th in the Big 12. Mason has 18-straight games scoring in double figures and is fourth in the league in assists at 4.0, with a team-best 83, and seventh in field goal percentage at 47.2 percent. His 25 three-pointers made this season are third most on the team. Sophomore G Wayne Selden, Jr., had his best scoring game in Big 12 play with 14 points versus Kansas State (1/31). He leads KU with 30 three-pointers made and is 6-for-12 from beyond the arc in his last three games. Selden scores 9.0 points per contest and is second on the team with 65 assists. Rounding out the KU starters are freshman G Kelly Oubre, Jr., and junior F Jamari Traylor. Oubre has started 13 games this season, including the last 12 straight, and is averaging 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals in Big 12 play. He averages 8.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game overall in 2014-15. Oubre’s 22 steals are second on the team to Mason’s 26 thefts and Oubre has made 19 three-pointers. Traylor scores 4.9 points per contest and pulls down 3.9 rebounds. His 26 blocked shots for the season are second on the team.
Named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (1/26), freshman F Cliff Alexander leads Kansas with 28 blocked shots. Alexander also leads KU with a 56.1 field goal percentage and has two double-doubles this season. Alexander averages 8.1 points per game and his 5.8 rebounds per contest are second on the team and 15th in the Big 12. After his 11 points against Kansas State, sophomore G Brannen Greene has averaged 11 points in his last four games with 14 three-pointers in that span. He has made 27 three-pointers this season which is second behind Selden’s team-high 30. Greene has two starts and is scoring 6.0 points per game in 2014-15. Freshman G Devonte’ Graham returned to the lineup against Texas Tech (1/10) after missing a month (six games) with a sprained toe. In his seven games back, Graham has averaged 5.6 points, 3.4 assists and has an amazing 8:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In that span, he has dished out an impressive 24 assists with three turnovers. Graham is scoring 5.7 points per game for the season. Freshman G Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has made one three pointer in each of his last three games played. He scores 4.0 points per game and has made 15 three-pointers this season. Mykhailiuk has started six games in his initial campaign as a Jayhawk. Sophomore F Landen Lucas tied his career high with seven rebounds at TCU (1/28) and his eight points against the Horned Frogs were his second-most this season. Lucas has started eight games in 2014-15 and averages 2.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Junior F Hunter Mickelson (2.0 ppg) played seven minutes at TCU (1/28) and scored four points on 2-for-3 shooting with two blocked shots.
About Iowa State
Located in Ames, Iowa, with an enrollment of 33,241, No. 15/16 Iowa State is 16-4 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones are coached by Fred Hoiberg who is 106-51 in his fifth season as a head coach, all at Iowa State. ISU is 12-0 at Hilton Coliseum this season, 2-2 on the road and 2-2 on neutral floors. The Cyclones lead the nation in assists at 17.8 per game. They lead the Big 12 in scoring at 80.3 points per game and have a +11.8 scoring margin, which is second in the conference. Iowa State also leads the league with a 49.1 field goal percentage, a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio and 7.6 three-point field goals made per game. Iowa State also averages 6.1 steals and 3.9 blocked shots per game. Iowa State average 36.2 rebounds per game and holds a +2.1 rebound margin.
Iowa State has two of the top-eight scorers in the Big 12, led by junior F Georges Niang, who is fourth in the league at 15.2 points per game. Niang pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 69 assists. Senior G Bryce Dejean-Jones is eighth in the Big 12 in scoring at 12.8 points per game. He leads Iowa State in rebounding at 5.8 boards per contest, 14th in the league, and is second on the team with 28 steals. Dejean-Jones has 52 assists as well. Junior G Naz Long is 15th in the league with a 11.7 scoring average. His 2.6 three-pointers, 52 made, lead ISU and are third in the conference. Long pulls down 3.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore G Monte’ Morris leads the Big 12 in assists with 5.7 per game and assist-to-turnover ratio at 5.1. Morris averages 11.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 2014-15. Senior F Dustin Hogue rounds out the ISU starters. He leads the Big 12 with a 59.0 field goal percentage to complement his 11.1 scoring average. Hogue pulls down 5.1 rebounds per game.
Redshirt junior F Jameel McKay has played in 11 games this season and averages 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. In only 11 contests, McKay leads ISU with 24 blocked shots. Other ISU regulars include junior F Abel Nader (5.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and sophomore G Matt Thomas (4.9 ppg, 17 three-pointers).
The Kansas-Iowa State Series
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 175-61, dating back to 1908. KU has won five of the last seven meetings and 18 of the last 21 matchups, yet Iowa State has won two straight in the series with an 86-81 win in Ames on Jan. 17, 2015, and a 93-84 win in the semifinals of the 2014 Big 12 Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 14. The two-straight Cyclones wins are the first consecutive wins in the series for ISU since it won five in a row versus KU from 1999 to 2001. KU is 90-15 versus ISU in games played in Lawrence, Kansas, including 49-9 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won the last nine meetings with ISU in Allen Fieldhouse beginning in 2006. ISU is one of only five conference schools to have won in Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 31-10 against Iowa State with a 28-9 record in regular-season play and a 3-1 mark in the Big 12 Championship. Self is 21-5 all-time versus Iowa State, including 20-5 while at KU, while ISU’s Fred Hoiberg is 3-8 all-time against KU. Since Hoiberg’s arrival at ISU, five of the last nine meetings have been decided by nine points or less with two of those in overtime.
Earlier this season, then-No. 11/12 Iowa State defeated then-No. 9/10 Kansas, 86-81, on Jan. 17. ESPN College GameDay originated from Ames, that day. Iowa State’s Naz Long led his team with 20 points as six Cyclones reached double figures. KU’s Frank Mason III led all scorers with a career-high 21 points, while Perry Ellis recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Iowa State led 36-33 at half and by 14 points (71-57) with 6:26 to play. KU then outscored ISU 21-15 down the stretch, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit for a win.
- The NCAA is listing statistics and Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) on a regular basis. Through games as of Jan. 31, Kansas is No. 1 nationally in the RPI and No. 1 nationally in the toughest schedule.
- In the last four games, KU’s bench has outscored the opponent’s bench 111-28 (31-7 vs. Oklahoma, 31-8 at Texas, 35-4 at TCU and 14-9 vs. Kansas State).
- Including six of the last seven games, Kansas has outrebounded 16 of 21 opponents this season, compiling a 15-1 record in those contests. Seven of those games have been by double figures, including two in Big 12 play.
- Kansas leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 39.1 percent. The Jayhawks also rank in the upper half of the conference in scoring offense (fourth at 71.8), free throw percentage (fourth at 70.8), rebounding (third at 39.3), rebound margin (third at +5.9), blocked shots (tied for third at 5.2), steals (fifth at 6.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (fourth at 1.2) and three-point field goals made (fifth at 6.4).
- Kansas made 10 three-pointers against Oklahoma (1/19) and has made 10 or more threes four times this season.
- Kansas is 14-0 when leading at the half in 2014-15, including six Big 12 contests.
- KU has averaged 16.1 assists in its last 10 games. The Jayhawks average 14.1 assists per game overall in 2014-15.
- After his 16 points at TCU (1/28), sophomore G Frank Mason III has scored 16 or more points five times in 2014-15, including three against Big 12 foes. He has scored in double figures in each of KU’s last 18 contests, which is tops on the KU team and tied for the fifth-longest double-figure scoring streak under head coach Bill Self.
- After his 4-for-5 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, against Kansas State (1/31), sophomore G Brannen Greene is 14-for-22 (63.6 percent) from the field, including 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) from three-point range, in his last four games and has averaged 11.0 points in that span. For the season, Greene is scoring 6.0 points per contest. Greene has six games of 10 or more points this season with four of those against Big 12 teams.
- Junior F Perry Ellis notched his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas State (1/31). He was 7-for-9 from the field against the Wildcats and has shot 50 percent or better in four of his last five and five of his last seven games. Ellis has scored in double figures in four of his last five contests.
- Sophomore G Wayne Selden Jr., has made multiple threes in two of his last three games, including a 3-for-6 effort against Kansas State (1/31). His 10 games of multiple threes is best on the KU team this season. Selden’s 14 points against the Wildcats were his most in Big 12 play this season.
- Freshman G Kelly Oubre, Jr.’s nine rebounds against Kansas State (1/31) was the fourth time this season he has pulled down nine or more boards. A two-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Oubre has scored in double figures six times this season, including four in Big 12 play.
- The Jayhawks are 5-0 when Oubre connects on two or more three-pointers this season.
- Since returning from an injury suffered against Georgetown on Dec. 10, 2014, freshman G Devonte’ Graham has 24 assists and three turnovers over the last seven games for an 8:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Graham has at least one steal in his last three games and four of his last five contests with six thefts in that span.
- The reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, freshman F Cliff Alexander is 26-for-42 (61.9 percent) from the field in Big 12 play with 11 blocked shots. He posted his second-career double-double, tallying 13 points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes of action, against OU (1/19) and just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds at Texas (1/24).
- Six Big 12 teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 (Jan. 26) which is more than any other conference. Nine of the 10 Big 12 teams have been ranked at one point during the 2014-15 season.
- At 104-22 (82.5 percent), the Big 12 is the only league nationally to have an 80 percent or better winning percentage against non-conference foes.
Jayhawks on ESPN Big Monday
For the ninth-straight season, the Kansas men’s basketball team will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday in 2014-15. Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas is 53-17 all-time on ESPN’s Big Monday (30-1 at home, 23-16 on the road), including 34-9 under head coach Bill Self. Additionally, KU has won 23-straight ESPN Big Monday games in Allen Fieldhouse, which includes a 19-0 mark under Self.
In the Polls
In the Jan. 26 national polls, Kansas men’s basketball is ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches’ polls. The Jayhawks have been ranked in each of the last 116 Associated Press polls dating back to the 2008-09 season, including in the top five 50 times. In the coaches’ poll, the Jayhawks have been ranked in each of the past 122 polls and in the top five on 54 occasions.
Versus Ranked Teams
With its 75-62 win against No. 17 Texas on Jan. 24, Kansas is 60-31 against Associated Press-ranked teams, including 6-2 in 2014-15, under head coach Bill Self. In each of the last five seasons, the Jayhawks have a winning record versus ranked foes, including a 7-3 mark in 2013-14. Since the 2009-10 season, KU is 38-14 against AP ranked teams.
Ellis Approaching 1,000 Career Points
Junior F Perry Ellis is at 956 career points entering Monday’s game against Iowa State. Once he gets to 1,000 points Ellis will become the 56th KU player to accomplish the feat. He will be the first Jayhawk to reach that plateau since Thomas Robinson did it toward the end of 2011-12 season. Tyshawn Taylor also scored his 1,000th point during the 2011-12 season but it was long before Robinson. Jayhawks Kevin Young in 2012-13 and Tarik Black in 2013-14 each scored their 1,000th career point while wearing a KU uniform but had combined college points from their previous schools with Young at Loyola-Marymount and Black at Memphis.
Historic Allen Fieldhouse Celebrating 60 Years
Kansas is currently playing its 60th season in historic Allen Fieldhouse, which has been deemed the greatest place to watch a college basketball game. The Jayhawks have sold out of 222-straight games in the Fieldhouse and are 723-109 (86.9 percent) all-time in the facility. At 185-9 (95.4 percent) in 12 seasons, Bill Self has won more Big 12 titles (10) than lost home games (9) in Allen Fieldhouse.
Dedicated on March 1, 1955, in a 77-67 win against rival Kansas State, here are some notables regarding Allen Fieldhouse:
- Allen Fieldhouse has sold out each of its last 222 games back to the 2001-02 season.
- Kansas won its 700th regular-season game in Allen Fieldhouse with an 80-63 victory against ULM on Nov. 18, 2013. KU is 723-109 all-time in the venue.
- Five of the eight KU head coaches have coached in Allen Fieldhouse. Ted Owens has the most victories with 206, followed by Roy Williams (201), Bill Self (185), Larry Brown (71), Dick Harp (51) and Phog Allen (9).
- Starting with Wilt Chamberlain in 1957, 12 of KU’s NCAA-leading 28 Consensus All-American First Team selections played in Allen Fieldhouse.
- Kansas has led its league in home attendance each of the last 27 seasons dating back to 1986-87 and 32 times in the last 36 years.
- KU is second all-time winningest program in NCAA Division I history with 2,144 wins and the Jayhawks won victories 1,000, 1,100, 1,200, 1,300, 1,400 and 1,900 in Allen Fieldhouse. The 1,900th all-time win also won the 2007 Big 12 regular-season title outright.
- Kansas has won 31-straight home season finales in Allen Fieldhouse, including 30 consecutive Senior Nights. In 2006-07, Kansas did not have a senior on its roster.
- From 2006-13 Kansas won 68-straight games against non-conference competition in Allen Fieldhouse.
- Self is 185-9 in games played at Allen Fieldhouse for a 95.4 winning percentage, which includes four of Kansas’ 17 undefeated home seasons.
- Self’s Big 12 conference titles (10) are more than his home losses while at Kansas (9).
- Kansas’ school-record 69-game home-court winning streak from Feb. 7, 2007 to Jan. 22, 2011, led the nation for more than two seasons and ranks 11th all-time in the NCAA records book.
- KU’s current 19-game winning streak inside Allen Fieldhouse ranks 14th on the school’s all-time home-court winning streak list and is the fourth longest in the Self era.
- Kansas is 127-3 in Allen Fieldhouse in its last 130 games.
Starting up the second half of its 2015 Big 12 season, Kansas hits the road for two games with a Saturday, Feb. 7 game at Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. (Central), on either ESPN or ESPN2, and a Tuesday, Feb. 10, contest at Texas Tech at 8 p.m., on ESPN2. The Jayhawks will return to Allen Fieldhouse on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, to host Baylor at 12 p.m., on CBS.
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