🏀 No. 7 Kansas to Play at No. 23 Iowa State Saturday

LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 7 Kansas (16-3, 4-2) men’s basketball plays at No. 23 Iowa State (15-4, 4-2) on Saturday, Jan. 27. Tip from Hilton Coliseum will be at 12:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on CBS.

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Kansas, Iowa State, Houston and Kansas State sit tied for second in the Big 12 standings at 4-2, a half-game behind league leader Texas Tech (4-1).

Iowa State will be the sixth Associated Press ranked team Kansas will face in 2023-24. KU is 4-1 versus ranked foes this season, including 3-1 against Top-10 teams.

In its last outing, Kansas defeated Cincinnati, 74-69, on ESPN Big Monday on Jan. 22. The Jayhawks have won three of their last four games. Iowa State defeated Kansas State, 78-67, on Jan. 24 to improve to 12-0 at home this season. The Cyclones have won four of their last five outing.

Kansas enters the Iowa State contest averaging 79.2 points per game with a plus-11.5 scoring margin. The Jayhawks pull down 36.8 rebounds per outing with a plus-4.2 rebound margin. Kansas leads the nation in assists per game at 20.8. KU leads the Big 12 and is fourth nationally in field goal percentage (50.8%). KU also averages 7.6 steals and 4.3 blocked shots per contest.

On most every mid-season All-America team, graduate G Kevin McCullar Jr. leads the Big 12 in scoring at 20.0 points per game, which is 26th nationally. His two triple-doubles are the most amongst the NCAA. McCullar also leads KU with 30 three-point field goals made. His 6.3 rebounds per game are second on the team and he ranks in 11 Big 12 statistical categories.

A Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 selection, senior C Hunter Dickinson leads the Big 12 and is fifth nationally in rebounds per game at 11.1. His 10 double-doubles lead the Big 12 and are eighth nationally. A five-time Big 12 weekly award honoree this season, Dickinson is the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double. He also leads KU with 27 blocked shots and has 23 steals.

Junior F KJ Adams Jr. leads the Big 12 and is 18th nationally in field goal percentage at 62.3%. Adams is averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in Big 12 play and 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for the season. He has 60 assists in 2023-24.

Redshirt-senior G Dajuan Harris Jr. leads the Big 12 with 6.8 assists per game, which is eighth nationally. Harris averages 7.1 points per contest and has a team-high 31 steals.

Freshman G Johnny Furphy (7.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 25 threes made) is coming off his first career double-double where he had a career-highs in points, with 23, and rebounds, with 11, against Cincinnati (1/22). Furphy has started the last four games and is averaging 14.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg with 10 threes made in that span.

Other KU regulars include freshman G Elmarko Jackson (4.7 ppg, 43 assists, 15 starts), graduate-senior G Nicolas Timberlake (3.8 ppg, 13 3FGs), graduate-senior F Parker Braun (2.6 ppg, 15 blocked shots) and freshman G Jamari McDowell (1.6 ppg).

Kansas returns home to host Oklahoma State on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Tip from Allen Fieldhouse will be at 8 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Kansas leads the overall series with Oklahoma State, 124-60, including a 66-12 record in Lawrence meetings, 52-10 in Allen Fieldhouse. Earlier this season, Kansas won at Oklahoma State, 90-66, on Jan. 16.