Two weeks ago today Iowa State led Kansas for nearly 30 minutes before falling at Allen Fieldhouse. Now, KU goes to Ames in an effort to avoid Iowa State’s “Hilton Magic.”
“Trust me, Iowa State should have our full attention after the way they handled us for 25 minutes, or whatever it was, at our place,” coach Bill Self said. “I think we’ll go up there and Hilton Coliseum will be rocking pretty good and we’re going to have to play the best road game we’ve played all year, I would think, to have success.”
The fifth-ranked Jayhawks (17-3, 7-0 Big 12) enter on a season-best 10-game winning streak, looking for their 14th straight win over Iowa State (15-6, 4-3). KU’s average margin of victory is 20.1 during the winning streak.
In the first meeting, Iowa State led by as much as 12 points in the second-half before KU used a 17-2 run to take control.
“(This is) definitely a redemption game for us,” said forward “Rolls” Royce White, who had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the last matchup. “We feel like after that first one, we were upset with ourselves and we kind of gave the game away. It’s a redemption game for us, we definitely wanna go out here and get it.”
White, the Minnesota transfer, is all-everything for Iowa State, leading in scoring (13.4), rebounding (9.6), assists (4.5), steals (1.2) and blocks (1.2), but has been abysmal at the free throw line, airballing two against Missouri and Texas, where he went 1-9 at the line.
“We know we can play with them. It’s just about if we can get up, sustaining the lead, withstanding some of their runs, and just the things that go into a big-time game between two good teams.”
Kansas begins its toughest stretch of the season. In the next 18 days, Kansas will travel to Missouri, Baylor and Kansas State.
“I don’t think there’s any question that this is the toughest stretch of our season starting out right now,” Self said. “You’ve got Iowa State, Missouri, Baylor (and Kansas State) as our next four road games and, statistically, those are the four teams that are the best in the league.”
The Cyclones are 0-3 versus Top 25 foes this season and have dropped 13 consecutive home matchups with ranked opponents — the last five by seven points or less.
Iowa State hasn’t beaten Kansas since a 63-61 victory in overtime on Feb. 19, 2005.
|Avg Points Allowed||60.1||66.6|
|Points||T. Robinson 17.8||R. White 13.4|
|Rebounds||T. Robinson 12.0||R. White 9.6|
|Assists||T. Taylor 5.0||R. White 4.5|
|Steals||E. Johnson 1.6||R. White 1.2|
|Blocks||J. Withey 3.3||R. White 1.2|
|Team Stats: Kansas | Iowa State|
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In football news, Brock Berglund, won his NCAA appeal and will be released from scholarship and allowed to transfer. Berglund was dismissed from the team by Charlie Weis but was not allowed to transfer.
“This wasn’t about whether or not you give a kid permission to contact other schools, it’s about doing it the way everybody else does it,” Weis said. “Everybody should follow the same protocol. One guy shouldn’t be able to just send emails and just try to make phone calls.”
Other football links…
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Lawrence Journal-World: Weis looks to shore up QB reserves
ESPN Big 12 Blog: Big 12 recruiting needs in 2012
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