Kansas served notice Monday night that the road to the Big 12 Conference basketbakk championship, as it has for the past decade, still goes through Lawrence, Kan. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks notched their second league road victory, and they did so at Iowa State, one of the toughest places for a visiting team anywhere in college basketball.
Less than a week ago, Iowa State (14-2, 2-2) was one of the only unbeaten teams in college basketball, and in just two-days time, the Cyclones have dropped two ganes, at Oklahoma on Saturday and again – surprisingly even more convincingly – at home Monday night, 77-70, to surging Kansas, now 3-0 in conferene play.
Iowa State was in catchup mode all night. as the Jayhawk super freshmen proved too much for the more veteran Cyclones to handle. Kansas shot 49 percent from the field for the game, while the high-scoring Iowa State offense was never quite able to get on track. Kansas held the Cyclones to 31 percent shooting, and the Cyclones were woeful from long range for a second straight game. ISU connected on juct four of 25 for the game. That followed a six-for -6 outing last Saturday at Oklahoma.
Here, in a nutshell, are a few of the more noteworthy things to come 0ut of Monday night’s Kansas-Iowa State contest that you may not have seen or heard elsewhere:
- Both Kansas and Iowa State were ranked coming into this game, but Iowa State was the higher-ranked team (8 vs, 15 in the latest AP poll; 10 vs. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll).
- The nation’s No. 1 freshman recruit, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, scored 17 points in the game, but even more impressive, he pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds.
- Monday night’s win over Iowa State, the fourth straight for the Jayhawks over the Cyclones, was Kansas’ 50th victory on ESPN’s “Big Monday” broadcasts. Kansas is now 50-16 all-time in Big Monday games.
- Kansas coach Bill Self is now 20-3 all-time against Iowa State.
- Four diferent Kansas starters scored in the first three minutes of the game, staking KU to a 9-2 lead. The Jayhawks also scored the first nine points of the second half after the two teams were tied 36-36 at the half.
- Iowa State shot 24.3 percent in the second half, a season low for a half.
- Iowa State equaled a season high with 12 steals in the game.
- Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane, who was questionable to play in the game because of an ankle injury suffered late in the game at Oklahoma on Saturday, poured in 21 points against Kansas. That is Iowa State’s leading scorer’s sixth 20-point game of the season.
- Kansas gave up a season-high 27 points off of turnovers. That is the most this season by the Jayhawks. KU committed 24 turnovers in the game and still won handily.
- Iowa State lives on three-point shots. The Cyclones have attempted more threes (399) than any team in the conference. They made four of 25 vs. Kansas, the fewest three-point field goals ISU has made in a game all season.
- Seven-foot freshman Joel Embiid of Kansas terrorized Iowa State on both ends of thye floor on Monday night. Embiid scored 16 points, had nine rebounds and blocked five shots. He also received a flagrant-one foul for throwing an elbow.
“I think Embiid is the best player in the country,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. “He’s huge. He’s goit great length. he can shoot, he’s got incredible footwork and he’s been playing the game for about two years.”
“We’re just comfortable,” said Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. “As a team, we’re getting better every day. Our chemistry is getting better, and the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.”
- “We’re just