8 p.m. Monday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa
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•ABOUT IOWA STATE (14-0, 2-1 Big 12):
The biggest question surrounding the Cyclones is the health of senior guard DeAndre Kane, who sprained his ankle in the second half of an 87-82 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. It was Iowa State’s first loss of the season, but the loss of Kane for Monday could be even worse. A senior transfer from Marshall, Kane is averaging 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said Sunday that Kane would be a “game-time decision” and they will exercise caution while deciding whether he can play. With Kane, Iowa State has been one of the nation’s biggest surprises. They rank 15th in the country in offensive efficiency and 24th in defense. Sophomore forward Georges Niang, who averages 15.3 points per game, was a prep-school teammate of KU’s Wayne Selden at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. Leading scorer Melvin Ejim is from the Toronto area, growing up near Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins.
•ABOUT KANSAS (11-4, 2-0):
The Jayhawks looked dominant while dismantling Kansas State 86-60 on Saturday, but that kind of performance has become routine in Lawrence. A victory inside the hostile environs of Hilton Coliseum would be a major Big 12 statement. After Saturday’s victory, KU moved up to seventh in the country in offensive efficiency, averaging 1.18 points per possession. For now, it’s the best KU offense since the 2009-2010 season, but KU’s defensive numbers are still down. The Jayhawks rank 31st in defense after being in the top 12 for the last eight seasons. KU freshman guard Wayne Selden has found his stride during Big 12 play, averaging 22 points and hitting eight of 15 from three-point range in two games. Kansas is 18-3 against Iowa State during the Bill Self era and 8-1 in its last nine trips to Hilton Coliseum. The Jayhawks’ last loss in Ames came on Jan. 28, 2012.
The Hilton Magic of old has been revived under Hoiberg, and KU will be walking into a madhouse in Ames. The injury to Kane adds intrigue, though, and this young KU team has experience in hostile climates after trips to Colorado and Florida.