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Kansas-Iowa State basketball preview

P No. Iowa State Ht. Yr. PPG
F 31 Georges Niang 6-7 So. 15.4
F 3 Melvin Ejim 6-6 Sr. 17.9
F 22 Dustin Hogue 6-6 Jr. 11.9
G 15 Naz Long 6-4 So. 7.7
G 50 DeAndre Kane 6-4 Sr. 16.3
P No. Kansas Ht. Yr. PPG
F 34 Perry Ellis 6-8 So. 12.9
C 21 Joel Embiid 7-0 Fr. 11.2
G 22 Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. 15.8
G 1 Wayne Selden 6-5 Fr. 9.9
G 10 Naadir Tharpe 5-11 Jr. 9.0

• WHEN/ WHERE: 8 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence


• ABOUT IOWA STATE (15-3, 3-3 Big 12) : Did Kansas stifle Iowa State, or did the Cyclones just have a terrible shooting night? That’s a key question after Iowa State shot just four of 25 from three in a 77-70 loss to KU at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 13. Sophomore forward Georges Niang was the coldest player in the gym. Niang, who averages more than 15 points per game, was four of 20 from the field. It’s been a trend against Kansas. In four career games against KU, Niang is 20 of 62 (32 percent) from the field, including seven of 29 from behind the three-point line. Since the loss to KU, the Cyclones have shot 20 of 50 from three-point range. Iowa State ended a three-game losing streak with an 81-75 win against then-No. 22 K-State last Saturday in Ames. Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim leads the Big 12 at 17.9 points per game and has scored 10-plus in 20 straight games. The Cyclones are in search of their first victory at Allen Fieldhouse since 2005.

• ABOUT KANSAS (15-4, 6-0 Big 12): After a 6-0 start in the Big 12, the Jayhawks can put some more distance between themselves and another challenger with a home victory. And it may be time to start talking about how the Jayhawks’ offense is carrying a large part of the load. After a 91-69 victory at TCU on Saturday, the Jayhawks are averaging 1.19 points per possession. From an efficiency standpoint, it’s the second-best KU offense of the Bill Self era, behind only the 2008 team that won the NCAA title. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds in the victory at Iowa State, one rebound shy of the KU freshman record held by Eric Chenowith. Wiggins is coming off a career-high 27-point performance against TCU. Freshman center Joel Embiid also dominated the first time against Iowa State, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. The Jayhawks have won four straight and 17 of 18 against Iowa State after their win in Ames.

• BOTTOM LINE: Kansas is trying to go 7-0 in conference play for the third straight season and the sixth time in the Self era. It’s a bad matchup for Iowa State, which has nobody inside to contain Embiid. Then again, most teams don’t.