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No. 6 Kansas to Host No. 16 Iowa State Wednesday in Men's Hoops

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No. 6/7 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) returns home to host No. 16/18Iowa State (15-3, 3-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. The Jayhawksare coming off a 91-69 win at TCU, which kept them the only team in the Big 12race to remain undefeated in league play. Iowa State ended a three-game losingstreak with an 81-75 win against No. 22 Kansas State Saturday in Ames.

ABOUT KANSAS
Kansas averages 79.6 points per game and has a +10.4 scoring margin. KU hasoutrebounded 16 of 19 opponents, including five of six conference contests, andholds a +7.3 rebound margin after its 40-24 rebound advantage at TCU. KU boastsa league-best 51.0 field goal percentage, which checks in among the top-threein the country, and has shot 50 percent or better in five of its last six games.In all, KU has outshot 17 of its 19 opponents in 2013-14.

Coming off a career-high 27 points at TCU (1/25), freshman G AndrewWiggins leads Kansas with a 15.8 scoring average, which also leadsthe Big 12 freshman class and is ninth overall in the conference. Wiggins is59-of-69 (85.5 percent) from the free throw line in his last 11 games after his9-for-10 charity shots at TCU. He has made 22 threes this season, and is tiedfor the team lead with 17 steals. Wiggins' 6.0 rebound average is third on theteam. Sophomore F PerryEllis is next in scoring at 12.9 points per game, tied for 16th inthe league. Ellis had a team-high 18 points against Baylor (1/20) and has five20-point games in 2013-14, while his 6.8 rebound average is second on the teamand 12th in the Big 12. He pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds at TCU.Freshman C JoelEmbiid has a team-high 53 blocked shots, including a KU and Big 12freshman-record eight versus Oklahoma State (1/18). A two-time Big 12 Newcomerof the Week and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (1/21),Embiid's 2.8 blocked shots per game average is tied for the conference lead.Embiid is tied with Wiggins for the team-lead in steals with 17, while his 7.4rebounds per game are a team best and rank ninth in the conference. Embiid isshooting 66.7 percent from the field, averaging 11.2 points per game and hasthree double-doubles in his last eight games. Freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr.,earned National Freshman of the Week accolades by multiple outlets afteraveraging 22 points in KU's first two league games. He is averaging 13.2 pointsin Big 12 play and 9.9 in all games. He has two 20-point efforts this seasonand his 23 three-pointers are second most on the team as are his 48 assists.Like Selden, junior G NaadirTharpe has also posted back-to-back 20-point efforts in conferenceplay. Facing top-10 teams, Tharpe scored 23 points at then-No. 8 Iowa State(1/13) and followed that with 21 versus No. 9 Oklahoma State (1/18), whichearned him Big 12 and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week accolades(1/21). Tharpe is scoring 9.0 points per game and his 5.1 assists rank fourthin the Big 12 and his 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is third.

Freshman G FrankMason averages 6.8 points per game and is third on the team with 47assists. Sophomore F JamariTraylor leads KU with a 73.0 field goal percentage and is averaging4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Other contributors off the benchinclude senior F TarikBlack (3.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg), freshman G BrannenGreene (2.5 ppg), freshman G ConnerFrankamp (1.8 ppg) and redshirt freshman F LandenLucas (2.0 ppg).

ABOUT IOWA STATE
Located in Ames, Iowa, with an enrollment of 33,241, Iowa State opened the year14-0, but have lost three of its last four and bring a 15-3 record to AllenFieldhouse. The Cyclones are coached by Fred Hoiberg who is 77-42 in his fourthseason at ISU, his first head coaching stint. Iowa State leads the Big 12 inscoring offense (84.8), assists (18.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) andthree-point field goals made (8.7). The Cyclones have a +14.3 scoring marginand a +1.4 rebound margin. To accumulate their 8.7 threes a game, the Cyclonesattempt 24.9 threes per contest.

Senior F Melvin Ejim leads the Big 12 in scoring at 17.9 points per game. His7.3 rebound average is second best on the team and 10th in the league. Senior GDeAndre Kane is next in scoring at 16.3 points per game, good for eighth in theleague. He is third for ISU, and 11th in the Big 12, in rebounds with a 7.1 pergame average. Kane is second in the conference in assists with 5.8 per game.Kane has a team-high 28 steals. Sophomore G Georges Niang averages 15.4 pointsand 4.2 rebounds per game. He is second on the team with 66 assists. Junior FDustin Hogue is second in the Big 12 in rebound average at 9.3 rpg tocomplement his 11.9 scoring average. Hogue shoots a team-best 54.5 percent fromthe field and his nine blocked shots are tied with Niang for the team lead.Freshman G Matt Thomas (6.7 ppg) rounds out the ISU starters. His 27three-pointers are second most on the team.

Sophomore G Naz Long leads ISU with 34 three-pointers made. He is scoring 7.7points per game and his 42.0 three-point field goal percentage is fifth in theBig 12. Freshman G Monte Morris is a regular who scores 6.3 points per game. Heis third on the team with 53 assists and second with 20 steals.

THE SERIES
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 174-59, dating back to 1908,and has won four straight and 17 of the last 18 meetings after its 77-70 win onJan. 13 in Ames. ISU's last win was Jan. 28, 2012, 72-64 in Hilton Coliseum.Kansas holds an 89-15 advantage in games played in Lawrence, including a 48-9lead in Allen Fieldhouse (AFH). KU has won the last eight meetings with ISU inAFH beginning in 2006. The last ISU win in AFH was 63-61 overtime contest onFeb. 19, 2005. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 30-8 against IowaState with a 27-8 record in regular-season play and a 3-0 mark in the Phillips66 Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Selfis 20-3 all-time versus Iowa State, including 19-3 while at KU, while ISU'sFred Hoiberg is 1-7 all-time against KU. Expect a close one as since Hoiberg's arrivalat ISU, four of the last six meetings have been decided by nine points or lesswith two of those in overtime, both being last season's regular-seasonmatchups.

Earlier this season, NaadirTharpe scored a career-high 23 points as then-No. 15 Kansas defeatedthen-No. 8 Iowa State, 77-70, on ESPN Big Monday to improve to 12-4 and 3-0 inBig 12 play. AndrewWiggins added 17 points and his 19 rebounds in the game were a careerbest and one shy of the KU freshman record of 20 held by Eric Chenowith. KUoutrebounded ISU 53-36 in the victory.

WHAT'S TRENDING

  • Kansas is 12-1 when shooting 50 percent or better in the game and has eclipsed the 50 percent field goal percentage in each of its last three games and five of six Big 12 games.
  • In 12 of KU's 15 victories, the Jayhawks have scored at least 80 points.
  • KU has outrebounded 16 of its 19 opponents this season, including five Big 12 contests. KU has nine games with a +10 rebound advantage. Its +17 at Iowa State (1/13) was a season best and its +16 at TCU (1/25) tied for second. KU has a +10 rebound advantage in six of its last 10 contests.
  • KU has held all but one opponent (Duke, 51.7) under 50 percent shooting this season.
  • Junior G Naadir Tharpe is shooting 80.0 percent (16-for-20) from the field in his last four games, including 8-for-10 (80 percent) from three-point range with a 16.7 ppg over that span. Tharpe has topped the team in assists 12 times, including three of six Big 12 contests.
  • Sophomore F Perry Ellis has shot 60 percent or better in 10 games this season and the Jayhawks are 10-0 in those contests.
  • Freshman C Joel Embiid has 44 blocked shots in his last 13 games including a KU and Big 12-tying freshman eight against Oklahoma State (1/18). His 53 blocked shots third on the Kansas freshman list and nine from No. 1.
  • Freshman G Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 27 points at TCU (1/25) on 8-of-13 (61.5 percent), his fourth 60 percent or better shooting game of the season. He leads the Big 12 freshman class in scoring (15.8 ppg) and has made 80 percent or better from the free throw line in eight games.
  • Freshman G Frank Mason is 7-for-8 (88.8 percent) from the field in his last two games. Shooting 44.2 percent for the season, Mason has shot 50 percent or better in six of his last seven games. He is 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) in his last four contests.
  • Sophomore F Jamari Traylor is 7-for-8 from the field and 7-for-9 from the line in his last three games, which included a career-high nine points against Oklahoma State (1/18). Traylor is 21-for-26 (80.8 percent) from the field in his last 12 games. He had six rebounds versus Baylor (1/20) and has pulled down five or more rebounds in seven games this season.
  • Freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr. has made at least one three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 games.
  • Senior F Tarik Black is 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) from the field in his last four games.
  • Freshman G Brannen Greene has 14 points in his last three games. He is 5-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range in that span.


FRESHMEN IMPACT
Kansas starts three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Frequently, Kansas willhave four freshmen in the game at the same time. At TCU, and occasionally,there will be five frosh on the floor for the Jayhawks. In Kansas' win at TCU,Jayhawk freshmen accounted for 75 of KU's 91 points (82.4 percent). For theseason, the KU freshmen account for three of Kansas' top four scorers and 63.2percent of the scoring, 54.4 percent of the rebounding and 66.7 percent of theblocked shots.

IN THE POLLS
Last week, Kansas climbed back into the Associated Press top 10, currently atNo. 6 in the poll released Jan. 27. The Jayhawks were in the AP top 10 thefirst five polls of 2013-14 and seven total in 2013-14. This week, KU movedback into the USA Today Coaches' poll, currently tied for No. 7 withLouisville. In the Bill Selfera, this is the 163rd week Kansas has been ranked in the AP top 25, whichincludes 114 times in the top 10. KU has been ranked in each of the last 97polls dating back to the 2008-09 season. In the coaches' poll, Kansas has beenranked 190 times, including 138 in the top 10 in the Self era. KU has been listedin each of the last 101 coaches' polls.

KANSAS VS. RANKED FOES UNDER BILL SELF
No. 16 Iowa State will be the eighth ranked team Kansas has faced in 2013-14.The Jayhawks are 5-2 against ranked foes this season. Kansas has played 80games against Associated Press-ranked opponents in the 10-plus seasons underhead coach Bill Self.Last year, Kansas went 5-2 against ranked foes. Under Self, KU is 53-28 (65.4percent) against ranked competition. That percentage has an upward trend sincethe 2007-08 season as the Jayhawks are 43-18 (70.5 percent) versus ranked foes.

WHO SCHEDULED THIS
In the latest RPI released by the NCAA (1/27), Kansas is No. 1 ahead ofArizona. The Jayhawks have the No. 1 strength of schedule and have faced, orwill face, eight teams currently ranked in the Associated Press - No. 3Florida, No. 5 San Diego State, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Villanova, No. 16Iowa State, No. 17 Duke, No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 25 Texas.

UP NEXT
Kansas will take a two-game road trip to the Lone Star State when the Jayhawksplay at No. 25 Texas on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. on ESPN. KU will thentravel to Baylor on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The Jayhawks returnhome to host West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

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