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January 8, 2013

A Closer Look At The Iowa State Cyclones

Riding an 11 game winning streak, No. 6 ranked Kansas (12-1; 0-0) opens up Big 12 play at home against Iowa State (10-3; 0-0) on Wednesday night.

Iowa State: The Facts

Located in Ames, Iowa, with an enrollment of 31,040, Iowa State is 10-3 on the season and brings a four-game winning streak to Allen Fieldhouse. Iowa State legend Fred Hoiberg, who in 2012 was the co-Big 12 Coach of the Year along with Kansas' Bill Self, is in his first head coaching position and has a 49-30 record in his third season at Iowa State.

Iowa State leads the Big 12 in scoring at 82.0 points per game and has a +15.0 scoring margin. The Cyclones also lead the conference in rebounding at 43.4 boards per game and rebound margin at +10.8. ISU averages 16.8 assists and 8.2 steals per contest and shoots 45.8 percent from the field, including 35.8 percent from three-point range.

Iowa State has a balanced team with six Cyclones scoring nine or more points per game. Additionally, those six also have 12 or more steals in 2012-13. Redshirt senior guard Will Clyburn leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game and in free throw percentage at 81.5 percent. He is second on the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and 34 assists.

Senior guard Tyrus McGee, who comes off the bench, leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 48.1 percent and three-pointers made with a 2.9 trey per game average.

McGee scores 13.4 points per contest and leads the team with 19 steals. Freshman forward Georges Niang also comes off the bench and he is averaging 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Junior forward Melvin Ejim is second in the conference with 9.4 rebounds per outing to complement his 10.5 scoring average.

Redshirt senior guard Korie Lucious leads ISU in assists with a 5.4 apg average, which is third in the Big 12. He is scoring 9.7 points per game and is second on the team with 24 three-pointers made.

Joining Clyburn, Ejim and Lucious in the starting lineup are redshirt senior guard Chris Babb (9.2 ppg) and sophomore center Percy Gibson (7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg). Gibson leads the team with 13 blocked shots this season. Redshirt senior forward Anthony Booker (5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 11 blocked shots) rounds out the ISU regulars.

Kansas vs. Iowa State: The Series

Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 171-59, dating back to 1908 and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings. KU holds an 88-15 advantage in games played in Lawrence, including a 47-9 record versus Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have defeated the Cyclones seven-straight times in Allen Fieldhouse since 2006. Iowa State is one of only seven teams to have won in Allen Fieldhouse during the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04.

The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 63-61 on Feb. 19, 2005. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 26-8 against Iowa State with a 24-8 record in regular-season play and a 2-0 mark in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

A closer look at the Iowa State Cyclones

#0 Maurice Jones: 5-foot-7, 155-pound guard (Jr.)

#1 Bubu Palo: 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard (R Jr.)

#2 Chris Babb: 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard (R Sr.)

#3 Melvin Ejim: 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward (Jr.)

#4 Sherron Dorsey-Walker: 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard (Fr.)

#5 Cameron Fowler: 6-foot-0, 165-pound guard (Fr.)

#10 Aaron Law: 5-foot-11, 175-pound guard (R Fr.)

#11 Nkereuwem Okoro: 6-foot-5, 230-pound guard (Fr.)

#12 Austin McBeth: 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard (Sr.)

#13 Korie Lucious: 5-foot-11, 170-pound (R Sr.)

#15 Naz Long: 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard (Fr.)

#21 Will Clyburn: 6-foot-7, 210-pound guard (R Sr.)

#22 Anthony Booker: 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward (R Sr.)

#24 Percy Gibson: 6-foot-9, 260-pound center (So.)

#25 Tyrus McGee: 6-foot-2, 205-pound guard

#31 Georges Niang: 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward (Fr.)

#33 Tyler Ellerman: 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward (Jr.)


Iowa State Season Statistics

Record: 10-3

Home Record: 8-0

Away Record: 1-2

Neutral Record: 1-1

Big 12 Conference Record: 0-0

National Ranking: NR

Wins: Southern, Alabama A&M, Campbell (Global Sports Classic), North Carolina A&T (Global Sports Classic), BYU (Color it Cardinal), Florida Gulf Coast, Omaha, Drake (Hy-Vee Big Four Classic in Des Moines, Iowa), @ UMKC, Yale

Losses: Cincinnati (Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.), @ UNLV (Global Sports Classic), Iowa (Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series in Iowa City, Iowa)

Upcoming games: @ Kansas, Texas, West Virginia, @ TCU, @ Texas Tech, Kansas State, @ Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, @ Kansas State, @ Texas, TCU, @ Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas, @ Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, @ West Virginia


Scoring Leaders:

Will Clyburn: 13.4

Tyrus McGee: 13.4

Georges Niang: 10.8

Melvin Ejim: 10.5

Korie Lucious: 9.7

Chris Babb: 9.2
Rebounding Leaders:

Melvin Ejim: 9.2

Will Clyburn: 7.4

Georges Niang: 5.4

Anthony Booker: 4.4

Tyrus McGee: 4.1

Percy Gibson: 4.0


Assist Leaders:

Korie Lucious: 5.4

Will Clyburn: 2.6

Chris Babb: 2.5

Tyrus McGee: 1.9

Georges Niang: 1.9


Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Georges Niang: 52-of-100 (52.0%)

Melvin Ejim: 54-of-106 (50.9%)

Tyrus McGee: 59-of-124 (47.6%)

Will Clyburn: 59-of-136 (43.4%)

Chris Babb: 35-of-89 (39.3%)

Korie Lucious: 43-of-123 (35.0%)


3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Tyrus McGee: 38-of-79 (48.1%)

Melvin Ejim: 8-of-21 (38.1%)

Korie Lucious: 24-of-70 (34.3%)

Chris Babb: 19-of-57 (33.3%)

Georges Niang: 8-of-24 (33.3%)

Will Clyburn: 12-of-44 (27.3%)


Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Will Clyburn: 53-of-65 (81.5%)

Korie Lucious: 16-of-20 (80.0%)

Tyrus McGee: 18-of-25 (72.0%)

Chris Babb: 12-of-17 (70.6%)

Georges Niang: 29-of-45 (64.4%)

Melvin Ejim: 20-of-35 (57.1%)


Iowa State Offensive Averages:

Scoring: 1,066 (82.0 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +15.0

Field Goal %: 46 (387-of-845)

3-Point FG %: 36 (118-of-330)

3-Pont FG's Made Per Game: 9.1

Free-throw %: 69 (174-of-253)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 13.4

Rebounds: 564 (43.4 per game)

Rebound Margin: +10.8

Assists: 219 (16.8 per game)

Turnovers: 194 (14.9 per game)

Turnover Margin: +0.3

Steals: 106 (8.2 per game)

Blocks: 54 (4.2 per game)


Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 871 (67.0 PPG)

Field Goal %: 40 (308-of-770)

3-Point FG %: 30 (77-of-256)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 5.9

Free-throw %: 76 (178-of-235)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 13.7

Rebounds: 423 (32.5 per game)

Assists: 171 (13.2 per game)

Turnovers: 198 (15.2 per game)

Steals: 98 (7.5 per game)

Blocks: 37 (2.8 per game)


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