Feb 2, 2013; Ames IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Will Clyburn (21) rebounds the basketball against the Baylor Bears in the second half at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State beat Baylor 79-71. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Men's Basketball: Iowa State Game Preview


On Monday night at 8:00 pm. central time, the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will be facing Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. The game is scheduled to be televised by ESPN.

Kansas is 23-4 and 11-3 in Big 12 play after defeating TCU on Saturday. The Cyclones are now 19-8 and 9-5 in conference. Iowa State is looking good for the NCAA tournament. A win over Kansas would make the team look even better to the selection committee.

Senior guard Will Clyburn leads the way, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists per game. Fellow senior guard Tyrus McGee chips in with 13 points and four rebounds. Up front, Iowa State has one of league’s better forwards in Melvin Ejim. Ejim is averaging about 12 points and ten rebounds per game. Korie Luscious leads the team with six assists.

Iowa State fought Kansas hard in the team’s earlier meeting, kicking off conference play for both teams on Jan. 16th. Kansas defeated Iowa State, 97-89 in overtime. The Cylcones have won their last three games this season, in preparation for a rematch with the Jayhawks, easily defeating Texas Tech on Saturday.

Kansas is back to looking like one of the nation’s elite teams after a mid-season slump that included three straight losses. Center Jeff Withey is leading the way for the Jayhawks. The starters should be rested and ready to go after an easy win over TCU, that earned the bench some playing time. This game is important for both teams, as Kansas looks to keep pace with Kansas State at the top and Iowa State needs the win.

 

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