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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cyclones improved shooting, but not enough to beat KU

Kansas players Joel Embiid, left, and Perry Ellis defend against a shot from Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas players Joel Embiid, left, and Perry Ellis defend against a shot from Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Bill Self discusses KU's home win over Iowa State

Bill Self discusses KU's home win over Iowa State

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Andrew Wiggins, Naadir Tharpe and Perry Ellis discuss home win vs. ISU

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Iowa State's Georges Niang, DeAndre Kane and Fred Hoiberg credit KU for strong showing in 92-81 win

Iowa State's Georges Niang, DeAndre Kane and Fred Hoiberg credit KU for strong showing in 92-81 win.

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Kansas 92, Iowa State 81

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After suffering a seven-point home loss to Kansas two weeks ago, the Iowa State Cyclones walked away stewing over a 31-percent shooting performance that included an ugly mark of 4-of-25 from three-point range.

It stands to reason then, to think that the Cyclones entered Wednesday's rematch at Allen Fieldhouse believing that if they just could shoot better, they would have a good shot at winning.

Didn't happen. Iowa State did shoot better — 48 percent from the floor and 10-of-26 from three-point range. Much better, in fact. But so did Kansas, which shot 52 percent from the floor and fought off several Cyclone charges in the final 30 minutes to win, 92-81, and improve to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in Big 12 play.

“I think we did everything better tonight than we did at home,” said ISU's Georges Niang, who led the Cyclones with 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting. “Tonight we were back to our old selves.”

KU coach Bill Self said the Iowa State that played the final 30 minutes on Wednesday was as good a team as the Jayhawks had played all year. That team battled back from a 30-14 deficit early to trail just 46-43 at halftime. It also trimmed KU's lead to a single point late in the game.

But a couple of timely Kansas runs — the one to open the game, another at the start of the second half and the knockout blow in the waning minutes — proved to be too many hills for Iowa State to climb.

“They came out on fire,” ISU coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I've been in this building enough as a player, a coach and a scout, and it happens. Pretty much every game.”

Because of that, Niang and ISU point guard DeAndre Kane (22 points) were quick to credit KU's performance.

“We got down early, but we battled back,” Niang said. “They made some tough shots to beat us, so kudos to them. They played a hell of a game, especially (Andrew) Wiggins.”

The KU freshman poured in a career-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting and was the focal point of a 6-0 spurt that turned a three-point game into a nine-point Kansas cushion with under three minutes to play. The play that sparked it was an intentional foul that gave Wiggins two free throws and Kansas the ball.

“It looked, to me, like Dustin (Hogue) was trying to prevent a layup,” Hoiberg said. “I didn't get to see a replay of it, but it was a big play.”

Added Niang: “That (intentional) call was a big call. I'm not saying it was a bad call at all. That's when they took off.”

The victory was the 19th in the past 21 games for Kansas against Iowa State. Perhaps more importantly, it was KU's seventh consecutive victory and further tightened the Jayhawks' choke hold on the Big 12 Conference race. Asked if he thought KU could run the table in conference play this season, Hoiberg wasted no time before answering.

“Sure. I think so,” he said. “If they're hitting shots like that, that's going to be a tough, tough team to beat.” 

Comments

Nick Rushton 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you notice all the easy buckets ISU got in the paint? Wiggs is our best lock-down defender and JoJo is the enforcer down low, but the rest of the team needs to start taking it personally! I know HCBS is focused on this as an area of improvement and I believe we will get better in this department. Isn't it interesting how scoring comes much more easily to young players than lock-down defense does? I guess that's what video games and SportsCenter Top 10 will do to a young person!

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Mick Allen 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Suzi, I did qualify my comment by saying certainly some of the turnovers are unforced. Also it was Frank not Nadiir that threw the behind the back bounce pass to Traylor who was positioned behind Frank. Traylor made a valiant effort to corral the pass before it went back court, leading to an easy ISU run out. Both Frank and Nadiir should delete that pass from their repertoire. The behind the back pass can be the appropriate pass on the break where we have numbers, but not 25 to 30 feet from the hoop where it doesn't lead to a basket and we are merely just trying to get into our offense.

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Scott MacWilliams 2 months, 2 weeks ago

“They came out on fire,” ISU coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I've been in this building enough as a player, a coach and a scout, and it happens. Pretty much every game.”

Thanks, Fred. Unfortunately, there have been a few blips over the years, but yeah, it's pretty much hammer time every time the Jayhawks take the floor at AFH. This years team has been SOOOO much fun to watch, I wish it would never end.

Rock Chalk, and on to Austin!!

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Suzi Marshall 2 months, 2 weeks ago

ANDREW WIGGINS!!!! That 44 second (3.27-2.49), 6 point stretch of domination with the game on the line was pure alpha-dog. He is the real deal and every bit worth the hype. Actually more than the hype because nobody said anything about his D. He was the only one that could guard Kane and wish Self had him on Kane the whole game. His only down spots were getting out hustled by Ejim on the put back rebound with about 8 minutes left and the outstanding feed to Ejim by Niang at 5:30. In only a few weeks, Wiggins has dramatically improved his J, especially his release. I get a thrill up my leg watching him perform.

ISU through their best game at us, only to lose by double digits. All the guys looked great with every starter scoring double digits. Embiid’s double-double with only 1 foul, which was not even a T. A dozen dimes for Tharpe. My man Ellis is getting his confidence back around the rim. I can’t wait to see the Hoop-Math.com stats. I bet we were in the 1.5 ppp range. We shot 51.6% for the game but felt like we could have gone for well over 60%.

The 14 TOs are a lot better, however, many of them were still of the unforced variety.

C’mon Hawks, keep up the great work but let’s tighten up the handle. On to Austin!

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