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Getting to know: Iowa State basketball

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) rejects a shot from Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton (5) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) rejects a shot from Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton (5) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Iowa State sits at the bottom of the Big 12 standings but the Cyclones have a different look when they are playing at home. In their last three home games, they’ve beat a ranked opponent (Texas Tech, West Virginia and Oklahoma).

Kansas will look to solve the mystery of playing at Hilton Coliseum when the two schools meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday (TV: ESPN2).

The Cyclones (13-11, 4-8 Big 12) could be without point guard Nick Weiler-Babb, who has missed the last four games with left knee tendinitis. Weiler-Babb practiced for the first time in a few weeks Monday and Steve Prohm said he was considered questionable to play.

“I would bet that they’re lazer focused,” ISU coach Steve Prohm told the Des Moines Register of KU. “They still have an opportunity to win the league — one game out of the lead with six to go — and they play Texas Tech again. … We’ll get their No. 1 best shot. I wouldn’t expect anything different.”

Fun fact: In Iowa State’s home wins over ranked Big 12 opponents, freshman forward Cameron Lard is averaging 18.3 points and 12 rebounds.

Series history: Kansas leads 180-64. The Jayhawks have a 25-21 record at Hilton Coliseum with ISU winning two of the last three games in Ames.

BREAKING DOWN IOWA STATE

TOP PLAYER

No. 5 — G Lindell Wigginton | 6-2, 188, fr.

Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton (5) dribbles the ball around Texas Tech's Brandone Francis (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas.

Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton (5) dribbles the ball around Texas Tech's Brandone Francis (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas.

Scoring at least 20 points in nine games this season, Wigginton is averaging a team-best 17.7 points in Big 12 play. He’s shooting 42.6 percent from the 3-point line against conference opponents and 37 percent on 2-point shots.

With Nick Weiler-Babb out with an injury, Wigginton has shifted into the team’s point guard. He’s dished 23 assists in the team’s last four games. From Nova Scotia, Wigginton played at Oak Hill Academy last year and was a prep school teammate of Billy Preston.

Against KU this season: Scored 27 points off 10 of 20 shooting (4 of 8 from 3) in 40 minutes with two steals, two rebounds and three turnovers.

  • “He’s just learning the position, really,” said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “It’s trial by fire throwing him out there. He’s growing. … Lindell is terrific. I could sit up here and go on and on. He’s a terrific player.”

SUPPORTING CAST

No. 4 — G Donovan Jackson | 6-2, 173, sr.

Iowa State guard Donovan Jackson (4) celebrates a three pointer during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Iowa State guard Donovan Jackson (4) celebrates a three pointer during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Known as a 3-point shooter and talented defender, Jackson is averaging 15.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting from deep in conference play. He leads the Big 12 by making 92.3 percent of his free throws. According to hoop-math.com, he’s only taken 30 of his 298 shot attempts at the rim. In the team’s four Big 12 wins, Jackson is averaging 15 points.

Against KU this season: Drilled 6 of 14 3-pointers, scoring 20 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

No. 2 — F Cameron Lard | 6-9, 225, r-fr.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) has a shot stuffed by Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) has a shot stuffed by Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A mid-season addition to the starting lineup, Lard has emerged as the team’s most consistent player in Big 12 play. He’s averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds against conference opponents, adding a team-high 34 steals. Extremely efficient at scoring in the paint, Lard is shooting 64 percent from the field this year, which is on pace to break the Big 12 freshman record.

Against KU this season: Recorded a double-double with 15 points (7 of 10 shooting) and 10 rebounds while committing seven turnovers.

No. 33 — F Solomon Young | 6-8, 245, so.

Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) shoots over Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) shoots over Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

The only returning starter from last season, Young is averaging 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in Big 12 play but has only scored in double figures in two of the team’s last eight games. In conference games, he’s shooting 48.6 percent from the floor with 10 steals and nine blocks. He has a 7-foot-1 wingspan, the longest on the team.

Against KU this season: In foul trouble for the entire game, Young only played 15 minutes and scored one point without a shot attempt.

ONE THING IOWA STATE DOES WELL

In its last four home games, all wins, Iowa State is shooting 49 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. They’ve proven they can score on tough defenses like Texas Tech and keep up with run-and-gun offense like Oklahoma. The Cyclones have an 11-0 record when shooting a better percentage than their opponent.

ONE AREA IOWA STATE STRUGGLES

Preferring to play fast and in transition, Iowa State isn’t efficient in its half-court offense. According to hoop-math.com, the Cyclones rank last in the Big 12 with a 47.5 shooting percentage when they aren’t shooting in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock.

MEET THE NEW RECRUITING CLASS

The Cyclones signed four players during the November early signing period, a class that ranks 11th in the nation by Rivals. They will add three players from Illinois: 6-foot-5 guard Talen Horton-Tucker (ranked 31st in the country), 6-6 forward Zion Griffin (ranked 84th) and 6-10 center George Conditt IV, plus Wisconsin native Tyrese Haliburton, a 6-5 point guard ranked 148th.

Along with the incoming freshmen, the Cyclones will add transfers Marial Shayok (averaged 8.9 points at Virginia) and Michael Jacobson (averaged 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds at Nebraska).

VEGAS SAYS…

Kansas by 6.5. Everyone knows about KU’s small margin for error this season, but it’s razor thin for the Cyclones. They need big nights from their top three scorers, but they are certainly capable of beating any team in the conference. I think Svi Mykhailiuk is the difference Tuesday, breaking out of his scoring slump from last week.

My prediction: Kansas 73, Iowa State 70. Bobby’s record vs. the spread: 13-11.

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Getting to know: Iowa State basketball

Iowa State forward Zoran Talley Jr. , left, forward Yankuba Sima (35) and forward Cameron Lard, right, reach for a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Iowa State forward Zoran Talley Jr. , left, forward Yankuba Sima (35) and forward Cameron Lard, right, reach for a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

After all of the great games between Kansas and Iowa State over the past few seasons, the Cyclones are rebuilding after losing their talented senior class last year.

Leading into Tuesday night’s matchup at Allen Fieldhouse (8 p.m., ESPN2), the Cyclones lost back-to-back overtime games against Texas and Oklahoma State. Iowa State (9-5, 0-3 in Big 12) is the only winless team remaining in conference play.

“Personnel-wise, they are (different),” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “They still run some of the same stuff and they run some really good stuff.”

The Cyclones won at Allen Fieldhouse last year — “The thing I remember is just everyone’s faces in the stands being shocked,” ISU guard Donovan Jackson said — but Self said he didn’t think KU (12-3, 2-1) players would need to use it as much motivation.

“That’s not something you circle and you froth at the mouth since last April because of one game,” Self said.

Iowa State is ranked 106th by KenPom, the lowest among Big 12 teams by more than 50 spots.

Fun fact: Iowa State senior Hans Brase, a 6-foot-9 forward off the bench, played against Kansas in the 2015 World University Games. Suiting up for Germany in the gold medal game, Brase had six points, six rebounds and three assists in an 84-77 overtime loss.

Series history: Kansas leads 179-64, which includes a 51-10 mark inside of Allen Fieldhouse. Seven of the last 13 games have been decided by nine points or less with three of those in overtime.

BREAKING DOWN IOWA STATE

TOP PLAYER

No. 4 — G Donovan Jackson | 6-2, 173, sr.

The Iowa State bench reacts after a big bucket by guard Donovan Jackson (4) over Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) late in overtime, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Iowa State bench reacts after a big bucket by guard Donovan Jackson (4) over Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) late in overtime, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A guard who prefers to mostly shoot 3-pointers, Jackson is averaging a team-best 16.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting. He’s knocked down 43.5 percent of his 3-pointers and is a Big 12-best 93 percent shooter at the free throw line.

He’s averaged 23.2 points in game played away from home. Jackson has scored at least 24 points in seven games this year, only behind Oklahoma’s Trae Young among Big 12 players.

Jackson, from Iowa Western CC, scored a career-high 30 points in an overtime loss to Oklahoma State last weekend. He’s made six threes in each of the last two games.

  • “I’m good with being a leader,” Jackson said. “I’ve always looked at myself as a leader. I can set the tone for everybody by how hard I work.”

SUPPORTING CAST

No. 5 — G Lindell Wigginton | 6-2, 188, fr.

Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) is fouled by Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton (5) as he shoots in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) is fouled by Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton (5) as he shoots in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Wigginton has scored 20 points in five of his last nine games. He’s averaging 14.8 points, which is the third-best freshman scoring average in school history while shooting 40.3 percent from the 3-point arc and 66.7 percent mark at the free-throw line.

From Oak Hill Academy, Wigginton was a prep school teammate of KU freshman Billy Preston and incoming 2018 recruit David McCormack. He’s originally from Nova Scotia and his brother, Rodell, played at Buffalo.

No. 01 — PG Nick Weiler-Babb | 6-5, 205, r-jr.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A stat-sheet stuffer, Weiler-Babb is averaging 12.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. He ranks sixth nationally in assists. Only three players since the 1992-93 season have averaged at least 12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal per game: Denzel Valentine, Kyle Collinsworth and Jesse Sanders.

Weiler-Babb (pronounced: WHY-LER) started his college career at Arkansas, transferring after his freshman season. His older brother, Chris Babb, played at Iowa State.

No. 2 — F Cameron Lard | 6-9, 225, r-fr.

A recent addition to the starting lineup, Lard is averaging 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game. He has blocked a team-best 23 shots and is shooting 63.8 percent from the field.

According to hoop-math.com, he converts on 84 percent of his shots at the rim. He started his high school career at Landry Walker High in New Orleans, the home of a few Kansas football players. He redshirted after arriving at Iowa State last January.

ONE THING IOWA STATE DOES WELL

The Cyclones are a solid rebounding team, which is helped by their front court depth off the bench. In Big 12 games, they lead the conference with 125 rebounds (41.7 per game). A big part of that is offensive rebounding, totaling 36 second-chance points through three conference games.

ONE AREA IOWA STATE STRUGGLES

The Cyclones have trouble creating good shots when they aren’t playing at a quick pace. According to hoop-math.com, Iowa State is only shooting 46 percent in its half-court offense, the worst mark in the Big 12. Part of that is problems at the 3-point line. In three conference games, the Cyclones are shooting 17 of 60 (28.3 percent) from behind the arc.

MEET THE COACH

Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm gets the attention of  forward Georges Niang (31) as he gets back on defense during the second half, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm gets the attention of forward Georges Niang (31) as he gets back on defense during the second half, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

Steve Prohm (rhymes with Rome) is in his third season with the Cyclones with an overall 56-28 record, guiding them to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to his time in Ames, Prohm was the head coach for four seasons at Murray State, finishing with a 104-29 record.

VEGAS SAYS…

Kansas by 16. After back-to-back games against ranked opponents, the Jayhawks should have a chance to catch their breath against the Cyclones. This seems like it would be a perfect time for bounce back performances from Malik Newman or Lagerald Vick, who both struggled last week.

My prediction: Kansas 89, Iowa State 71. Bobby’s record vs. the spread: 8-6.

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Getting to know: Iowa State basketball recruits

Iowa State guard Deonte Burton turns for a shot over Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State guard Deonte Burton turns for a shot over Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Hilton Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Editor’s note: With the Kansas Jayhawks past the halfway point of the Big 12 slate, this blog will take a look ahead at the future of Iowa State. If you missed it the first time around: Get to know Iowa State basketball.

In the first matchup, about two weeks ago, Kansas took full advantage of its size in a 76-72 victory over Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum.

The Jayhawks controlled the glass for a 41-24 rebounding edge while they received balanced scoring from Frank Mason III (16 points), Landen Lucas (14), Svi Mykhailiuk (13) and Carlton Bragg (10).

For the Cyclones, Monte Morris led with 23 points and Deonte Burton scored 21. They shot 44 percent from the field but were kept at an arm’s length for the majority of the second half before trying to make a couple of spurts in the final minutes.

Since facing the Jayhawks, the Cyclones have a 2-2 record with a road loss against Vanderbilt and home loss against West Virginia. In the past three games, Matt Thomas is averaging 19.3 points and has drilled 16 of 22 3-pointers (73 percent).

Thomas is four points shy of joining the school’s 1,000 point club and would become the 34th member to reach that milestone.

Interesting note: Of Iowa State’s eight losses, five are against teams ranked inside of the top 15 (Gonzaga, Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia and Cincinnati). Those five losses were by an average of 4.4 points.

Series history: Kansas leads 179-63. The Jayhawks own a 51-9 record against Iowa State inside of Allen Fieldhouse, including 11 straight wins.

Vegas says: Kansas by 10.

The Cyclones signed three players during the November signing period: two guards and a wing. All of them are from the high school ranks, though the Cyclones have been known to pick up a few players from the transfer market.

The biggest shoes to fill will be in the backcourt. Iowa State will lose all-Big 12 standout point guard Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long, Matt Thomas and Deonte Burton.

PG Lindell Wigginton | 6-1, 185

  • Wiggington plays alongside Kansas commit Billy Preston at Oak Hill, helping the team to a 26-3 record. He averaged a team-best 16.4 points during his junior season, shooting 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

  • He took an official visit to Ames on Sept. 23 and committed about a month later. He’s ranked No. 31 in the nation by Rivals and 42nd by ESPN.

  • A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Wiggington chose the Cyclones over Oregon and Arizona State.

  • Wigginton cited Iowa State coach Steve Prohm’s experience developing point guards Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne at Murray State for his decision to play for the Cyclones.

  • QUOTE: "Lindell was a huge get for us," Prohm said. "I love him and his family. He plays at Oak Hill, where he's played against great competition the last couple years. It makes for an easier transition from high school to college. He's athletic, fast with the ball, can really score, but also makes others better."

G Darius McNeill | 6-2, 170

  • A combo guard from Westfield (Texas) High, McNeill picked the Cyclones over Baylor, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He’s rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.

  • McNeill committed on the same weekend as his official visit in early September. He stayed with Monte Morris on the visit and said he became comfortable after talking with the all-Big 12 point guard, hoping to follow in his footsteps.

  • QUOTE: "He can play the one or the two and is an unbelievable athlete,” Prohm said. “We bring in athleticism on the perimeter, which we needed, but also scoring. I think Lindell and Darius can be a very good backcourt for the future of Big 12 basketball here at Iowa State.”

SF Terrence Lewis | 6-6, 185

  • Committed to Iowa State in August. The Milwaukee native had reported offers from Illinois, Marquette and UNLV.

  • A four-star prospect, he’s ranked No. 58 in the nation by ESPN and No. 116 by Rivals. He was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s area player of the year last season after averaging 22.2 points and 9.9 rebounds.

  • Leading Riverside High to a 12-6 record, Lewis is averaging 27.9 points per game on 64 percent shooting and 9.5 rebounds. That includes a 52 percent mark from the 3-point line.

  • He joins a long list of players from Milwaukee to play for the Cyclones, including Jameel McKay, Deonte Burton and Donovan Jackson.

  • QUOTE: "In the Big 12, I think you need size on that wing position," Prohm said. "After coaching (Abdel) Nader in my first year, Terrence is more in that mold. A big wing. Another guy with a great, great family and a great work ethic. He loves to work on his game, but really the biggest skill that he has is that he can really shoot the basketball."

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Getting to know: Iowa State basketball recruits

Editor’s note: With the Kansas Jayhawks past the halfway point of the Big 12 slate, this blog will take a look ahead at the future of Iowa State. If you missed it the first time around: Get to know Iowa State basketball.

In the first matchup, about two weeks ago, Kansas took full advantage of its size in a 76-72 victory over Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum.

The Jayhawks controlled the glass for a 41-24 rebounding edge while they received balanced scoring from Frank Mason III (16 points), Landen Lucas (14), Svi Mykhailiuk (13) and Carlton Bragg (10).

For the Cyclones, Monte Morris led with 23 points and Deonte Burton scored 21. They shot 44 percent from the field but were kept at an arm’s length for the majority of the second half before trying to make a couple of spurts in the final minutes.

Since facing the Jayhawks, the Cyclones have a 2-2 record with a road loss against Vanderbilt and home loss against West Virginia. In the past three games, Matt Thomas is averaging 19.3 points and has drilled 16 of 22 3-pointers (73 percent).

Thomas is four points shy of joining the school’s 1,000 point club and would become the 34th member to reach that milestone.

Interesting note: Of Iowa State’s eight losses, five are against teams ranked inside of the top 15 (Gonzaga, Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia and Cincinnati). Those five losses were by an average of 4.4 points.

Series history: Kansas leads 179-63. The Jayhawks own a 51-9 record against Iowa State inside of Allen Fieldhouse, including 11 straight wins.

Vegas says: Kansas by 10.

The Cyclones signed three players during the November signing period: two guards and a wing. All of them are from the high school ranks, though the Cyclones have been known to pick up a few players from the transfer market.

The biggest shoes to fill will be in the backcourt. Iowa State will lose all-Big 12 standout point guard Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long, Matt Thomas and Deonte Burton.

PG Lindell Wigginton | 6-1, 185

  • Wiggington plays alongside Kansas commit Billy Preston at Oak Hill, helping the team to a 26-3 record. He averaged a team-best 16.4 points during his junior season, shooting 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

  • He took an official visit to Ames on Sept. 23 and committed about a month later. He’s ranked No. 31 in the nation by Rivals and 42nd by ESPN.

  • A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Wiggington chose the Cyclones over Oregon and Arizona State.

  • Wigginton cited Iowa State coach Steve Prohm’s experience developing point guards Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne at Murray State for his decision to play for the Cyclones.

  • QUOTE: "Lindell was a huge get for us," Prohm said. "I love him and his family. He plays at Oak Hill, where he's played against great competition the last couple years. It makes for an easier transition from high school to college. He's athletic, fast with the ball, can really score, but also makes others better."

G Darius McNeill | 6-2, 170

  • A combo guard from Westfield (Texas) High, McNeill picked the Cyclones over Baylor, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He’s rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.

  • McNeill committed on the same weekend as his official visit in early September. He stayed with Monte Morris on the visit and said he became comfortable after talking with the all-Big 12 point guard, hoping to follow in his footsteps.

  • QUOTE: "He can play the one or the two and is an unbelievable athlete,” Prohm said. “We bring in athleticism on the perimeter, which we needed, but also scoring. I think Lindell and Darius can be a very good backcourt for the future of Big 12 basketball here at Iowa State.”

SF Terrence Lewis | 6-6, 185

  • Committed to Iowa State in August. The Milwaukee native had reported offers from Illinois, Marquette and UNLV.

  • A four-star prospect, he’s ranked No. 58 in the nation by ESPN and No. 116 by Rivals. He was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s area player of the year last season after averaging 22.2 points and 9.9 rebounds.

  • Leading Riverside High to a 12-6 record, Lewis is averaging 27.9 points per game on 64 percent shooting and 9.5 rebounds. That includes a 52 percent mark from the 3-point line.

  • He joins a long list of players from Milwaukee to play for the Cyclones, including Jameel McKay, Deonte Burton and Donovan Jackson.

  • QUOTE: "In the Big 12, I think you need size on that wing position," Prohm said. "After coaching (Abdel) Nader in my first year, Terrence is more in that mold. A big wing. Another guy with a great, great family and a great work ethic. He loves to work on his game, but really the biggest skill that he has is that he can really shoot the basketball."

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Getting to know: Iowa State basketball

Kansas head coach Bill Self is greeted by the Iowa State students as he takes the court, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas head coach Bill Self is greeted by the Iowa State students as he takes the court, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

The Kansas Jayhawks will likely be ranked the No. 1 team in the country Monday and will be rewarded with a trip to Hilton Coliseum, a place they haven’t won in the last two seasons.

All of the Jayhawks, outside of senior point guard Frank Mason III, have never won in Ames and it’ll be one of the biggest challenges in a tough stretch of games when KU tips off at 8 p.m. Monday (ESPN).

“We’re going up against the No. 1 team, potentially,” ISU senior guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long said. “If you can’t get up to play for that, then this game’s not for you.”

The Cyclones, ranked 23rd by KenPom, rank among the Big 12 leaders in scoring defense during conference play, but they have their weaknesses. Big 12 opponents have shot nearly 50 percent against ISU because the Cyclones have trouble against ball screens with their four-guard lineup.

Plus they’ve been crushed on the glass during conference play with a rebounding margin of negative-10.4, nearly seven rebounds worse than any other team in the Big 12.

But then there’s all of their potential when they are playing at their best. The Cyclones have lost by two points against Baylor and Gonzaga while earning conference wins over Texas Tech, Texas and at Oklahoma State.

Iowa State lost on the road against TCU on Saturday, but with the rivalry between KU and ISU, that shouldn’t have any effect on the Cyclones entering Monday night. Matt Tait wrote about the rivalry Sunday.

Interesting note: Iowa State is 5-0 at home in the last two seasons following a road Big 12 loss.

Series history: Kansas leads 178-63. Jayhawks have lost the last two games in Ames, dating back to 2014.

Vegas says: Kansas by 2.

IOWA STATE STARTERS

No. 11 — G Monte Morris | 6-3, 175, sr.

Iowa State guard Monte Morris (11) lofts a shot over Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) and guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State guard Monte Morris (11) lofts a shot over Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) and guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

  • Named the preseason Big 12 player of the year, Morris is averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and a Big 12-leading 5.8 assists per game. He’s shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and recorded nine steals in the last three games.

  • One of the best ball handlers in the nation, Morris leads the country with a 5.8 assist to turnover ratio. He’s dished 93 assists and only turned it over 16 times. He only has two turnovers in the last 252 minutes on the court. The next closest mark in the country is a 4.92 ratio (P.J. Thompson, Purdue).

  • Morris is only 21 assists from tying ISU’s career assists record, set in 1983-86 by New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, a former star for the Utah Jazz.

  • In eight career games, Morris is averaging 9.9 points and 4.4 assists against Kansas. Last year, he averaged 17 points and 6.5 assists against the Jayhawks, shooting 10-of-24 from the floor.

  • According to hoop-math.com, Morris has attempted 63 shots around the rim this season and he’s converted on 44 of those layups/dunks (70 percent).

  • QUOTE: “I’ll tell you the most impressive stat from the Oklahoma State game was zero turnovers in 39 minutes against the way they play with full court pressure and ball denial in the half court,” said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “Just the character and toughness and attention to detail you’ve got to have on the floor was huge.”

No. 15 — G Nazareth Mitrou-Long | 5-11, 195, r-sr.

Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long (15) reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 79-70.

Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long (15) reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 79-70.

  • Missed most of last season (only played in eight games) because of hip surgery, which earned him a medical redshirt. He’s averaging a team-best 15.7 points, which ranks fifth in the Big 12. He’s shooting 48 percent from the floor and 37 from behind the 3-point arc.

  • He didn’t play against Kansas last season, but in his career, he’s averaging 5.9 points against the Jayhawks. In his last 3 games vs. KU, he’s scored 37 points in 88 minutes.

  • According to hoop-math.com, the left-handed Mitrou-Long doesn’t take many mid-range jumpers. Instead he stays behind the 3-point line (59 percent of his shots) or drives to the rim (31 percent).

  • Long known as Naz Long, he started going by his full name at the start of the 2015-16 season to honor his mother, Georgia Mitrou. When he sent a picture of his new name plate above his locker, his mom became emotional, “I cried and thanked him,” Mitrou told the Des Moines Register.

  • QUOTE: “That’s my game; being nasty,” Mitrou-Long said. “Getting after loose balls, doing the little things…. I take a lot of pride in that part of my game. I have to do that to separate myself.”

No. 30 — G Deonte Burton | 6-5, 250, r-sr.

Texas guard Andrew Jones drives past Iowa State guard Deonte Burton, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.

Texas guard Andrew Jones drives past Iowa State guard Deonte Burton, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.

  • A transfer from Marquette two years ago, the left-handed Burton leads the Cyclones with 6.9 rebounds per game, 18 blocks and 24 steals. He’s averaging 12.4 points on 43 percent shooting.

  • Burton was named the Big 12’s newcomer of the year last season. He’s posted four 20-plus point games this year, but has scored less than eight points in five games. At the beginning of the season, ISU coach Steve Prohm challenged him to average a double-double.

  • Despite standing at a listed 6-5, Burton has a 7-0 wingspan.

  • In two games against Kansas last season, Burton averaged nine points and four rebounds, shooting 6-of-10 from the floor.

  • QUOTE: “Basketball is like life,” Burton said. “You’ll always have ups and you’ll always have downs. You just have to try to make as many ups as you can and, when you’re having a down game necessarily, do something different.”

No. 21 — G Matt Thomas | 6-5, 193, sr.

Baylor forward Johnathan Motley is guard by Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb, left, and Iowa State guard Matt Thomas, right, while driving to the basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Waco, Texas.

Baylor forward Johnathan Motley is guard by Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb, left, and Iowa State guard Matt Thomas, right, while driving to the basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Waco, Texas.

  • Thomas has dealt with bone spurs this season, injuring his foot against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 20. “Every type of movement, you kind of feel it,” he said.

  • Despite nagging injuries, Thomas has started in every game this season. He’s averaging 11.3 points on 43 percent shooting. He’s added 20 steals on defense. According to hoop-math.com, he’s taken a team-low 11 percent of his shots at the rim. Instead, he focuses on threes and mid-range jumpers.

  • Against Kansas last year, Thomas averaged 11 points and 4.5 rebounds. He shot 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from deep.

  • The Iowa State Daily wrote a story on Thomas’ background. His dad died when he was in the fifth grade. Another father figure died when he was 17. Then he spent a night in jail at 19.

  • QUOTE: “I’ve been really blessed when it comes to injuries and playing injury-free my career here,” Thomas said. “This is a minor injury right now that I’m dealing with and I’m just trying to stay positive when it comes to that.”

No. 10 — F Darrell Bowie | 6-8, 218, sr.

Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr., left, drives past Iowa State forward Darrell Bowie, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.

Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr., left, drives past Iowa State forward Darrell Bowie, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.

  • A transfer from Northern Illinois, he redshirted last season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

  • In 16 games (seven starts), Bowie is averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. However, his biggest weakness is at the free-throw line where he’s shooting 43 percent (21 of 49).

  • A lefty, Bowie has taken 43.3 percent of his shots around the rim, according to hoop-math.com. He’s one of the most likely players on the team to take a mid-range jumper (46 percent of his shots).

  • He wears the No. 10 in honor of his late father’s birthday, Darrell Bowie Sr. He died before his son’s birth, which is detailed in a story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

  • QUOTE: "We're going to need him down the stretch," Mitrou-Long said. "He's a senior. He's been through the waters.… We need it in the worst way."

IOWA STATE BENCH

No. 4 — G Donovan Jackson | 6-2, 175, jr.

Iowa State guard Donovan Jackson (4) drives up court ahead of Texas forward Jarrett Allen, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State guard Donovan Jackson (4) drives up court ahead of Texas forward Jarrett Allen, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.

  • In his first season with the Cyclones after transferring from Iowa Western CC, where he had his season shortened because of a broken wrist.

  • In 16 games off of the bench, Jackson is averaging 5.3 points on 38 percent shooting. He’s connected on 19 of his 49 attempts from behind the 3-point line, but doesn’t drive much and has only taken nine free throws.

  • Jackson is secure with the ball, dishing 26 assists (fourth on the team) to only 10 turnovers. But he’s best known for his defense in the four-guard lineup.

  • Played in high school at Pius XI in Milwaukee, the same school as former ISU guard Korie Lucious. He lost in the 2012 state semifinals against current teammate Matt Thomas.

  • QUOTE: “Defensively he’s been terrific for us,” Prohm said. “He’s really guarded and can guard the other team’s point guard. He’s a gnat on the ball and really, really active. That’s something I thought he could do and one of the things I really liked about him is A: his ability to shoot, but B: he can defend the way we want to.”

No. 1 — G Nick Weiler-Babb | 5-11, 175, r-soph.

  • Sat out all of last season after transferring from Arkansas. His older brother, Chris, played for the Cyclones.

  • In 16 games off of the bench, Weiler-Babb is averaging 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.3 minutes. He’s shooting 50 percent from the floor, despite making just 4 of 15 of his 3-pointers.

  • After scoring 15 points in his first four Big 12 games, Weiler-Babb scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting against TCU on Saturday with two steals.

No. 33 — F Solomon Young | 6-8, 240, fr.

  • A freshman out of Sacramento, Calif., Young has played in 12 games and is averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. He missed four games with a hand injury.

  • Young is shooting 63 percent from the field (22 of 35) and has added six blocks in 138 minutes this year.

  • QUOTE: “The second half of the year — we’re looking for great things for him later down the line,” Morris said.

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