Iowa State at No. 6 Kansas
• WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
• TV/RADIO: ESPNU; KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT IOWA STATE (10-3, 0-0 Big 12): After losing point-forward Royce White to the NBA, the Cyclones have regrouped with more transfers. Senior guard Korie Lucious began his career at Michigan State, and leading scorer Will Clyburn played a season at Utah. … Kansas coach Bill Self said Iowa State may be the best offensive team in the Big 12, and the numbers back it up. The Cyclones are seventh in the country in points per game, averaging 82.0 per contest. … Because of some odd scheduling, the Cyclones have only played one game since Dec. 20. Their three losses came against then No. 22 Cincinnati, then No. 18 UNLV and at Iowa.
• ABOUT KANSAS (12-1, 0-0 Big 12): Kansas senior guard Travis Releford, a graduate of Bishop Miege, has been one of the most efficient players in the nation. Releford leads the country in effective field-goal percentage (72.7), a mark that puts extra value on three-pointers, and he’s shooting 66 percent (18 for 27) from three-point range in KU’s last 10 games. As a result, he’s averaging a career-high 13.4 points per game. … Meanwhile, KU center Jeff Withey now leads the nation in blocks per game (5.2) after recording nine blocks in a victory over Temple on Sunday. … Kansas has won 21 straight conference openers, dating back to 1991-92. … The Jayhawks lead the all-time series against Iowa State 171-60.
• BOTTOM LINE: KU’s close call against Temple left one question: Will any Big 12 team be able to threaten KU at Allen Fieldhouse like that? The answer is probably yes. But it likely won’t happen against Iowa State as KU goes for its 31st straight win at home.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com