Iowa State at No. 13 Kansas State
• WHEN/WHERE: 5 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
• TV/RADIO: ESPN2; WHB (810 AM)• ABOUT IOWA STATE (16-6, 6-3 Big 12): The Cyclones used muscle to beat the Wildcats last month at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State had 35 rebounds, compared to K-States 28, and scored loads of second-chance points. Will Clyburn led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He has scored 12 or more points in 10 straight games and had double-doubles in three of his last five. Iowa State has won two of three since last playing K-State, with both victories at home. The Cyclones have lost three of four conference road games. They defeated K-State at Bramlage Coliseum last year and have won three straight in the series.
• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (18-4, 7-2 Big 12): When K-State lost to Iowa State last month, players blamed the defeat on a lack of energy. Coming off an emotional loss to Kansas a few days earlier, the Wildcats got off to a slow start and couldnt finish strong. That shouldnt be a problem this time, with revenge and motivation on their minds. There is no reason why we should be flat or unenthusiastic to play, Shane Southwell said. No reason at all. It might take more than energy to beat Iowa State, though. Rodney McGruder avoided foul trouble last time out against Texas Tech and scored 18 points. He hopes that put an end to the mini slump he was in. Martavious Irving has scored 10 points in back-to-back games and should once again be a factor on Saturday.
• BOTTOM LINE: Iowa State isnt a strong road team, and K-State has only lost one game at Bramlage Coliseum this season. With first-place on the line, the Wildcats should play well against the Cyclones.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org