• WHEN/WHERE: 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Sprint Center
• TV/RADIO: KMCI (Ch. 38); KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT IOWA STATE (22-10): Kansas coach Bill Self believes Iowa State is safely in the NCAA Tournament. And after the Cyclones’ victory over Oklahoma on Thursday, that appears to be the case. … But Iowa State will have payback on its mind after suffering a crushing 108-96 overtime loss to Kansas in Ames on Feb. 25. Iowa State senior Tyrus McGee was lights-out in that victory, finishing with 22 points off the bench on six-of-10 shooting from three-point range. McGee, the most efficient scorer on Iowa State, has the ability to do that every night. … The Cyclones have shot a nation-leading 845 three-pointers, and they lived by the three on Thursday, chasing down Oklahoma in a second-half comeback. The Jayhawks will have to find a way to bother Iowa State’s shooters.
• ABOUT KANSAS (27-5): Kansas is 4-0 at the Sprint Center this season, including two victories in the CBE Classic and a home win against Oregon State. … The road to 5-0 includes an Iowa State team that came this close to beating Kansas on two occasions. In KU’s last game against Iowa State, senior guard Elijah Johnson finished with 39 points on 13-of-22 shooting, and he dominated down the stretch. Still, Johnson is just five of 19 in his last two games, and he’s scored just 33 points total in his last four games since the Iowa State game. The Jayhawks don’t need Johnson to score 39, but they may need him to be a little better today against Iowa State.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org