Thursday, April 24, 2014
• WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
• TV/RADI O: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel; KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT IONA (1-1): The Gaels return three starters from a team that finished 20-14 and tied for fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last season. After opening the season with a 73-69 loss to Cleveland State, Iona rebounded with a 76-55 victory over Wofford on Saturday. The Gaels shot 62.5 from three-point range in the victory, and junior guard Sean Armand leads Iona in scoring at 18.5 points per game. KU leads the all-time series 2-1, with Kansas taking the last meeting in 1988 at the BMA Holiday Classic at Kemper Arena. Iona defeated Kansas 81-77 in New York on Feb. 7, 1980. Iona president Joseph E. Nyre is a Kansas graduate.
• ABOUT KANSAS (2-0): After taking out Duke at the Champions Classic, the Jayhawks had a week to fine-tune some issues before returning to the floor against Iona. Andrew Wiggins has been Kansas’ most efficient offensive player, shooting 58.3 percent from the floor and averaging 25.8 points per 40 minutes. Wiggins, who disappeared for a stretch against Louisiana-Monroe in the season opener, was at his best when the game was on the line against Duke. Can Wiggins wield the same assertiveness against nameless nonconference opponents? This game should provide a better answer. Meanwhile, junior guard Naadir Tharpe, who missed KU’s opener while serving a suspension, had five assists and three turnovers in his season debut against Duke.
• BOTTOM LINE: KU has won 64 straight games in Allen Fieldhouse against nonconference competition. The Jayhawks have two home games — Towson on Friday — before heading to the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament next week.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org
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