Iowa men's basketball team returns to postseason play one year after season cancellation – UI The Daily Iowan



Iowa men’s basketball team returns to postseason play one year after season cancellation  UI The Daily Iowan



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Regents lift international travel ban on Iowa public universities


One year and one week after the Board of Regents halted university-sponsored international travel last March in light of the “quickly evolving impact of COVID,” board President Mike Richards on Thursday lifted the travel ban “effective immediately.”

“Conditions related to COVID-19 continue to improve,” Richards said in a Thursday statement, highlighting “sustained improvements” in COVID conditions across Iowa, which has administered nearly 1 million doses of vaccine to date.

By lifting international travel restrictions, the board returns control of university travel-related business to its campus presidents — who’ve seen regent-imposed limitations hinder academic and research endeavors, hamstring international student recruitment, and decimate study abroad programs.

“As of now, decisions regarding university-sponsored student, faculty, and staff travel shall be made by the president of each university,” Richards said, stressing the board’s larger state of emergency order — allowing for sick leave accommodation and virtual instruction, among other things — remains in effect.

When asked how the lifted ban will impact their campuses, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and University of Northern Iowa officials told The Gazette they’re reviewing the change, drafting new guidance, and will unveil updated operations in the coming days.

“Iowa State is working on guidance for faculty, staff, and students related to university-sponsored international travel,” ISU spokeswoman Angie Hunt told The Gazette.

“We are reviewing this decision and will provide more information to our campus next week,” UNI spokesman Steve Schmadeke said.

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“The University of Iowa will provide additional information based upon this new guidance to campus by Wednesday, March 17,” UI spokeswoman Anne Bassett said.

Until then, the universities will continue following their campuses’ existing travel guidance — allowing domestic work-related trips, so long as they’re approved.

Earlier this week, UNI leadership warned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently advised against trips of any kind due to COVID-19 variants circulating in the United States.

“Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19,” according to the message. “The transportation you use, type of accommodation you stay in, and the activities you do during travel can increase your risk.”

All three universities last March repatriated faculty and students working and studying internationally — including those in study abroad programs — and they’ve kept study abroad programming dormant since.

UI and ISU have announced travel-related study abroad programming will remain inactive through Aug. 1. UNI’s most recent study abroad cancellations encompass programming for Spring 2021.

How or whether the board’s lifted travel ban will affect those cancellations remains unclear.

Comments: (319) 339-3158; vanessa.miller@thegazette.com

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Travel Iowa | News, Sports, Jobs


We have been experiencing an early Spring and enjoying every minute of it. Even though the temperatures are more seasonal now (as opposed to earlier in the week) it’s so much better than the sub-zero Arctic blast we experienced in February.

When Spring fever kicks in, we want to wander. If there is no snow to contend with we want to get out on the road and see what’s going on around the area.

Where should we start our tour? Take a look at the new edition of the Iowa Travel Guide. The spring/summer edition is now available and Deb Hite should have them at the Iowa Welcome Center/Chamber office.

The free Iowa Travel Guide can also be ordered online at traveliowa.com, or by phone at 800.345.IOWA. An online version is also available.

The 139-page guide includes listings for hundreds of authentic and unexpected destinations, cabins and campgrounds. Editorial content features the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Lauridsen Skate Park in Des Moines, dog-friendly wineries and breweries, and the High Trestle Trail’s 10th anniversary.

The Ultimate Ice Cream List includes more than 80 locally owned ice cream shops, as suggested by followers of the Iowa Tourism Office’s social channels.

The guide’s cover showcases Mount Trashmore, a former landfill site that boasts trails for hiking and biking plus an overlook that provides impressive views of Cedar Rapid. Now that might be an interesting place to visit.

While in Cedar Rapids, a visit to Czech Village would be in order. It’s been a number of years since we were there. In one of the shops we found hand painted eggs and I believe the one I purchased is still intact. Very intricate painting in purple on a white egg. At the bakery we found kolaches which were much like the ones my grandmother made. The meat market was almost a mirror image of Mikes Meat Market in West Bend, owned and operated by my father and his brothers. My grandfather emigrated from Czechoslovakia and my son has been to the Prague area on work related visits. For our family, there is a connection to Czech Village.

Here’s the message from Jessica O’Riley, tourism communications manager for the Iowa Tourism Office:

“We know there is pent up demand to travel and that many people will start with more local road trips when they feel comfortable to venture out,” she said. “The spring/summer travel guide provides a wealth of ideas to inspire travel within our borders.”

Tourism in Iowa generates nearly $9 billion in expenditures and $517.5 million in state taxes, while employing 70,200 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com.




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Jayhawks Travel to Ames for Final Road Test at Iowa State


LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Jayhawks travel to Ames, Iowa to play their final road game of the regular season against the Cyclones (15-9, 11-6 Big 12) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Kansas women’s basketball enters its final regular season road game 7-15 overall and 3-13 in Big 12 play.

The Jayhawks last played No. 18 West Virginia down to the wire, falling to the Mountaineers 72-68. Aniya Thomas logged a season-high 19 points, while Zakiyah Franklin poured in 18 points. Holly Kersgieter again topped the double-digit point plateau, adding 12 points. A trio of Jayhawks – Kersgieter, Ioanna Chatzileonti and Katrine Jessen – each grabbed a team-best eight rebounds against WVU.

Kersgieter continues to lead the Jayhawk offense, averaging 17.0 points per game, while Franklin reached 10.0 points per game. Chatzileonti holds a narrow edge over Kersgieter for the team lead in rebounds per game, grabbing 6.9 per contest with Kersgieter nabbing 6.6. Kersgieter has the team lead with 139 total rebounds this season.

Thomas continues to be a problem on defense, averaging 1.77 steals per game. Kersgieter nearly matches Thomas, and tallies 1.62 per contest. Chatzileonti swats an impressive 1.40 shots per game.

OPPONENT PREVIEW: IOWA STATE
Iowa State enters its season finale 15-9 overall and 11-6 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones last played Feb. 24, beating then-No. 18 West Virginia 85-68. ISU had five players reach double figures, including Ashley Joens team-high 20 points. Joens also claimed a team-best six rebounds, while going 9-for-9 from the free throw lines.

Joens boasts a 23.4 points per game average, and shoots 46.2-percent from the floor. She is their team leader in points per game, rebounds per game (8.8), steals per game (1.04), and free throw percentage (90.9). Joining Joens in averaging double figures are Lexi Donarski (13.2) and Kristin Scott (11.6). Scott is the Cyclones team leader in blocks per game (1.09), and has a team-high 51.1-perecent field goal percentage. Emily Ryan averages a team-best 5.71 assists per game. Five Cyclones have started 21-or-more games this season.

UP NEXT
Kansas concludes the regular season Saturday, March 6 against No. 6/6 Baylor in Allen Fieldhouse at 4 p.m.





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Game Preview: vs. Iowa State


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball (7-11, 3-9 Big 12) returns to Allen Fieldhouse to host Iowa State (13-8, 9-5 Big 12) Wednesday, Feb. 17 on the Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

The Jayhawks last played at Kansas State Feb. 13, dropping the final edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown, 77-66. Mia Vuksic led the charge for Kansas finishing 8-for-14 from the three-point line, tying program marks in three-point field goals made and attempted. Her 24 points were a career high.

Joining Vuksic on the offensive attack was Holly Kersgieter, who registered her 15th game this season in double-digit points. Kersgieter finished with 22 points, tying her Big 12 highs in field goals made (9).

After falling behind early, and scoring only 18 points in the first half, the Jayhawks stormed out of the gates in the second half. KU tallied 27 points in the third quarter on 53 percent shooting from the floor. Kersgieter rattled in 12 points in the third, while Brooklyn Mitchell scored eight.

Despite the Jayhawks closing the gap to 10 points, Kansas State held on to take the victory. The two instate rivals split the 2020-21 Dillons Sunflower Showdown with each winning in their home venues.

OPPONENT PREVIEW: IOWA STATE
Iowa State enters the midweek clash 13-8 overall and 9-5 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones are led by Ashley Joens, who averages a team-best 23.6 points per game. Joens is also the team leader with 8.9 rebounds per game, while snagging 22 steals. The duo of Lexi Donarski (12.7) and Kristin Scott (10.9) each average double-figure points with Donarski joining Joens as the only two Cyclones to have topped 250 points this season. Iowa State has five players that have started 20-or-more games this season, including Joens, Donarski and Ryan that have started every game.

The Cyclones last played Feb. 13 against TCU, beating the Horned Frogs 92-81. Donarski led ISU with 32 points, and went 10-for-14 from the floor. Joens (22 points) and Scott (17) each reached double-digit points in the victory. ISU have won two of its last five games, including a victory over Texas Tech.

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The Jayhawks travel to Texas Tech to play the Red Raiders Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.





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🏀 Wilson Leads Kansas to 64-50 Victory Over Iowa State – Kansas Jayhawks


AMES, Iowa – Kansas men’s basketball overcame a slow start and took down Iowa State, 64-50, for the second time in three days Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Jayhawk redshirt-freshman Jalen Wilson recorded his fourth-straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead KU.

Wilson was joined in double-figures by junior David McCormack (13) and sophomore Christian Braun (11), while senior Marcus Garrett added a team-high five steals and five assists.

Iowa State was able to jump out to the early advantage, leading Kansas by as many eight in the first half. Kansas able to keep it within single digits, before knotting the game at half time, 24-24.

Kansas gained its first lead at the 19:22 mark in the second half on a Braun layup, a lead KU would hold throughout the remainder of the game.

The Jayhawks would stretch their second-half lead to as many as 14 at 64-50, which held up as the final score. The Jayhawks shot just 36% (24-of-67) from the field in the game, while their defense proved worthy, forcing 23 turnovers and nine steals. Iowa State was led by 20 points from Jalen Coleman-Lands, while shooting 38% (17-of-45) from the field as a team.

NOTES

  • The win gave Kansas its fourth-straight win against Iowa State and made the series 186-66 in favor of the Jayhawks.
  • Iowa State’s 50 points ties the fewest points the Jayhawks have allowed this season. KU also held Omaha to 50 points on Dec. 11, 2020. The 50 points were also the fewest Iowa State has scored all season.
  • ISU had 23 turnovers, the third most the Jayhawks have forced this season and the most since forcing 26 at West Virginia on Feb. 6, 2021.
  • Senior Mitch Lightfoot drew two charges and now has a team-high 10 drawn charges this season.
  • Junior Ochai Agbaji registered two blocks, his first game with multiple blocks this season, including the third of his career.
  • Redshirt-freshman Jalen Wilson scored 22 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, marking his sixth-straight game with 10+ points, including the 16th of his career.
  • With his 22 points and 10 rebounds, Wilson marked his fourth-straight game with a double-double, including a team-leading seven double-doubles this season.
  • Wilson’s 22 points marks his fourth 20+ point game of the season, with his career high of 23 points coming twice against Creighton and Kentucky earlier this year.
  • Junior David McCormack scored 13 points, marking his seventh-straight game scoring in double-figures and his 14th this season.
  • Senior Marcus Garrett swiped a season-high five steals, the most since stealing six his sophomore season against West Virginia on Jan. 19, 2019.

UP NEXT

Kansas plays its second straight road game at Dillons Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. (CT) on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 16.

Kansas leads the overall series with Kansas State, 200-94, and has won the last four meetings and 12 of the last 13 matchups. KU is 79-47 in meetings in Manhattan, including 27-5 in Bramlage Coliseum. KU won the first meeting this season, 74- 51, on Feb. 2, in Allen Fieldhouse.

 





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🏀 Jayhawks Hit the Road to Iowa State Saturday – Kansas Jayhawks


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas (14-7, 8-5) begins a two-game road swing at Iowa State (2-13, 0-10) on ABC, Feb. 13. The game from Hilton Coliseum will begin at 2 p.m. (CT).

Kansas played Iowa State on Thursday, Feb. 11, marking back-to-back meetings with the Cyclones. Reverting to season finales and league tournament first-round matchups, this is the third time in the Bill Self era that KU will play the same opponent consecutively. The first was 2003-04 vs. Missouri and the most recent was 2017-18 vs. Oklahoma State.

Kansas is coming off a 97-64 victory against Iowa State on Feb. 11 in Allen Fieldhouse. Iowa State is looking to end a nine-game losing streak after its loss at KU on Thursday.

Kansas leads the all-time series with ISU, 185-66, dating back to 1908. KU has won the last three, yet is 8-5 in the last 13 meetings with ISU. Kansas holds a 70-40 advantage in games played in Ames, including a 26-22 edge mark in Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas Notables

  • Kansas is No. 9 in NET nationally in strength of schedule, which is second in the Big 12 behind Iowa State at No. 4. To show how tough the Big 12 is, Kansas’ NET is No. 19 among the 357 NCAA Division I teams ranked, which is fourth in the conference.
  • Kansas’ 11 Quadrant 1 games played in 2020-21 are the most in the Big 12 and tie for second most nationally (Maryland 14, Ohio State 11, Northwestern 11). Kansas is 4-7 versus Quadrant 1 teams, 3-0 vs. Q2, 1-0 vs. Q3, 5-0 vs. Q4.
  • Five of Kansas’ seven losses have been to ranked teams and the other two losses are to teams that have moved into the top 25 of either the Associated Press or Coaches’ polls (at Oklahoma and at Oklahoma State).
  • Redshirt-freshman Jalen Wilson ranks third in the Big 12 in rebounding at 7.7 boards per game, which is first among league freshmen. His six double-doubles are second overall in the Big 12. He has three straight DDs.
  • Junior David McCormack is averaging 17.0 points in his last six games with two double-doubles. He has five double-doubles this season.
  • Junior guard Ochai Agbaji ranks first in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7) and second 3-point field goal percentage (40.0%).

Up Next        

Kansas plays its second straight road game at Dillons Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. (CT) on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 16.

Kansas leads the overall series with Kansas State, 200-94, and has won the last four meetings and 12 of the last 13 matchups. KU is 79-47 in meetings in Manhattan, including 27-5 in Bramlage Coliseum. KU won the first meeting this season, 74-51, on Feb. 2, in Allen Fieldhouse.





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Game day breakdown: Kansas basketball at Iowa State


Kansas Jayhawks (14-7 overall, 8-5 Big 12) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (2-13 overall, 0-10 Big 12)

Time: 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

Location: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

TV: ABC | Radio: IMG Jayhawk Radio Network

Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog coverage and follow the KUsports.com staff on Twitter: @KUSports @mctait @bentonasmith & @SJacksonLJW

Keys for Kansas

1. Follow the blueprint

It’s hard to beat a team by 33 points one night and then turn around and play them two days later and expect the same result.

But that should absolutely be the mindset the Jayhawks take into the rematch with Iowa State.

That does not mean that the KU players should leave Ames with their heads hanging if they only win by 20 points. It does, however, mean that they should approach the game with that as the expectation.

Clearly, KU has proven that it can be 33 points better than the Cyclones. And that even came on a night when the Jayhawks still did some things wrong and were hurt by certain things the Cyclones were able to do. KU coach Bill Self mentioned one specific action that ISU ran on offense that worked five or six different times.

“I think we got crushed on it five times,” said Self, who did not point out the specific play. “They only made like six or nine points off of it, but we’ve got to make an adjustment there or something. But, for the most part, we’ll do the same thing, just like they will, too.”

Doing the same thing in terms of sticking to the scouting report and the offensive and defensive game plans does not guarantee the same result.

But, as the team that had the clear advantage in the first matchup and left that one feeling good about itself, the Jayhawks should go into this one with more confidence than they’ve had in weeks.

Whether they turn that confidence into another convincing victory will be determined by how well they execute and how hard they play.

2. Be careful relying on 3-pointers

Kansas was sensational from behind the 3-point line in Game 1 against Iowa State, knocking in 12 of 26 shots from behind the arc, with six different Jayhawks making at least one 3-pointer.

While this team needs to continue to fire away and get hot from 3-point land to reach its ceiling, it should not expect things to come quite as easy in the rematch.

And there are a couple of reasons why.

For one, KU’s 12 3-point makes were the second most the team has hit in a Big 12 game this season (16 vs. West Virginia is the most) and tied for the third highest total all season.

Beyond that, Iowa State’s defense is not usually quite as generous to opposing 3-point shooters.

The 12 makes and KU’s 46.2% clip were both season highs against the ISU defense.

In fact, the Cyclones have allowed just one other opponent (Iowa, with 11) to reach double-digit 3-point makes in a game this season. And only one other opponent (Mississippi State at 42.1%) has shot better than 40% from 3-point range against the ISU D.

Taking things one step further, the Iowa State offense’s five 3-point makes on Thursday night were just one off its season low.

All of this combined means that if KU’s shooting comes back to the averages that the ISU defense typically allows and the ISU offense makes a few more 3-pointers, the game gets much closer in a hurry.

Iowa State made just 3-of-14 (21.4%) from 3-point range in Thursday’s first half and two of 11 in the second half. If that first-half number had been closer to the team’s season average of 34%, ISU would’ve had roughly six more points in the first half and been down by just six at the break instead of 12.

3. Continue defensive progression

Kansas scored 50 points in the paint on Thursday night against the Cyclones and just 12 of them came from big man David McCormack, who hit five field goals in 10 attempts.

Self applauded KU’s ability to get those points in the paint by driving the ball downhill and running in transition. And one fo the biggest reasons the Jayhawks were able to do either was their defensive activity and intensity.

KU’s active hands and fly-around style led to all kinds of deflections, steals and loose-ball situations. And those often led to easy points at the rim.

While Self and his players have preached defensive improvement in recent weeks as one of the keys to Kansas getting back on track, this area, where defense turns into easy offense, is the dream scenario.

“If we’re going to get to the point where we are good, we need to score off of deflections and steals and long rebounds,” Self said. “We’re not gonna be the type of team that gets the rebound and the point guard goes back to meet the ball and then we go score because we’re not great at that. We’ve got to create some deflections and some loose balls in order to become a good transition team. And I thought we did that in the second half (Thursday night).”

Doing more of that in this game not only will bode well for KU’s chances at pushing its winning streak to three in a row, but also could go a long way toward created the kinds of defensive habits that will serve them well against tougher teams down the road, as well.

Marquee Matchup

The Rebounding Battle

Kansas out-rebounded Iowa State by 12 (44-32) on Thursday night, and that was without its two big men, David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot dooing much of the damage.

McCormack finished with six boards in 18 minutes, but got four of them in the first 2:25 of the game. And Lightfoot, who played 18 minutes off the bench, finished with three rebounds.

KU’s rebounding edge included an 11-9 advantage on the offensive glass, which led to 17 second-chance points for the Jayhawks and just two for ISU.

This is nothing new for the Cyclones, who have been out-rebounded by their opponents all season long. In fact, ISU entered this week’s double-dip with Kansas giving up an average of 39.4 boards per game while getting just 30.6 for a negative rebounding margin.

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, have out-rebounded their opponents, 38.4-30.7, with the KU backcourt contributed nearly just as much as the bigs on the glass.

That was certainly the case on Thursday night, when Jalen Wilson led all players with 11 rebounds (4 offensive), while Christian Braun, Bryce Thopmson, Ochai Agbaji and Marcus Garrett combined to grab 15 boards.

Even if you took away Wilson’s contributions, the Jayhawks still would’ve out-rebounded the Cyclones by one.

ISU is 1-14 in the rebounding battle so far this season, with its lone victory on the glass coming in a win over Jackson State in Game 6, when the Cyclones grabbed 43 boards to JSU’s 35.

KU, meanwhile, is 13-2 this season when winning the rebounding battle and 1-5 in games when it has lost on the boards.

Jayhawk Pulse

It’s all about momentum for the Jayhawks right now and Kansas is in position to add to its feel-good week by picking up its third consecutive victory. The Jayhawks have not won three straight since early December.

Kansas changed up its travel routine for this year’s trip to Ames, partly because of COVID-19 and partly because of the games being played just a couple of days apart.

Instead of flying to Ames from Topeka, KU was scheduled to take two buses so the team and staff could practice proper social distancing on the trip. Had they done so by flying, the Jayhawks would have had to take a bigger plane and flown to Des Moines and then drove to Ames anyway.

“You’re not really saving that much time,” Self said Thursday night. “It becomes probably a three-hour trip as opposed to a four-hour trip by bus.”

In addition, the Jayhawks plans called for skipping Friday’s practice in Lawrence and instead doing some kind of light workout and walk-through when they got to Ames on Friday evening.

“That’s the only thing that’s different,” Self said of KU’s practice schedule. “We’re going to stay off our feet until we get there and then we’re going to go practice at Hilton.”

After Thursday’s victory, Self said he hoped, by now, that his team had grown accustomed to playing in half-empty arenas and bringing its own energy to the building on game night.

No place will that be more important — or seem more strange — than ISU’s Hilton Coliseum, which has become known as one of the toughest road venues in the country and given KU all sorts of fits throughout the years.

The Jayhawks, who lead the all-time series with Iowa State 185-66, own a 26-22 record inside Hilton Coliseum, but will be playing in front of just 1,200 or so people when they tip this one off.

“It certainly won’t be like the Hilton Coliseum that we’ve seen many times, when they welcomed us with open arms,” Self joked after Thursday’s victory.

According to oddsmakers in Las Vegas, the Jayhawks, who were 15-point home favorites on Thursday night, are 13-point favorites on the road against the same ISU team.

KenPom.com, which gives KU an 83% win probability in this one, lists the game as a 10-point Kansas edge, 77-67.

Probable Starters

Kansas

G – Marcus Garrett, 6-5, 195, Sr.

G – Ochai Agbaji, 6-5, 210, Jr.

G – Christian Braun, 6-6, 205, Soph.

G – Jalen Wilson, 6-7, 190, RS-Fr.

F – David McCormack, 6-10, 265, Jr.

Iowa State

G – Rasir Bolton, 6-3, 185, Jr.

G – Jalen Coleman-Lands, 6-4, 187, Sr.

G – Jaden Walker, 6-1, 196, Fr.

F – Javan Johnson, 6-6, 205, RS-Jr.

F – Solomon Young, 6-8, 255, RS-Sr.





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🏀 Kansas Cruises to 97-64 Victory over Iowa State – Kansas Jayhawks


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, including a team-high 19 points from Ochai Agbaji, as the Jayhawks cruised to a 97-64 win over the Iowa State Cyclone inside of Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday.

Paired with Agbaji, redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson finished with his third straight double-double and his sixth of the season after scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Agbaji led the team with 19 points, including tying a career-high five triples, while sophomore Christian Braun contributed 18 points of his own with five rebounds and a team-leading six assists.

Kansas got off to a hot start by opening the game on a 5-0 run and controlled the pace of the game from the start. The KU offense served as a model of efficiency, committing only one turnover in the first 30 minutes as KU was able to go into halftime with a 39-27 lead.

After coming out of the locker room, Kansas caught fire and built upon their lead.  Agbaji went on a tear, scoring 14 second half points.

Bryce Thompson, who is recovering from an injury, saw action for the first time since January 11. Thompson brought added energy for the Jayhawks in the second half, scoring a total of eight points, while grabbing four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of playing time.

The Jayhawks held the Cyclones to 20% (5-for-25) shooting from behind the arc and dominated in the paint, outrebounding ISU 44-32 and outscoring them 50-24, on their way to victory.

In a game where every Jayhawk saw action on the floor, all but two of them scored, as Kansas got 24 points from the bench.

With the win, Kansas improves to 14-7 overall and 8-5 in Big 12 play.

STAT OF THE GAME

6 – Tonight’s contest marks the sixth double-double of the season for Jalen Wilson, including his third-straight, which now leads the team for the most this season.

MOMENT OF THE GAME

With the shot clocking winding down at the end of the first half, Jalen Wilson threw up a three-point attempt and found the net to give Kansas a double-digit lead and the momentum heading into the second half.

NOTES

  • Kansas set team highs for points (97), points in a half (58-2nd), field goal attempts (72), field goals made (38).
  • Thursday’s margin of victory of 33 points was the most in the series since Kansas’ 89-52 win in Lawrence on February 24, 2007, spanning 31 meetings between the two teams.
  • Kansas’ 97 points in regulation were the most against Iowa State since scoring 102 against the Cyclones on February 18, 2002.
  • Kansas scored 90+ points for the fifth time this season with 97 points.
  • Kansas improves to 5-1 when shooting 50% or better, shooting 53% tonight.
  • Eleven different Jayhawks scored on Thursday night.
  • Junior Ochai Agbaji finished with 19 points, his 19th game in double figures this season and fourth straight. Agbaji’s 19 points lead all scorers and was his highest scoring output in 10 games when he scored 19 points at TCU.
  • Freshman Bryce Thompson played his first game since an injury sustained January 12th vs. Oklahoma State, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, and three assists, also adding two blocks. Thompson tied his career high and rebounds and set a new career high in assists.
  • Redshirt Freshman Jalen Wilson scored 16 points on the night, his sixth straight outing with double figures and 15th of the season.

UP NEXT

Kansas plays its second of back-to-back games at Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 13. The contest will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ABC.

Heading into the Feb. 11 game with Iowa State, Kansas leads the all-time series with ISU, 184-66, dating back to 1908. KU has won the last two, yet is 7-5 in the last 12 meetings. Kansas holds a 70-40 advantage in games played in Ames, including a 26-22 mark in Hilton Coliseum.





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