The Kansas Jayhawks (28-5,14-4) used a big second half to push past the Iowa State Cyclones (22-11,11-7) for the third time this year. This time, there was no need for late game miracles. Perry Ellis paced the Jayhawks with 23 points on 10-12 shooting. With the win, Kansas goes on to face the winner of the K-State-Oklahoma State game.
Iowa State played the Jayhawks tough for much of the first half before Kansas pulled away. Though the Cyclones pulled close on multiple occasions, the Jayhawks always had an answer. Georges Niang led Iowa State with 19 points and Melvin Ejim pitched in 17 points and 7 rebounds as well.
The game was sloppy as the two teams combined to turn the ball over 31 times, including six times by Kansas star freshman Ben McLemore. The Cyclones pulled within 9 on a Tyrus McGee three pointer with 4:18 left. Kansas responded with an 8-0 run which sealed the game.
The Cyclones were looking for revenge after the McLemore banked three game and the Jayhawks controversial win in February. Instead, they lost to Kansas for the 16th time in their last 17 games versus the Jayhawks. Iowa State is still likely to make the tourney and losses by Georgetown and Duke mean that a one seed might be in store for the Jayhawks. A meeting in the tourney would certainly be interesting and a fourth meeting could provide more drama to an already exciting season series.