The #18 Kansas Jayhawks face the 9th ranked Iowa State Cyclones as part of ESPN’s Big Monday.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (11-4, 2-0) Vs Iowa State Cyclones (14-1, 2-1)
THE PLACE: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
THE TIME: Monday, January 13th, 8:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Iowa State Cyclones on ESPN Monday so if you are on the go or can’t be near your television, we have you covered. You can still catch the Jayhawks and Cyclones live online at ESPN.Go.com/watchespn. Tonight’s game is only available to customers of cable providers that offer WatchESPN. It is not on ESPN3.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1- DeANDRE KANE: Kane may just be the most valuable player in the Big 12 thus far. He averages over 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for Iowa State. DeAndre Kane injured his ankle at the end of the loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, and it is unclear whether he will play or not, or how effective he will be if he does play. He does a lot of things well but it will be hard for the Cyclones to replace his 7.1 rebounds a game from a guard spot. The Cyclones have scorers enough to make up his points, but can they replace all the other stats he provides?
2- THE HILTON CROWD: The Hilton Coliseum will be rockin’ tonight, as it usually is. Don’t think for a moment that Cyclone fans have forgotten last year’s overtime losses to Kansas, including a controversial defeat in Ames, when a couple of calls went Kansas’ way at the end of regulation that allowed Kansas to get the game into overtime, where they won 108-96. Those fans aren’t going to forget that Elijah Johnson scored his 38th and 39th points of the game on a dunk in the final few seconds with the game in hand instead of just running out the clock. The Cyclones and their fans are going to be fired up!
3- PERIMETER DEFENSE: Iowa State has fired up 374 three-pointers thus far this season, or 25 a game. They’ve made 133 for 35.6%. They connect on nearly 9 a game. If the Cyclones get hot from the outside, and drop in more than 35% from 3, it is going to be a long night. Kansas must guard the perimeter better than they usually do. They cannot leave the shooters wide open. They must stick with them and close quickly to challenge each and every shot. If the Cyclones start pumping in threes, Kansas does not have the outside firepower to match them from behind the arc. The Jayhawks have to guard the perimeter.