Iowa State hoped to use home court advantage to defeat Kansas and recover from its first loss of the season against Oklahoma on Saturday, but Kansas started out hot. The Jayhawks took advantage of the Cyclones’ poor outside shooting and defensive rebounding in the early part of the first half to jump to a 15-4 lead. Iowa State answered and tied up the game at 36-36 when senior guard DeAndre Kane hit a 3-point jumper with one second to go in the first half. Prior to that shot the Cyclones had made only one of 13 attempts from behind the arc.
The Jayhawks got the second half started off quickly with seven fast points on a 3-pointer by junior guard Naadir Tharpe and layups by freshman center Joel Embiid and freshman guard Andrew Wiggins. For the remainder of the second half the Jayhawks fended off the Cyclones and did not allow them to significantly cut into the lead.
Tharpe led the Jayhawks with 23 points on seven of nine shooting, including hitting three out of four shots from behind the arc. Tharpe also had six rebounds and four assists and committed four turnovers. Wiggins had 17 points with a career-high 19 rebounds while Embiid struggled with foul trouble but finished with 16 points, nine boards and five blocks. The Jayhawks outrebounded the Cyclones 53-46 but also made 24 turnovers compared to the Cyclones eight.
DeAndre Kane played amidst speculation about his ankle, which he injured during the Cyclones’ loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. Kane led the Cyclones with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals with only two turnovers. Melvin Ejim contributed 15 points and five rebounds before fouling out while Dustine Hogue finished with 13 points and nine boards. The Cyclones struggled on the boards tonight, but were also unable to make Kansas pay from the outside, hitting only four out of 25 three point attempts.
Kansas will face No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET), and Iowa State will play Texas on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET).