Big 12 showdown pits Cyclones against Sooners

Norman, OK ( – Kicking off the week in style, the Iowa State
Cyclones get after the Oklahoma Sooners in Big 12 Conference action at the
Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night.

The Sooners are riding a four-game win streak during which they’ve pummeled
opponents by an average of 21 ppg. The latest win on Saturday was a bit closer
however, just a 68-56 triumph over TCU on the road in Fort Worth. With the
victory, the Sooners are now 7-4 in conference play, which puts them in third
place in the Big 12 standings entering the week.

Just ahead of the Sooners in the standings, with seven wins in 10
opportunities, the Cyclones are among nationally ranked for the 31st straight
week, a school record. The team did take a hit this time last week with an
89-76 loss on the road, but that came against No. 8 Kansas.

Over the weekend, Iowa State bounced back in a big way with a 75-38 thrashing
of Texas Tech at home where they are a perfect 13-0 this season. The road has
been a different story for ISU however, the team winning just two of five true
road dates, including one of four in conference.

In terms of the all-time series between the programs, Oklahoma is on top by a
112-82 margin, although Iowa State won the most recent meeting last season by
a score of 81-75 at home. The Cyclones will host Oklahoma the first week of
March to complete the season series.

The Cyclones scored the first points of the game against Texas Tech on
Saturday and never looked back, leading by as many as 43 in the second half.
The team made goof on 56.0 percent from the floor and held the Red Raiders to
just 4-of-20 shooting beyond the arc and watched the visitors miss all seven
chances at the free-throw line.

Jameel McKay led the way for ISU with a game-high 17 points, hitting a perfect
7-of-7 from the floor, adding eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Naz Long
tacked on 15 points before head coach Fred Hoiberg called in the reserves.

Georges Niang, who was held to seven points in 19 minutes of action over the
weekend, remains the leading scorer for the Cyclones in conference play with
14.8 ppg. Monte Morris, a 50.6 percent shooter from the floor, accounts for
another 11.5 ppg and is first with 61 assists and 18 steals, while Bryce
Dejean-Jones and Long tack on 10.8 and 10.1 ppg, respectively, for a group
generating 76.9 ppg.

Compared to earlier games during their current win streak, the meeting with
TCU was harder than expected for the Sooners, but still ended in a double-
digit victory nonetheless. Buddy Hield shot only 4-of-13 from the floor, but
still finished with a double-double consisting of 16 points and 10 rebounds,
matching the rebounding total of TaShawn Thomas who registered eight points.
The top scorer was Ryan Spangler with a game-high 21 points, while Isaiah
Cousins pitched in with 11 to go with four assists.

Hield, a 40.5 percent shooter from long range, accounts for a team-best 19.7
ppg in conference play. In addition to being a major force on the outside, he
is also one of the better rebounders for the group with 6.2 rpg, trailing only
Thomas (6.9 rpg) and Spangler (7.3 rpg), the latter posting 11.6 ppg as he
knocks down 60.0 percent of his chances from the floor. As a unit, Oklahoma is
45.0 percent accurate from the field, compared to only 38.1 percent for the