Preview: No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 16 Iowa State

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

No. 6 Kansas squares off in a rematch with No. 16 Iowa State Wednesday night. This time the game will be at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

Last time they met, Kansas handled the Cyclones on their own court and came away with a 77-70 victory.

Iowa State is a team that lives and dies by the three and shot a season-low 31.4 percent in that game. Saturday, Iowa State ended their Big 12 losing streak of three games by beating Kansas State who was ranked No. 22 at the time. During that outing the Cyclones were hot from three again and made 50 percent of their shots from downtown.

The Cyclones are currently in their hardest stretch of the season playing their second consecutive Top 25 team. Still on the schedule for the next two games for Iowa State is Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who are currently No. 23 and No. 8 respectively.

The Jayhawks are riding a six-game winning streak into the matchup and are yet to lose a Big 12 game. Out of the six conference wins, four of those opponents were in the Top 25 poll at the time and since then Oklahoma has also moved into the rankings.

“I don’t know if I can name anybody that’s playing better than them right now,” Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg said. “When you have the talent and skillset of their players, and now they’re confident, that’s a tough team to beat.”

Kansas’s last game was a 91-69 victory over Texas Christian University and the Jayhawks shot just over 57 percent from the field. Freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins was the top performer in that game, scoring a season-high 27 points to go with 5 assists.

“He can defer a little bit and he can kind of get lost, but he never got lost today,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “He was able to put his handprint all over the possessions and create opportunities for himself and others. I thought he played the way he should play every game.”

Tonight, the Jayhawks will defend their home court, a place they have only lost at twice in their last 56 Big 12 games. Iowa State last won at Allen Fieldhouse Feb. 19, 2005.

The game starts at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

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