Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks

Iowa State Cyclones Preview

The Iowa State Cyclones have been without star guard Tyrese Haliburton (out for the season because of a broken wrist) for the past two games but are coming off a feel-good 81-52 home victory against short-handed Texas on Saturday. Solomon Young has picked up the scoring slack, contributing 17 points against Texas and averaging 16.3 over the last three outings.

Michael Jacobson posted his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds against the Longhorns, and Prentiss Nixon scored a season-high 17 in the win. The Cyclones shot just 34.5 percent in a 79-53 home loss to Kansas on Jan. 8, when they were down by 20 points at halftime.

Kansas Jayhawks Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks have won 10 consecutive games as they continue to chase top-ranked Baylor in the Big 12 standings and in the national polls. Point guard Devon Dotson (18.0 points, 4.3 assists per game) and big man Udoka Azubuike (12.8 points, 9.9 rebounds) are givens to produce, and KU becomes even more dangerous if defensive-minded Marcus Garrett stays hot.

Opponents have been content to let him shoot from the outside, but they might have to rethink that after the junior (a career 26.4-percent 3-point shooter before Saturday’s game against Oklahoma) made 6 of 9 from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 24 points. Kansas is allowing foes to shoot only 37.2 percent from the field (fourth in the nation entering Sunday).