The Big 12 standings suggest Kansas is playing as well as any team in the conference at the moment, but don't count coach Bill Self among those buying into that logic. Coming off their most lopsided defeat of the season, the 13th-ranked Jayhawks attempt to avoid consecutive league losses for the first time since 2012-13 on Tuesday when they visit Iowa State.

Kansas suffered its second setback in three contests Saturday when it fell 80-64 at Baylor to drop behind red-hot Texas Tech atop the Big 12, reaching the four-loss mark in league play for only the fourth time in 14 seasons under coach Bill Self. "We ... have a chance to really compete at a relatively high level. The players haven't quite bought into that totally yet. It's getting late in the season to see if they (will)," Self told the Kansas City Star. Getting a win against the league-worst Cyclones doesn't figure to come easy though, as Kansas took advantage of some late sloppiness from Iowa State on Jan. 9 to come away with an 83-78 home win. The Cyclones knocked off a ranked team at home for the third time in three weeks Saturday, getting a combined 45 points and 22 rebounds from freshmen Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard in an 88-80 upset of No. 23 Oklahoma.

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ABOUT KANSAS (19-6, 8-4 Big 12): Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (15.8 points) was accidentally hit in the right eye by teammate Marcus Garrett during warmups, and even though the senior sharpshooter said the injury didn't affect his vision, he finished 1-for-8 from the field and tallied only two points in 35 minutes. "He was messed up. He was icing it (the eye) the whole time," Self said of Mykhailiuk, who has scored a total of three points over his last two outings after averaging 21.8 over his previous four. Devonte' Graham has played every minute in each of the team's last eight games and is the only player in the country averaging at least 17 points (17.7), seven assists (7.3), 1.8 steals (1.8) and fewer than three turnovers (2.8).

ABOUT IOWA STATE (13-11, 4-8): Lard (12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds), who is averaging 18.3 points and 11 boards over his last four outings, is one of only two players in the Big 12 to rank inside the top 10 in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (9.7) during conference action after finishing with 19 points and a career-high 17 boards Saturday. Wigginton (16.3 points) has also been on an offensive tear for just about as long, averaging 18.5 points while knocking down 2.9 3-pointers over the 10 games. Donovan Jackson (15.5 points) leads the Big 12 during league play in free-throw percentage (92.3) and has buried 42 triples over the same span, trailing only Oklahoma's Trae Young (49).

TIP-INS

1. This season marks the first under Self that Kansas has lost four conference games before Feb. 23.

2. Including conference tournament play, Iowa State has either split (twice) or won the season series (once) in each of the last three years.

3. The Jayhawks are one victory away from extending the nation's longest streak of 20-win seasons (28).

PREDICTION: Kansas 84, Iowa State 82


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