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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick & Prediction JAN 11TH 2022

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The consistent theme Kansas might have to accept moving forward is the inconsistency of its production in the post.

After opening Big 12 play with strong performances from both of its big men by inserting Mitch Lightfoot as the starter over David McCormack, each fizzled when the No. 6 Jayhawks had their eight-game winning streak snapped Saturday.

Kansas (12-2, 1-1) will attempt to rebound Tuesday night when it plays its Big 12 home opener against No. 11 Iowa State (13-2, 1-2) at Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas coach Bill Self opted not to pin Saturday's 75-67 defeat the Jayhawks suffered at Texas Tech "on any one position or any one guy" despite his team getting outscored 44-18 in the paint, where Lightfoot and McCormack combined for four points and six rebounds.

Self went on to point out that "we didn't protect the rim, they score at will inside, we don't score inside and we don't rebound. That's not a great combination that our big guys could go a combined four points and got a combined eight (actually six) rebounds."

The Jayhawks' defensive shortcomings include the need for Ochai Agbaji "to become a better defender for us to have a chance to be better," Self said. Agbaji has been a prolific threat who led the nation in scoring earlier this season.

The Jayhawks' performance against Texas Tech, an opponent that used eight players while missing its top two scorers, creates some doubts whether Kansas could emerge as a Big 12 contender capable of unseating the reigning league and national champion, undefeated Baylor.

The defeat also points to the difficulty conference rivals will face when traveling, although Jalen Wilson cited the Jayhawks' lack of energy after he scored a season-high 20 points against Texas Tech.

"They brought all the energy, all the effort, punked us in a sense," Wilson told the Kansas City Star. "That's unacceptable, especially with how Kansas basketball is on the road. We're always the ones bringing the energy."

Complications involving travel have been far more significant for Iowa State, which will carry a 22-game conference road losing streak into the game at Kansas. The Cyclones led by four at halftime Saturday, only to fall 79-66 at Oklahoma. Iowa State did not shoot a free throw until inside the final two minutes.

Three days after winning a 51-47 slugfest against Texas Tech, the Cyclones allowed 81.8 percent shooting from the field in the second half as Oklahoma went 18-for-22.

"Defensively, we got out of character," Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger told the Des Moines Register. "Our ball pressure wasn't very good. We weren't the aggressor the way like we've been all year long. We have to be who we can be, and that's an elite defensive team."

Iowa State allows an average of 58.4 points per game while Kansas scores 83.1. Izaiah Brockington leads the Cyclones in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (8.1).

The Cyclones started 12-0 under Otzelberger, who was hired after the Cyclones' winless Big 12 run last season. Iowa State has lost two of three since opening conference play.

--Field Level Media

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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks Recap FEB 11TH 2021

Devon Dotson poured in 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting, and three teammates added double-figure scoring as No. 3 Kansas rolled past Iowa State 91-71 on Monday in Lawrence, Kan.

It was the 11th straight victory for the Jayhawks (23-3, 12-1 Big 12), who sit a half-game behind No. 1 Baylor in the conference race ahead of their matchup Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Dotson, a sophomore, sank a career-high six 3-pointers. Ochai Agbaji added 14 points, Christian Braun scored 13 on 5-of-6 shooting, Udoka Azubuike also had 13, and David McCormack tallied 10 for the Jayhawks.

Prentiss Nixon led the Cyclones (11-15, 4-9) with 20 points. Michael Jacobson added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Rasir Bolton had 12 points for Iowa State, which has won just three of its past 11 games.

The Cyclones are 1-11 in games away from home this year, including 0-9 in true road games.

Kansas led by 10 points at the half but poured it on in the second half, using its defense to limit the Cyclones to just 33 percent shooting after a torrid first half. The Jayhawks led by as many as 28 points down the stretch, outrebounded Iowa State 39-28 overall and had 38 points in the paint to just 20 for the Cyclones.

Both teams were lights-out from the floor in the first half, after which the Jayhawks led 50-40. Iowa State was 9 of 12 on 3-point attempts and shot 56 percent overall from on field-goal tries in the first 20 minutes.

Kansas hit 7 of 13 shots from beyond the arc in the first half and 61 percent from the floor. The difference was the Jayhawks' defense -- Kansas forced nine first-half turnovers and scored 14 points on those miscues.

Dotson led the Jayhawks with 15 points in the first half, with Braun hitting for 13 and Azubuike adding 10 on 4-of-4 shooting.

Jacobson paced the Cyclones with 11 points over the opening half.

A 13-0 run in the middle of the second half helped by an 8-of-9 shooting stretch pushed the lead to 80-55 with 7:50 to play, and Kansas was never seriously challenged again.

--Field Level Media

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