The No. 15 Iowa State Cyclones hit the road to take on the No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 action on Tuesday, January 11th. Tipoff from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas is set for 8:00 p.m. ET with the game airing on the Big 12 Network and ESPN+.

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said on multiple occasions that he was disappointed with the Jayhawks’ intensity and effort from the opening tip in last weekend’s loss at Texas Tech.

But there was more to it than that. That lack of fire from the jump carried over to the rest of the game, hurting the Jayhawks on offense, defense and in intangible areas.

Missing shots or giving up tough buckets to a good opponent are part of the game. But Self believes that winning in the effort areas is almost entirely up to how bad players want it.

“It’s always been a given here (that) if it’s a 50-50 ball we’ll get 70% of them,” Self said Monday. “And if you look at our team, other than CB (Christian Braun), who is the great 50-50 ball guy?”

Consider that a challenge to the rest of the group and don’t be surprised to see the Jayhawks turned up more than they have been all season in this one.

“A big reason why we will get good defensively

The Cyclones (13-2, 1-2 Big 12) looked dominant to begin their season as they won their first 12 games of the season. Unfortunately, a meeting with the No. 1 Baylor Bears didn’t go their way and then they were upset on the road by the Oklahoma Sooners, 79-66. This matchup with Kansas starts a three-game slate against three top-25 opponents in a row. They need a win here to try and drum up some momentum as they continue in conference play.

The Jayhawks (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) are also coming off a loss as they couldn’t take down the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road and fell, 75-67. They had been on an eight-game win streak before taking the loss. Senior guard Ochai Agbaji had 24 points in the loss, but this Jayhawks team is at its best when he is on point. Agbaji is now averaging 20.5 points per game.

How to watch Iowa State vs. Kansas
When: Tuesday, January 11th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
Where to live stream online: Big 12 Now, Big 12 Now on ESPN, ESPN+
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Kansas -11.5


The No. 9-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will be looking to bounce back from their first Big 12 Conference loss of the season in a head-to-head showdown with the Iowa State Cyclones. Kansas saw their eight-game winning streak collapse at the hands of Texas Tech as 6.5-point favorites on the road. They’ll try to get back on track against an Iowa State team that got rolled by Oklahoma in a game they failed to cover in as 5.5-point dogs.

Iowa State has an epic meltdown
Iowa State completely blew it against Oklahoma.
I’ve heard of teams collapsing, but they suffered the meltdown of all meltdowns. The team was in complete control in the early going and even finished the first half with a 36-32 lead. And then they imploded and got outscored 47-30 in the second half.

But this Cyclones team has no time to think. They have to go out there on Tuesday night and compete against the seventh-ranked scoring offense in the country. It’s going to take a monumental defensive performance to cover against Kansas in Lawrence, much less pull off an upset. The Cyclones are certainly capable with the sixth-best adjusted defensive efficiency rating on Kenpom. They’re physical, aggressive and can force difficult shots.

But then again, they just got lit up by the Sooners.

They aren’t built to survive a firefight with the Jayhawks. Izaiah Brockington is averaging 17 points per game, and Tyrese Hunter is averaging 10.3 points. But Iowa State as a whole is only averaging 63 points in their last three games. That won’t be enough to beat this Jayhawks team.

By katuli