Big 12 match-up between Cyclones & Wildcats is a statistical dead heat

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In the current Big 12 standings, Iowa State is in fourth place (5-3) and Kansas State is fifth (4-4). The schools meet tonight in Ames and there probably could not be a more statistical dead heat.

A quick review of league statistics (conference games only through Sunday) would show the following:

·         Scoring offense – ISU (4th) and K-State (5th)

·         Scoring defense – ISU (3rd) and K-State (4th)

·         Scoring margin – ISU (4th) and K-State (5th)

·         FG percentage – ISU (4th) and K-State (5th)

·         FG percentage defense – ISU (4th) and K-State (5th)

·         3-point percentage defense – ISU (2nd) and K-State (3rd)

·         Assists – K-State (4th) and ISU (5th)

·         Steals – ISU (6th) and K-State (7th)

·         Turnover margin – K-State (5th) and ISU (7th)

The most significant differences are in three-point shooting (the Cyclones are second and the Wildcats eighth) and rebound margin (Kansas State is first and Iowa State is sixth).

Coach Fred Hoiberg complimented the Wildcats’ tenacity on the boards Monday and noted that 44% of their rebounds come at the offensive end.

“This team gets nearly half of its shots back on the offensive boards,” Hoiberg said. “(K-State) will be the toughest, most physical team we play all year. We’ve got to do a great job limiting them to one shot.”

Making a few three pointers along with an enthusiastic Hilton Coliseum wouldn’t hurt the cause either.

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