AMES (AP)— In a showdown of Top-10 men’s basketball teams, No. 9 Iowa State hosts No. 7 Baylor tonight.
Tip is set for 6 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum. ESPN2 will televise the game. KCHA-FM 95-9 will carry the game as well starting at 5:30pm.
The Cyclones (13-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big 12 Conference) are one of just six unbeaten teams remaining in the nation. ISU is looking to win its first two conference games for the second time under head coach Fred Hoiberg and the sixth time in school history. Iowa State’s 13-game victory streak matches its longest in school history (1999-2000). This is the first season since the 1956-57 campaign that the Cyclones have went unbeaten in non-conference action.
Iowa State, which opened league play with a 73-62 triumph at Texas Tech on Saturday, ranks among the NCAA’s top-10 in five statistical categories: first in assist/turnover ratio (1.96), second in assists (18.8), ninth in scoring (87.0), second in defensive rebounding (31.5), ninth in scoring margin (19.8) and 10th in turnovers per game (9.6).
Melvin Ejim leads the Cyclones in scoring at 17.7 points per game to go along with 7.6 boards. Ejim, who is shooting 51.5 percent from the field, has been in double figures in all 11 games since his return from a knee injury, including five games with at least 20 points. The senior has posted double-doubles on four occasions.
Georges Niang has been one of the nation’s hottest players over the last seven games, averaging 19.6 points and shooting the ball at an impressive clip (53.3 FG/44.4 3FG/81.8 FT).
Iowa State holds a 15-9 edge in the all-time series with Baylor as the teams meet for the 25th time. ISU has never lost to the Bears in games played in Ames, owning an 11-0 mark. The Cyclones won both meetings in last season’s series, beating Baylor 79-71 in Ames and 87-82 in Waco.
The Bears (12-1, 0-0) have won six straight games since dropping a 74-67 decision to then-No. 8 Syracuse in the Maui Invitational title game back on Nov. 27. Cory Jefferson (14.2), Kenny Chery (11.5), Brady Heslip (10.5) and Isaiah Austin (10.5) all score in double figures for Baylor, which is coming off an 80-50 rout of Savannah State on Friday.