Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - The 16th-ranked Iowa Cyclones will try to stop the bleeding when they host the 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a Big 12 Conference rematch at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
These teams are just three weeks removed from Oklahoma's 87-82 victory over Iowa State in Norman. The win was the third straight for the Sooners against the Cyclones, improving them to 112-81 in the all-time series.
The earlier triumph over the Cyclones was the start of a strong stretch for the Sooners, who have won four straight and five of their last six, including an 88-76 victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State on Monday. Oklahoma is now 17-4 overall, including a 4-3 mark in league play. The Sooners visit West Virginia next.
While Oklahoma has been soaring since their last meeting, Iowa State has been sinking, with losses in four of its last five, including a 92-81 setback at Kansas on Wednesday. The Cyclones are now 15-4 overall and below the .500 mark (3-4) in conference action. The brutal schedule continues on Monday as they face Oklahoma State.
Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and Ryan Spangler logged an impressive double- double (15 points, 17 rebounds) to carry Oklahoma over rival Oklahoma State. The Sooners connected on 46.3 percent of their shots from the floor and claimed a 42-37 edge on the glass. They also doubled up the Cowboys in points from the free-throw line (30-15).
Oklahoma has consistently score, the team ranking second in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in points per game (84), despite shooting the sixth-best percentage from the floor in the conference (.455). All five regular starters for Lon Kruger's unit are averaging in double figures, led by Cameron Clark (16.5 ppg) and Buddy Hield (16.4 ppg). However, Clark and Hield combined or just 18 points on 7-of-19 shooting against Oklahoma State. Having a roster that includes Spangler (11.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg), Woodard (11.3 ppg, 4.5 apg) and Isaiah Cousins (10.2 ppg) allowed the Sooners to overcome the slow night from their two leading scorers.
Iowa State hurt itself by giving Kansas too many chances on Wednesday. The Cyclones were outscored 17-9 off of turnovers and 19-4 in second-chance points. Failing to control the ball wiped away any benefit of the huge efforts put forth by Georges Niang (24 points) and DeAndre Kane (22).
The Cyclones are a team that will not be intimidated by Oklahoma's torrid offensive pace. In fact, Iowa State is an even better offensive group, leading the Big 12 in scoring (84.76 ppg) and assists (18.1 apg), while ranking sixth and second, respectively, in the country in those categories. Kane (16.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.6 apg) and Niang (15.78 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg) are both talented guards that do much more than score, with Kane second in the league in assists. Melvin Ejim (17.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) is the guy Kane looks for the most, as the 6-foot-6 forward leads the conference in scoring. Dustin Hogue (11.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is also a force in the paint.