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ISU Top 10 Showdown

Iowa State University Cyclones
Iowa State University Cyclones

No. 9 Iowa State (13-0, 1-0) hosts its first top-10 showdown since the 2000-01 season Tuesday when it faces No. 7 Baylor (12-1, 0-0) at Hilton Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.  ESPN2 will carry the game live.

The Iowa State Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) are one of just six unbeaten teams remaining in the nation. The Cyclones are looking to improve to 2-0 in Big 12 play for the second time under head coach Fred Hoiberg and the sixth time in school history. Iowa State’s 13-game winning streak matches the longest in school history (1999-2000).

The Cyclones are ranked No. 9 in The Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. With Baylor coming into the game at No. 7 in the AP poll, Tuesday’s game will mark the first time ISU has played in a matchup of top-10 teams since Feb. 17, 2001 when the No. 7 Cyclones beat No. 6 Kansas, 79-71, at Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State senior DeAndre Kane has been named Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks. It is his fourth overall weekly accolade, after twice being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. Kansas State’s Marcus Foster earned this week’s newcomer of the week honor.

Melvin Ejim is leading the Cyclones averaging 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, including five games with 20+ points. The senior has posted double-doubles in four games.

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.

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