LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU Athletics) No. 5/6 Kansas (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) continues conference play at Iowa State (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday Jan. 5. The Jayhawks, the 14-time defending Big 12 champion, is coming off a 70-63 win against Oklahoma, while the Cyclones topped the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 69-63, on the league's opening night Wednesday. The contest is set for 4 p.m., on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.
Kansas is 12-1 for the eighth time in Bill Self's 16 seasons at KU, including three of the last four seasons.
Kansas leads the overall series with Iowa State, 93-16 but the series is 5-5 in last 10 meetings with seven of those outcomes being decided by seven points or less and five by five points or fewer.
In Bill Self's 15-plus seasons at Kansas, 11 of the 15 KU-ISU matchups in Ames have been decided by 10 points or less with five of those by five points or less.
With its win versus Oklahoma (1/2), Kansas has won a mindboggling 28-straight conference openers dating back to the 1991-92 season with 11 of those in Allen Fieldhouse and 17 on the road.
Kansas is 82-for-109 (75.2 percent) from the free throw line in its last five games. For the season, KU is 68.4 percent from the line and prior to the last five contests, KU was shooting 64.2 percent from the line.
Kansas has had five different players lead the team in scoring in each of the last five games. Those have been Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson, Charlie Moore and Lagerald Vick.
Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 with two players ranked in the top five in the league in scoring. RS-junior F Dedric Lawson is third in scoring at 19.1 ppg, while senior G Lagerald Vick is fifth at 15.5 ppg.
Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 in rebounding at 11.1 rpg. He is vying to become the first Jayhawk to lead the league in rebound average since All-American Thomas Robinson in 2011-12.
The Jayhawks closed out the first two months of the season with one or fewer losses for the eighth time in Bill Self's 16 seasons. KU has entered January undefeated on four occasions, and with just one loss three times.