Statistics suggest that Iowa State are the best team in the Big 12 when it comes to offense, but those numbers weren’t enough in their attempt to beat Kansas for a second time this season. The Jayhawks remain in a league of their own in a conference they more or less own, winning 89-76.
No team has beaten Kansas twice in the same season since the 2000-2001 season. Iowa State are actually the last to do it, but their offense hit a snag in the road and fell apart as their defense gave up 54 points in the second half, shooting just 41.7% from the field. Iowa State had just Georges Niang who seemed to be in a good enough soothing form to keep up with the Kansas scoring.
Wayne Selden Jr. scored 20 points (5-of-7 from beyond the arc), 19 of those points coming in the second half. Perry Ellis finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 16 points with 5 rebounds. Kansas are now two games ahead of the Cyclones in the conference with just one loss (Iowa State are at 6-3). The only team between them at the moment are West Virginia at 6-2. The Mountaineers still have to play Kansas twice and at Iowa State.