Big 12 tournament game notes | Semifinal: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Iowa State

Friday, March 15, 2013; 6:30 p.m.

Probable Starters

Kansas: Jeff Withey, 7-0 Sr. C; Elijah Johnson, 6-4 Sr. G; Ben McLemore, 6-5 Fr. G; Travis Releford, 6-6 Sr. G; Kevin Young, 6-8 Sr. F. (Kansas game notes: http://bit.ly/140LR9w )

Iowa State: Georges Niang, 6-7 Fr. F; Melvin Ejim, 6-6 Jr. F; Will Clyburn, 6-7 Sr. G; Chris Babb, 6-5 Sr. G; Korie Lucious, 5-11 Sr. G. (Iowa State quarterfinal postgame notes: http://bit.ly/140LXy3 )

--With their win over Texas Tech on Thursday, Kansas improved to 15-2 in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal games.

--With the victory, Kansas claims its 27th win of the season, marking the seventh-straight season with at least 27 victories.

--KU is 63-24 all-time in league tournament play, including 33-8 at the Big 12 Championship.

--The Jayhawks have reached the semifinals in 15 of the 17 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships.

--KU shot a season-best 66.0 from the field which was also Kansas' best shooting effort in the Big 12 Championship, topping the 61.4 percent effort against Texas A&M in last season's quarterfinals. Kansas' shooting effort was also the best by any team in Big 12 Championship history.

--KU's 91 points were the most in the Big 12 Championship since the 94-69 win over Missouri in 2004.

--The 28-point victory was the largest margin of victory since the 90-50 win over Texas Tech in the 2002 semifinals.

--With nine threes, it was the 19th time this season Kansas has made five more threes in a game. KU is 17-2 when making five or more threes this season.
--With 24 points, Ben McLemore scored in double-digits for a team-high 28th time this season, including four straight. It was also his 10th 20-point scoring game on the year.

--With his three blocked shots, Jeff Withey moved into the No. 2 spot for blocks in a season in KU history with 127 rejections. He also owns the top spot with his 140 blocks last season.

--Rio Adams scored a career-high 11 points for his first career double-digit scoring effort. He shattered his old mark of four points against Richmond on Dec. 18, 2012.

-- Iowa State outscored Oklahoma 25-6 over the final 7:30.

-- ISU snapped an eight-game losing streak in Big 12 Championship games, dating back to 2005.

-- ISU advances to the Big 12 Championship semifinals for the first time since 2000.

-- Three Cyclones have made 60+ three-pointers this season (McGee, Lucious, Babb). It's the second occurrence in school history
(2012: Babb, Chris Allen, Scott Christopherson).

-- ISU finished 14-for-14 at the free-throw line.

-- ISU is 3-6 when trailing at halftime.

-- ISU is 19-1 when shooting better than its opponent.

-- ISU is 18-4 when out-rebounding its opponent.

-- ISU's rally from a 12-point deficit is its largest second-half comeback since Jan. 31, 2012 (trailed Kansas State by 14, won 72-70).

Information provided by the University of Kansas and Iowa State University
 

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