No. 8 Iowa State drops third straight in road loss to Texas

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After starting the season 14-0, No. 8 Iowa State has come crashing back down to earth following Saturday’s 86-76 loss at Texas. The Big 12 loss marks the third consecutive loss for the Cyclones as they drop to 14-3, and 2-3 in the conference on the season.

Continuing to play on a bum ankle suffered in the loss against Oklahoma last weekend, DeAndre Kane struggled to 3-for-12 shooting from the field and seven turnovers as the All-American candidate finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Iowa State struggled to 11-for-32 shooting from the three-point line and had 17 turnovers for the game as a 36-all score at halftime quickly blew open for Texas as the Longhorns led the Cyclones the final 14:46 of the game.

The game was never a blowout but inside scoring was a huge impact for the Longhorns. Jonathan Holmes (23 points, seven rebounds, 9-for-13 shooting) and Cameron Ridley (16 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, 7-for-10 shooting) both played very well for Texas and helped put Iowa State into foul trouble.

Although guards Javan Felix (17 points) and Isaiah Taylor (12 points) both finished in double-figures for Texas they combined for an unreliable 6-for-24 from the field as Holmes and Ridley both shot high percentages and drew fouls on a consistent basis.

Georges Niang (18 points) and Melvin Ejim (17 points) paced the Iowa State offense, but the Cyclones have given up at least 77 points — or more — in the last three Big 12 losses and defense is becoming a concern for them as conference season wears along.

We know about Hilton Magic and the Cyclones’ ability to score, but can Iowa State get enough stops to be a reliable team in March?

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student

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Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.