Three takeaways from Kansas' blowout loss at Iowa State: What went wrong

Shreyas Laddha, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

AMES, Iowa — Kansas coach Bill Self looked exasperated.

Self sat on his chair at Hilton Coliseum, clasped his hands over his head and stared at the court.

KU guard Kevin McCullar had just committed an offensive foul late in the second half of KU’s 68-53 loss to Iowa State. It was the Jayhawks’ 14th turnover of the night.

Self’s face was bright red with a mixture of emotions — a telling sign of the game Kansas had on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.

Jaren Holmes scored 15 points and Osun Osunniyi added 13 as the No. 13 Cyclones (16-6, 7-3 Big 12) blew out the No. 8 Jayhawks for their first win over KU since the 2019 Big 12 tournament in Kansas City. The Jayhawks had not lost in Hilton since Jan. 5, 2019.

The loss ends KU’s (18-5. 6-4 Big 12) seven-game winning streak against Iowa State, including three straight at Hilton.


In January, Kansas defeated the Cyclones, 62-60, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Jalen Wilson scored 26 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor as the Jayhawks fell to fifth in the conference.

KU’s first half was one to forget. As usual, Kansas found itself down early (9-3) with 16:45 left in the first half. After KU kept it within striking distance, Iowa State went on a 7-0 run to close the half with a 33-21 lead.

In the second half, the Jayhawks cut the lead to five points (36-31) by the 16:03 mark and forced an Iowa State timeout. Out of the timeout, the Cyclones went on a 6-0 run to go up 11.


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