Kansas Soars Past Iowa State 71-58, Will Play Saturday For Conference Tournament Championship

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas Jayhawks advanced past Iowa State Friday evening, defeating the Cyclones 71-56 to advance to the Big 12 Conference Championship for the 16th time in Big 12 history, and the 24th all time conference championship game for Kansas.

Redshirt junior Jalen Wilson led the Jayhawks in scoring with 25, marking his 71st career game with more than 10 points. Kansas as a team shot 52.3% from the field on 23 of 44 shooting, while Iowa State shot 40% on 22 of 55 shooting. It is the 25th time this season that the Jayhawks have outshot their opponents.

Guard Grady Dick had 15 points on the day, while Dajuan Haris had 11. For Iowa State, Jaren Holmes led all scorers with 16, with Robert Jones had 11.

The biggest lead in the game for Iowa State came early in the 2nd half with 1 point, while the Jayhawks led by 15 points with 30 seconds remaining. Kansas committed 25 turnovers in the game, compared to 6 by Iowa State. The Cyclones also outscored Kansas in the paint, 30-26.

Kansas will face the Texas Longhorns for the Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the T-Mobile Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Pregame on Z-96.3 The Lake will begin at 4:30 p.m.


Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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