Big Monday…Big Matchup

Kane, DeAndre_Baylor_2013-14_4It’s Big Monday. It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Fans from coast-to-coast will be tuning into tonight’s game as the Cyclones face Oklahoma State in another big conference game.

When fans tune into this game they’ll get the chance to watch a matchup between two of the Big 12’s top guards in ISU’s DeAndre Kane and OSU’s Marcus Smart.

Both players want to get to the hoop, and are successful at doing so more often than not. They are very difficult to guard because of this ability.

Each day I am emailed updated Big 12 stats from the league office. Each day I look through them, searching for our player’s names. And on each day I see two names, frequently. The names DeAndre Kane and Marcus Smart litter the conference leaders.

It is impressive. Let’s take a look:

Scoring: Smart (3rd, 17.2), Kane (T-8th, 16.1)
Rebounding: Kane (T-11th, 6.6), Smart (T-19th, 5.7)
Assists: Kane (2nd, 5.8), Smart (7th, 4.5)
Steals: Smart (1st, 2.5), Kane (2nd, 1.6)
FG Percentage: Kane (7th, 48.8), Smart (12th, 41.8)
FT Percentage: Smart (72.3), Kane (63.6)
3FG Percentage: Kane (36.0), Smart (28.6)
Assist/TO Ratio: Kane (5th, 2.0), Smart (T-8th, 1.7)
Defensive Rebounds: Kane (T-5th, 5.4), Smart (T-14th, 4.3)

There aren’t many players in the league that are as well rounded as Kane and Smart.

Both teams have other impact players as well in Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, Georges Niang and Dustin Hogue and Oklahoma State’s  Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash.  It is likely that the outcome of tonight’s game will ultimately come down to these other players.

But as far as guard matchups go, this will be one of the better ones you’ll see.

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About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my ninth year at Iowa State and first as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at mshoultz@iastate.edu. I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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