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January 12, 2014
Kane a game-time decision
Senior guard DeAndre Kane will be a game time decision for Big Monday versus Kansas, according to Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg, who talked Sunday afternoon about Kane's status, the loss at Oklahoma and preparing for the Jayhawks.
Do you have a DeAndre update?
He's back there getting treatment right now. He got a couple of treatments last night and he's sore, as to be expected when you turn your ankle the way that he did. Not much I can give you as far as what's going to happen tomorrow. He'll continue to get treatments around the clock today. Get them again tomorrow and then it will be a game time decision.
Who's going to pick up the slack should he not be able to go?
Well I think everybody's obviously going to have to pick it up if he can't go. Monte has been giving us a lot of very quality minutes at that spot. Naz will have to play a ball handling role. We've got other guys that can handle it out there on the perimeter. So it's going to have to be by committee. We'll determine all that after we figure out if DeAndre's going to play.
Is the decision going to be him making the call?
Oh I think it's just kind of collectively with the doctors and the trainers and obviously DeAndre has to be comfortable doing it because this is a long season. There's a lot of basketball to be played and if anything can happen to further the injury or make it more severe, then obviously we'll hold him out. We'll take a very cautious approach with this one.
How uncommon is it for a freshman to be where Morris is at?
He's been doing such a good job at taking care of the basketball, making good quality plays, making simple plays. It's pretty impressive to have the ball in his hands as much as he has as a freshman and continue to make the right decisions. So we've been really pleased with Monte and his minutes continue to go up. I think he and DeAndre play very well on the floor together.
What are you seeing from Kansas right now?
Boy they were impressive last night in that game against Kansas State. They just absolutely ran away with it. They were physical. They were hitting shots. They're playing with a ton of confidence right now and when you have that collection of talent that's playing with that type of confidence, it makes them a very dangerous team when they're facing anybody. I'd say they're playing as well as any team in the country right now and we're going to have to be at our best to have a chance to win.
How much does rebounding have to improve from the Oklahoma game to Kansas?
If we don't have a better effort on the boards, it's going to be a long year. We out shoot them 52 percent to 40 percent and outscored them in the paint by almost 30. But you get outscored 22-2 on second chance points you're not going to win the game very often. Obviously with their length they pose a lot of problems with that. We're just going to have to find a body. You have to find a body and then the guards have to get in there and really help out. It's got to be a five-man effort.
Can you talk about Naadir Tharpe and his play for Kansas?
Tharpe's a really solid player. He's a guy that can make shots for them and with all the weapons they have, especially those guys in the post that usually have a size advantage any time they take the floor, when you've got those guys out there that can knock down shots, it makes it tough. He's playing fast, they run a lot of high ball screens for him and he's making the right play out of it. He's a very impressive guard.
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