Top-ranked Texas coming to Hiton

AMES — When Texas comes to town Wednesday it will become the first No. 1 ranked team to play at Hilton Coliseum in 13 seasons.

The Longhorns (15-0) moved up a spot Monday in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after previous No. 1 Kansas lost Sunday at Tennessee. KU, who is on the home schedule Jan. 23, dropped to No. 3.

Kentucky — the nation’s only other unbeaten — is ranked second.

“We knew we were going to play either No. 1 or No. 2 at one point. Now it is sooner rather than later,” ISU forward Craig Brackins said Monday after practice.

A No. 1-ranked team last visited Hilton Coliseum back on Feb. 9, 1997, when top-ranked Kanasas beat sixth-ranked ISU, 69-62, on a day when Dedric Willoughby set a school record with nine 3-pointers.

The last time ISU played a No. 1-ranked team? …It was Feb. 18, 2002, a lopsided 102-66 loss at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse.

The last time ISU defeated a No. 1-ranked team? …It has happened, though only once in 15 tries. The Cyclones stunned top-ranked and their star Wilt Chamberlain back on Jan. 14, 1957, ISU’s Don Medsker hit a shot at the buzzer for a 39-37 victory at the Armory in Ames. 

A win Wednesday would mark Coach Greg McDermott’s first victory over a ranked team in 16 tries.

ISU’s students are back in town. The place should be rocking, hoping to see the first-ever win over a No. 1 team in five tries at Hilton Coliseum.

“There will be a lot of excitment. Being able to play that (good) of a team is a lot of fun,” said forward Justin Hamilton, who is expected to be in the starting lineup again after concussion-like symptoms forced him to sit out Saturday’s win over North Dakota State.

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