Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 2/8/13
(AP) -- The recent struggles of its in-state rival have opened the door for Kansas State near the top of the Big 12 race. Now the 13th-ranked Wildcats must find a way to deal with Iowa State's Will Clyburn, who burned them two weeks ago in Ames. Kansas State will try to win its fourth straight on Saturday night - and avoid looking ahead - when it hosts a Cyclones team that looks to draw even with the Wildcats in the standings. Following consecutive defeats to Kansas and Iowa State, Kansas State (18-4, 7-2) has won three straight to claim a share of first place in the Big 12 with the Jayhawks losing their last two. While they haven't exactly shined offensively, the Wildcats - who allow a conference-low 57.8 points per game - have lived up to their defensive reputation during their winning streak. They've yielded an average of 55.3 points and limited opponents to 8-of-34 (23.5 percent) shooting from 3-point range in their last three after allowing 64.0 points per game in their pr...
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