AMES — If he tires, it doesn’t show.
Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue just goes and goes and goes. And the direction’s usually pointed up and up and up — during practices and games.
“He actually probably gets more reps than anybody because he plays two positions,” Cyclones Coach Fred Hoiberg said of the board-crashing 6-foot-6 junior, who was unavailable during Monday’s media availability. “He plays (the) 3, then when one of our frontcourt guys go out he usually moves to the 4. So I have to try to get him reps both on the perimeter and on the inside.”
Too much? Hogue, the Big 12’s second leading rebounder at 9.3 per game, likes it.
“Rebounding and hard work has always been my role,” he said earlier this season.
Hogue’s live-wire persona and production will be needed if the No. 18 Cyclones (15-3, 3-3 Big 12) are to have a chance to topple No. 7 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) at 8 p.m. tonight at Lawrence.
He pulled down nine boards in the 77-70 home loss two weeks ago to the Jayhawks, but will need to do more — and have more help — this time around. Kansas won the rebounding battle, 53-36, that Monday night in Ames.
That’s partly because of athletic 7-foot big man Joel Embiid, who Hoiberg anointed the best player in the country after the game. But another top player candidate, Andrew Wiggins, pulled down 19 rebounds from the guard position — and that’s still a sore subject.
“(We’re) ready to go down there and bang with those big guys, especially after what they did to us here where they killed us on the glass,” said ISU point guard DeAndre Kane, who added eight boards to Hogue’s nine in the loss to the Jayhawks. “It’s still fresh in our minds. We want to go down there and get this one for sure.”
Hogue will enter tonight’s game at Allen Fieldhouse on a glass-based roll. He grabbed nine of his game-high 12 rebounds in the second half of Saturday’s 81-75 home win over Kansas State.
He also plays a pivotal role in igniting fast breaks.“If we get back in transition and rebound the basketball — I know I say that probably before every game, but especially against Kansas in their building (it’s key),” Hoiberg said. “They thrive on dunks and alley-oops in their place. If they get it going, it’s pretty tough to come back.”