K-State Concludes Regular Season at Texas Tech Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
MARCH 5, 2:00 PM

United Supermarket Arena
Lubbock, TX

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
16-14 (5-12 Big 12)

RV/RV
TEXAS TECH
RED RAIDERS
18-11 (8-9 Big 12)

ESPNews
WatchESPN
Sirius 113/XM 199

TELEVISION
ESPNews
Mark Neely (play-by-play)
Bryndon Manzer (analyst)
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113/XM 199 

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
K-State Game Center at kstatesports.com
Direct Link

TICKETS
TexasTech.com
(806) 742.8324
redraidertickets@ttu.edu
$8 (bench/GA)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 391-207/18th season
At K-State: 78-52/4th season
vs. Texas Tech: 7-1

Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (High Point ‘73)
Overall: 556-274/25th season
At Texas Tech: 45-48/3rd season
vs. Kansas State: 1-3

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (16-14, 5-12 Big 12)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (11.9 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (9.1 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.1 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (9.7 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (8.8 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)

Texas Tech (18-11, 8-9 Big 12)
G: #12 Keenan Evans (8.5 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
G: #20 Toddrick Gotcher (11.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
G: #5 Justin Gray (8.8 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
F: #11 Zach Smith (9.9 ppg., 7.2 rpg.)
F: #34 Matthew Temple (3.6 ppg., 1.9 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 22-11 (series began in 1955)
In Big 12 era: K-State leads 15-10 (4-7 on the road)
In Lubbock: Texas Tech leads 8-7 (last meeting - 2/4/2015)  
Current Streak: K-State, 1
Last Meeting: K-State, 83-70, in Manhattan, Kan., on 1/12/2016
Weber vs. Texas Tech: Weber leads 7-1 (2-1 on the road)
Weber vs. Smith: Weber leads 10-4 (3-3 on the road)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (16-14, 5-12 Big 12) concludes the regular season this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech (18-11, 8-9 Big 12) at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday on ESPNews.
K-State will be looking to sweep the season series from Texas Tech for the first time since 2014 after an 83-70 win on Jan. 12. The Wildcats own a 22-11 record in the series, including a 15-10 mark in the Big 12 era. 
K-State has struggled on the road this season with just a 3-9 record away from home, including a 1-7 mark in Big 12 play. The Wildcats have won 4 of the last 5 meetings with the Red Raiders in Lubbock.
Including the TCU game and Saturday’s finale at Texas Tech, K-State will play consecutive unranked opponents for just the second time since the start of Big 12 play. The Wildcats are 15-2 against unranked teams.
Regardless of Saturday’s results, K-State will be playing in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center on Wednesday. The Wildcats will the No. 8 seed for the second straight season and will play No. 9 Oklahoma State (12-18, 3-14 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT.
K-State owns the 14th-best strength of schedule and has played a school-record 13 Top 25 opponents, including 11 in Big 12 play. Thirteen of the 14 losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the AP?Top 25, including 6 in Top 10, with a combined record of 177-59 (.750).
K-State snapped a 3-game overall losing streak and a 3-game skid at home with a dominating 79-54 victory over TCU on Senior Night, as the Wildcats connected on 56.5 percent (26-of-46) from the field, including 76.2 percent (16-of-21) in the first half.  The 76.2 percent clip was the 7th-highest mark for a half in school history and the highest since 2014. 
Freshman Barry Brown led 4 Wildcats in double figures with a team-high 15 points on a season-high 5 treys, while senior Justin Edwards (12) registered double figures for the 7th time in the last 8 games. In all, 11 players scored in the contest, including 10 with at least one field goal.
K-State has improved nearly every offensive category from 2014-15, surpassing marks for scoring, field goals, 3-point field goals, points in the paint, second-chance points, rebounds, blocks and steals. The 225 steals are the 10th-most in school history and the most since 247 in 2012-13.
One of the youngest teams in the country, K-State has had at least 2 true freshmen start together in 26 of 30 games (13 of 17 Big 12 games), while there has been at least one freshman starter in all 30 games.