PREVIEW: K-State Ends Homestand against Robert Morris Tuesday

NOV 22, 7:10 PM

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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 395-209/19th season
At K-State: 82-54/5th season
vs. Robert Morris: First meeting

Robert Morris: Andrew Toole (Penn ‘03)
Overall: 120-91/7th season
At Robert Morris: same
vs. Kansas State: First meeting

Kansas State (3-0)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (12.7 ppg., 2.7 apg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (16.3 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (18.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (5.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (7.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg.)

Robert Morris (0-4)
G: #3 Kavon Stewart (8.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
G: #1 Isaiah Still (17.3 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
G: #11 Dachon Burke (3.3 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
F: #24 Aaron Tate (3.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg.)
C: #5 Braden Burke (6.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)

Overall: First Meeting
vs. Northeast Conference: K-State leads 8-3 (6-0 at home)
In Manhattan: First Meeting
Current Streak: n/a
Last Meeting: n/a
Weber vs. Robert Morris: First meeting
Weber vs. Toole: First meeting

Kansas State concludes its four-game homestand on Sunday, as the Wildcats host Robert Morris (0-4) at 7 p.m., in the second of two opening round games of the Barclays Center Classic. K-State will move onto the semifinal round of the tournament on Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the team will meet Boston College (2-1) at 6 p.m. CT. The winner of the first semifinal game will play either Maryland (4-0) or Richmond (2-1) for the championship on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. CT.
K-State is looking for a 4-0 start for the second season in a row, including the third time in 5 seasons under Bruce Weber.
The Wildcats have won 11 straight non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum with an average margin of victory of 17.6 points. The last home non-conference loss came to Georgia on Dec. 31, 2014.
K-State has an 82-5 (.943) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including an 80-4 (.952) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 71 of its last 74 non-conference home games.
Weber is 61-12 (.836) at Bramlage Coliseum with non-conference losses to Northern Colorado (2013), Texas Southern (2014) and Georgia (2014).
This will be the first-ever meeting with Robert Morris on the hardwood and the first against a Northeast Conference foe since playing Wagner in consecutive seasons in 2007 and 2008.  The Wildcats are 8-3 all-time vs. NEC opponents with all 3 losses coming to LIU Brooklyn (lastly in 1950).
K-State moved to 3-0 with an 89-67 win over Hampton on Sunday, as the Wildcats connected on a season-best 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field, including 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from 3-point range. The 12 treys tied for the most in the Bruce Weber era and were the most since also hitting 12 triples vs. Tulane on Dec. 28, 2013. The team has started with three consecutive 80-point games for the second year in a row, but hasn’t accomplished the feat in the first four games since the 1976-77 season.
The Wildcats have had four players score in double figures in each of the first three games for the first time since the 2011-12 season with Barry Brown, Wesley Iwundu and Kamau Stokes each posting double digits. The team has not had four double-digit scorers in four consecutive games since the 2009-10 team rattled off eight straight such games.
Iwundu, who is among seven Wildcats shooting better than 50 percent from the field, tied his career-high for the third time with 23 points vs. Hampton (11/20). He now has four career 20-point games.

Robert Morris enters Tuesday’s game with a 0-4 record after dropping its third straight road contest at Richmond, 81-69... The Colonials started the season with a home loss to Penn (50-67) before losing at DePaul (72-78) and Bucknell (62-75).
Robert Morris is averaging 63.2 points on 37.6 percent shooting, including 30.3 percent from 3-point range, with 39.2 rebounds, 12 assists, 7.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game... The team is allowing75.2 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting.
The Colonials are led by 6-foot-6 sophomore guard Isaiah Still, who is averaging a team-best 17.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting, including 40 percent from 3-point range... Senior forward Billy Giles is second in scoring at 9.8 points per game on 64 percent shooting, while senior guard Kavon Stewart is averaging 8.0 points to go with 4.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game... Transfer Aaron Tate, who played at Dodge City Community College, is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.5 per contest.
Robert Morris returns 10 lettermen, including three starters, from a team that posted a 10-22 record and finished eighth in the Northeast Conference... Before the losing season, the team had four consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins.
Head coach Andrew Toole has a 120-91 record in his 7th season at the helm... Toole has led the Colonials to four 20-win seasons and four trips to the postseason, including the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15..

Tuesday’s contest will mark the first-ever meeting between K-State and Robert Morris on the hardwood.
K-State is 8-3 against the Northeast Conference, including 6-0 at home... The 3 losses have all come to LIU Brooklyn (formerly Long Island), as the schools played 5 times between 1948-51 with Blackbirds winning at home in 1948 (twice) and 1950.
This will be the first meeting with a Northeast Conference foe since knocking off Wagner in back-to-back seasons, including 101-59 on Dec. 29, 2007 and 82-53 on Dec. 30, 2008.


K-State has an 82-5 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including an 80-4 mark during the regular season... The Wildcats has won 71 of their last 74 non-conference home games.
K-State has won 12 consecutive games played at home venues against non-conference opponents (61-56 win over Colorado State at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita), including 11 straight at Bramlage Coliseum... The Wildcats’ last loss to a non-conference team at home came against Georgia, 50-46, on Dec. 31, 2014... The team has won 11 in a row at home in November.
K-State went 9-0 in games played at home venues in 2015-16, winning by an average margin of 15.2 points per game.
K-State went 12-3 overall in non-conference play in 2015-16, topping double-digit wins for the first time since 2013-14... The Wildcats had a streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 10 non-conference wins from 2006-07 to 2013-14.

K-State is averaging 84.0 points on 50.6 percent shooting (87-of-172), including 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from 3-point range, through the first 3 games with average of 38.3 rebounds, 17.0 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
The Wildcats have scored 80 or more points in the first 3 games in each of the last 2 seasons... They scored 80 or more in the first 3 games in 2015-16, but haven’t accomplished the feat in the first 4 games since the 1976-77 season.
K-State is now 22-2 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 80 or more points.
K-State is averaging 31.3 points in the paint, 25.0 bench points, 20.3 points off of turnovers, 15.7 fast break points and 13.0 second-chance points through 3 games... The team is forcing 15.0 turnovers per game.
The Wildcats have connected on better than 46.9 percent of their field goals in 5 of their 6 halves this season, including 62.5 percent (15-of-24) in the second half against Western Illinois (11/11)... The team shot a season-best 58.3 percent (28-of-48) in the win over Hampton (11/20)... K-State is now 29-5 under Bruce Weber when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
Seven Wildcats are shooting better than 50 percent from the field, including each of its top four scorers in senior Wesley Iwundu (56.3), sophomore Barry Brown (55.9), freshman Xavier Sneed (56.5) and sophomore Kamau Stokes (50.0).
Four Wildcats have scored in double figures in each of the first 3 games, including double-digit performances from sophomore Barry Brown, senior Wesley Iwundu and sophomore Kamau Stokes... In all, 5 different players have at least one double-digit scoring game, including two by freshman Xavier Sneed and one by senior D.J. Johnson.
It marked the first time since 2011-12 that the Wildcats have opened a season with 4 players scoring in double figures... The team hasn’t done it in 4 straight games since the 2009-10 rattled off 8 such games from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27, 2010.
K-State is 32-8 under Bruce Weber when having at least 4 players score in double figures, including 3-0 this season.


One of the focal points for K-State in the offseason was to make improvement from 3-point range, where the Wildcats finished 10th in the Big 12 in both 3-point field goal percentage (30.0) and 3-point field goals made per game (5.30).
K-State is shooting 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from 3-point range and is averaging 9.7 3-point field goals per game.
K-State ranks 7th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage and 2nd in the Big 12 in both percentage and makes.
The Wildcats knocked down 10-of-14 3-point field goals in the opener with Western Illinois (11/11), including all 7 treys in the second half... Six different players had at least one 3-pointer, including season-best 4-of-5 performance by Xavier Sneed.
The 71.4 3-point percentage vs. Western Illinois was the highest of Bruce Weber era and the 3rd-most makes.
K-State posted 12 triples vs. Hampton (11/20), which were the most since also hitting 12 vs. Tulane on Dec. 28, 2013.
Eight Wildcats have at least one 3-pointer this season, including a team-best 8-of-15 start by Xavier Sneed.
K-State has made at least one 3-pointer in 275 consecutive games dating back to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

K-State has put up some impressive defensive numbers under head coach Bruce Weber, leading the Big 12 in scoring defense twice in the past 4 seasons (60.4 ppg. in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg. in 2013-14).
K-State has held its first 3 opponents to an average of 63.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 40.4 percent from 3-point range, with 34 assists on 67 made field goals... The Wildcats have also scored 61 points (20.3 ppg.) off 45 turnovers.
K-State is 72-22 under Bruce Weber when holding an opponent to 69 points or less and 10-32 when allowing 70 or more.
K-State is 43-6 under Bruce Weber when holding an opponent to less than 60 points, including 1-0 this season.
Since Weber’s arrival at K-State in 2012-13 (spanning 136 games), the Wildcats lead the Big 12 in scoring defense at 64.3 points per game (8,750)... The next closest team in that span is Baylor (64.9 ppg.) followed by Oklahoma State (65.3 ppg.).
50 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber’s tenure with the Wildcats boasting a 43-7 mark in those contests (losses to Kansas in 2012, Northern Colorado & Kentucky in 2013, Texas Southern & Georgia in 2014 and Texas & OSU in 2016).
23 Big 12 opponents have been held to 60 points or less (21 in regular-season Big 12 play) with the Wildcats posting a 20-3 record in those matchups, including an 19-3 mark in Big 12 regular-season play (losses to Kansas in 2012, Texas & OSU in 2016).

K-State was able to change the momentum early against Omaha (11/15), holding the Mavericks without a field goal for 7:35 of the first half... The Wildcats went from trailing 13-4 at the 14:55 mark of the first half to leading 27-15 at the 7:20 mark, resulting in a 23-2 run and included 21 straight points... Omaha turned the ball over 7 times and missed 6 field goals.
Six different Wildcats scored during the incredible run highlighted by a 9-point effort from senior D.J. Johnson.
It marked the second consecutive contest that K-State held an opponent without a field goal for nearly 6 minutes, as the Wildcats held Western Illinois (11/11) to a drought of 5:57 to open the first half of the opener... The Leathernecks missed their first 7 field goals and turned the ball over twice, as the Wildcats built a 7-2 lead.
K-State also held WIU to just 2 made field goals (on 12 attempts) in the last 7:35 of the second half, as the Wildcats finished the game on a 25-6 run after the Leathernecks had closed the gap to 57-49 with a layup with 7:51 remaining.
Although K-State didn’t hold Hampton (11/20) to such a drought, the Wildcats did use a pair of 13-0 runs to take command... The team broke a 10-all tie with 13 straight points from the 14:44 to 11:30 mark of the first half, holding the Pirates without a field goal for 3:31, while they extended the lead to 26 with 13 in a row from 9:56 to 7:23 marks in the second half.

Sophomore Barry Brown is off to a solid start to the season, as he is averaging 16.3 points on 55.9 percent (19-of-34) shooting, including 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from 3-point range to go with team-highs in both assists (3.7) and steals (2.7).
Brown led the Wildcats in scoring in the first 2 games, scoring a season-high 18 points with Western Illinois (11/11) on 7-of-11 field goals to go with a game-high 15-point effort on 5-of-11 shooting vs. Omaha (11/15)... He added 16 vs. Hampton (11/20).
Brown is also doing more than just scoring, as he collected a team-high 3 steals to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists vs. WIU, while he dished out 5 assists vs. Omaha... He posted a career-best 5 steals vs. Hampton along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Brown is the only Wildcat to score in double figures in both exhibitions and the first 3 games, posting 17 vs. Pittsburg State (10/28) and 15 vs. Washburn (11/4) in exhibition play... He is averaging 16.2 points during that span on 55.8 percent (29-of-52) shooting, including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from 3-point range.

Head coach Bruce Weber is closing in a coaching milestone, as he stands just 5 wins shy of 400 in his 19-year coaching career, which includes stints at Southern Illinois (1998-2003), Illinois (2003-12) and now K-State (2012-present).
Weber would become the 131st Division I head coach to accomplish the feat, including the 51st active coach... Kennesaw State coach Al Skinner (397) needs just 3 wins for 400, while N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried (390) is 10 shy of the milestone... He would be the fourth current Big 12 coach to win 400 games, joining Bob Huggins, Bill Self and Lon Kruger.
Weber currently ranks 37th among active Division I head coaches in winning percentage (.652).
Weber, who is 82-54 in his fifth season, recently passed Lon Kruger (81, 1986-90) on the all-time wins list and could still pass Charles Corsaut (89, 1923-33), Tom Asbury (85, 1994-2000) and Jim Wooldridge (83, 2000-06).
Interesting note, Weber is not the only Wildcat head coach that could reach a coaching milestone this season, as football coach Bill Snyder stands 1 win from 200 (all at K-State), women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie is 5 wins from 500 in his career and baseball coach Brad Hill is 16 wins away from 850 in his career... Volleyball coach Suzie Fritz recently won her 300th match.

K-State officially opened the 2016-17 season on Nov. 11 with an 82-55 win over Western Illinois.
The Wildcats led for more 36 minutes, including as high as 28 points... The team connected on 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the field, including 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from 3-point range, while they held the Leathernecks to 36.5 percent shooting.
K-State scored 47 points in the second half on 62.5 percent (27-of-61) shooting, including hitting all 7 3-pointers, and knocked down 90.9 percent (10-of-11) of its free throws... The squad shot just 32.4 percent (12-of-37) in the first half.
K-State ended the game on a 25-6 run (over the last 7:35) after Western Illinois closed the gap to 57-49 with 7:51 to play.
Freshman Xavier Sneed helped ignite a 12-0 run by the Wildcats with a 3-pointer from the corner at the 7:18 mark.
Sophomore Barry Brown was one of four Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting... Senior Wesley Iwundu (17), Sneed (17) and sophomore Kamau Stokes (11) also scored in double figures.
Iwundu nearly posted his third double-double in an opener, finishing with 9 rebounds... He tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northern Colorado in 2014 and 23 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMES in 2015... He did not play in his sophomore opener.
Senior D.J. Johnson corralled a career-best 12 rebounds to go with 7 points vs. Western Illinois, which were the most rebounds by a Wildcat in a season opener since Ron Anderson also had 12 boards against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, 2008.
In addition to his 11 points, Stokes dished out a career-tying 5 assists to just 1 turnover... It was his first game since going down a season-ending injury against Ole Miss on Jan. 30, which forced him to miss the last 12 games.
Five Wildcats made their debuts (Sneed, Isaiah Maurice, Brian Patrick, Pierson McAtee and Kade Kinnamon).

Freshmen Cartier Diarra and James Love III are expected to miss the 2016-17 season after going down with injuries.
Diarra went down with a knee injury in a practice in early July and underwent surgery on July 13.
Love broke his foot in a practice in late October and underwent surgery on Nov. 5.
Diarra averaged a double-double of 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game his senior season at West Florence High School en route to earning Class 4A All-State honors from the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA)... Love averaged 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a senior at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.

K-State had two former players on opening day NBA rosters, as Michael Beasley (Milwaukee Bucks) and Rodney McGruder (Miami HEAT) debut for their respective teams on Oct. 26.
K-State is one of six Big 12 teams with multiple NBA players, joining Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas... It marked the first time multiple Wildcats have been on NBA teams since Beasley (Miami), Bill Walker (Miami) and Cartier Martin (Detroit) all played in the league during the 2014-15 season.
Beasley, who is entering his ninth NBA season, played the final 20 games of the 2015-16 season with the Houston Rockets after a stint with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association. He was traded to the Bucks in September.
McGruder, who is entering his first season in the NBA, signed a free-agent contract with the HEAT in July and was able to snag with the final spots on the team’s 15-man roster... He helped the HEAT’s D-League team (Sioux Falls Skyforce) to D-League title.


Two-time All-American basketball player Bob Boozer was among eight individuals announced on March 22 to the 11th class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He will be posthumously inducted on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center.
Already a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for his efforts on the record-setting 1960 U.S. Olympic team, Boozer is the third person with K-State ties to be named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, including the second men’s basketball player, following his legendary coach Tex Winter (2010) and Rolando Blackman (2015).
Considered one of the most decorated players in K-State history, Boozer was a first team All-American in both 1958 and 1959 and he averaged a double-double for his 77-game career with 21.9 points on 44 percent shooting with 10.7 rebounds per game. He is one of only two players (Willie Murrell) in school history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a career.

Kansas State went 2-0 in exhibition play, posting an 85-72 win over Pittsburg State on Oct. 28 and a 73-58 win over Washburn on Nov. 4... In all, the Wildcats went 5-2 in exhibition play, which includes a 3-2 mark during its European tour in August.
K-State is 63-20 (.759) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including a 42-9 (.824) mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have now won 20 consecutive exhibition games dating back to 2004.
K-State is 8-0 in home exhibition play under head coach Bruce Weber.
K-State is now 6-0 vs. Washburn and 4-0 vs. Pittsburg State in exhibition play.
The Wildcats averaged 79 points during exhibition play on 45.1 percent (55-of-122) shooting from the field, including 37 percent (17-of-46) from 3-point range, with 41.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 9.5 steals and 6.0 blocks per game... The squad allowed 65 points on 36.1 percent (44-of-122) shooting, including 28 percent (14-of-50) from 3-point range.
K-State also averaged 31.0 points in the paint, 16.0 points off of turnovers, 8.0 fast-break points and 29.0 bench points.
Sophomore Barry Brown was the only Wildcat to score in double figures in both exhibitions, posting a game-high 17 points vs. Pittsburg State (10/28) on 6-of-11 field goals to go with a 15-point effort vs. Washburn (11/4) on 4-of-7 shooting... Brown averaged 16.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting (10-of-18), including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range.
Senior Wesley Iwundu (12.0 ppg.) and freshman Xavier Sneed (11.0 ppg.) also averaged double figures during exhibition play... Iwundu posted a double-double vs. Washburn (11/4) with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 field goals with a game-best 11 rebounds... Sneed scored 13 points vs. Pitt State (10/28) on 6-of-11 field goals to go with a 9-point effort vs. Washburn.
Iwundu led the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg.) and assists (3.0 apg.) in exhibition play.
Six different Wildcats tallied at least 6 made field goals in exhibition play.

K-State was able to get a jump start on its preparations for the 2016-17 with a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland from August 8-19... Aside from the cultural experience of visiting historic landmarks in both countries, the Wildcats were able to play five games against various club, select and national teams and posted a 3-2 record.
K-State defeated BC Silute (97-80) on August 11, the Italian Select (90-55) on August 13 and BBC Lausanne (68-47) on August 18 with losses to LCC University (75-82) on August 10 and the Kosovo National Team (74-85) on August 16.
The Wildcats averaged 80.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting (152-of-349) with 45.4 rebounds, 11.8 steals and 11.6 assists per game... Sophomore Kamau Stokes led the way in scoring at 10.8 points per game to go with a team-best 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per outing... Stokes had a tour-high 20 points in the loss to the Kosovo National Team.
Freshman Xavier Sneed, who scored in double figures in the first four contests, also averaged double figures at 10.4 points per game to go with 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game... Sophomore Dean Wade averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while senior D.J. Johnson led the way in rebounding at 6.8 per outing to go with an 8.0 points per game average on 69.6 percent shooting... Five other players averaged better than 5 points per game (Barry Brown (7.6 ppg.), Carlbe Ervin II (6.8 ppg.), Isaiah Maurice (6.2 ppg.), Brian Patrick (6.2 ppg.) and Wesley Iwundu (5.4 ppg.).

Head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of high school standouts Mike McGuirl (Ellington, Conn./East Catholic), Nigel Shadd (Chandler, Ariz./Tri-City Christian Academy) and Levi Stockard III (St. Louis, Mo./Vashon) on Nov. 11.
The trio went a combined 72-8 during their respective junior seasons in 2015-16 with two state titles… They have a combined four state championships in their careers.
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard McGuirl averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in 2015-16… He was First Team Class L All-State and selected to FAB 15 All-Courant Team.
A 6-foot-9, 238-pound forward Shadd averaged 18.5 points on 69.3 percent shooting with 14 rebounds and 3.9 blocks… Twice named to Canyon Athletic Association All-State Teams.
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward Stockard averaged 10 points on 94.7 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks… Named to Class 4 All-State Team as a junior.

K-State returns to action on Friday, Nov. 25 when the Wildcats travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the semifinals of the Barclays Center Classic with a matchup with Boston College (2-1) set for 6 p.m. CT on the American Sports Network.