K-State Hosts Kansas in Sunflower Showdown Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
FEB 20, 5 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

2/2
KANSAS
JAYHAWKS
22-4 (10-3 Big 12)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
15-11 (4-9 Big 12)

ESPN2
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SiriusXM 84

TELEVISION
ESPN2
Dave Flemming (play-by-play)
Miles Simon (analyst)
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RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84 

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
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TICKETS
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$125 (bench), $150 (chairbacks)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 390-204/18th season
At K-State: 77-49/4th season
vs. Kansas: 2-7

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State ‘85)
Overall: 581-187/23rd season
At Kansas: 374-81/13th season
vs. Kansas State: 21-5

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (15-11, 4-9 Big 12)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (9.0 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (8.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)

2/2 Kansas (22-4, 10-3 Big 12)
G: #0 Frank Mason III (13.2 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
G: #1 Wayne Selden, Jr. (14.2 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
G: #4 Devonte’ Graham (11.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
F: #33 Landen Lucas (5.0 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
F: #34 Perry Ellis (16.6 ppg., 6.4 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Kansas leads 189-93 (series began in 1907)
In Big 12 era: Kansas leads 41-5 (15-4 on the road)
In Manhattan: Kansas leads 75-47 (last meeting - 2/23/2015)  
Current Streak: Kansas, 1
Last Meeting: Kansas, 77-59, in Lawrence, on 2/3/2016
Weber vs. Kansas: 2-7 (2-1 at home)
Weber vs. Self: 3-8 (3-1 at home)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (15-11, 4-9 Big 12) begins a 2-game homestand Saturday, as the Wildcats play Big 12 leader and No. 2/2 Kansas (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) in the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2.  It will be the 283rd meeting in a series that dates back to 1907.
The rivalry ranks as the 8th-longest continuously played in the country (met every season since 1921) with the 6th-most games played (282). The Jayhawks lead the series, 189-93, including 75-47 in Manhattan. 
K-State has 4 wins at Bramlage Coliseum against Kansas in the last 8 meetings, including back-to-back victories in 2014 and 2015. The Wildcats have not won 3 straight at home in the series since 1981-83 (4 wins).
Saturday’s contest is the first of 3 consecutive vs. Top 25 opponents, which includes 2 games in a 3-day span with Kansas and No. 24/25 Texas (17-9, 8-5 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT on Monday. It marks the second time this month that the Wildcats will face 3 straight ranked opponents.
K-State owns the 26th-best strength of schedule and has played 10 Top 25 opponents, including 8 in Big 12 play. Nine of the 11 losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the AP Top 25, including 5 in Top 10. All 11 losses have come to teams with a combined record of 168-64 (.724).
K-State is 11-3 at Bramlage Coliseum (12-3 at home overall) with its only losses coming to Top 25 foes West Virginia, Iowa State and Baylor. Overall, the team is 33-52 (.386) against ranked teams in the arena’s history with 30 coming vs. ranked Big 12 foes and an 18-12 mark since 2008.
K-State ended its 13-game Big 12 road losing streak (and 7-game road skid) on Tuesday with a 63-49 win at TCU, as senior Justin Edwards led the way with a game-high 17 points. It was the first Big 12 road win since a 66-63 overtime victory at No. 16 Oklahoma on Jan. 10, 2015.
K-State has now held 48 opponents to 60 points or less under head coach Bruce Weber, including 22 Big 12 foes. The Wildcats are now 41-7 in such games, including 19-3 against league competition.
Edwards has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high 9 times this season, including on 6 occasions in Big 12 play.  He leads the team in scoring (11.3 ppg.), rebounding (5.6 rpg.) and steals (2.1 spg.) in league action.
K-State has 7 players with at least 7 double-digit scoring games, as the team is 9-2 this season when 4 or more players register double figures.
Freshmen have led the Wildcats in scoring 12 times (including 6 Big 12 games) with a combined 32 double-figure scoring games.