K-State Hosts Oklahoma State Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
JAN 23, 5:05 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
OKLAHOMA STATE
COWBOYS
10-8 (2-4 Big 12)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
11-7 (1-5 Big 12)

ESPNU
WatchESPN
Sirius 93/XM 200

TELEVISION
ESPNU
Mitch Holthus (play-by-play)
Bryndon Manzer (analyst)
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 200

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

TICKETS
kstatesports.com
(800) 221.CATS 
$25 (bench), $50 (chairbacks)
Wildcat4Pack: $75 | $15 (12+group)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 386-200/18th season
At K-State: 73-45/4th season
vs. Oklahoma State: 5-3

Oklahoma State: Travis Ford (Kentucky ’94)
Overall: 343-245/19th season
At Oklahoma State: 153-99/8th season
vs. Kansas State: 6-8

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (11-7, 1-5 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (9.9 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.0 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.7 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.3 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg.)

Oklahoma State (10-8, 2-4 Big 12)
G: #1 Jawun Evans (12.9 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
G: #22 Jeff Newberry (11.4 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F: #30 Jeffrey Carroll (8.9 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)
F: #23 Leyton Hammonds (10.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
C: #41 Mitchell Soloman (3.5 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 76-51 (series began in 1922)
In Big 12 era: OSU leads 16-9 (K-State leads 6-5 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 38-15 (last meeting - 1/24/2015)  
Current Streak: K-State, 1
Last Meeting: K-State, 63-53, in Manhattan, on 1/24/2015
Weber vs. Oklahoma State: Weber leads 5-3 (3-0 at home)
Weber vs. Ford: Weber leads 4-3 (3-0 at home)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (11-7, 1-5 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma State (10-8, 2-4 Big 12) at 5 p.m. CT on ESPNU with Mitch Holthus and Bryndon Manzer. Fans will stripe out tonight’s contest with purple and white to help benefit the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer. The official shirts are $15 and can be purchased at all K-State Super Stores and kstatesuperstore.com.
The schools will meet for the 128th time Saturday with K-State holding a 76-51 advantage. Oklahoma State is 16-9 in the Big 12 era with K-State leading 6-5 at home in that span. The teams split their 2 meetings a year ago with each winning on their home court. 
K-State has a 9-2 record at home this season, including an 8-2 mark in Bramlage Coliseum. Both losses have come to No. 19/17 West Virginia (83-87) in double-overtime and No. 13/15 Iowa State (76-63).
After Wednesday’s double-overtime loss at 13/15 Baylor, the hard-luck Wildcats have now lost all 6 games to ranked opponents with all 7 defeats coming to teams with RPIs in the Top 35 nationally by a combined 37 points. It marked the first time since 1958 that K-State has had multiple double-overtime games.
The 1-5 start to Big 12 play is the first since 2003-04 with 4 of the 5 losses coming to nationally ranked squads from West Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Baylor, including 2 coming in double-overtime.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Wildcats, which includes 8 games vs. teams with RPIs of 31 or better. According to Paul Bessire of @predictmachine, K-State has the 4th-toughest remaining schedule with 8 of the top 9 toughest slates belonging to Big 12 teams. 
Against 13/15 Baylor, K-State was particularly efficient with 23 assists on 26 made field goals with the bench tallying a season-best 42 points, including a team-high 20 points by freshman Kamau Stokes. The bench is averaging 29 points on 47.8 percent (54-of-113) shooting in Big 12 play. 
Freshmen have led the Wildcats in scoring 11 times (including 4 of 5 Big 12 games) with a combined 25 double-figure scoring games. They have also paced the team in rebounding 7 times and in assists 8 times.
K-State has managed a diverse offense with 5 different leading scorers and 6 players with at least 5 double-digit scoring games. The Wildcats are 6-2 this season when 4 or more players register double figures.
Under head coach Bruce Weber, K-State is 65-20 when holding an opponent to 69 points or less, but just 8-25 when allowing 70+ points.