K-State Hosts Ole Miss in Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
JAN 30, 1:05 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
OLE MISS
REBELS
13-7 (3-5 SEC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
12-8 (2-6 Big 12)

ESPNU
WatchESPN
Sirius 136/XM 199

TELEVISION
ESPNU
Jason Benetti (play-by-play)
Reid Gettys (analyst)
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136/XM 199

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: 387-201/18th season
At K-State: 74-46/4th season
vs. Ole Miss: 1-1

Ole Miss: Andy Kennedy (UAB ’91)
Overall: 226-134/11th season
At Ole Miss: 205-121/10th season
vs. Kansas State: 1-1

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (12-8, 2-6 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (10.1 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.1 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.6 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg.)

Ole Miss (13-7, 3-5 SEC)
G: #42 Stefan Moody (24.3 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
G: #14 Rasheed Brooks (9.0 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
F: #12 Tomasz Gielo (8.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
F: #5 Marcanvis Hymon (6.1 ppg., 5.3 rpg.)
F: #13 Anthony Perez (6.6 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Ole Miss leads 3-1 (series began in 2000)
In Big 12/SEC Challenge: K-State leads 1-0 (1-0 at home)
In Manhattan: Tied 1-1 (last meeting - 12/5/2013)  
Current Streak: K-State, 1
Last Meeting: K-State, 61-58, in Manhattan, on 12/5/2013
Weber vs. Ole Miss: Tied 1-1 (1-0 at home)
Weber vs. Kennedy: Weber leads 1-0 (1-0 at home)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (13-7, 2-6 Big 12) takes a break from Big 12 play for its last non-conference contest of the season, as the Wildcats welcome Ole Miss (13-7, 3-5 SEC) to Bramlage Coliseum for the third annual Big 12-SEC Challenge. The game is set for 1 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
K-State coaches and staff will wear special sneakers with their suits at Saturday’s contest to support the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers initiative to raise awareness about the fight against cancer. The staff will also wear gold shoelaces to support Princess Lacey’s Legacy, which honors Lacey Holsworth and raises awareness for pediatric cancer.
In addition to Saturday’s game, K-State will celebrate its Hall of Fame Class, as 10 individuals from various sports will be honored at halftime. Among the honorees is former Wildcat basketball player Max Moss (1961-64) as well as former Voice of the Wildcats Mitch Holthus.
Pride will be on the line, as the Big 12 has won the first 2 Big 12-SEC Challenge events with a composite record of 13-7. K-State is 1-1 in the first 2 years of the event, defeating Ole Miss, 61-58, at home on Dec. 5, 2013 and losing at Tennessee, 65-64, on Dec. 6, 2014.
Ole Miss will be the 4th SEC opponent for K-State this season with the Wildcats posting a 2-1 record. The team defeated Missouri, 66-42, in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 23 and won on at Georgia, 68-66, on Dec. 4 before losing at No. 25 Texas A&M, 78-68, on Dec. 12. 
This will be the 5th meeting between K-State and Ole Miss, including the 3rd at Bramlage Coliseum, with the Rebels leading 3-1. The series is tied 1-1 in Manhattan with Ole Miss winning in 2001 and K-State in 2013.
K-State’s hard luck against Top 25 opponents continued on Tuesday, as the Wildcats dropped to 0-7 vs. ranked foes with a 70-55 loss at No. 9/9 West Virginia. The team set season-lows in 3 offensive categories, including points. This came on the heels of scoring its most points (89) in a Big 12 game in more than 5 years in the Oklahoma State win on season-highs for field goal percentage (57.7) and 3-point field goal percentage (52.9). 
Freshmen have led the Wildcats in scoring 12 times (including 6 of 8 Big 12 games) with a combined 27 double-figure scoring games. They have also paced the team in rebounding and assists 8 times each.
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 7-2 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 9-26 when allowing 70+ points.