K-State Opens Exhibition Play vs. Pitt State Friday

OCT 28, 7:10 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

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0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 392-209/19th season
At K-State: 79-54/5th season
vs. Exhibition: 11-4 (6-0 at home)

Pittsburg State: Kevin Muff (Kansas State ‘86)
Overall: 92-80/7th season
At PSU: 92-80/7th season
vs. Kansas State: 0-2 (all exhibition)

Kansas State
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #4 D.J. Johnson

Pittsburg State
G: #3 Elijah Gaines
G: #21 Jaxon Holden
G: #32 Dakota Jones
F: #1 Isaiah Hicks
F: #23 Creighton Brinker

Overall: K-State leads 4-0 (regular season/exhibition)
In Exhibition Play: K-State leads 3-0 (3-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 4-0 (regular season/exhibition)
In Pittsburg: n/a
Current Streak: K-State, 4 (exhibition play, 3)
Last Meeting: K-State won 75-54 in Manhattan (11/1/2013)
Weber vs. Muff: Weber leads 1-0

Kansas State opens year five of the Bruce Weber era on Friday at 7 pm, as the Wildcats play host to Division II opponent Pittsburg State (0-0) at Bramlage Coliseum in the first of two exhibition games.
K-State is 61-20 (.753) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including 46-9 (.836) at home. The Wildcats are 40-9 (.816) at Bramlage Coliseum in exhibition play, including 18 straight wins dating back to 2004. The team has three wins over the Gorillas during its current 18-game win streak, including 88-69 in 2004, 89-53 in 2009 and 75-54 in 2013.
K-State has primarily played the Kansas members of the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) since switching to playing Division II teams in exhibition in 2004, which includes five meetings with Washburn and three with Emporia State, Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State. The only exception was Newman in 2010.  
The last home setback in exhibition play came to the EA Sports All-Stars, 79-67, on Nov. 6, 2003. The last loss in an exhibition came during the team’s tour of Italy and Switzerland this summer - an 85-74 setback to the Kosovo National Team on August 16. The Wildcats went 3-2 on the tour.
Last year, K-State posted wins over Emporia State (80-42) and Fort Hays State (70-52) in exhibition play. The Wildcats averaged 75 points on 46.6 percent shooting during their two-game exhibition slate to go with 42 rebounds, 16.5 assists, 9.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Senior Wesley Iwundu was one of three players who averaged double figures during exhibition play last season, as he averaged a team-high 17 points on 63.2 percent shooting (12-of-19) to go with 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.5 minutes per game. Other returnees include Austin Budke (9.5 ppg.), Barry Brown (7.0 ppg.), Kamau Stokes (4.5 ppg.), Dean Wade (4.5 ppg.) and Carlbe Ervin II (2.0 ppg.).
K-State won its last exhibition meeting with Pittsburg State, 75-54, on Nov. 1, 2013. The Wildcats shot just 36.4 percent from the field, but held the Gorillas to just 30.8 percent shooting and converted 20 turnovers into 23 points. The team also scored 17 second-chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds. Five players scored in double figures, including Iwundu who had 10 points off the bench. Fellow senior D.J. Johnson started the game.
K-State is 6-0 under Bruce Weber in exhibition play at home with wins over Washburn (81-61) and Emporia State (81-51) in 2012, Pittsburg State in 2013, Washburn (68-56) in 2014 and ESU and Fort Hays State last year.