K-State Plays 9/8 UNC for CBE Hall of Fame Classic Title Tuesday


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 24, 9:05 PM

Sprint Center
Kansas City, Mo.

9/8
NORTH CAROLINA
TAR HEELS
4-1 (0-0 ACC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
4-0 (0-0 Big 12)

ESPN2
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TELEVISION 
ESPN2
Bob Wischusen (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (analyst)
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RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

TICKETS
www.CBEClassic.com
(888) 929.7849 
$10-$15 (upper level)
$30-$65 (lower level)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 379-193/18th season
At K-State: 66-38/4th season
vs. North Carolina: 2-2

North Carolina: Roy Williams (North Carolina '72, '73)
Overall: 754-203/28th season
At North Carolina: 336-102/13th season
vs. Kansas State: 35-4

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (4-0)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (6-0, 170, Fr.-HS)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (6-4, 200, Sr.-1L)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (6-7, 210, Jr.-2L)
F: #32 Dean Wade (6-10, 225, Fr.-HS)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6-11, 265, Sr.-1L)

North Carolina (4-1)
G: #2 Joel Berry II (6-0, 195, So.-1L)
G: #1 Theo Pinson (6-6, 205, So.-1L)
G: #44 Justin Jackson (6-8, 200, So.-1L)
F: #11 Brice Johnson (6-10, 230, Sr.-3L)
F: #3 Kennedy Meeks (6-10, 260, Jr.-2L)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: North Carolina leads 4-1
vs. ACC: K-State is 12-20 (6-14 at neutral sites)
In Kansas City: First meeting (UNC leads 4-0 at neutral sites)
Current Streak: North Carolina, 3
Last Meeting: UNC won 79-63 in Charlotte, N.C. on 12/23/1989
Weber vs. North Carolina: Tied 2-2 (UNC leads 2-0 at neutral sites)
Weber vs. Williams: Tied 2-2 (Williams leads 2-0 at neutral sites)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State will play for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship for the second time on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats matchup against No. 9/8 North Carolina (4-1) at 9 p.m. CT at the Sprint Center. It will be the first meeting between the schools since 1989.
K-State is 4-1 in CBE Classic play dating back to its first appearance in 2010 when the Wildcats defeated Gonzaga, 81-64, on Nov. 22 before falling to Duke, 82-68, in the title game on Nov. 23, also at Sprint Center.
K-State will play for its second in-season tournament title under coach Bruce Weber as the Wildcats lost to No. 4 Michigan in the NIT Season Tip-Off Championship on Nov. 23, 2013. The school’s last in-season tournament title came at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in 2011.
K-State has a 12-10 record all-time in the Sprint Center, including a 1-1 mark in its previous CBE Classic appearance in 2010. The Wildcats went 1-1 in the building in 2014-15, defeating Texas A&M, 71-64, on Dec. 20 before losing to TCU, 67-65, in the Big 12 Championship. 
K-State is 1-4 all-time vs. North Carolina in a series that dates back to 1959. The Tar Heels have won all four matchups on a neutral floor, including a 79-63 victory in the last meeting on Dec. 23, 1989 in Charlotte. The only win in the series came at home, 77-69, on Dec. 16, 1960.
K-State will meet a familiar foe in coach Roy Williams, who coached at archrival Kansas from 1988 to 2003. Williams is 35-4 vs. the Wildcats, including 26 straight wins. The last K-State win against a Williams-coached team came on Jan. 17, 1994 in Lawrence by a score of 68-64.
K-State is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since coach Bruce Weber’s first campaign in 2012-13 when the Wildcats went 5-0.
K-State advanced to the title game after posting a 66-42 win over for Missouri on Monday night in the first semifinal game. The Wildcats held the Tigers to just 30.9 percent shooting (17-of-55), including 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from 3-point range, and held a 44-31 advantage on the glass. 
The 42 points were the fewest allowed an opponent since Long Beach State scored 38 on Nov. 24, 2013 at the Puerto Rico Tipoff and the fewest scored by Missouri in the series since the Tigers had 40 on Feb. 5, 1949.
K-State has now held 41 opponents to 60 points or less under coach Bruce Weber with the Wildcats boasting a 36-5 mark in those games.
Freshman Dean Wade posted his first double-double (14 points/13 rebounds) in the Missouri win to pace three Wildcats in double figures.