K-State Plays Oklahoma State in Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship


GAME PREVIEW
MARCH 9, 6 PM

Sprint Center
Kansas City, Mo.

NR/NR
OKLAHOMA STATE
COWBOYS
12-19 (3-15 Big 12)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
16-15 (5-13 Big 12)

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Jon Sciambi (play-by-play)
Miles Simon (analyst)
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K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 391-208/18th season
At K-State: 78-53/4th season
vs. Oklahoma State: 6-4

Oklahoma State: Travis Ford (Kentucky ‘94)
Overall: 345-256/19th season
At Oklahoma State: 155-110/8th season
vs. Kansas State: 7-9

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (16-15, 5-13 Big 12)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (11.9 ppg., 4.5 rpg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (9.0 ppg., 2.7 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.2 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (9.8 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (9.2 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)

Oklahoma State (12-19, 3-15 Big 12)
G: #2 Tyree Griffin (5.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
G: #22 Jeff Newberry (11.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
G: #5 Tavarius Shine (6.1 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
F: #41 Mitchell Soloman (3.8 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
F: #31 Chris Olivier (7.9 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 77-52 (series began in 1922)
In Big 12 era: OSU leads 17-10 (0-2 in Kansas City, Mo.)
At Big 8/12 Championship: OSU leads 4-3 (last meeting - 3/15/2013)  
Current Streak: Oklahoma State, 1
Last Meeting: Oklahoma State, 58-55 [OT], in Stillwater, on 2/13/2016
Weber vs. Oklahoma State: Weber leads 6-4 (2-0 at neutral sites)
Weber vs. Ford: Weber leads 5-4 (1-0 at neutral sites)

PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND - QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (16-15, 5-13 Big 12) will open play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday night, as the No. 8 seed Wildcats face No. 9 seed Oklahoma State (12-19, 3-15 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
It will mark the second consecutive season that the Wildcats have been the No. 8 seed after losing to TCU, 67-65, in the tournament’s first game last season. Overall, this is the 6th time (1986, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2015) K-State has been the No. 8 seed with a 1-5 mark in those appearances. 
K-State is 31-37 (.456) all-time at the Big 8/12 Championship dating back to 1977, including an 11-19 (.367) mark in the 19-year history of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats have won 2 titles (1977, 1980), while they have advanced to the finals on 5 other occasions.
K-State is 30-32 (.484) when the championship is held in Kansas City, including 4-7 (.364) in the Sprint Center (2008, 2010-15).
K-State is 12-11 in the Sprint Center, including 1-1 this season. The team knocked off Missouri, 66-42, on Nov. 23 then lost to No. 9/8 North Carolina, 80-70, on Nov. 24 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship.
Wednesday’s contest will be the 8th meeting (1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2010 and 2013) between K-State and Oklahoma State at the Big Eight/12 Championship with the Cowboys holding a slight 4-3 edge. The Wildcats have won the last 3 such meetings, including 68-57 in 2013.
K-State leads the all-time series, 77-52, but Oklahoma State owns a 17-10 advantage in the Big 12 era. The teams split their two regular season meetings with the Wildcats winning 89-73 at home on Jan. 23 and the Cowboys earning a 58-55 win in overtime on Feb. 13.
K-State owns the 22nd-best strength of schedule and has played a school-record 13 Top 25 opponents, including 11 in Big 12 play. Thirteen of the 15 losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the AP Top 25, including 6 in Top 10, with a combined record of 186-61 (.753).
K-State has improved nearly every offensive category from 2014-15, surpassing marks for scoring, field goals, 3-point field goals, points in the paint, second-chance points, rebounds, blocks and steals. The 236 steals are the 8th-most in school history and the most since 247 in 2012-13.
One of the youngest teams in the country, K-State has had at least 2 true freshmen start together in 27 of 31 games (14 of 18 Big 12 games), while there has been at least one freshman starter in all 31 games.