K-State Renews Sunflower Showdown at 7/6 Kansas Wednesday


GAME PREVIEW
FEB 3, 8:00 PM

Allen Fieldhouse
Lawrence, KS

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
13-8 (2-6 Big 12)

7/6
KANSAS
JAYHAWKS
17-4 (5-3 Big 12)

ESPN2
WatchESPN
SiriusXM 84

TELEVISION
ESPN2
Brent Musburger (play-by-play)
Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Jon Barry (analyst) 
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RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84 [Kansas broadcast]

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
K-State Game Center at kstatesports.com
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TICKETS
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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 388-201/18th season
At K-State: 75-46/4th season
vs. Kansas: 2-6

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State ’85)
Overall: 576-187/23rd season
At Kansas: 369-81/13th season
vs. Kansas State: 20-5

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State (13-8, 2-6 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (9.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (11.9 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.2 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.1 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg.)

7/6 Kansas (17-4, 5-3 Big 12)
G: #0 Frank Mason III (13.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
G: #1 Wayne Selden, Jr. (15.4 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
G: #4 Devonte’ Graham (10.5 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
F: #33 Landen Lucas (3.9 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F: #34 Perry Ellis (16.3 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Kansas leads 188-93 (series began in 1907)
In Big 12 era: Kansas leads 40-5 (18-1 at home)
In Lawrence: Kansas leads 86-35 (last meeting - 2/23/2015)  
Current Streak: K-State, 1
Last Meeting: K-State, 70-63, in Manhattan, on 2/23/2015
Weber vs. Kansas: 2-6 (0-3 on the road)
Weber vs. Self: 3-7 (0-4 on the road)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (13-8, 2-6 Big 12) returns to the gauntlet of Big 12 play on Wednesday, as the Wildcats renew the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown with a trip to No. 7/6 Kansas (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2. It will be the 282nd meeting in a series that dates back to 1907.
The rivalry ranks as the 8th-longest continuously played in the country (met every season since 1921) with the 6th-most games played (281). The Jayhawks lead the series, 188-93, including 86-35 at home. 
Wednesday’s game is the first of 3 consecutive vs. Top 15 opponents, which includes back-to-back home tilts with No. 1/2 Oklahoma on Feb. 6 and No. 15/13 Baylor on Feb. 10. It marks the first time since Feb. 13-21, 2012 that the Wildcats have played 3 straight Top 15 foes.
Seven of K-State’s 8 losses this season have come to Top 25 opponents, including 5 in Big 12 play. This includes 2 double-overtime setbacks to No. 19/17 West Virginia (83-87) at home and at No. 13/15 Baylor (72-79). All 8 setbacks have come to teams with a combined record of 120-28 (.811).
K-State boasts the nation’s No. 17 strength of schedule, which should improve with 7 games remaining vs. teams with an RPI of 43 or better.
K-State is 2-6 away from home this season, including 1-5 in true road games. The Wildcats have lost 5 straight on the road since opening the season with a last-second 68-66 win at Georgia on Dec. 4, 2015.
K-State helped retain conference bragging rights with a 69-64 home win over Ole Miss in the third annual Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday. With the win, the Wildcats finished non-conference play with an 11-2 record, which included a perfect 8-0 mark at Bramlage Coliseum. It is the most non-conference wins since posting an 11-2 mark in 2012-13.
Junior D.J. Johnson became the 6th different player to lead the team in scoring with a career-tying 14 points vs. Ole Miss to go with a game-high 7 rebounds. He is averaging 9.3 points on 63.9 percent shooting (23-of-36) with 5.3 rebounds in 21.7 mintues per game in the last 7 games.
K-State has gotten better scoring from its bench since 2016 started, as reserves are averaging 27.7 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting. 
K-State has 6 players with at least 7 double-digit scoring games, as the team is 8-2 this season when 4 or more players register double figures.
Freshmen have led the Wildcats in scoring 12 times (including 6 of 9 Big 12 games) with a combined 27 double-figure scoring games. They have also paced the team in rebounding and assists 8 times each.