K-State Returns Home to Face Texas Tech Tuesday

JAN 12, 7:10 PM

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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 385-198/18th season
At K-State: 72-43/4th season
vs. Texas Tech: 6-1

Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (High Point ’73)
Overall: 549-266/25th season
At Texas Tech: 38-40/3rd season
vs. Kansas State: 1-3

Kansas State (10-5, 0-3 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (9.0 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.6 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (13.1 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.8 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg.)

Texas Tech (11-3, 1-2 Big 12)
G: #0 Devaugntah Williams (14.0 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
G: #12 Keenan Evans (7.9 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
G: #20 Toddrick Gotcher (11.9 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
F: #11 Zach Smith (9.8 ppg., 6.4 rpg.)
C: #32 Norense Odiase (10.1 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)

Overall: K-State leads 21-11 (series began in 1955)
In Big 12 era: K-State leads 14-10 (9-2 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 13-2 (last meeting - 1/14/2015)  
Current Streak: Texas Tech, 1
Last Meeting: Texas Tech, 64-47, in Lubbock, Texas, on 2/4/2015
Weber vs. Texas Tech: Weber leads 6-1 (3-0 at home)
Weber vs. Smith: Weber leads 9-4 (5-1 at home)

Kansas State (10-5, 0-3 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats play host to Texas Tech (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT. The contest begins a 2-game homestand for the squad, as they host No. 17/18 Iowa State (12-3, 1-2 Big 12) at 3p.m. CT on Saturday.
K-State will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak, which is the longest since dropping 5 straight from Jan. 27-Feb. 11, 2015. The Wildcats are 0-3 in Big 12 play for the first time since losing their first 4 league games in 2008-09. The 3 losses have come by a combined 17 points.
K-State’s 5 losses have come by 10 points or less this season, including 2 by 4 points or fewer. Four of the 5 losses have also come to ranked foes, including No. 9/8 North Carolina (70-80), No. 25 Texas A&M (68-78), No. 19/17 West Virginia (83-87, 2OT) and No. 2/1 Oklahoma (76-86), while all 5 have come to teams with RPI of 35 or better this season.
According to Paul Bessire of @predictmachine, K-State has the 4th-toughest remaining schedule in the country, which includes 11 games vs. teams with RPIs of 40 or better. Eight of the top 9 toughest schedules belong to Big 12 teams, including 3rd-place Texas Tech.
K-State is 8-1 in home venues this season, including 7-1 at Bramlage Coliseum. The double-overtime loss to No. 19/17 West Virginia ended an 11-game homecourt winning streak, which dated back to last season.
K-State and Texas Tech will be meeting for the 33rd time Tuesday with the Wildcats holding a 21-11 advantage, including a 14-10 mark in the Big 12 era. K-State has won 6 in a row at Bramlage Coliseum. The teams split the season series a year ago with the Wildcats winning 58-51 at home on Jan. 14 and the Red Raiders winning 64-47 at home on Feb. 4.
After starters dominated much of the scoring output in the early going, the bench has stepped up in the last 5 games, where they are averaging 28.8 points per game on 51.0 percent shooting (50-of-98), including 30.3 points per game in Big 12 play on 50 percent shooting (31-of-62).
Much of this bench scoring has come from freshman Barry Brown, who is averaging 14.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting (19-of-39) in the last 5 games. He became the 3rd Wildcat to be honored with a Big 12 weekly award on Monday, including the 2nd freshmen, after being named Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. Brown, who has led the team in scoring 4 times in the last 5 games, averaged 17.0 points on 48.1 percent shooting (13-of-27) at Texas and No. 2/1 Oklahoma.