K-State to Face CSU in Wichita Wildcat Classic Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
DEC 19, 3:10 PM

Wichita Wildcat Classic
 INTRUST Bank Arena
Wichita, KS

NR/NR
COLORADO STATE
RAMS
6-4 (0-0 MWC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
7-2 (0-0 Big 12)

FSN KANSAS CITY/
K-STATEHD.TV
WatchESPN
Sirius 145/XM 199

TELEVISION
FSN Kansas City
Brian Smoller (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
DirecTV 671-5  |  AT&T 748  |  Dish 445/412-33
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145/XM 199

STATS/AUDIO
K-State Game Center
kstatesports.com
Live Stats Link
Free Audio Link

TICKETS
kstatesports.com/tickets
(800) 221.CATS 
$12-$22 (upper), $22-$62 (lower)
$175 (courtside)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 382-195/18th season
At K-State: 69-40/4th season
vs. Colorado State: 1-1

Colorado State: Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State ’79)
Overall: 477-294/25th season
At Colorado State: 75-36/4th season
vs. Kansas State: 6-5

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (7-2)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (9.2 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (14.0 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (13.8 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (11.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (8.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg.)

Colorado State (6-4)
G: #3 Gian Clavell (20.8 ppg., 6.9 rpg.)
G: #4 John Gillon (15.3 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
G: #10 Joe De Ciman (9.3 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
F: #2 Emmanuel Omogbo (11.8 ppg., 7.7 rpg.)
F: #15 Tiel Daniels (7.1 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 7-5 
vs. Mountain West: K-State leads 33-18 (21-2 at home venues)
In Wichita: First Meeting  
Current Streak: Colorado State, 1
Last Meeting: CSU, 84-83, in Fort Collins, Colo., on 12/2/2006
Weber vs. Colorado State: Tied 1-1 (1-0 at home venues)
Weber vs. Eustachy: Weber leads 1-0 (0-0 at home venues)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (7-2) makes the short trip south to host the third Wichita Wildcat Classic against Colorado State (6-4) at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday at INTRUST Bank Arena. The matchup is the first of a two-game series that will continue at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. in 2016.
Saturday’s contest will mark the third time K-State has played in the Wichita Wildcat Classic, as the Wildcats lost in double-overtime to West Virginia, 85-80, on Dec. 8, 2011 before defeating Gonzaga, 72-62, on Dec. 21, 2013. Overall, K-State is 8-12 all-time in games played in Wichita.
The game will be the 21st played in Wichita by K-State which dates back to a meeting with Wichita State on Dec. 17, 1932. Most of the 20 previous contests have been with the Shockers (15), however, the Wildcats played two games each in the city during the 1964 and 1968 NCAA Tournaments.
K-State has played at least one defacto home game in Kansas City or Wichita every year since 2007 with the Wildcats posting a 6-2 record in those contests, including a 1-1 mark at INTRUST Bank Arena. This will be the first true home game as the first two Wichita Wildcat Classic games were considered neutral since they were organized by outside promoters.
This will be the 13th meeting between K-State and Colorado State with the Wildcats holding a 7-5 edge. This will be just the 3rd meeting in a half century as the schools played 10 times between 1937-60 before a home-and-home series was played in 2005 and 2006. The home team is 12-0 in the series, including a 7-0 mark by the Wildcats, but this will be the first game played outside of Manhattan and Fort Collins.
K-State has a 53-12 record in the month of December since 2006-07, including a 19-5 mark under head coach Bruce Weber. The Wildcats are 34-3 at home in December, including 15-2 under Weber.
Despite the loss at No. 25 Texas A&M on Dec. 12, K-State is still off to its best start since 2012-13 when the Wildcats also went 7-2 to open to the Bruce Weber era. The other loss came to No. 9/8 North Carolina Dec. 12.
The key to K-State’s successful start has been its balanced scoring, as 5 different players have led the team in scoring and 6 players have at least two double-figure scoring games. It marks the first time the Wildcats have started a season with five different leading scorers since 1998-99.
K-State has used the same lineup in all 9 games and those starters are responsible for 75 percent (508) of the team’s scoring, 62 percent (216) of rebounding, 80 percent (106) of assists and 67 percent (43) of steals.
Senior Justin Edwards is one of only 9 players nationally (only Big 12) to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes.