K-State Travels to 13/15 Baylor Wednesday


GAME PREVIEW
JAN 20, 7:15 PM

Ferrell Center
Waco, TX

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
11-6 (1-4 Big 12)

13/15
BAYLOR
BEARS
14-3 (4-1 Big 12)

ESPNews
WatchESPN
Sirius 81/XM 81

TELEVISION
ESPNews
Mark Neely (play-by-play)
Bryndon Manzer (analyst)
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81/XM 81

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
K-State Game Center at kstatesports.com
Direct Link

TICKETS
BaylorTix.com
(254) 710.6446 
$12-$20

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 386-199/18th season
At K-State: 73-44/4th season
vs. Baylor: 3-3

Baylor: Scott Drew (Butler ’93)
Overall: 262-174/14th season
At Baylor: 242-163/13th season
vs. Kansas State: 8-10

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (11-6, 1-4 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (9.3 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.4 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (10.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg.)

13/15 Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12)
G: #11 Lester Medford (9.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
G: #24 Ishmail Wainwright (5.5 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
G: #25 Al Freeman (12.7 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
F: #21 Taurean Prince (14.8 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
F: #2 Rico Gathers (12.9 ppg., 10.8 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 17-15 (series began in 1948)
In Big 12 era: Tied 13-13 (4-7 on the road)
In Waco: Baylor leads 7-5 (last meeting - 2/21/2015)  
Current Streak: Baylor, 1
Last Meeting: Baylor, 69-42, in Waco, Texas, on 2/21/2015
Weber vs. Baylor: Tied 3-3 (1-2 on the road)
Weber vs. Drew: Tied 3-3 (1-2 on the road)

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State (11-6, 1-4 Big 12) travels to Waco, Texas on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play No. 13/15 Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) at 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPNews with Mark Neely and Bryndon Manzer on the call. It is the first of 2 road trips (at No. 6/7 West Virginia, Jan. 26) in the next 3 games.
The two teams will meet for the 33rd time on Wednesday with K-State holding a slight 17-15 edge in the all-time series. It is tied 13-all since in the Big 12 era with the schools splitting their last 10 meetings. Baylor owns a 7-5 advantage at home, including wins in 2014 and 2015.
K-State has opened Big 12 play with a 1-4 mark with 3 of its 4 losses coming to nationally-ranked squads from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Iowa State. It marks the first 1-4 start to league play since 2010-11.
According to Paul Bessire of @predictmachine, K-State has the 4th-toughest remaining schedule in the nation, which includes 9 games vs. teams with RPIs of 36 or better.  Eight of the top 9 toughest slates belong to Big 12 teams, including 6th-place Baylor.
K-State is one of 10 schools to tally at least 11 wins vs. Top 25 teams the past 3 seasons, along with Iowa State (19), Kansas (19), Kentucky (15), Wisconsin (15), Baylor (14), Duke (14), North Carolina (14), Oklahoma (14) and Connecticut (11). The Wildcats are 0-5 vs. Top 25 this season.
K-State is 2-4 away from home this season, including 1-3 in true road games. The Wildcats have lost 3 straight on the road since opening the season with a last-second 68-66 win at Georgia on Dec. 4, 2015. Baylor is a perfect 11-0 at home this season.
K-State could not overcome an early scoring drought, as the Wildcats dropped a 76-63 decision to 17/18 Iowa State. The squad connected on just 37.7 percent from the field, including 19 percent from 3-point range. 
The struggles on offense came just days after posting 6 season-highs in an 83-70 win over Texas Tech, which included highs in field goals, FG percentage, 3-pointers, 3-point FG percentage, points in the paint and fast-break points. The Wildcats also had 5 players reach double figures.
Under head coach Bruce Weber, K-State is 65-20 when holding an opponent to 69 points or less, but just 8-24 when allowing 70+ points.
K-State has managed a diverse offense with 5 different leading scorers and 6 players with at least 5 double-digit scoring games. The Wildcats are 6-2 this season when 4 or more players register double figures.
After starters dominated much of the scoring output in the early going, the bench has stepped up to average 26.4 points in the last 7 games.