K-State Travels to 17/17 Iowa State Saturday

FEB 27, 5:05 PM

Hilton Coliseum
Ames, Iowa

15-13 (4-11 Big 12)

19-9 (8-7 Big 12)

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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 390-206/18th season
At K-State: 77-51/4th season
vs. Iowa State: 3-5

Iowa State: Steve Prohm (Alabama ‘97)
Overall: 123-38/5th season
At Iowa State: 19-9/1st season
vs. Kansas State: 1-0

Kansas State (15-13, 4-11 Big 12)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.0 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (9.0 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (12.3 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (9.7 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (8.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)

17/17 Iowa State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12)
G: #11 Monte Morris (14.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
G: #21 Matt Thomas (10.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
G: #30 Deonte Burton (10.7 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
F: #2 Abdel Nader (13.6 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F: #31 Georges Niang (19.5 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)

Overall: K-State leads 137-84 (series began in 1909)
In Big 12 era: Iowa State leads 21-20 (13-6 at home)
In Ames: K-State leads 50-48 (last meeting - 1/20/2015)  
Current Streak: Iowa State, 1
Last Meeting: Iowa State, 76-63, in Manhattan, Kan., on 1/18/2016
Weber vs. Iowa State: 3-5 (0-3 on the road)
Weber vs. Prohm: 0-1 (0-0 on the road)

Kansas State (15-13, 4-11 Big 12) begins the final stretch of the Big 12 regular season on Saturday with a trip to Ames, Iowa to play No. 17/17 Iowa State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12) at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2. It will be the final game of 3 consecutive Top 25 opponents.
K-State has just one home game left on Wednesday, March 2 vs. TCU (11-17, 2-13 Big 12) sandwiched between road contests at No. 17/17 Iowa State and surging Texas Tech (18-9, 8-7 Big 12) on Saturday, March 5. 
K-State will play its 13th game against a ranked opponent on Saturday, which will surpass the 2010-11 and 2014-15 teams (12 each) for the most in school history. It will be the 43rd vs. a Top 25 foe during head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure, which represents 34 percent of his total games. 
K-State owns the 18th-best strength of schedule with 10 of its 12 games against ranked foes coming in Big 12 play. Twelve losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the AP Top 25, including 6 in Top 15. All 13 losses have come to teams with a combined record of 180-71 (.717).
Saturday’s game will be the 222nd in the series with K-State owning a 137-84 advantage, including a 50-48 mark on the road. The Cyclones, who have won 4 straight at home in the series, will be looking to sweep the season series for the first time since 2012. The Wildcats haven’t won a game at Hilton Coliseum since an 86-85 victory on Feb. 5, 2011.
Iowa State took the first game this season, 76-63, in Manhattan on Jan. 16, as the Cyclones earned their first win at Bramlage Coliseum since 2012 to halt a 3-game slide. Senior Justin Edwards led three players in double figures with a game-tying 19 points, while junior Wesley Iwundu tallied a near double-double with 11 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.
K-State has lost consecutive games to ranked foes, including a tough setback to No. 25/25 Texas on Monday, 71-70. The Wildcats nearly rallied from an 8-point deficit, closing to a single point on 3 different occasions, as freshman Dean Wade’s 3-pointer rimmed off at the buzzer.
The loss spoiled an impressive effort from senior Justin Edwards, who led the Wildcats in points (20), rebounds (8) and assists (5). The 20 points marked a new career-high in his K-State career and was his 6th straight game in double figures. He is averaging 15.3 points during this span.
Junior D.J. Johnson also continued his strong play vs. Texas, scoring in double figures for 6th time in last 8 games. In starting the last 6 games, he is averaging 12.2 points on 58.1 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds.