PREVIEW: K-State Continues Homestand vs. Omaha Tuesday

GAME PREVIEW
NOV 15, 7:10 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS


NR/NR
OMAHA
MAVERICKS
1-1 (0-0 Summit)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
1-0 (0-0 Big 12)

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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 393-209/19th season
At K-State: 80-54/5th season
vs. Omaha: 1-0 (1-0 at home)

Omaha: Derrin Hansen (Nebraska Wesleyan ‘91)
Overall: 180-153/12th season
At Omaha: same
vs. Kansas State: 0-1 (0-1 on the road)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (11.0 ppg., 5.0 apg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (18.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (17.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (4.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (7.0 ppg., 12.0 rpg.)

Omaha
G: #24 Tra-Deon Hollins (7.0 ppg., 7.0 apg.)
G: #23 Marcus Tyus (21.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
G: #21 Zach Jackson (9.0 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
F: #15 Tre’Shawn Thurman (17.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)
F: #32 Daniel Meyer (3.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 1-0
vs. Summit League: K-State leads 30-2 (29-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 1-0 (last meeting: 12/2/2014)
In Omaha: n/a
Current Streak: K-State, 1
Last Meeting: K-State won 84-66 in Manhattan (12/2/2014)
Weber vs. Hansen: Weber leads 1-0

GAME 2 - QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State continues its homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats host their second straight Summit League opponent in Omaha (1-1) at 7 p.m. The game is the second of a four-game homestand to start the season, which includes Hampton on Sunday and Robert Morris on Nov. 22.
K-State opened the season with an 82-55 win over fellow Summit League foe Western Illinois on Friday night, as sophomore Barry Brown paced four Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 18 points.
After shooting just 32.4 percent in the first half, K-State caught fire in the second half, knocking down 62.5 percent (15-of-24) of its field goals, including all 7 3-pointers, against WIU. Keyed by a big trey from rookie Xavier Sneed, the Wildcats ended the game on a 25-6 run in last 7:35.
Brown was joined in double figures by senior Wesley Iwundu (17), Sneed (17) and sophomore Kamau Stokes (11). Brown is the only Wildcat to score in double figures in both exhibitions and the first game.
Senior D.J. Johnson grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against WIU, which is the most in a season opener since Ron Anderson had 12 in 2008.
Iwundu started his 90th career game on Friday night, which propelled him to a tie for 10th all-time in school history with Tyrone Adams (1978-82). He has played in 65 consecutive games, including a streak of 53 starts.
K-State is now 88-25 (.779) all-time in season openers dating back to its first season in 1903, including a 76-9 (.894) mark at home.
The Wildcats are 30-2 all-time against teams from the Summit League, including 29-0 record at home. This will be just the second meeting with Omaha on the hardwood after posting an 84-66 win on Dec. 2, 2014.
K-State is looking for a 2-0 start for the 13th time in last 14 seasons, including the fourth time in the last 5 seasons under Bruce Weber.
K-State has an 80-5 (.941) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 78-4 (.951) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 69 of its last 72 non-conference home games.
The Wildcats have won 9 straight non-conference home games dating back to last season with an average margin of victory of 17.7 points. The last home non-conference loss came to Georgia on Dec. 31, 2014.
Weber is 57-12 (.824) at Bramlage Coliseum since taking over as head coach with only non-conference losses to Northern Colorado (2013), Texas Southern (2014) and Georgia (2014). The 12 losses (9 of which have come in Big 12 play) have come by a total of 61 points (5.1 ppg.).

A SUCCESSFUL OPENER
K-State officially opened the 2016-17 season on Friday with an 82-55 win over Western Illinois.
With the win, K-State is now 88-25 (.776) all-time in season openers dating back to 1903, including 76-9 at home.
Head coach Bruce Weber is 17-2 (.888) all-time in season openers in his career, including 4-1 at K-State.
The Wildcats led for more 36 minutes, including as high as 28 points... The team connected on 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the field, including 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from 3-point range, while they held the Leathernecks to 36.5 percent shooting (19-of-52), including the first 5:57 without a field goal... It marked the 50th opponent held under 60 points during the Weber tenure.
K-State scored 47 points in the second half on 62.5 percent (27-of-61) shooting, including hitting all 7 3-pointers, and knocked down 90.9 percent (10-of-11) of its free throws... The squad shot just 32.4 percent (12-of-37) in the first half.
K-State ended the game on a 25-6 run (over the last 7:35) after Western Illinois closed the gap to 57-49 with 7:51 to play.
Freshman Xavier Sneed helped ignite a 12-0 run by the Wildcats with a 3-pointer from the corner at the 7:18 mark.
Sophomore Barry Brown was one of four Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes... Senior Wesley Iwundu (17), Sneed (17) and sophomore Kamau Stokes (11) also scored in double figures, as the Wildcats moved to 30-8 under Weber when at least 4 Wildcats score double digits.
Brown is the only Wildcat to score in double figures in both exhibitions and the first game, posting 17 vs. Pittsburg State (10/28) and 15 vs. Washburn (11/4)... He is shooting a combined 58.6 percent (17-of-29) in those three games.
Iwundu nearly posted his third double-double in an opener, finishing with 9 rebounds... He tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northern Colorado in 2014 and 23 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMES in 2015... He did not play in his sophomore opener. 
Senior D.J. Johnson corralled a career-best 12 rebounds to go with 7 points vs. Western Illinois, which were the most rebounds by a Wildcat in a season opener since Ron Anderson also had 12 boards against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, 2008.
In addition to his 11 points, Stokes dished out a career-tying 5 assists to just 1 turnover... It was his first game since going down a season-ending injury against Ole Miss on Jan. 30, which forced him to miss the last 12 games.
Five Wildcats made their debuts (Sneed, Isaiah Maurice, Brian Patrick, Pierson McAtee and Kade Kinnamon). 

THE OPPONENT: OMAHA

Omaha enters Tuesday’s game with a 1-1 record after splitting a West Coast trip to start the season with a 74-60 win over UC Santa Barbara and an 82-72 loss at USC... The Mavericks led the Trojans for 28 minutes before falling in the second half.
Omaha is averaging 73 points on 38.3 percent shooting, including 28.8 percent from 3-point range, with 40.5 rebounds, 12 assists, 5.5 steals and 3.5 blocks per game... The team is allowing 71 points per game on 38.8 percent shooting.
The Mavericks are led by seniors Marcus Tyus and Tre’Shawn Thurman, who are averaging 21 and 17 points, respectively... Tyus, who is shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range, nearly single-handedly beat USC, going for 33 points on 11-of-18 field goals, including 6 treys, while Thurman added 20 points and 14 rebounds against the Trojans. 
Omaha returns eight lettermen, including three starters, from a team that posted an 18-14 record, including a third-place finish in the Summit League with a 10-6 mark, and advanced to the CBI First Round... The Mavericks crushed Saint Mary’s (104-58) a season ago, while they had close calls at Colorado (82-87), Minnesota (90-93) and Wyoming (75-76).
Head coach Derrin Hansen has a 180-153 overall record in his 12th season at the helm.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
Tuesday’s contest will mark the second meeting between K-State and Omaha on the hardwood and the first since 2014. 
The Wildcats connected on 53.3 percent of its field goals, including 60 percent in the second half, in an 84-66 win over Omaha on Dec. 2, 2014... Nino Williams led three players in double figures with a team-high 19 points... Two Wildcats - Wesley Iwundu and Mason Schoen - return from playing in that 2014 contest... Iwundu posted 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in a start in 18 minutes, while Schoen registered no statistics in one minute of action.
K-State is 30-2 against Summit League schools with a 29-0 mark at home... The losses came at Oral Roberts in 1978 and 1985.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
K-State has an 80-5 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 78-4 mark during the regular season... The Wildcats has won 69 of their last 72 non-conference home games. 
K-State went 9-0 in games played at home venues in 2015-16, winning by an average margin of 15.2 points per game.
K-State went 12-3 overall in non-conference play in 2015-16, topping double-digit wins for the first time since 2013-14... The Wildcats had a streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 10 non-conference wins from 2006-07 to 2013-14.
K-State was a stellar 13-1 in non-conference games in 2009-10, while the squad won 12 games each in 2008-09 and 2010-11, 11 games each in 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 10 in 2007-08 and 2013-14.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
K-State has put up some impressive defensive numbers under head coach Bruce Weber, leading the Big 12 in scoring defense twice in the past 4 seasons (60.4 ppg. in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg. in 2013-14).
K-State is 70-22 under Bruce Weber when holding an opponent to 69 points or less and 10-32 when allowing 70 or more.
Since Weber’s arrival at K-State in 2012-13 (spanning 134 games), the Wildcats lead the Big 12 in scoring defense at 64.3 points per game (8,615)... The next closest team in that span is Baylor (64.9 ppg.) followed by Oklahoma State (65.3 ppg.).
50 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber’s tenure with the Wildcats boasting a 43-7 mark in those contests (losses to Kansas in 2012, Northern Colorado & Kentucky in 2013, Texas Southern & Georgia in 2014 and Texas & OSU in 2016).
23 Big 12 opponents have been held to 60 points or less (21 in regular-season Big 12 play) with the Wildcats posting a 20-3 record in those matchups, including an 19-3 mark in Big 12 regular-season play (losses to Kansas in 2012, Texas & OSU in 2016).

PAIR OF FRESHMEN TO MISS 2016-17 SEASON
Freshmen Cartier Diarra and James Love III are expected to miss the 2016-17 season after going down with injuries.
Diarra went down with a knee injury in a practice in early July and underwent surgery on July 13.
Love broke his foot in a practice in late October and underwent surgery on Nov. 5.
Diarra averaged a double-double of 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game his senior season at West Florence High School en route to earning Class 4A All-State honors from the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA)... Love averaged 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a senior at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.

COUNTDOWN TO 400
Head coach Bruce Weber is closing in a coaching milestone, as he stands just seven wins shy of 400 in his 19-year coaching career, which includes stints at Southern Illinois (1998-2003), Illinois (2003-12) and now K-State (2012-present).
Weber would become the 131st Division I head coach to accomplish the feat, including the 51st active coach... Kennesaw State head coach Al Skinner (396) needs just four wins for 400, while N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried (387) is 13 shy of the milestone... He would be the fourth current Big 12 coach to win 400 games, joining Bob Huggins, Bill Self and Lon Kruger.
Weber currently ranks 37th among active Division I head coaches in winning percentage (.652).
Weber, who is 80-54 in his fifth season, could pass several coaches on the school’s all-time wins list this season, including Charles Corsaut (89, 1923-33), Tom Asbury (85, 1994-2000), Jim Wooldridge (83, 2000-06) and Lon Kruger (81, 1986-90).
Interesting note, Weber is not the only Wildcat head coach that could reach a coaching milestone this season, as football coach Bill Snyder stands two wins from 200 (all at K-State), women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie is six wins from 500 in his career and baseball coach Brad Hill is 16 wins away from 850 in his career... Volleyball coach Suzie Fritz recently won her 300th match.

BEASLEY, McGRUDER MAKE NBA OPENING DAY ROSTERS
K-State had two former players on opening day NBA rosters, as Michael Beasley (Milwaukee Bucks) and Rodney McGruder (Miami HEAT) debut for their respective teams on Oct. 26.
K-State is one of six Big 12 teams with multiple NBA players, joining Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas... It marked the first time multiple Wildcats have been on NBA teams since Beasley (Miami), Bill Walker (Miami) and Cartier Martin (Detroit) all played in the league during the 2014-15 season.
Beasley, who is entering his ninth NBA season, played the final 20 games of the 2015-16 season with the Houston Rockets after a stint with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association. He was traded to the Bucks in September.
McGruder, who is entering his first season in the NBA, signed a free-agent contract with the HEAT in July and was able to snag with the final spots on the team’s 15-man roster... He helped the HEAT’s D-League team (Sioux Falls Skyforce) to D-League title.

BOOZER NAMED TO COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

Two-time All-American basketball player Bob Boozer was among eight individuals announced on March 22 to the 11th class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He will be posthumously inducted on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center.
Already a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for his efforts on the record-setting 1960 U.S. Olympic team, Boozer is the third person with K-State ties to be named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, including the second men’s basketball player, following his legendary coach Tex Winter (2010) and Rolando Blackman (2015).
Considered one of the most decorated players in K-State history, Boozer was a first team All-American in both 1958 and 1959 and he averaged a double-double for his 77-game career with 21.9 points on 44 percent shooting with 10.7 rebounds per game. He is one of only two players (Willie Murrell) in school history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a career.

RECAPPING THE EXHIBITION SEASON
Kansas State went 2-0 in exhibition play, posting an 85-72 win over Pittsburg State on Oct. 28 and a 73-58 win over Washburn on Nov. 4... In all, the Wildcats went 5-2 in exhibition play, which includes a 3-2 mark during its European tour in August.
K-State is 63-20 (.759) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including a 42-9 (.824) mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have now won 20 consecutive exhibition games dating back to 2004.
K-State is 8-0 in home exhibition play under head coach Bruce Weber.
K-State is now 6-0 vs. Washburn and 4-0 vs. Pittsburg State in exhibition play.
The Wildcats averaged 79 points during exhibition play on 45.1 percent (55-of-122) shooting from the field, including 37 percent (17-of-46) from 3-point range, with 41.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 9.5 steals and 6.0 blocks per game... The squad allowed 65 points on 36.1 percent (44-of-122) shooting, including 28 percent (14-of-50) from 3-point range. 
K-State also averaged 31.0 points in the paint, 16.0 points off of turnovers, 8.0 fast-break points and 29.0 bench points.
Sophomore Barry Brown was the only Wildcat to score in double figures in both exhibitions, posting a game-high 17 points vs. Pittsburg State (10/28) on 6-of-11 field goals to go with a 15-point effort vs. Washburn (11/4) on 4-of-7 shooting... Brown averaged 16.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting (10-of-18), including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range.
Senior Wesley Iwundu (12.0 ppg.) and freshman Xavier Sneed (11.0 ppg.) also averaged double figures during exhibition play... Iwundu posted a double-double vs. Washburn (11/4) with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 field goals with a game-best 11 rebounds... Sneed scored 13 points vs. Pitt State (10/28) on 6-of-11 field goals to go with a 9-point effort vs. Washburn.
Iwundu led the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg.) and assists (3.0 apg.) in exhibition play.
Six different Wildcats tallied at least 6 made field goals in exhibition play.

‘CATS JUMP START SEASON WITH EUROPEAN TRIP

K-State was able to get a jump start on its preparations for the 2016-17 with a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland from August 8-19... Aside from the cultural experience of visiting historic landmarks in both countries, the Wildcats were able to play five games against various club, select and national teams and posted a 3-2 record.
K-State defeated BC Silute (97-80) on August 11, the Italian Select (90-55) on August 13 and BBC Lausanne (68-47) on August 18 with losses to LCC University (75-82) on August 10 and the Kosovo National Team (74-85) on August 16.
The Wildcats averaged 80.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting (152-of-349) with 45.4 rebounds, 11.8 steals and 11.6 assists per game... Sophomore Kamau Stokes led the way in scoring at 10.8 points per game to go with a team-best 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per outing... Stokes had a tour-high 20 points in the loss to the Kosovo National Team.
Freshman Xavier Sneed, who scored in double figures in the first four contests, also averaged double figures at 10.4 points per game to go with 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game... Sophomore Dean Wade averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while senior D.J. Johnson led the way in rebounding at 6.8 per outing to go with an 8.0 points per game average on 69.6 percent shooting... Five other players averaged better than 5 points per game (Barry Brown (7.6 ppg.), Carlbe Ervin II (6.8 ppg.), Isaiah Maurice (6.2 ppg.), Brian Patrick (6.2 ppg.) and Wesley Iwundu (5.4 ppg.).

‘CATS ANNOUNCE THE SIGNINGS OF McGUIRL, SHADD & STOCKARD

Head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of high school standouts Mike McGuirl (Ellington, Conn./East Catholic), Nigel Shadd (Chandler, Ariz./Tri-City Christian Academy) and Levi Stockard III (St. Louis, Mo./Vashon) on Nov. 11. 
The trio went a combined 72-8 during their respective junior seasons in 2015-16 with two state titles… They have a combined four state championships in their careers.
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard McGuirl averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in 2015-16… He was First Team Class L All-State and selected to FAB 15 All-Courant Team.
A 6-foot-9, 238-pound forward Shadd averaged 18.5 points on 69.3 percent shooting with 14 rebounds and 3.9 blocks… Twice named to Canyon Athletic Association All-State Teams.
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward Stockard averaged 10 points on 94.7 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks… Named to Class 4 All-State Team as a junior.

UP NEXT: HAMPTON (0-1)

K-State returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 20 when the Wildcats play host to Hampton at 5 p.m., as part of the Barclays Center Classic at Bramlage Coliseum.