March 10, 2011
Kansas State (22-10, 10-6) 75 – Colorado (21-12, 8-8) 87
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship
• Kansas State is now 6-5 all-time in games played in the Sprint Center… In Big 12 Championship games K-State is now 9-15 after today’s loss and 29-33in conference tournaments combined with the Big Eight era.
• K-State now holds a 96-47 lead in the all-time series with Colorado dating back to 1933… The Cats are 9-3 in their last 12 meetings against the Buffaloes after losing the last three.
• The starting lineup for tonight’s contest consisted of freshman guard Shane Southwell, sophomore guard Rodney McGruder, senior guard Jacob Pullen, junior forward Jamar Samuels and senior forward Curtis Kelly… This is the 15th time this season this starting lineup has been used with a 10-5 record.
• The Wildcats are 21-4 when leading at the half this season… K-State trailed 66-62 with five minutes remaining, the Wildcats are now 1-8 when trailing with under five minutes to go.
• This was the first loss this season for K-State when scoring at least 70 points… The Wildcats were 16-0 this season when scoring 70+ heading into today’s game.
• K-State shot 53.3 percent in the first half to hold a 39-37 lead at the break… In the second half K-State struggled to make shots hitting just 12-of-36 for 33.3 percent as CU outscored the Wildcats 50-36… CU shot 64.0 percent in the second stanza.
• The Wildcats were out-rebounded on the day 35-29… K-State is now 3-5 this season when opponents pull down more boards… K-State did turn 15 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points.
• Jacob Pullen scored 18 points this afternoon bringing his career total to 2,072 trailing only Mike Evans (2,115)… He struggled from deep hitting on 3-of-11 from 3-point range.
• Curtis Kelly posted his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort today with 18 points… He has averaged 15.25 points per game over that stretch… Kelly also pulled down 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and sixth of his career at K-State.
• Will Spradling added 14 points on the afternoon shooting 3-of-6 from long range
• Jamar Samuels tallied 8 points and 8 rebounds with five of his boards on the offensive end.
• Rodney McGruder posted 11 points to give K-State four players in double figures… He was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.