Postgame Notes

March 16, 2013

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Kansas State Postgame Notes
No. 11/12 K-State (27-7) 54, No. 7/6 Kansas (29-5) 70
Big 12 Conference Championship Final – Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Miscellaneous Notes
• Despite K-State’s loss today, the Wildcats have still accomplished something only two other teams (Oklahoma 2004-05), Texas (2005-06) have done in winning the Big 12 Conference Championship in football and the men’s basketball regular season… No team has ever won those two championships and added a men’s basketball conference tournament title in the same season… Only K-State this year and Texas reached the final game of the Big 12 Championship in men’s basketball in their respective years.
• Kansas State is now 11-17 (.393) all-time at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship… The Wildcats are 31-35 in the conference championship tournament dating back to the Big Eight Conference in 1977… K-State is now 10-7 in the Sprint Center overall and 4-5 during the Big 12 Championship.
• The Wildcats are now 0-2 in Big 12 Conference Championship finals and 2-5 overall since the inception of the Big Eight Conference Championship in 1977… K-State is now 7-14 against Kansas in conference championship tournaments and 0-8 in the Big 12 era.
• The Wildcats are now 91-185 all-time against Kansas… Tonight marked the fourth time the rivals have met in a conference championship final… The Wildcats are now 1-3 in those games with a win in 1980 and losses in 1981 and 2010.
• The starting lineup for tonight’s contest consisted sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez, junior guard Will Spradling, senior guard Rodney McGruder, senior forward  Jordan Henriquez and junior forward Shane Southwell… The Wildcats are now 10-2 when using this lineup.
Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez were named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team.

Team Notes
• The Wildcats had 8 assists bring their season total to 545 and tie the school record for a single season set in 2006-07… That year the Wildcats had 545 assists in 35 games… K-State has played 34 games so far this season.
• The Wildcats trailed 24-16 at halftime, it is the fewest points K-State has scored in the first half… The previous low was 24 against Michigan in the Preseason NIT Championship game… The Wildcats were 6-of-27 shooting for 22.2 percent, also a season-low in the first half… KU’s 24 points was the second-fewest the Jayhawks have scored to open a game this season as well… K-State’s 16 points are the fewest since also scoring 16 against Texas on Jan. 10, 2001.
• K-State was able to limit the impact of its mistakes as 10 turnovers only resulted in 5 points off turnovers for KU… The 5 points was just 1 point shy of a season-low for a K-State opponent as Alabama-Huntsville only had 4 points off turnovers… K-State had 11 turnovers in that contest… The Wildcats were able to tally 12 points off of 14 turnovers by the Jayhawks.

Individual Notes
Rodney McGruder moved into 7th all-time in career scoring at K-State with 1,563… His first basket on the day moved him ahead of Cartier Martin (1,546)… His 18 points came just shy of giving him 20+ in four straight games as he ended the regular season against Oklahoma State with 22 before scoring 24 against Texas in the quarterfinals and 25 against Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship.
• McGruder scored 67 points over three games at the Big 12 Championship… That ties him for 8th in a Big 12 Championship with Baylor’s DeMarcus Minor (2001), and KU’s Paul Pierce (1998)… His average of 22.3 points per game rank 7th.
Angel Rodriguez scored 10 points hitting on 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Shane Southwell shot 4-of-10 from the field to score 9 points… He also had 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Thomas Gipson pulled down 6 rebounds to lead the Wildcats… He shot 3-of-5 from the field to score 6 points.
Jordan Henriquez played 20 minutes and scored 6 points pulled down 5 rebounds.