K-State Returns Home To Face No. 25 OU Tuesday
K-State Returns Home To Face No. 25 OU Tuesday
Jan. 13, 2014
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25/rv OKLAHOMA (13-3, 2-1 Big 12)
AT rv/rv KANSAS STATE (12-4, 2-1 Big 12)
Tuesday, Jan. 14 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 6 p.m. CT
Dave Flemming (play-by-play) >> Miles Simon (analyst)
Mandy Cohen (producer)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 93/XM 190
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$25 (bench), $40 (chairbacks)
12+ group: $15
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 352-167 (16th year)
at K-State: 39-12 (2nd year)
vs. Oklahoma: 2-0
Oklahoma: Lon Kruger (Kansas State ’75)
Overall: 527-335 (28th year)
at Oklahoma: 48-31 (3rd year)
vs. Kansas State: 4-3
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (12-4, 2-1 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (6.9 ppg., 2.3 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (13.7 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (10.7 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.8 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.8 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
Oklahoma (13-3, 2-1 Big 12)
G - #10 Jordan Woodward (11.8 ppg., 2.3 rpg.)
G - #11 Isaiah Cousins (10.9 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
G - #24 Buddy Hield (16.8 ppg., 4.5 rpg.)
F - #21 Cameron Clark (18.3 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
F - #00 Ryan Spangler (10.9 ppg., 9.2 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Oklahoma leads 104-93 (12-8 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 56-36 (W, 69-60, 1/19/2013)
In Norman: Oklahoma leads 59-26 (W, 52-50, 2/2/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 52-50, 2/2/2013 (Norman, Okla.)
Weber vs. Oklahoma: 2-0 (1-0 at home)
Kruger vs. K-State: 4-3 (2-1 on the road)
Weber vs. Kruger: Weber leads 3-0 (1-0 at home)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
18/20 Kansas 86, 25/rv Kansas State 60
Game 16 * Allen Fieldhouse * January 11, 2014
No. 25 Kansas State saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, as No. 18 Kansas put on an impressive offensive display in an 86-60 win at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks hit on a near season-best 56.1 percent from the field, including 65.5 percent in the first half. The 86 points were the second-most allowed by the Wildcats this season, which had held opponents to just 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting during its win streak. Juniors Nino Williams (12) and Thomas Gipson (10) led the K-State offensive attack in double figures, while senior Shane Southwell and freshman Jevon Thomas each added nine points. Freshman Marcus Foster had team-highs in rebounding (five) and assists (three) to go with seven points. Kansas broke open a tight game early with an 18-8 run over an eight-minute stretch in the first half en route to a 45-28 lead at halftime.
GAME 17 - QUICK HITTERS
• Kansas State (12-4, 2-1 Big 12) returns home to begin a two-game homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats play host to former player and head coach Lon Kruger and his surging Oklahoma Sooners (13-3, 2-1) at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The squad hosts West Virginia (10-6, 2-1 Big 12) on Saturday.
• K-State saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end in Saturday’s 86-60 loss at No. 18/20 Kansas. The winning streak was the longest of head coach Bruce Weber’s short tenure and tied six others for the ninth-longest streak in school history. It was the longest winning streak since the team also won 10 in a row from Nov. 22, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.
• K-State is 6-3 under Bruce Weber coming off a loss, including 2-1 this season. The Wildcats have lost consecutive games just three times under Weber, including earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
• Tuesday’s game will be the 198th meeting between the two schools, which have met at least once every season since 1927. Oklahoma leads the series, 104-93, including a 12-8 mark in the Big 12 era. K-State is 56-36 at home in the series, including 10-8 at Bramlage Coliseum. However, the teams have split each of the last six meetings in Manhattan.
• Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger has a long history with K-State as both a player and coach, twice earning Big Eight Player of the Year honors (1973 & 1974) during his playing career from 1971-74 before serving as an assistant coach from 1977-82 and head coach from 1986-90.
• K-State fell out of The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after jumping into the poll just a week earlier at No. 25. The Wildcats have been ranked at least once each of the last five seasons, which is the longest stretch since earning a national ranking in six straight seasons from 1972-78.
• K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 15 nationally in scoring defense (59.8 ppg., 11th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.4, 4th). The Wildcats have held 13 of their last 15 opponents to under their scoring average, including nine to 60 points or less.
• During its then 10-game winning streak, the Wildcats held foes to 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting, including 24 percent from 3-point range, while posting a +9.1 rebounding advantage (40.4-31.3).
• The Wildcats have shown balance across the board with seven players leading the team in scoring and assists and five in rebounding. Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while three players - Foster, Gipson and Southwell - are averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: 25/RV OKLAHOMA (13-3, 2-1 Big 12)
• No. 25/rv Oklahoma (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) is coming off one of its biggest wins of the season on Saturday, as the Sooners knocked off the previously-unbeaten and Top 10-ranked Iowa State, 87-82, at home. The squad opened the season with wins in 11 of their first 12 games, including a seven-game winning streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21. It’s three losses have come by a total of 22 points, including a 102-98 overtime loss to Louisiana Tech and a 90-83 setback to Kansas at home.
• Oklahoma is 1-0 on the road (an 88-85 win at Texas on Jan. 4) and 5-1 overall away from home this season.
• Oklahoma is averaging a Big 12-best 87 points on 46.2 percent shooting, including 38 percent from 3-point range, to go with 39.1 rebounds, 14.6 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.6 blocks per game, while allowing 79.2 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting.
• In addition to leading the Big 12 in scoring offense, the Sooners are second in steals and free throw percentage (74.4), third in 3-point field goals made (8.0) and 3-point field goal percentage and fourth in assists and offensive rebounds (12.9).
• Senior Cameron Clark leads the Big 12 in scoring at 18.3 points per game, while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from 3-point range. He is second in rebounding (6.0 rpg.), 3-point field goals (19) and free throws (73). Sophomore Buddy Hield averages 16.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds and has a team-high 36 3-pointers. Freshman Jordan Woodard leads the way in assists with 4.6 per game to go with 11.8 points per game, while sophomores Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler each average 10.9 points per game, respectively. Spangler is tops in rebounding at 9.2 per game.
• Oklahoma is led by third-year head coach Lon Kruger, who has a 48-31 record in his tenure. He has a 527-335 record in his 28th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Pan American (1982-86), Kansas State (1986-90), Florida (1991-96), Illinois (1996-2000), UNLV (2004-11) and now Oklahoma. He also served as a head coach of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
• Kruger is first head coach in NCAA history to take five different schools to the NCAA Tournament.
• Lon Kruger is 4-3 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 2-1 mark on the road.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 198th meeting between the two schools with Oklahoma leading the series, 104-93. The two schools have met at least once every season since 1927, while the series dates to 1920.
• Oklahoma is one of only Big 12 schools (Kansas) to hold a series advantage over K-State.
• Oklahoma holds a 13-8 mark in the Big 12 era, including a 12-8 mark in the regular season.
• K-State owns a 56-36 record at home against Oklahoma, including a 10-8 mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
• The two schools have split the last 12 meetings at Bramlage Coliseum since 1995.
• K-State holds a narrow 6-4 edge in the series over the last 10 games, including a regular season sweep in 2012-13.
• Last season, K-State won both regular-season meetings with Oklahoma for the first time since 1993, posting a 69-60 win at home on Jan. 19 and a 52-50 victory at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 2.
• K-State averaged 60.5 points in the two meetings in 2013 on 40.6 percent shooting, including 37.5 percent from 3-point range, while holding Oklahoma to 55 points on 43.1 percent shooting, including 24 percent from beyond the arc.
• Current senior Will Spradling and departed senior Rodney McGruder averaged a team-high 13.5 points in the two meetings with Oklahoma last season. Spradling connected on 58.8 percent from the field (10-of-17), including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. McGruder and current Shane Southwell averaged a team-best 5.0 rebounds per game.
• In addition, four other Wildcats return who played against Oklahoma last season, including Thomas Gipson (4.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg.), Omari Lawrence (2.0 ppg., 2.0 rpg.), D.J. Johnson (0.0 ppg., 2.0 rpg.) and Nino Williams (0.0 ppg., 0.5 rpg.). Southwell and Spradling started both games, while Gipson and Williams played in both games.
• Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger has a long history with Kansas State as a player (1971-74), assistant coach (1977-82) and head coach (1986-90). He was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year (1973 and 1974) and is a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He had his jersey retired in 2006. He served as an assistant to his college coach, Jack Hartman, before succeeding him in 1986 and became the first head coach to lead the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Kruger is not the only Oklahoma staffer with Kansas State connections as assistant coach Steve Henson was a four-year player for the Wildcats from 1986-90 and director of operations Mike Shepherd is a former student manager for K-State and a 1992 graduate. Henson, who was recently inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame, is the school’s all-time leader in assists (582), free throw percentage (90.0) and minutes played (4,474) and played a school-record 127 consecutive games.
AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• K-State has a 44-15 (.746) record at home in Big 12 play since the 2006-07 with a 42-10 mark vs. teams not named Kansas.
• K-State is 25-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 9-1 in Big 12 play.
• Last season, K-State went 8-1 at home in Big 12 play, which ranks as the most home conference wins in school history.
• K-State has tallied a winning home record in Big 12 play in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to 2006-07, the Wildcats had not posted a winning home Big 12 record since the 2001-02 season with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.
SURGING IN DECEMBER
• K-State heads into the month of January on a roll after posting a perfect 7-0 record in December. It marked the fifth perfect December in school history, following 1947 (9-0), 1993 (9-0), 1998 (6-0) and 2009 (7-0).
• K-State is now 13-1 under head coach Bruce Weber in the month of December.
• K-State has now won 35 consecutive home games in December dating back to 2004. The last home loss came to Rutgers (76-66) on Dec. 28, 2004. Overall, the team is 47-8 (.852) in December since 2006.
• K-State wrapped up non-conference with a 10-3 record, posting eight consecutive wins and seven straight wins at home.
• K-State totaled 10 wins in non-conference play for the eighth consecutive season in 2013 with a composite 81-18 record.
• K-State has a 65-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 63-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 54 of its last 55 non-conference home games.
• 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.
KANSAS POSTGAME NOTES
• K-State saw its 10-game winning streak end in the loss to No. 18/20 Kansas on Saturday... The 10-game winning streak was the longest of the Bruce Weber era and was the longest since also winning 10 in a row from Nov. 22, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010... The team has now won more than 10 game in a row since winning an 11-game streak from Feb. 2 to March 12, 1977.
• Kansas has now won 10 of the last 11 meetings with K-State, including six in a row... The Wildcats have lost eight straight at Allen Fieldhouse with the last win (59-55) coming on Jan. 14, 2006... K-State is now 3-13 vs. Kansas when both teams are ranked.
• K-State is now 257-98 as a ranked team in The Associated Press poll, including 34-33 when facing a ranked opponent... The loss stopped the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak when ranked No. 25... The team is 2-1 vs. ranked opponents this season.
• K-State’s 60 points were the second-fewest scored this season and lowest since posting 52 vs. Long Beach State (11/24/13).
• K-State registered season-lows in four categories, including 3-point field goals (1), 3-point field goal percentage (9.1), assists (6) and rebounds (25)... The Wildcats were out-rebounded for just the fourth time this season.
• Kansas’ 86 points and 56.1 field goal percentage were the second-most allowed by K-State this season.
• Kansas posted opponent season-highs in four categories, including field goal percentage (65.5) and points (45) in a half, 3-point field goals (8) and assists (20) to go with a season-low 7 turnovers.
• K-State outscored Kansas, 24-17, on the bench... The Wildcats have gotten 20+ points from its bench eight times this season.
• Nino Williams led the team in scoring with 12 points on 4-of-5 field goals... It marked the second time in his career that he led the team in scoring, including the first time in 2013-14... He has posted double-digit points eight times in his career.
• Thomas Gipson also scored in double figures vs. Kansas with 10 points on 5-of-7 field goals... He has now scored in double figures 32 times in his career, including the 10th time in the last 12 games.
• Marcus Foster led the team in both rebounding (5) and assists (3) to go with 7 points on 3-of-12 field goals vs. Kansas... He did not reach double-digit scoring for just the third time this season (Northern Colorado and Tulane).
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing first in scoring defense (59.8 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.4). The Wildcats also rank among the Top 15 nationally in both categories, including 4th in 3-point defense.
• The Wildcats have held 11 of their last 15 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on nine occasions. Nine opponents have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 13 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has held 25 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 23-2 record in those games.
• If you take out games vs. Georgetown and No. 18/20 Kansas, K-State is holding its 14 other opponents to 55.7 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting, including 23.9 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 14.2 turnovers per game.
• During the team’s 10-game winning streak, K-State held its opponents to just 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting, including 24 percent from 3-point range, while posting a +9.1 rebounding margin (40.4-31.3).
• Oklahoma State was held to 15 points under its scoring average of 86.8 points per game on just 40.4 percent shooting, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Cowboys ranked among the Top 10 in scoring offense (8th) and field goal percentage (8th).
• George Washington was held to 22 points under its scoring average of 77.7 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting. The Colonials had scored 75 or more points in six of 12 games, including wins over Rutgers and Maryland.
• K-State held Tulane to a season-low 41 points on 28.6 percent shooting (12-of-42). The Green Wave were held to just 10 points on 13 percent shooting (3-of-23) in the first half. The 41 points were just outside the Top 10 for the fewest by an opponent since the 1946-47 season, while the first half field goal percentage was the third-lowest in a half by an opponent.
• K-State held Gonzaga to a season-low 62 points on 48 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range. The Bulldogs came into the game ranking 11th in scoring offense (87.5 ppg.) and in the Top 5 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4).
• K-State held Ole Miss to a season-low 58 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range on Dec. 5, while reigning SEC scoring champion Marshall Henderson was held to just 13 points on 4-of-18 field goals.
• Long Beach State’s 38 points on Nov. 24 tied for the fifth-fewest by an opponent in K-State’s modern era, which dates to the 1946-47 season. It was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov. 13, 2012.
• K-State is averaging 67.2 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting, including 29.6 percent from 3-point range. Although the team ranks 10th in all three categories in the Big 12, the squad ranks 5th in assists (14.4 apg.) in the league.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 62.3 percent (231 of 371) of its field goals this season. In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (61.9) and Baylor (60.3) - have an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
• K-State averaged 69.1 points on 43 percent shooting, including 33 percent from beyond the arc, during its 10-game winning streak. The team had an assist on 66.4 percent (162 of 244) of its field goals during its winning streak.
• Prior to the Kansas game, K-State had an assist on 70 percent (105 of 150) of its field goals in the previous six games.
• K-State is 23-1 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 8-0 this season.
REBOUNDING AS A TEAM
• A big key for K-State during its 10-game winning streak was its rebounding, where the team held a +91 edge (404-313) on the glass. The Wildcats collected 145 offensive rebounds (14.5 orpg.) and 127 second-chance points (12.7 ppg.) in that span.
• With its relatively small team, Bruce Weber has emphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least four players posting at least 4 rebounds in 11 of 12 wins, including at least five players with 4+ rebounds in 6 games.
• To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 31-2 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 11-1 this season, while just 7-10 in the last two seasons and 1-3 this year when being out-rebounded.
• The Wildcats have out-rebounded 12 of 16 opponents, including a streak of 11 consecutive games from Nov. 22 to Jan. 7.
• K-State ranks 8th in the Big 12 in rebounding (37.2) and 5th in rebounding margin (+3.6).
• K-State posted a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), including 23 offensive boards. It was most rebounds since 54 vs. North Florida (11/18/2012) and the most offensive boards since 24 vs. George Washington (12/8/2012).
• Five different Wildcats have led the team in rebounding, including 8 times by Thomas Gipson, 4 by D.J. Johnson and 2 by Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Shane Southwell. Gipson, Iwundu and Johnson have each tallied double-digit boards.
• Gipson and Iwundu have both posted two double-doubles on the season with Gipson collecting six in his career.
• The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 13.4 per game, while two players - Gipson (8th - 2.3) and Johnson (14th - 2.1) - rank among the Top 15. Iwundu is just outside the Top 15 with 1.8 offensive rebounds per game.
SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
• Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking first in assists (3.2 apg.), steals (1.1 spg.), blocks (1.0 bpg.) and minutes (28.9 mpg.), second in rebounding (4.8 rpg.) and third in scoring (10.7 ppg.).
• Southwell is the only player in the Big 12 to lead his team in assists, steals, blocks and minutes.
• Southwell has been the assist leader in 6 games, scoring leader 3 times and rebounding leader 2 times.
• Seven times he has scored in double figures with a career-high 21 points vs. George Washington (12/31). It marked his first career 20-point game after tying his career-high of 19 three times, including vs. Central Arkansas (12/1) and Tulane (12/28).
• Southwell has scored in double figures 7 times in the last 14 games, including 5 times in the last 10 outings.
• Southwell’s 40 combined points vs. Tulane and George Washington were the most for him in back-to-back games.
• Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (9th), assists (10th), steals (12th) and blocked shots (14th).
• Southwell is one of 22 players in school history (along with Will Spradling) with 200 or more assists in a career, while he adds more than 600 points, 300 rebounds, 70 steals and 50 blocks in 111 career games.
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
• Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first two games. He is averaging 11.8 points on team-bests in field goal percentage (60.2) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also tops in free throw percentage (74.5) and ranks second in scoring, field goals (65) and blocks (8).
• During the 10-game winning streak, he was the leading rebounder (7.5 rpg.) and second-leading scorer (13.3 ppg.).
• 161 of his 165 points have been scored in the last 11 games with 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and Long Beach State (11/24), 17 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5), 13 vs. South Dakota (12/10), 14 vs. Gonzaga (12/21), 12 vs. George Washington (12/31),10 vs. OSU (1/4) and Kansas (1/11) and 19 vs. TCU (1/7). He has led the team in scoring five times.
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 12 games, including a career-best stretch of 5 consecutive games.
• Gipson earned his career sixth double-double vs. Oklahoma State (1/4) with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 10 points. It was his second of the season after posting a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Long Beach State (11/24).
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
• Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful K-State team, having played in 117 games with 88 starts to go with 883 points, 273 assists and 100 steals. He ranks second on the team in 3-pointers (21), assists (37) and steals (17), third in minutes (28.6), fourth in field goals (32) and fifth in scoring (6.9 ppg.) and free throws (25).
• Spradling ranks in the school’s Top 10 in seven career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (447), 6th in 3-pointers (154), 7th in minutes (3,165) and free throw percentage (80.6), 8th in assists (273), 9th in starts (88) and 10th in steals (100).
• Spradling has chance to become the fourth Wildcat with 1,000 points, 250 assists and 100 steals, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen. He is 117 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.
FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
• Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start to his career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 13.7 points per game on 38.5 percent shooting, including 35.5 percent from 3-point range. He also leads the team in field goals (72), 3-point field goals (33) and double-digit scoring games (13), second in free throws (42) and third in assists (30) . He ranks among the Big 12’s Top 15 in 3 categories, including 6th in 3-point field goals (2.1), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage and 13th in scoring.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 15 games, including a streak of 10 consecutive games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 21. The streak started in the second game vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and included him leading the team in scoring seven times.
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 14 of 16 games, including a season-best four on three occasions.
• Foster was named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (CBSSports.com/USBWA) and Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 6 after averaging 16 points in wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State. He is the first Wildcat freshman to earn the Big 12’s weekly honor since Thomas Gipson on Dec. 12, 2012.
• Foster scored a game-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), hitting on 9-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. It was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 14, 2008. He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since teammate Thomas Gipson in 2011.
FRESHMEN A BIG PART
• The freshmen trio of Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in the first four games, marking the first time a rookie has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first four games of 2007-08.
• A fourth freshmen was added to the mix on Dec. 21 when Jevon Thomas became eligible after sitting out the first semester.
• Overall, the freshmen have paced the team in scoring 9 times in 16 games, including 7 times by Foster. They have also led the team assists on 8 occasions and in rebounding 4 times. They have also combined for 18 double-digit scoring games.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 15 of the last 16 games, while Thomas (24.6) and Johnson (15.2) are averaging more than 15 minutes off the bench. They are both the top minute producers among all reserves.
• The freshmen accounted for 33 of the team’s 72 points vs. Gonzaga (12/21) and 31 of the 61 points vs. Ole Miss (12/5).
• Iwundu became just the third Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career game, posting team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado.
• Iwundu registered his second double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He is one of 19 players in the Big 12 this time with multiple double-doubles, including three freshmen (Devin Williams and Joel Embiid).
• Thomas made his debut vs. Tulane (12/28), leading in both assists (4) and steals (3) to go with two points and two rebounds in 19 minutes. He added a team-best 6 assists vs. George Washington (12/31), while he had a season-best 9 at Kansas (1/11).
• The four freshmen have accounted for 426 points (an average of 26.6 points per game) on 38.3 percent shooting (136-of-355) with 47 of the team’s 88 3-pointers to go with 178 rebounds, 100 assists and 37 steals in a combined 1,196 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OF BENCH
• Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.6 points in the last 7 games.
• During this 7-game span, Williams is shooting 60 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free throw line.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 2 of the last 3 games, including 15 points in the win over No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4) and a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11).
• K-State is getting 18.9 points per game from its bench, including 20 or more points on 8 occasions.
UP NEXT: WEST VIRGINIA (10-6, 2-1 Big 12)
Saturday, Jan. 18 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >>
12:30 p.m. CT >> Big 12 Network