No. 22 K-State Begins Road Swing at Texas Tuesday
No. 22 K-State Begins Road Swing at Texas Tuesday
Jan. 20, 2014
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22/rv KANSAS STATE (14-4, 4-1 Big 12)
AT rv/rv TEXAS (14-4, 3-2 Big 12)
Tuesday, Jan. 21 >> Erwin Center (16,755) >>
Austin, Texas >> 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 134/XM 191
Stats – www.kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio – www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$50 (arena), $40 (end zone)
$22 (mezzanine), $15 (end zone)
General Admission: $7
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 354-167 (16th year)
At K-State: 41-12 (2nd year)
Vs. Texas: 3-1
Texas: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne ’77)
Overall: 574-293 (28th year)
At Texas: 372-159 (16th year)
Vs. Kansas State: 9-10
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (14-4, 4-1 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Sprading (6.9 ppg., 2.4 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (14.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
G – #1 Shane Southwell (11.5 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F – #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg., 4.2 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.8 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
Texas (14-4, 3-2 Big 12)
G - #3 Javan Felix (11.9 ppg., 3.0 apg.)
G - #1 Isaiah Taylor (11.2 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
G - #2 Demarcus Holland (8.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F - #10 Jonathan Holmes (13.1 ppg., 7.2 rpg.)
F - #55 Cameron Ridley (10.9 ppg., 7.6 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 16-10 (11-10 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 8-3 (W, 83-57, 1/30/2013)
In Austin: Tied 6-6 (W, 81-69, 2/23/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 66-49, 3/14/2013 (Kansas City, Mo.)
Weber vs. Texas: 3-1 (1-0 on the road)
Barnes vs. K-State: 9-10 (5-4 at home)
Weber vs. Barnes: Weber leads 3-1 (1-0 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 78, West Virginia 56
Game 18 * Bramlage Coliseum * January 18, 2014
Shane Southwell and Thomas Gipson each scored 20 points, as K-State won its 10th consecutive game at home with a 78-56 win over West Virginia before a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday. The duo paced a potent offense, as the Wildcats posted 70 or more points for the seventh time in the last nine games and connected on a season-high 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the field. K-State was again stellar on the defensive end, holding West Virginia to a season-low 56 points on a season-low 32.7 percent. The Mountaineers jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead in the opening three minutes of the game before a 25-7 run by the Wildcats put any chance of an upset away. Gipson and Southwell combined for 17 points during the run. Marcus Foster also scored in double figures with 15, while Jevon Thomas had a career day with a game-high eight assists.
• No. 22 Kansas State (14-4, 4-1 Big 12) begins a two-game road swing this week, as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas on Tuesday to face another Big 12 test against Texas (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The team completes the week at No. 16/17 Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12).
• K-State went 2-0 last week with wins over No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66) and West Virginia (78-56) at home and have now won 12 of its last 13 games. The Wildcats are 4-1 in Big 12 play for the second straight season and is the second-best start after 5 league games (5-0 in 2007-08).
• K-State jumped back into The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday at No. 22 with 221 points, marking the 2nd time in the last 3 weeks that the team has appeared in the AP?Top 25. The Wildcats have been ranked at least once each of the last 5 seasons, which is the longest stretch since earning a national ranking in six consecutive seasons from 1972-78.
• K-State is 257-98 (.724) as a ranked team in The Associated Press poll, including 3-2 (.600) as the No. 22 team with the last time coming in 2012. The team has a 78-54 (.591) all-time record as a ranked team on the road.
• K-State joins Kansas as the schools in the country to boast 4 Top 25 RPI wins this season. The Wildcats have defeated No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 22 George Washington and No. 23 Gonzaga. The team has an NCAA?RPI of 34 and is 1 of 7 Big 12 schools in the Top 50.
• Tuesday’s game will be the 27th all-time meeting between the two schools with K-State leading 16-10 since the first game in 1971 and 11-10 during the Big 12 era. The Wildcats have won 7 of the last 10 games, including 3 of the last 4 meetings at the Erwin Center.
• K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 15 nationally in scoring defense (59.9 ppg., 11th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7, 6th). The Wildcats have held 15 of their last 17 opponents to under their scoring average, including 10 to 60 points or less.
• After struggling early, the K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 7 of the last 9 games, including 3 times in the first 4 Big 12 games. The team is averaging 70.8 points in this span on 44.6 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from long range.
• The Wildcats have shown balance across the board with seven players leading the team in scoring and assists and six 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: TEXAS (14-4, 3-2 Big 12)
• Texas (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) enters Tuesday’s game riding a three-game winning streak, including an 86-76 win over No. 9/9 Iowa State at home on Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns are just two wins shy of equaling their entire win total from 2012-13 (16) just 18 games into the 2013-14 season. The team’s four losses have come to BYU, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
• Texas is 10-2 at home (including 2-1 in Big 12 play) with wins over Vanderbilt, Rice, Texas Tech and Iowa State.
• Texas is averaging a 78.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range, to go with 41.9 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 6.6 steals and 6.7 blocks per game, while allowing 71.5 points per game on 40 percent shooting. The team is averaging 78.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 76.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting.
• Texas ranks 1st in the Big 12 in rebounding and blocked shots, while the team is 2nd in offensive rebounds (14.1), defensive rebounds (27.9) and rebounding margin (+7.4). The Longhorns are 6th in scoring offense and 8th in field goal percentage.
• Texas is one of the more balanced teams in the Big 12 with 5 players averaging better than eight points per game, including four in double figures. Junior Jonathan Holmes leads the way in scoring at 13.1 points on 52.8 percent shooting to go with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game. Sophomore Javan Felix averages 11.9 points per game with a team-high 27 3-pointers, while freshman Isaiah Taylor adds 11.2 points per game to his team-high 3.7 assists per game. Sophomore Cameron Ridley also averages in double figures at 10.9 per game on 57.4 percent shooting and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game.
• Texas is one of the youngest teams in the country with no seniors, 2 juniors and 12 combined sophomores and freshmen.
• Texas is led by the Dean of Big 12 coaches Rick Barnes, who has a 372-159 record in his 16th season. He has a 574-293 record in his 27th season as a head coach, which includes stints at George Mason (1987-88), Providence (1988-94), Clemson (1994-98) and Texas. He has led teams to the NCAA?Tournament 20 times, including the Final Four in 2003.
• Barnes’ 574 wins are the 15th-most among active Division I?coaches.
• Rick Barnes is 9-10 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 5-4 mark at home.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 27th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 16-10.
• K-State won the first 5 meetings prior to the start of Big 12 play in 1997, including the 1st meeting (87-60) on Dec. 8, 1971. The two teams did meet in the 1972 NCAA?Tournament with the Wildcats posting a 66-55 win at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
• K-State holds a narrow 11-10 edge in the series since the inception of the Big 12, including 10-9 in the regular season. Texas won 7 of the first 11 meetings, including 4 of the first 5 games, and won the first 5 games in the series at the Erwin Center.
• Since 2008, K-State has won 7 of the last 10 meetings, including 3 of the last 4 at the Erwin Center.
• K-State won all 3 meetings in 2013, averaging 76.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range, while holding Texas to 58.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 25 percent from beyond the arc.
• Departed senior Rodney McGruder averaged a team-high 17.0 points in the 3 meetings with Texas last season to go with a team-high 4.7 rebounds per game. Angel Rodriguez (13.3 ppg.) and current junior Thomas Gipson (10.0 ppg.) both averaged 10 points per game, while Gipson was second in rebounding at 4.3 per game.
• In addition, 7 other Wildcats return who played against Texas last season, including Shane Southwell (7.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.), Will Spradling (5.3 ppg., 2.0 rpg.), Omari Lawrence (4.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.), D.J. Johnson (4.0 ppg., 3.3 rpg.), Nino Williams (3.7 ppg., 2.0 rpg.), Ryan Schultz (1.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.) and Shawn Meyer (0.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.). Southwell and Spradling started all 3 games, while Gipson, Lawrence, Johnson and Williams played in all 3 games.
• Three players - Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls), Thomas Gipson (Cedar Hill) and Wesley Iwundu (Houston) - hail from the Lone Star State. Gipson’s father, Thomas, played basketball for Texas from 1987-88 before transferring to Sam Houston State.
• Two members of the staff - assistant coach Alvin Brooks III (Houston) and strength coach Jimmy Price - also hail from the state of Texas. Brooks, the son of former Houston coach Alvin Brooks II, also coached in the state at Midland College and Sam Houston State. Price is a 2001 graduate of Texas Tech and served as an assistant strength coach at Tech from 2001-03.
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Tuesday’s game will be the Wildcats’ third road game of the season, following a 65-47 win at TCU on Jan. 7 and an 86-60 loss at Kansas. The team has posted a 40-32 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 32-28 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 8-4 under head coach?Bruce Weber in road games, including 7-4 in Big 12 play.
• K-State has tallied a winning road record three times in the last four seasons with a composite 25-15 mark in that span.
• K-State’s road success of late has been stark in comparison to its road futility from 1996 to 2006. During that 10-year stretch, the Wildcats were a combined 18-89 on the road, including 10-70 in Big 12 play. Four times (1996-97, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02) the team lost more than 10 road contests in a season and went winless on the road in Big 12 play on four occasions.
• K-State is 4-3 away from home this season with neutral site games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (1-2), Wichita Wildcat Classic (1-0) vs. Gonzaga and Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival (1-0) vs. Tulane to go with its two true road games.
BUILDING A SOLID JANUARY
• K-State has built an impressive 4-1 mark in January, including Top 25 wins over Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The team is now 9-3 under head coach Bruce Weber in the first month of the year.
• Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 38-23 in January. In comparison, the team was 27-49 in the month from 1996-2006.
• K-State’s impressive January mark came on the heels of stellar December, in which, the Wildcats posted a perfect 7-0 mark. It was just the fifth perfect December in school history, following 1947 (9-0), 1993 (9-0), 1998 (6-0) and 2009 (7-0).
• 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.
WEST VIRGINIA POSTGAME NOTES
• K-State has now won 12 of its last 13 games, which includes a Bruce Weber era-best 10-game winning streak from Nov. 24, 2013 to Jan. 7, 2014... The team has also won 4 of its first 5 Big 12 games for the second consecutive season.
• The win over West Virginia gave K-State 10 home wins for the 13th consecutive season and the 21st time in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum... The Wildcats have now won 10 straight at home and are 27-2 at home under Bruce Weber.
• K-State has now won 4 of 5 meetings with West Virginia, including all 3 in the Big 12 play.
• K-State scored a Big 12-high 78 points on a season-best 54.9 percent (28-of-51), including 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from 3-point range... The 78 points are the second-most scored by the Wildcats this season and most since scoring 87 vs. UCA (12/1).
• K-State continued to share the ball at a high rate, dishing out 22 assists on 28 made field goals.
• K-State saw three players score in double figures, including 20-point games by Shane Southwell and Thomas Gipson... It marked the 1st time that 2 Wildcats have posted 20-point games in the same contest and the first time since Iowa State (2/19/13).
• K-State’s stellar defense was again on display, as West Virginia was held to its lowest point total (56) on a season-low 32.7 percent (16-of-49) shooting... The Wildcats have now held 13 of their last 17 opponents to their season-low in points scored.
• Shane Southwell tallied his first 20-point game in Big 12 play with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range... It was his second career 20-point game and his 23rd double-digit scoring game.
• Thomas Gipson replicated Southwell’s scoring line with a team-tying 20 points on 9-of-11 field goals... He has now scored in double figures 10 times in the last 14 games... It marked his first career 20-point game in Big 12 play and the first this season.
• Marcus Foster scored 15 points despite playing just 13 minutes... He has now scored in double figures a team-best 15 times.
• Jevon Thomas recorded a game- and career-high 8 assists to go with 0 turnovers... He has led team in assists in 4 of 7 games.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (59.9 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7). The Wildcats also place 2nd in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (39.5).
• In Big 12 play, K-State places 1st in scoring defense (65.2 ppg.) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (39.6).
• The Wildcats have held 13 of their last 17 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on 10 occasions. 11 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 14 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has held 26 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 24-2 record in those games.
• If you take out games vs. Georgetown and No. 18/20 Kansas, K-State is holding its 16 other opponents to 56.4 points per game on 36.8 percent shooting, including 24.6 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 13.9 turnovers per game.
• During the team’s 10-game winning streak from Nov. 24 to Jan. 7, 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).
• West Virginia was held to nearly 24 points under its scoring average of 79.9 points on a season-low 32.7 percent (16-of-49) from the field, including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from 3-point range. The 56 points were a season-low for the Mountaineers.
• K-State held Oklahoma, the Big 12’s top scoring offense, to 66 points (21 points below their average) on a season-low 33.3 percent shooting from the field, including 30.4 percent from 3-point range... It marked the Sooners’ second-lowest point total.
• Oklahoma State was held to 15 points under its scoring average of 86.8 points on 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 on 47.7 percent shooting.
• K-State held Tulane to a season-low 41 points on 28.6 percent shooting. 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.
• 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).
• 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 68.1 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting, including 31.9 percent from 3-point range... Although the team ranks 9th in all 3 categories in the Big 12, the squad ranks 4th in assists per game (14.9 apg.).
• K-State has scored 70+ points in 10 games this season, including 7 times in the last 9 games... During that 9-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 70.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has scored exactly 72 points in 5 games this season, including doing it in 4 consecutive games from Dec. 15-31. To add to this strange occurrence, the team has scored 71 points twice and 74 points in another game.
• K-State is 25-1 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 10-0 this season.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 64 percent (269 of 420) of its made field goals this season. In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (61.6) - has an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
• K-State has an assist on 70 percent of its field goals in 10 of 18 games, including a season-best 85.7 percent vs. Troy (12/15).
• 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.
REBOUNDING AS A TEAM
• A key stat to K-State’s success this season has been its ability to win the rebounding battle, which the Wildcats have done in 12 of 14 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 13 opponents, including 12 of the last 14 games.
• To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-2 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-1 this season, while just 8-10 in the last two seasons and 2-3 this year when being out-rebounded.
• 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 12 of 14 wins, including at least five players with 4+ rebounds in 7 games.
• 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).
• 6 different Wildcats have led in rebounding, including 9 times by Thomas Gipson, 4 by D.J. Johnson and 2 by Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu, Shane Southwell and Nino Williams. 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 13.1 per game with Gipson ranking 8th with 2.3 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.), blocks (1.1 bpg.) and minutes (28.6 mpg.), second in rebounding (4.9 rpg.) and steals (1.1 spg.) and third in scoring (11.5 ppg.).
• Southwell is the only player in the Big 12 to lead his team in assists, blocks and minutes.
• Southwell has been the leader in blocks 10 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 4 times and rebounding 2 times.
• Nine times he has scored in double figures with a career-high 21 points vs. George Washington (12/31). He recorded his first career 20-point game in Big 12 play with a team-tying 20 vs. West Virginia (1/18) to go with 4 3-pointers.
• Southwell has scored in double figures 9 times in the last 16 games, including 7 times in the last 12 outings.
• Southwell averaged 18.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in wins vs. Oklahoma and West Virginia.
• Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (7th), assists (10th), blocked shots (13th) and steals (14th).
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 (60.5) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also second in scoring, field goals (75), free throw percentage (70.9) and blocks (9).
• During the 10-game winning streak, he was the leading rebounder (7.5 rpg.) and second-leading scorer (13.3 ppg.).
• 185 of his 189 points have been scored in the last 14 games with 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and LBSU (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), 19 vs. TCU (1/7) and 20 vs. West Virginia (1/14). He has led in scoring 6 times.
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 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 119 games with 90 starts to go with 898 points, 280 assists and 104 steals. He ranks first on the team in steals (21), second in 3-pointers (24), assists (45) and minutes (28.3), fifth in scoring (6.9 ppg.), field goals (35) and free throws (31).
• Spradling ranks in the school’s Top 10 in seven career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (457), 6th in 3-pointers (157), 7th in assists (280), minutes (3,1217) and free throw percentage (80.7), 8th in starts (90) and 9th in steals (104).
• 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 102 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, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 14.0 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting, including 37.7 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (84), 3-pointers (40) and double-digit scoring games (15). He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.2), 8th in 3-point field goal percentage and 13th in scoring.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 17 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). He has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 8 times.
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 16 of 18 games, including a season-best 4 on 5 occasions. He is tied for the 2nd-most 3-pointers (40) by a freshmen in school history and within 2 of Brian Henson record of 42 during 1991-92.
• 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 season-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), which was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M (3/14/2008). He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since 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 10 times in 18 games, including 8 times by Foster. They have also led the team assists on 9 occasions and in rebounding 4 times. They have also combined for 21 double-digit scoring games.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 17 of the last 18 games, while Thomas (24.7) and Johnson (14.2) are averaging more than 14 minutes off the bench. They rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
• The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points in 7 games, including Oklahoma State (34), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), Oral Roberts (33), Oklahoma (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30) and 20+ points in 6 other contests.
• 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). He scored in double figures for the 4th time this season (and 1st in Big 12 play) with 11 points vs. Oklahoma (1/14).
• Thomas made his debut vs. Tulane (12/28), leading in both assists (4) and steals (3) to go with 2 points and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes. He added a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18), while he had a season-best 9 points at Kansas (1/11).
• The four freshmen have accounted for 486 points (an average of 27.0 points per game) on 40 percent shooting (157-of-395) with 58 of the team’s 108 3-pointers to go with 198 rebounds, 118 assists and 42 steals in a combined 1,358 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
• Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.6 points in the last 9 games.
• During this 9-game span, Williams is shooting 57.5 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 3 of the last 5 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11) and a near double-double of 10 points and 9 rebounds vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14).
• Williams has solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 9-of-11 opportunities... He hit the game-clinching free throws in wins vs. Oklahoma State (3 in a row in last 13 seconds) and Oklahoma (4 straight in last 23 seconds).
UP NEXT: AT 16/17 IOWA STATE (14-3, 2-3 Big 12)
Saturday, Jan. 25 >> Hilton Coliseum >> Ames, Iowa >> 12:30 p.m. CT >> Big 12 Network