K-State Hosts OSU on Legends Weekend

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Game 20
OKLAHOMA STATE (13-5, 3-3 Big 12)
at KANSAS STATE (11-8, 4-2 Big 12)
Saturday, January 24, 2015 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)  >> 11 a.m. CT

TELEVISION
ESPN2
Mark Neely (play-by-play)
Stephen Howard (analyst)
WatchESPN link - http://es.pn/1znbEZE

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite: Sirius 92/XM 199

STATS/AUDIO
kstatesports.com
Stats - http://bit.ly/1yqDy3x
Audio - http://bit.ly/15rNnVB

TICKETS
kstatesports.com
(800) 221.CATS
$40 (bench), $55 (chairbacks)
Wildcat4Pack: $125 | $25 (12+group)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 371-184 (17th year)
at K-State: 58-29 (3rd year)
vs. Oklahoma State: 4-3

Oklahoma State: Travis Ford (Kentucky ’94)
Overall: 328-228 (18th year)
At Oklahoma State: 138-82 (7th year)
vs. K-State: 6-7

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (11-8, 4-2 Big 12)    
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (5.7 ppg., 3.8 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (13.7 ppg., 2.3 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)    
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.5 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg., 4.6 rpg.)

Oklahoma State (13-5, 3-3 Big 12)
G - #12 Anthony Hickey (8.8 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
G - #13 Phil Forte III (17.2 ppg., 2.3 rpg.)
G - #22 Jeff Newberry (5.8 ppg., 2.2 rpg.)
F - #2 Le’Bryan Nash (17.6 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F - #20 Michael Cobbins (6.7 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 75-51 (OSU leads 16-8 in Big 12 play)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 37-15 (W, 74-71, 1/4/2014)
In Stillwater: Oklahoma State leads 32-24 (W, 61-47, 1/3/2015)
Last Meeting: Oklahoma State, 61-47, 1/3/2015 (Stillwater, Okla.)
Weber vs. Oklahoma State: Weber leads 4-3 (2-0 at home)
Ford vs. K-State: 6-7 (1-4 on the road)
Weber vs. Ford: Tied 3-3 (Weber is 2-0 in home games)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
9/12 Iowa State 77, Kansas State 71
Game 19  *  Hilton Coliseum  *  January 20, 2015
 
Despite a valiant 22-point effort from senior Nino Williams, Kansas State came up just short in its upset bid of No. 9/12 Iowa State, 77-71, on Tuesday before a sold-out 14,384 fans at Hilton Coliseum. The loss snapped the Wildcats’ 4-game winning streak, as the Cyclones won for the 47th time in its last 49 home games, including their 17th in a row. The two teams battled through 10 lead changes and 11 ties, including 69-all with 3:44 to play. Iowa State ended the game on a 10-2 run, as K-State missed seven straight field goals before Justin Edwards’ lay-up as the buzzer sounded. The squad lost for the first time (6-1) this season when scoring 70 or more points and for just the 7th time under Bruce Weber. Williams, who led K-State in three categories, paced 4 Wildcats in double figures, including Marcus Foster (16), Thomas Gipson (15) and Justin Edwards (12).

GAME 20 - QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (11-8, 4-2 Big 12) begins an important 2-game homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats play host to Oklahoma State (13-5, 3-3 Big 12) at 11 a.m. CT.  The game will air nationally on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst) on the call.
•    Saturday’s game will be the highlight of the annual Legends Weekend, as many as 50 former Wildcat players and coaches will be hand, including members of the 1974-75 Elite Eight team who be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special halftime ceremony.
•    K-State will also celebrate the accomplishments of legendary coach Fred “Tex” Winter on Saturday with the dedication of the drive leading to the Basketball Training Facility in his name. The unveiling of the “Tex Winter Drive” sign will take place at 9 a.m., on the east side of the arena.
•    In conjunction with the NABC’s annual Suits and Sneakers event, K-State is asking fans to help “Stripe Out” Bramlage Coliseum for the game to help benefit the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer. Fans are asked to wear either purple or white depending on their ticket location.
•    Saturday’s game continues one of the school’s most daunting stretches, as the Cowboys will be the third straight opponent to be either ranked or receiving votes. OSU is the top receiving votes getter in the AP poll.
•    K-State leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State, 75-51, including 37-15 at home. The Cowboys will look to sweep the season series for the first time since 1994 after a 61-47 victory in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 3. The Wildcats have won 3 in a row in the series at Bramlage Coliseum.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 41-5 at home in his tenure, including 19-2 in Big 12 play. The 5 losses (Northern Colorado, Kansas, Baylor, Texas Southern and Georgia) have come by a grand total of 14 points.
•    K-State saw its 4-game winning streak end on Tuesday in a 77-71 loss at No. 9/12 Iowa State, which has won 17 straight home games. It was the team’s first loss this season when scoring 70 or more points. Senior Nino Williams continued his strong play with a career-high 22 points.
•    K-State’s 11-game streak of holding opponents to 65 points or less also came to an end on Tuesday. It was the longest such streak in school history since doing it in 18 straight games from Nov. 27, 1982 to Jan. 29, 1983.
•    After allowing 71.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting in the first 6 games, the Wildcats have been much improved on defense in the last 13 games, allowing just 59.2 points on 42 percent shooting from the field.
•    K-State is averaging 72.0 points on 50.4 percent shooting, including 42.8 percent from 3-point range, with 16.0 assists in its 11 wins and 57.4 points on 39.3 percent shooting, including 27.4 percent from long range, with 11.5 assists in its 8 losses.

THE OPPONENT: OKLAHOMA STATE (13-5, 3-3 Big 12)
•    Oklahoma State enters Saturday’s game with a 13-5 record after snapping a 2-game Big 12 skid with a 63-43 win over Texas Tech at home on Wednesday... The Cowboys have posted a 2-3 record since its 61-47 win over K-State at home in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 3... The team is 4-4 away from Stillwater this season, including 2-4 in true road games.
•    The Cowboys are averaging 70.0 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 35.6 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 8.7 steals and 5.3 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 59.5 points per game on 37.7 percent shooting, including 31.3 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 70.9 percent from the free throw line.
•    Oklahoma State ranks 6th in scoring offense, 4th in scoring defense, 2nd in turnover margin and 3rd in blocks in the Big 12.
•    Oklahoma State is led by the 1-2 scoring punch of senior Le’Bryan Nash (17.6 ppg.) and junior Phil Forte (17.2 ppg.), who rank No. 2 and No. 3 in scoring in the Big 12... Only Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (18.1 ppg.) scores more in the Big 12... Nash is also averaging a team-best 6.1 rebounds to go with a Big 12-bests in free throws made (101) and attempted (131), while Forte is tops on the team in 3-point field goals (48), free throw percentage (83.5), steals (2.3 spg.) and minutes (33.2 mpg.)... LSU transfer Anthony Hickey averages 8.8 points and a team-best 3.6 assists per game, while senior Michael Cobbins, who was injuried most of 2013-14, averages 6.7 points on a team-high 61.5 percent shooting with 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
•    Oklahoma State returns 8 lettermen, including 2 starter, from a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013-14.
•    Oklahoma State is led by 7th-year head coach Travis Ford, who boasts a 138-82 record in his tenure with 5 20-win seasons... He has a 328-228 record in his 18th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Campbellsville (1997-2000), Eastern Kentucky (2000-05) and Massachusetts (2005-08)... Ford is 6-7 all-time vs. K-State, including a 1-4 mark on the road.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 127th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 75-51, since that first meeting on Jan. 21, 1922... The Wildcats are 37-15 at home vs. the Cowboys, including wins in 4 of the last 5 meetings in Manhattan.
•    Oklahoma State leads the series, 16-10, during the Big 12 era, including a 5-5 mark at Bramlage Coliseum... Since OSU rattled off wins in 10 of 11 meetings from 1997-2007, K-State has won 7 of the last 13 games in the series, including 5 of the last 8.
•    Oklahoma State won the first meeting of 2015 -- 61-47 at home -- in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 3... The Cowboys connected on 48.9 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line, while the Wildcats shot just 37.8 percent, including 25 percent from 3-point range... OSU scored 23 points off of 13 K-State turnovers.
•    Phil Forte III led 4 Cowboys in double figures with a game-high 20 points, while Le’Bryan Nash added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks... Thomas Gipson paced the Wildcats with 14 points, while Justin Edwards added 11 points.
•    Gipson is averaging 8.3 points on 51 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds in 8 career games with Oklahoma State, while Nino Williams has averaged 8.0 points on 47.2 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds in 6 career contests vs. the Cowboys.

HOME SWEET HOME
•    K-State has a 324-101 (.761) record in 27 seasons at Bramlage Coliseum, which are the 2nd-most at a home venue.
•    The Wildcats are 123-21 (.852) over the past 9 seasons at home, including a 54-16 (.765) mark in Big 12 games.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 41-5 (.889) in home games during his K-State tenure, including 19-2 (.900) during Big 12 play.
•    K-State is 29-47 (.373) vs. Top 25 opponents at Bramlage Coliseum, including 26-44 (.362) vs. ranked Big 12 foes.
•    K-State is 14-7 (.650) vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum since 2008, including 6 consecutive wins.
•    K-State has earned double-digit wins in 21 of its 26 seasons at home, including a current streak of 13 straight seasons.
•    K-State has ranked among the Top 35 in home attendance 7 times in the last 8 seasons, including 29th in 2013-14.

COMEBACK CATS
•    K-State has shown resiliency to battle back from deficits, including in wins vs. No. 16/18 Oklahoma and No. 22/23 Baylor.
•    K-State overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to Baylor (including 12 in the second half) to snap a 2-game skid in the series... The 14-point deficit tied for the 12th-largest deficit overcome for victory and the largest since coming from 15 down vs. Charleston Southern (11/11/2011)... It was also the largest in a Big 12 game since coming from 14 down at Iowa State (2/6/1999).
•    The 9-point halftime deficit overcome for victory tied for the 11th-largest and the largest since coming from 9 down vs. New Mexico (11/23/2005)... It was the largest halftime comeback in a Big 12 game since a 9-point deficit at Iowa State (2/6/1999).
•    K-State was down 55-51 with 46 seconds remaining at Oklahoma before the heroics of Marcus Foster, who scored 9 of his 14 points in the final 35 seconds of regulation and overtime... He tied the game with lay-up with 6 seconds left in regulation before hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime.

TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
•    Kansas State is averaging 65.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting (422-of-925), including 36 percent (93-of-258) from 3-point range, to go with 14.1 assists per game... The team has an assist on 63.5 percent (2nd in the Big 12) of their field goals.
•    K-State is averaging 60.5 points on 43 percent shooting, including 31.3 percent from 3-point range, in Big 12-only games.
•    In the Big 12, the Wildcats rank 9th in scoring offense, 3rd in field goal percentage and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage.
•    K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (48.7) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (22.2).  
•    K-State ranks in the Top 25 nationally in free throw attempts (460/18th) and free throw makes (314/21st).
•    K-State averages 26.6 points in the paint, 19.5 bench points, 15.1 points off of turnovers and 8.1 second-chance points.
•    K-State has used 7 different starting line-ups this season, including a different starting 5 in 6 of the last 8 games... No one player has started all 18 games, but senior Thomas Gipson has started 18 games.
•    K-State has connected on 50 percent or better from the field in 7 games and shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range on 4 occasions... The team has also scored 80 or more points in 4 contests, the most through 19 games since 2009-10.
•    K-State lost for the first time when scoring 70 or more points this season (6-1) at Iowa State (1/20/15) and is now 34-8 under Bruce Weber when reaching the mark... The Wildcats are 5-7 when scoring less than 70 points and 24-21 overall under Weber.
•    K-State is 7-2 when 3+ players score in double figures... The Wildcats are averaging 77.6 points in these 9 games on 52.1 percent shooting, including 41.7 percent from 3-point range... 3 players (Marcus Foster/16.1 ppg., Nino Williams/15.1 ppg., Thomas Gipson/12.3 ppg.) are averaging in double figures, while 5 others (Stephen Hurt/8.4 ppg., Justin Edwards/8.3 ppg., Jevon Thomas/6.9 ppg., Tre Harris/6.2 ppg., Nigel Johnson/5.6 ppg.) are averaging 6+ points.
•    K-State is averaging 36.3 points in the 2nd half this season on 48 percent shooting, including 39.4 percent from 3-point range... The Wildcats have connected on better than 50 percent from the field in the 2nd half of 9 games, including 60 percent or better on 5 occasions... The team is averaging 39.4 points on 53.2 percent shooting in the 2nd half of its 11 wins this season.

MISCELLANEOUS TEAM NOTES
•    The 98 points in the season opener against Southern Utah (11/14/14) were the most in the Bruce Weber era, surpassing the 87 against Central Arkansas (12/1/13), and the most since scoring 100 against North Florida (12/31/10)... The 98 points were also the most in an opener since scoring 103 vs. Texas-San Antonio (11/23/91) and the 4th-most overall a season opener.
•    K-State connected on a Bruce Weber era-best 61.5 percent (24-of-39) from the field in the win over Texas A&M (12/20/14), which is the best by a Wildcat team since also connecting on 61.5 percent vs. Cleveland State (12/5/06) and highest since posting a 62.8 percentage vs. Nebraska (2/4/04)... The team shot 82.4 percent (14-of-17) in the first half vs. the Aggies, which ranks as the 3rd-highest in school history and the highest since connecting on 85 percent (17-of-20) vs. Oklahoma (2/19/94).
•    The Texas A&M game (12/20/14) marked the second time this season that the Wildcats have set the mark for highest field goal percentage in the Weber era, surpassing the 58.7 percent vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14)... K-State has posted the top 4 field goal percentages of the Weber era this season, including Texas A&M, Southern Utah, Savannah State (58.5) and UMKC (58.3).
•    The Wildcats also set Weber era highs in 4 categories in the opener vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14), including points (98), 3-point field goal percentage (55.6), free throws made (34) and attempted (48).

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE NOTES
•    K-State has 3 players averaging in double figures (Marcus Foster, Nino Williams and Thomas Gipson), while 9 players have had at least one double-digit scoring game this season... 6 players scored in double figures in the opener vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14), which was the most since 6 also scored in twin figures against North Carolina Central (2/17/09).
•    All 3 rank in the Big 12’s Top 20 in scoring at 6th (Foster/13.7 ppg.), 15th (Williams/11.5 ppg.) and 17th (Gipson/11.4 ppg.).
•    The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 17 of 19 games with 35 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 673 of the 1,251 points this season while shooting 49.6 percent (222-of-448).
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 categories, including scoring (13.7 ppg.), field goals (83), field goals attempted (195), 3-point field goals (49), 3-point field goals attempted (113), double-digit scoring games (15), 20-point games (4) and minutes (28.7).
•    Foster also ranks in Big 12’s Top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage (43.4/3rd) and 3-point field goals per game (2.6/4th).
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 10 of 19 games, including 6 of the last 10... He shooting a team-best 58.9 percent.
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 10 of 17 games, including 8 of the last 13... He has 2 20-point games this season.
•    Williams and Foster rank among the Big 12 Top 15 in field goal percentage at 3rd (Williams/51.8) and 14th (Foster/42.6).
•    Gipson and Williams rank among the Big 12 Top 15 in free throw percentage at 7th (Williams/80.3) and 11th (Gipson/75.9).
•    3 players are averaging in double figures Big 12-only games with Foster (13.0 ppg.), Williams (10.7 ppg.) & Gipson (10.5 ppg.).
•    Jevon Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in both assists (3.8/6th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5/10th).
•    Thomas and Nigel Johnson have led K-State in assists in 16 of 19 games and have a combined 108 assists and 43 steals.

FREE POINTS
•    K-State has also taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 21st nationally in free throws made (314) and 18th in free throw attempts (460)... The team is shooting 68.3 percent from the charity stripe.
•    K-State ranks 2nd in Big 12-only games in free throw percentage (75.2), while is tied for 3rd in makes (85) with Texas.
•    K-State is 10-3 this season when it has more free throw attempts than its opponent and 32-8 under Bruce Weber.
•    The 34 free throws and 48 attempts vs.  Southern Utah (11/14/14) were not only the most in the Bruce Weber era, but both were one shy of the Top 10 in school history... Both totals are the most since a game at Colorado (1/6/2010), in which, the squad connected on 38 free throws on 54 attempts... The totals at Colorado rank 4th (makes) and 3rd (attempts) in school history.
•    Senior Thomas Gipson ranks in the Top 60 nationally in free throws made (85/46th) and attempted (112/57th).
•    2 Wildcats rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage, including seniors Nino Williams (80.3/7th) and Thomas Gipson (75.9/11th)... Gipson ranks 2nd in makes (85) and attempts (112) to OSU’s Le’Bryan Nash (101-of-131) in the Big 12.

WIN/LOSS COMPARISON
•    K-State is averaging 72 points in its 11 wins on 50.4 percent shooting (265-of-526), including 42.8 percent (62-of-145) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 61.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting, including 33.9 percent from beyond the arc.
•    In contrast, K-State is averaging 57.4 points in its 8 losses on 39.3 percent shooting (157-of-399), including 27.4 percent (31-of-113) from 3-point range, while allowing 65.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from beyond the arc.
•    3 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 11 wins, including Marcus Foster (15.2 ppg./49.5 FG%), Nino Williams (13.1 ppg./53.8 FG%) and Thomas Gipson (10.9 ppg./60.0 FG%), while 6 (Stephen Hurt, Justin Edwards, Jevon Thomas, Tre Harris, Nigel Johnson and Wesley Iwundu) are averaging 5 or more points... In all, 5 are shooting better than 50 percent.
•    Only 2 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 8 losses (Gipson - 12.1 ppg., and Foster - 11.6 ppg.).
•    K-State is averaging 16 assists during its wins compared to just 11.5 assists in its losses.
•    Point guards Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson have compiled a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the 11 wins, which includes a combined 75 assists to 36 turnovers... The duo has a 1.1 ratio in the 8 losses with a combined 33 assists and 29 turnovers.
•    Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.3 points on 48 percent shooting in wins, but just 12.3 points on 35.7 percent shooting in losses... Hurt averages 7.6 points on 55 percent shooting in wins and 2.6 points on 36 percent in losses.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
•    K-State has put up some impressive defensive numbers under head coach Bruce Weber, leading the Big 12 in scoring defense each of the past 2 seasons (60.4 ppg. in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg. in 2013-14).
•    37 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber’s 3 seasons as head coach with the Wildcats boasting a 32-5 mark in those contests (losses to Kansas in 2012, Northern Colorado & Kentucky in 2013 and Texas Southern and Georgia in 2014).
•    17 Big 12 opponents have been held to 60 points or less (15 in regular-season Big 12 play) with the Wildcats posting a 16-1 record in those match-ups, including a 14-1 mark in Big 12 play (only loss to Kansas in 2012).
•    K-State has had a difficult start defensively, allowing 63.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting, including 34.0 percent from 3-point range... The squad ranks 8th in the Big 12 in scoring defense, 9th in field goal percentage defense and 10th in rebounding.
•    Those numbers have improved in the past 13 games, where they are holding opponents to 59.2 points on 42 percent shooting, including 30.2 percent from 3-point range, while limiting them to 138 assists and forcing 162 turnovers.
•    K-State saw its 11-game streak of holding opponents to 65 points or less come to an end at No. 9/12 Iowa State (1/20/15)... It was the longest such streak in school history since the team did it 17 straight games from Nov. 27, 1982 to Jan. 29, 1983.
•    In Big 12-only games, K-State ranks 3rd in scoring defense (61.0) and is 2nd in turnover forced (75).

FOSTER CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster leads the way in scoring at 13.7 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting (83-of-195), including 43.4 percent (49-of-113) from 3-point range... He has scored in double figures in a team-best 15 games, including 20-point games vs. Purdue (24), No. 3/4 Arizona (23), Tennessee (23) and TCU (23)... He has led in scoring a team-best 6 times.
•    Foster ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in 5 categories, including 6th in scoring, 3rd in 3-point percentage and 4th in 3-pointers.
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (15), 20-point games (4), field goals (83), field goals attempted (195), 3-point field goals (49), 3-point field goals attempted (113) and minutes (28.7).
•    In the NCAA, Foster ranks 29th in 3-point field goal percentage and 45th in 3-point field goals made (49).
•    Foster earned ESPN.com and Lute Olson National Player of the Week as well as Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 12 after helping K-State to wins over TCU and No. 16/18 Oklahoma last week... It was his 1st career Big 12 Player of the Week honor after wining Rookie of the Week twice last season... He is the 2nd Wildcat to win the honor this season.
•    Foster averaged 18.5 points on 50 percent shooting in the pair of wins, while connecting on 10-of-12 free throw attempts... He scored a game-high 23 points vs. TCU (1/7/15) in 29 minutes off the bench, while 9 of his 14 points vs. Oklahoma (1/10/15) came in the final 35 seconds of regulation and overtime... He tied the game with a lay-up with 6 seconds left in regulation before hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime.
•    Foster tied a career-high with 7 treys at Tennessee (12/6/14), which he also hit against Baylor (3/8/14) last season... The 7 triples tie for the 4th-most in a game in school history and the most in a non-conference game since Rodney McGruder made 7 vs. UMKC (12/23/2010)... Four of Foster’s 7 3-pointers came in the last 57 seconds of the game.
•    Foster now has 128 3-pointers his K-State career, which ranks 10th on the school’s all-time list.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 42 of his 52 career games, including 12 20-point outings... He led in scoring 23 times.
•    Foster has 773 career points, which is just 6 shy of cracking the school’s Top 50 scoring list.

BACK IN THE FOLD
•    Senior Nino Williams made his return to the court vs. Long Beach State (11/21/14) after missing the exhibition and the first 2 games due to a knee injury... It marked just the second time in the last 3 seasons that he missed a game due to injury.
•    Williams, who ranks 2nd in scoring (11.5 ppg.) and 1st in rebounding (5.0 rpg.), has scored in double-digits in 10 of his first 17 games, including 8 of the last 13 games... He has 2 20-point games this season (20 vs. Savannah State; 22 at Iowa State).
•    Williams has been on tear in the last 2 games vs. No. 22/23 Baylor (1/17/15) and No. 9/12 Iowa State (1/20/15), averaging 20 points on 62.5 percent shooting (100 percent from free throw line) with 7.5 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game.
•    Williams led the team in 3 categories vs. ISU, including a career-best 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in 31 minutes.
•    Williams scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the 2nd half in the win over No. 22/23 Baylor on 6-of-9 shooting.
•    Williams collected his 2nd career double-double in the win over Bradley (12/9/14) with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (12)... It was his 1st double-double since a 15-point, 10-rebound vs. Baylor (2/15/14).
•    For his efforts in the wins vs. Bradley and Savannah State, Williams earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the 1st time after averaging 17 points on 56.3 percent shooting (9-of-16) to go with 9.5 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game... He also shot a stellar 88.9 percent (16-of-18) from the free throw line... He also led in scoring and rebounding in both games.

SENIOR LEADER
•    Thomas Gipson has displayed that all important senior leadership, ranking 3rd in scoring (11.4 ppg.) and 2nd in rebounding (4.6 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 58.9 percent (66-of-112) from the field and 75.9 percent (85-of-112) from the stripe.
•    Gipson became the 26th Wildcat to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier vs. Texas Southern (12/28/14), while he is the 12th player with at least 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds... He currently ranks 17th (1,089) on the school’s scoring list.
•    Gipson ranks 17th in the Big 12 in scoring and 11th in free throw percentage.
•    Gipson, who played in his 100th career game in the opener against Southern Utah, has scored in double figures in 18 of the last 28 games (including 10 times this season)... He saw his streak of 12 double-digit scoring games in a row end vs. Purdue (11/24/14)... He has led in scoring in 5 games... Ironically, he has scored 9 points in 3 other games this season.
•    Gipson collected his 5th career 20-point game vs. UMKC (11/17/14) with a team-high 21 points.
•    Gipson rebounded from a poor performance vs. Texas Southern (12/28/14) to pace the team in scoring (19) and rebounding (9) vs. Georgia (12/31/14)... He scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2nd half, going 5-of-6 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line.
•    Gipson’s career 53.7 field goal percentage ranks 6th on the school’s Top 10 list and highest since Tony Kitt (54.5, 1998-2000)... It is the 3rd-highest field goal percentage by a 4-year player behind Steve Soldner (1975-79) and Carl Gerlach (1972-76).

TWO BETTER THAN ONE
•    Sophomore point guards Nigel Johnson and Jevon Thomas make an impressive 1-2 punch for the K-State backcourt... The duo have combined for 108 assists (to 65 turnovers) and 43 steals to go with 194 points on 42.2 percent shooting.
•    Thomas is 1st in assists (72), 2nd in steals (22) and 3rd in minutes (27.1), while Johnson is 3rd in assists (36) and steals (21).
•    Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in 2 categories, including 6th in assists (3.8 apg.) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
•    Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 16 of 19 games with Thomas dishing out a team-high in assists 11 times.
•    The duo is even more impressive in the 11 wins, combining for 75 assists to 36 turnovers (2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Thomas is averaging 6.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and Johnson is averaging 5.6 points on 50 percent shooting.
•    Johnson scored in double figures in the first 2 games, including a career and team-best 18 points in the opener vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14) and Thomas collected back-to-back double-digit scoring vs. Omaha (12/2/14) and Tennessee (12/6/14)... Thomas dished out a season-best 9 assists vs. UMKC (11/17/14) and had season-high 4 steals vs. Texas Southern (12/28/14).

TRANSFERS STARTING TO MAKE AN IMPACT
•    Transfers Justin Edwards (Maine) and Stephen Hurt (Lipscomb/NW Florida State) are starting to make their presence felt after a slow start to the season... Edwards ranks 1st in steals (23) and 4th in both scoring (6.3 ppg.) and rebounding (3.5 rpg.), while Hurt is 3rd in rebounding (3.6 rpg.) and 6th in scoring (5.1 ppg.).
•    Edwards has 4 double-digit scoring games, including 2 in Big 12 play, while Hurt has 3 with a season-high 15 at Oklahoma.
•    In Big 12 play, Edwards is averaging 7.7 points on 39 percent shooting and Hurt is at 4.8 points on 40 percent shooting.
•    The pair have been particularily impactful in the wins combining for 14.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting, as Hurt is averaging 7.6 points on 55 percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds and Edwards’ 7.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds.
•    In losses, the two are combining to average 7.6 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting.

‘CATS PICKED 4TH IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
•    Kansas State was selected to finish fourth in the preseason 2014-15 Big 12 Conference coaches’ poll released by the league office on Oct. 9. The Wildcats received 53 points to earn the nod in fourth place, just two points ahead of fifth-place Iowa State (51). The fourth-place prediction was the highest since the squad was selected as the preseason favorite in 2010-11.
•    K-State was also chosen fourth in the preseason polls of 2007-08 and 2009-10.
•    Kansas was picked as the conference favorite with 78 points and six first-place votes by the league coaches. Texas was a close second with 74 points and three first-place votes, while Oklahoma voted third with 67 points and the final first-place vote.

FOSTER NAMED PRESEASON CANDIDATE FOR WOODEN, NAISMITH
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Nov. 17... He followed that distinction up by being named to the 50-player Watch List for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T on Dec. 3.
•    Foster becomes the third Wildcat in the last four seasons to be selected as a preseason Top 50 candidate for the Wooden Award, joining Jacob Pullen (2010) and Rodney McGruder (2012), while he joins Pullen and McGruder has the third Wildcat to receive mention for the Naismith Trophy... Both Pullen (2010) and McGruder (2012) made the Naismith Top 30 list.
•    Foster was one of 10 Big 12 players selected to the Wooden Watch List and was one of nine named to the Naismith list.
•    Foster was also recently selected to the Lute Olson Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top Division I players who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. He is one of four Big 12 players on the list.

FOSTER NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster was selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team released by the conference office on Oct. 2.
•    Foster is the first Wildcat named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team since Rodney McGruder was selected to the squad in 2012. It marks just the fifth time that a Wildcat men’s basketball player has been named to the preseason team, joining Manny Dies in 1998-99, Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly in 2010-11 and McGruder in 2012.
•    The honor marks the fourth of the preseason for Foster, as he was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team by a number of publications, including Athlon, Blue Ribbon Yearbook and The Sporting News.
•    Foster was joined on the 5-man preseason team by unanimous choices Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia), along with Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Georges Niang (Iowa State).
•    Staten was voted as the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year and Bryce Dejean-Jones (Iowa State) was the Preseason Newcomer of the Year, while Cliff Alexander (Kansas) and Myles Turner (Texas) were selected as the Preseason Freshmen of the Year.