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GAME 21
17/17 WEST VIRGINIA (16-3, 4-2 Big 12)
at KANSAS STATE (12-8, 5-2 Big 12)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)  >> 6 p.m. CT

TELEVISION
ESPN2
Dave Flemming (play-by-play)
Miles Simon (analyst)
WatchESPN link - http://es.pn/1BDgXUh

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite: Sirius 132/XM 199

STATS/AUDIO
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TICKETS
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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 372-184 (17th year)
at K-State: 59-29 (3rd year)
vs. West Virginia: 3-1

West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia '77)
Overall: 756-305 (33rd year)
At West Virginia: 166-94 (8th year)
vs. K-State: 2-3

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (12-8, 5-2 Big 12)   
G - #1 Jevon Thomas (5.4 ppg., 3.8 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (13.7 ppg., 2.3 rpg.)
G - #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.4 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)   
F - #11 Nino Williams (12.0 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.2 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)

17/17 West Virginia (16-3, 4-2 Big 12)
G - #3 Juwan Staten (15.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
G - #4 Daxter Miles, Jr. (6.4 ppg., 2.3 rpg.)
G - #14 Gary Browne (6.5 ppg., 1.2 rpg.)
F - #1 Jonathan Horton (9.9 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
F - #5 Devin Williams (11.2 ppg., 7.9 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 4-2 (3-1 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 2-0 (W, 78-56, 1/18/2014)
In Morgantown: K-State leads 2-1 (L, 71-81, 2/1/2014)
Last Meeting: West Virginia, 81-71, 2/1/2014 (Morgantown, W. Va.)
Weber vs. West Virginia: 3-1 (2-0 at home)
Huggins vs. K-State: 2-3 (0-2 on the road)
Weber vs. Huggins: Weber leads 5-1 (2-0 at home)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 63, Oklahoma State 53
Game 20  *  Bramlage Coliseum  *  January 24, 2015
 
Senior Nino Williams posted his second straight 20-point game to lead a balanced K-State attack in a 63-53 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats held the lead for all but 14 seconds of the game, as the squad connected on 57.1 percent (24-of-42) from the field, including 75 percent (12-of-16) in the second half. It was the highest shooting percentage in a Big 12 game since the squad shot 57.4 percent at Iowa State on Jan. 7, 2006. The team was equally impressive on defense, as OSU was held to its second-lowest point total and a tie for their fewest made 3-point field goals (3). The team has now held 38 opponents to 60 points or less in head coach Bruce Weber's three seasons, including 18 Big 12 foes. Williams was joined in double figures by Justin Edwards (14) and Marcus Foster (14).

GAME 21 - QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (12-8, 4-2 Big 12) concludes its brief 2-game homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats play host to No. 17/17 West Virginia (16-3, 4-2 Big 12 ) at 6 p.m. CT. The game will air nationally on ESPN2 with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst) on the call.
•    Tuesday's game continues one of the school's most daunting stretches, as the Mountaineers will be the fourth straight opponent to be either ranked or receiving votes, including the first of back-to-back this week.
•    It will also be the last at home until Feb. 7, as the Wildcats will play 5 of the next 7 away from the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum.
•    K-State will welcome back former head coach Bob Huggins, who spent one season at the school in 2006-07, leading the Wildcats to a 23-12 record and a trip to the NIT before returning to his alma mater.
•    K-State leads the all-time series with West Virginia, 4-2, including 3-1 in the Big 12 era. The Wildcats have won both meetings in Manhattan.
•    K-State has won 11 of its last 14 home games vs. ranked opponents, including 6 in a row, dating back to 2010. Overall, the Wildcats are 29-47 all-time vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum, including 14-7 since 2008. The last loss came to No. 3 Kansas (59-55) on Jan. 22, 2013.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 42-5 at home in his tenure, including 20-2 in Big 12 play. The 5 losses (Northern Colorado, Kansas, Baylor, Texas Southern and Georgia) have come by a grand total of 14 points. He is also 7-1 vs. ranked teams at home (last loss to No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 22, 2013).
•    K-State played perhaps its best all-around game on Saturday, as the Wildcats connected on 57.1 percent from the field (highest in a Big 12 game since 2006) to lead Oklahoma State for all but 14 seconds in a 63-53 victory. The Cowboys were held to their second-fewest point total.
•    Senior Nino Williams earned Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday after averaging 21.0 points on 69.2 percent shooting in a split of games with Iowa State and OSU.
•    K-State has won 5 of the last 6 games, including 4 in a row at home, since falling to 7-7 after a loss at Oklahoma State on Jan. 3. During that span, the Wildcats are averaging 63.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting, while holding opponents to 59.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting.
•    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 14 games, allowing just 58.7 points on 42 percent shooting from the field.

THE OPPONENT: 17/17 WEST VIRGINIA (16-3, 4-2 BIG 12)
•    No. 17/17 West Virginia enters Tuesday's game with a 16-3 record after posting an 86-85 overtime win over TCU at home on Saturday... The team's only 3 losses this season have come at home to LSU (73-74) and Iowa State (72-74) and on the road at Texas (50-77)... The Mountaineers are a combined 9-1 away from Morgantown this season, including 3-1 in true road games.
•    The Mountaineers are averaging 77.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting, including 29.9 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 38.6 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 12.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 64.2 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting, including 34.8 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 66.6 percent from the free throw line.
•    West Virginia ranks 1st nationally in steals, total steals, turnover margin (+9.9) and offensive rebounds (17.95).
•    West Virginia ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in scoring offense, scoring margin (+13.5) and assist-to-turnover margin (+1.2).
•    West Virginia has one of the most diverse offenses in the Big 12 with 7 players averaging more 6 points per game led by preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Juwan Staten's 15.2 points per game average... Staten is 3rd in the Big 12 with 4.4 assists per game... Sophomore Devin Williams is also scoring in double figures at 11.2 points per game to go with his 7.9 rebounds per game, which is 3rd in the Big 12... Transfer Jonathan Holton averages 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
•    West Virginia returns 6 lettermen, including 4 starters, from a team that advanced to the NIT in 2013-14.
•    West Virginia is led by eighth-year head coach Bob Huggins, who has a 166-94 record in his tenure... He has a 756-305 record in his 33rd season as a head coach, which includes stints at Akron (1984-89), Cincinnati (1989-2005), Kansas State (2006-07) and now West Virginia. He has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 20 times, including the Final Four in 1992 and 2010.
•    Huggins' 756 wins are the third-most among active Division I coaches, while they are the 13th-most in Division I history.
•    Bob Huggins is 2-3 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 0-2 mark on the road.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 7th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 4-2, which dates to 1949.
•    K-State is 3-1 in the Big 12 era vs. West Virginia with the teams splitting the season series in 2014, as K-State won 78-56 in Manhattan on Jan. 18 before West Virginia earned a 81-71 win in Morgantown, W.Va., on Feb. 1.
•    K-State is 2-0 at home vs. West Virginia after a 71-61 win on Feb. 18, 2013 and a 78-56 win on Jan. 18, 2014.
•    West Virginia's win last year was the first since an 85-80 win in double OT at Wichita's INTRUST Bank Arena on Dec. 8, 2011.
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster has averaged 19.0 points on 64 percent shooting in 2 career games with West Virginia, while senior Thomas Gipson has averaged 13.6 points on 65.8 percent shooting in 5 career games with a 6.0 rebounds per game.

K-STATE/WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS
•    West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins spent one season as head coach at K-State in 2006-07 before returning to his alma mater... Responsible for laying the foundation for the program's current success, which includes 8 consecutive 20-win seasons and 6 NCAA Tournaments, Huggins led the Wildcats to a 23-12 record, including a 10-6 mark in Big 12 play, and a trip to the second round of the NIT in his lone season... It marked both the first 20-win season and postseason appearance in 8 years.
•    Huggins is not the only West Virginia staffer with K-State connections as coordinator of operations Josh Eilert played two years for the Wildcats from 2002-04 after transferring from Cloud County Community College. 

HOME SWEET HOME
•    K-State has a 325-101 (.763) record in 27 seasons at Bramlage Coliseum, which are the 2nd-most at a home venue.
•    The Wildcats are 124-21 (.855) over the past 9 seasons at home, including a 55-16 (.775) mark in Big 12 games.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 42-5 (.894) in home games during his K-State tenure, including 20-2 (.909) 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 22 of its 27 seasons at home, including a current streak of 14 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.

TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
•    Kansas State is averaging 65.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting (446-of-967), including 35.7 percent (95-of-266) from 3-point range, to go with 14.2 assists per game... The team has an assist on 63.7 percent (1st in the Big 12) of their field goals.
•    K-State is averaging 60.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting, including 30.6 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 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage.
•    K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (48.4) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (22.3). 
•    K-State ranks in the Top 40 nationally in free throw attempts (476/31st) and free throw makes (327/38th).
•    K-State averages 26.5 points in the paint, 19.4 bench points, 14.7 points off of turnovers and 8.0 second-chance points.
•    K-State has used 7 different starting line-ups this season, including a different starting 5 in 6 of the last 9 games... No one player has started all 20 games, but senior Thomas Gipson has started 19 games.
•    K-State has connected on 50 percent or better from the field in 8 games and shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range on 4 occasions... The Wildcats are 8-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better and 20-4 under Bruce Weber.
•    K-State connected on 57.1 percent (24-of-42) from the field in the 63-53 win over Oklahoma State (1/24/15), including 75 percent (12-of-16) in the second half... It was the highest field goal percentage in a Big 12 game since the Wildcats shot 57.4 percent (27-of-47) in a win at Iowa State on Jan. 7, 2006... The 75 percent shooting in second half was a season-high.
•    K-State has won 5 straight games when scoring less than 70 points this season after starting the season with a 1-7 mark in such games... Ironically, the Wildcats' only loss in the last 6 games came when they topped the 70-point plateau in a 77-71 loss at No. 9/12 Iowa State (1/20/15), which is the only defeat this season (6-1) when eclipsing the 70-point mark.
•    K-State is 8-2 when 3+ players score in double figures, including 6-0 at home... The Wildcats are averaging 76.1 points in these 10 games on 52.6 percent shooting, including 40.8 percent from 3-point range... 3 players (Marcus Foster/15.9 ppg., Nino Williams/15.8 ppg., Thomas Gipson/11.7 ppg.) are averaging in double figures, while 4 others (Justin Edwards/8.9 ppg., Stephen Hurt/7.5 ppg., Jevon Thomas/6.2 ppg., and Tre Harris/6.2 ppg.) are averaging 6+ points.
•    In winning 5 of its last 6 games, K-State is averaging 63.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting with an assist on 65.4 percent (89-of-136) of its made field goals... During that span, the team is shooting 77 percent (87-of-113) from the free throw line.
•    K-State is averaging 36.1 points in the 2nd half this season on 48.9 percent shooting, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range... The Wildcats have connected on better than 50 percent from the field in the 2nd half of 10 games, including 60 percent or better on 6 occasions... The team is averaging 38.8 points on 54.4 percent shooting in the 2nd half of its 12 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).
•    K-State connected on 57.1 percent (24-of-42) from the field in the 63-53 win over Oklahoma State (1/24/15), including 75 percent (12-of-16) in the second half... It was the highest field goal percentage in a Big 12 game since the Wildcats shot 57.4 percent (27-of-47) in a win at Iowa State on Jan. 7, 2006... The 75 percent shooting in second half was a season-high.

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.), 14th (Williams/12.0 ppg.) and 18th (Gipson/11.2 ppg.).
•    All 3 rank in the Big 12's Top 15 in free throw percentage at 7th (Williams/80.3), 12th (Gipson/75.2) and 14th (Foster/73.9).
•    The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 18 of 20 games with 37 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 713 of the 1,314 points this season while shooting 50.2 percent (239-of-476).
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 categories, including scoring (13.7 ppg.), field goals (87), field goals attempted (204), 3-point field goals (49), 3-point field goals attempted (118), double-digit scoring games (16), 20-point games (4) and minutes (28.9).
•    Foster also ranks in Big 12's Top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage (41.5/2nd) and 3-point field goals per game (2.5/4th).
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 11 of 18 games, including 9 of the last 14... He has 3 20-point games this season.
•    Williams ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in both overall field goal percentage (53.9) and Big 12-only field goal percentage (53.7).
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 10 of 20 games, including 6 of the last 11... He shooting a team-best 58.5 percent.
•    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 20 games and have a combined 113 assists and 45 steals.

FREE POINTS
•    K-State has also taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 38th nationally in free throws made (327) and 31st in free throw attempts (476)... The team is averaging 23.8 attempts (4th in Big 12) and 16.4 makes (4th).
•    K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (68.7) and 2nd in Big 12-only games (76.0).
•    K-State is 10-3 this season when it has more free throw attempts than its opponent and 32-8 under Bruce Weber.
•    K-State is shooting 77 percent (87-of-113) from free throw line in winning 5 of its last 6 games.
•    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).
•    K-State connected on 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line at No. 9/12 Iowa State (1/20/15), which tied for the 10th-best mark in school history... It is the best percentage since going a perfect 8-of-8 in free throws at Texas Tech (2/15/2006).
•    Senior Thomas Gipson ranks in the Top 75 nationally in free throws made (85/68th) and attempted (113/73rd).
•    3 Wildcats rank in the Big 12's Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Nino Williams (80.3/7th), Thomas Gipson (75.2/12th) and Marcus Foster (73.9/14th)... Gipson ranks 2nd in attempts (113) and 3rd in makes (85) in the Big 12.

WIN/LOSS COMPARISON
•    K-State is averaging 71.2 points in its 12 wins on 50.9 percent shooting (289-of-568), including 41.8 percent (64-of-153) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 60.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting, including 33 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 12 wins, including Marcus Foster (15.1 ppg./49.1 FG%), Nino Williams (13.8 ppg./57.0 FG%) and Thomas Gipson (10.5 ppg./59.2 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 16.0 assists during its wins compared to just 11.5 assists in its losses.
•    Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.5 points on 49.7 percent shooting in wins, but just 12.3 points on 35.7 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting in wins and 5.0 points on 34 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).
•    38 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber's 3 seasons as head coach with the Wildcats boasting a 33-5 mark in those contests (losses to Kansas in 2012, Northern Colorado & Kentucky in 2013 and Texas Southern and Georgia in 2014).
•    18 Big 12 opponents have been held to 60 points or less (16 in regular-season Big 12 play) with the Wildcats posting a 17-1 record in those match-ups, including a 15-1 mark in Big 12 play (only loss to Kansas in 2012).
•    K-State has had a difficult start defensively, allowing 62.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting, including 33.4 percent from 3-point range... The squad ranks 6th in the Big 12 in scoring defense, 9th in field goal percentage defense and 10th in rebounding.
•    Those numbers have improved in the past 14 games, where they are holding opponents to 58.7 points on 42 percent shooting, including 29.7 percent from 3-point range, while limiting them to 148 assists and forcing 173 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 1st in scoring defense (59.9) and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.0).

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 (87-of-204), including 41.5 percent (49-of-118) from 3-point range... He has scored in double figures in a team-best 16 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 4 categories, including 6th in scoring, 2nd in 3-point percentage and 4th in 3-pointers.
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (16), 20-point games (4), field goals (87), field goals attempted (204), 3-point field goals (49), 3-point field goals attempted (118) and minutes (28.9).
•    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 on Jan. 12... 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... 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 before hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime.
•    Since going scoreless at Oklahoma State (1/3/15), Foster is averaging 15.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting to go with 2.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in the last 6 games... He is shooting 81.8 percent (27-of-33) from the free throw line.
•    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 43 of his 53 career games, including 12 20-point outings... He led in scoring 23 times.

WILLIAMS MAKING THE MOST OF HIS SENIOR YEAR
•    Senior Nino Williams is making the most of his senior campaign, as he ranks 1st on the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg.), while is 2nd in scoring (12.0 ppg.) on 53.9 percent shooting to go with a team-best 80.3 percent clip from the free throw line.
•    Williams earned Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the 2nd time on Monday after posting back-to-back 20-point games in helping K-State to a split of games with No. 9/12 Iowa State (1/20/15) and Oklahoma State (1/24/15)... He is just the 7th Wildcat in school history to earn the award at least twice in one season and the first since Rodney McGruder in 2013.
•    Williams averaged 21.0 points on 69.2 percent shooting (18-of-26) with 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.5 minutes per game last week... He scored a career-best 22 points vs. the Cyclones on 8-of-13 field goals with a team-high 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes, while he had 20 points vs. the Cowboys on 10-of-13 field goals with 7 rebounds in 32 minutes.
•    Williams has been on tear in the last 3 games vs. No. 22/23 Baylor (1/17/15), No. 9/12 Iowa State and Oklahoma State, averaging 20 points on 67.6 percent shooting (25-of-37) with 7.3 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.
•    Williams has scored in double-digits in 11 of his first 18 games, including 9 of the last 14 games with 3 20-point games.
•    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.

GIPSON = SENIOR LEADER
•    Thomas Gipson has displayed that all important senior leadership, ranking 3rd in scoring (11.2 ppg.) and 2nd in rebounding (4.7 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 58.5 percent (69-of-118) from the field and 75.2 percent (85-of-113) 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 16th (1,095) on the school's scoring list.
•    Gipson ranks 18th in the Big 12 in scoring and 12th 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 29 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 113 assists (to 69 turnovers) and 45 steals to go with 194 points on 42.2 percent shooting.
•    Thomas is 1st in assists (75), 2nd in steals (23) and 4th in minutes (26.7), while Johnson is 3rd in assists (38) and steals (22).
•    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 20 games with Thomas dishing out a team-high in assists 11 times.
•    The duo is even more impressive in the 12 wins, combining for 80 assists to 40 turnovers (2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Thomas is averaging 5.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting and Johnson is averaging 5.2 points on 47.5 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 (26) and 4th in both scoring (6.7 ppg.) and rebounding (3.5 rpg.), while Hurt is 4th in rebounding (3.4 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (4.9 ppg.).
•    Edwards has 5 double-digit scoring games, including 3 in Big 12 play, while Hurt has 3 with a season-high 15 at Oklahoma.
•    In Big 12 play, Edwards is averaging 8.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and Hurt is at 4.3 points on 40 percent shooting.
•    Edwards is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in helping K-State to wins in 5 of its last 6 games.
•    The pair have been particularly impactful in the wins combining for 13 points on 49.1 percent shooting, as Edwards is averaging 7.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds and Hurt is at 6.9 points on 55 percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds.

`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.