K-State Travels To West Virginia Saturday
K-State Travels To West Virginia Saturday
Jan. 30, 2014
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rv/rv KANSAS STATE (15-6, 5-3 Big 12)
AT WEST VIRGINIA (12-9, 4-4 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 1 >> WVU Coliseum (14,000) >>
Morgantown, W.Va. >> 12:30 p.m. CT
Big 12 Network
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) >> Bryndon Manzer (analyst)
KMCI (Kansas City)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Matt Walters (analyst)
Sirius 138/XM 194
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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 355-169 (16th year)
at K-State: 42-14 (2nd year)
vs. West Virginia: 3-0
West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia ’77)
Overall: 735-295 (32nd year)
at West Virginia: 145-84 (7th year)
vs. K-State: 1-3
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (15-6, 5-3 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (7.7 ppg., 2.6 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (13.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (11.3 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
West Virginia (12-9, 4-4 Big 12)
G - #3 Juwan Staten (17.2 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
G - #10 Eron Harris (17.3 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
G - #15 Terry Henderson (12.2 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
F - #5 Devin Williams (9.1 ppg., 7.5 rpg.)
F - #34 Kevin Noreen (2.0 ppg., 2.7 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 4-1 (3-0 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 2-0 (W, 78-56, 1/18/2014)
In Morgantown: K-State leads 2-0 (W, 65-64, 1/12/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 78-56, 1/18/2014 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. West Virginia: 3-0 (1-0 on the road)
Huggins vs. K-State: 1-3 (0-1 at home)
Weber vs. Huggins: Weber leads 5-0 (1-0 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 66, Texas Tech 58
Game 21 * Bramlage Coliseum * January 28, 2014
Senior Will Spradling scored a season-high 17 points to pace three Wildcats in double figures, as Kansas State earned a 66-58 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The win was the 11th straight at home for the Wildcats and snapped an overall 2-game losing streak. The bench was key for K-State, as reserves accounted for 25 points, including a 13-point effort from junior Nino Williams. After falling behind in the first four minutes, a jumper by Williams tied the game and sparked a 16-2 run en route to a 32-20 lead at halftime. However, the Red Raiders used a 22-12 midway through the second half to cut the deficit to 46-42, with 10 minutes to play. With the Wildcats clinging to a 48-47 lead at 7:16 mark, freshman Wesley Iwundu sparked a crucial 6-0 run to put the game just out of reach. The team knocked down 12 straight free throws, including 6 by Spradling.
• K-State (15-6, 5-3 Big 12) opens the all-important month of February on the road, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W. Va., this weekend to play West Virginia (12-9, 4-4 Big 12) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the Big 12 Network. The contest marks the halfway point of the grueling Big 12 slate, as the Wildcats will have a week off before beginning a 2-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 8 against No. 25 Texas.
• February has been an important month for K-State in the last 5 years, as the Wildcats boast a 32-7 (.821) record since 2008-09. The team has won 7 games in the month 3 times in the last 5 seasons.
• Saturday’s contest will be the 5th meeting between the schools with K-State leading the series, 4-1, including 3-0 in the Big 12 era. The Wildcats are 2-0 in Morgantown, including a 65-64 last-second win last season.
• K-State snapped a 2-game losing streak and won its 11th straight game at home with a 66-58 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. Senior Will Spradling led 3 Wildcats in double figures with a season-high 17 points, while the bench led by Nino Williams’ 13 points contributed 25 points.
• K-State dropped out of the The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after appearing for the 2nd time in 3 weeks on Jan. 20. 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 6 consecutive seasons from 1972-78.
• K-State joins Kansas as the schools in the country to boast 4 Top 35 RPI wins this season. The Wildcats have defeated No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Oklahoma, No. 26 Gonzaga and No. 34 George Washington. The team has an NCAA RPI of 39 and is 1 of 6 Big 12 schools in the Top 50.
• K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense (61.1 ppg., 19th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3, 9th). The Wildcats have held 17 of their last 20 opponents to under their scoring average, including 11 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 8 of the last 12 games, including 4 times in the first 8 Big 12 games. The team is averaging 70.2 points in this span on 44.2 percent shooting, including 35 percent from long range.
• The Wildcats have shown balance with 7 players leading the team in scoring and assists and 6 in rebounding. Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while 3 players - Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson and Shane Southwell - are averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: WEST VIRGINIA (12-9, 4-4 Big 12)
• West Virginia (12-9, 4-4 Big 12) has rebounded from its 3-game losing streak - capped by its 78-56 loss at Kansas State on Jan. 18 - to win 2 of its last 3 games, including a 66-64 win at Baylor on Tuesday night.
• West Virginia is 6-4 at home (including 1-2 in Big 12 play) this season, including 73-72 last-second loss to Oklahoma State.
• West Virginia is averaging a 78.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting, including 38.3 percent from 3-point range, to go with 36.0 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 6.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per game, while allowing 70.8 points per game on 43.4 percent shooting. The team is averaging 73.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 76.5 points on 48 percent shooting.
• West Virginia ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3), 3-point field goals per game (7.9), turnover margin (+3.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). The Mountaineers rank 1st in turnover margin (+4.0) in league-only games.
• West Virginia is led by one of the best guard tandems in the Big 12 in Eron Harris (17.3 ppg.) and Juwan Staten (17.2 ppg.), who combined for nearly 35 points per game. The duo rank 2nd and 4th, respectively, in scoring in the Big 12. A sophomore, Harris is connecting on 45 percent from the field, including 42.5 percent shooting from 3-point range with a team-high 57 treys, to go with 3.7 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game. A junior, Staten boasts a 52.2 field goal percentage with a Big 12-best 6.0 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 37 minutes per game. Sophomore guard Terry Henderson also averages in double figures at 12.2 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting, while freshman forward Devin Williams averages a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest to go with 9.1 points per game on 41.1 percent shooting.
• West Virginia is one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 with no seniors and 10 combined sophomores and freshmen.
• West Virginia is led by sixth-year head coach Bob Huggins, who has a 145-84 record in his tenure. He has a 735-295 record in his 32nd 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’ 735 wins are the third-most among active Division I coaches, while they are the 16th-most in Division I history.
• Bob Huggins is 1-3 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 0-1 mark at home.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 6th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 4-1.
• This will be the 5th meeting in the last four seasons with the first meeting coming in 1949.
• K-State is 3-0 in the Big 12 era vs. West Virginia, including a season sweep in 2013 with a 65-64 win in Morgantown, W.Va., on Jan. 12, 2013 and a 71-61 victory in Manhattan on Feb. 18, 2013, and a 78-56 win at home on Jan. 18.
• K-State is 2-0 at West Virginia, including a 49-44 win in the 1st meeting on Dec. 12, 1949 and 65-64 victory last season.
• West Virginia’s 1st win in the series came in double overtime, 85-80, at Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena on Dec. 8, 2011.
• K-State won the 1st meeting, 78-56, over West Virginia at home on Jan. 18, as the Wildcats connected on a season-best 54.9 percent (28-of-51), including 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from 3-point range. The 78 points were a high for K-State in Big 12 play and the second-most this season and the most since scoring 87 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1).
• Three Wildcats scored in double figures in the win on Jan. 18, including 20-point games by senior Shane Southwell and junior Thomas Gipson. Freshman Marcus Foster scored 15 points despite playing just 13 minutes.
• K-State held West Virginia to a season-low 56 points on a season-low 32.7 percent (16-of-49) shooting.
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 seven consecutive 20-win seasons and five 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 eight 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.
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Saturday’s game will be the Wildcats’ 5th road game of the season, following a 65-47 win at TCU on Jan. 7, an 86-60 loss at Kansas on Jan. 11, a 67-64 loss at Texas on Jan. 21 and an 81-75 loss at No. 16 Iowa State on Jan. 25.
• K-State has posted a 40-34 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 32-30 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 8-6 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 7-6 in Big 12 play.
• K-State has tallied a winning road record 3 times in the last 4 seasons with a composite 24-14 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 4-5 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 4 true road games.
HEADING TO FEBRUARY
• K-State has been one of the better teams in the country in February over the last 5 seasons, boasting an impressive 32-7 mark, including 7-win campaigns in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13. The team is 7-1 under Bruce Weber in the second month.
• Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 39-16 in February with a winning record in each of the last 5 seasons.
• K-State finished January with a 5-3 mark, as the school clinched its 6th winnng record in the month in the last 8 seasons.
• K-State had a stellar December, as the Wildcats posted a 7-0 mark. It was the fifth perfect December in school history.
• 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.
TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES
• K-State snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 66-58 win over Texas Tech.
• K-State leads the all-time series, 19-12, including a 12-3 mark at home... The Wildcats have now won 9 of the past 11 meetings with Texas Tech, including a current streak of 8 straight wins dating back to 2009.
• K-State has now won 11 straight games at home, which is tied for the 4th-longest win streak in Bramlage Coliseum history.
• K-State held Texas Tech to its second-lowest point total of the season on a season-low 33.9 percent (19-of-56) shooting... The Wildcats have held 27 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 25-2 record and 11-0 this season.
• K-State continued to share the ball at a high rate, dishing out 16 assists to 22 made field goals... The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in assist-to-field goal success rate at 63.8 percent (316 to 495).
• K-State’s bench played a big factor, posting 25 points... It marked the 9th time this year that the bench has had 20+ points.
• K-State lost for just the 4th time this season when out-rebounding an opponent.
• K-State tied a season-high with 5 blocked shots... Senior Shane Southwell led the team in blocks for the 13th time.
• K-State connected on better than 70 percent (19-of-27) from the free throw line, including 75 percent (15-of-20) in the second half... The squad has done that in 8 games this season... The team hit its last 12 attempts, including 10 in the last 5 minutes.
• K-State saw 3 players score in double figures, including Will Spradling’s season-high 17 points.
• Spradling has now scored in double figures 41 times in his career, including 6 times this season.
• Nino Williams scored in double figures (13) for the 4th time this season with all 4 times coming in the last 8 games.
• Wesley Iwundu scored in double figures (11) for the 5th time this season and the 2nd time in Big 12 play.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (61.1 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3). The Wildcats also place 3rd in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (40.0).
• In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in scoring defense (66.5 ppg.) and 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage (31.8).
• The Wildcats have held 13 of their last 20 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on 11 occasions. 12 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 15 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has held 27 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 25-2 record in those games.
• If you take out games vs. Georgetown, Kansas and Iowa State (allowed average of 85.7 ppg.), K-State is holding its 18 other opponents to 57.1 points per game on 37.2 percent shooting, including 25.3 percent from 3-point range.
• During the 10-game winning streak, K-State held its opponents to just 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting.
• Texas Tech was held to its second-lowest point total (58) and its lowest field goal percentage (33.9).
• 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 31.6 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 (15.0 apg.).
• K-State has scored 70+ points in 11 games this season, including 8 times in the last 12 games... During that 12-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 70.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 34.9 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 75 and 74 points, respectively, in two other contests.
• K-State is 25-2 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 10-1 this season.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63.8 percent (316 of 495) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (61.8) - 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 11 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 15 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 15 opponents, including 14 in the last 17 games.
• To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-4 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-3 this season, while just 9-11 in the last two seasons and 3-4 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 5 players with 4+ rebounds in 9 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 players have led in rebounding, including 10 times by Thomas Gipson, 5 by D.J. Johnson, 4 by Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu and 2 by 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 6 in his career.
• The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 12.9 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 1st in assists (3.1 apg.) and blocks (1.1 bpg.), 2nd in rebounding (4.9 rpg.), steals (1.0 spg.) and minutes (28.8 mpg.) and 3rd in scoring (11.3 ppg.).
• Southwell has been the leader in blocks 13 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 4 times and rebounding 2 times.
• 11 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 11 times in the last 19 games, including 9 times in the last 14 outings.
• Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (8th), assists (10th) and blocked shots (11th).
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
• Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first 2 games. He is averaging 11.8 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (58.2) and rebounding (6.2 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (12), field goals (89) and free throw percentage (71.9).
• Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 10 times in rebounding.
• Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.5 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (12.3 ppg.) and field goal percentage (55.7) in Big 12-only games.
• Gipson posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 at Texas (1/21).
• 220 of his 224 points have been scored in the last 17 games, including games of 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and LBSU (11/24), 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5), 14 vs. Gonzaga (12/21), 19 vs. TCU (1/7), 20 vs. West Virginia (1/14) and 24 at Texas (1/21).
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 17 games, including a career-best stretch of 5 consecutive games.
• Gipson earned his career 6th 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 team, having played in 122 games with 93 starts. He ranks 1st in steals (22) and minutes (28.9), 2nd in 3-pointers (32) and assists (55), 4th in scoring (7.7 ppg.) and field goals (46).
• Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 8 career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (473), 6th in 3-pointers (165) and minutes (3,313), 7th in assists (291) and free throw percentage (81.1), 8th in starts (93) and 9th in games (122) and steals (105).
• Spradling, who had a season-best 17 points vs. Texas Tech, needs just 8 points to jump into the school’s Top 30 scoring list.
• Spradling needs just 9 assists to become just the 6th Wildcat (and 1st since Jacob Pullen) to collect 300 assists in a career.
• 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 65 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 13.4 points per game on 38.6 percent shooting, including 36.1 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (95), 3-pointers (44) and double-digit scoring games (16). He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.1), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage and 14th in scoring.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 16 of 21 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 9 times.
• Foster posted his 2nd career 20-point game and 1st in Big 12 play with 20 at Iowa State (1/25). His season-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) were the most by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M (3/14/2008).
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 18 of 21 games, including a season-best 4 on 5 occasions. He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25), passing Brian Henson’s mark of 42 set during the 1991-92 season.
• Foster’s current point total of 282 is 9th on the freshman chart, while his 3-point field goal percentage (36.1) mark is 7th.
• 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.
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 4 games, marking the first time a freshmen has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first 4 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 11 times in 21 games, including 9 times by Foster. They have also led the team assists on 12 occasions and in rebounding 5 times. They have also combined for 23 double-digit scoring games.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 20 of the last 21 games, while Thomas (24.2) 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 8 games, including Oklahoma State (34), Iowa State (33), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), Oral Roberts (33), Oklahoma (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30) and 20+ points in 6 other contests.
• The Iowa State game marked the 1st time this season that a freshman was the leader in scoring, rebounding, assist and steals.
• Iwundu became just the 3rd 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 had his 2nd double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He is 1 of 19 players in the Big 12 with multiple double-doubles, including 3 freshmen. He scored in double figures for the 5th time with 11 points vs. Texas Tech (1/28).
• 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 had led the team in assists 7 times in 10 games played with a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
• The four freshmen have accounted for 550 points (an average of 26.2 points per game) on 38.9 percent shooting (181-of-465) with 62 of the team’s 124 3-pointers to go with 234 rebounds, 140 assists and 47 steals in a combined 1,594 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
• Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.1 points in the last 12 games.
• During this 12-game span, Williams is shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 4 of the last 8 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11),10 points vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14) and 13 points vs. Texas Tech (1/28).
• K-State boasts an 8-2 record in games in which Williams scores in double figures, including 3-1 this season.
• Williams has solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 11-of-13 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: TEXAS (16-4, 5-2 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 8 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 12:30 p.m. CT >> Big 12 Network