K-State Begins Homestand Saturday vs. 15/18 Texas
K-State Begins Homestand Saturday vs. 15/18 Texas
Feb. 6, 2014
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15/18 TEXAS (18-4, 7-2 Big 12)
AT KANSAS STATE (15-7, 5-4 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 8 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 12:30 p.m. CT
Big 12 Network
Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) >> Reid Gettys (analyst)
Ken Menard (producer)
KMCI (Kansas City)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 113/XM 193
Tanner Barth (host) >> Clent Stewart, Martavious Irving (analysts)
Stats - www.kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio - www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$50 (bench), $65 (chairbacks)
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 355-170 (16th year)
at K-State: 42-15 (2nd year)
vs. Texas: 3-2 (1-0 at home)
Texas: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne '73)
Overall: 578-293 (27th year)
at Texas: 376-159 (16th year)
vs. K-State: 10-10 (3-5 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (15-7, 5-4 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (7.8 ppg., 2.5 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (13.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (11.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (12.2 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
Texas (18-4, 7-2 Big 12)
G - #1 Isaiah Taylor (12.1 ppg., 3.6 apg.)
G - #3 Javan Felix (12.0 ppg., 1.9 rpg.)
G - #2 Demarcus Holland (8.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F - #10 Jonathan Holmes (13.7 ppg., 7.7 rpg.)
C - #55 Cameron Ridley (11.1 ppg., 8.0 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 16-11 (Texas leads 12-11 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 8-3 (W, 83-57, 1/30/2013)
In Austin: Texas leads 7-6 (W, 67-64, 1/21/2014)
Last Meeting: Texas, 67-64, 1/21/2014 (Austin, Texas)
Weber vs. Texas: 3-2 (1-0 at home)
Barnes vs. K-State: 10-10 (3-5 on the road)
Weber vs. Barnes: Weber leads 3-2 (1-0 at home)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
West Virginia 81, Kansas State 71
Game 22 * WVU Coliseum * February 1, 2014
Juwan Staten had a career-day with 35 points, as West Virginia knocked off K-State, 81-71, on Saturday. It marked the Wildcats' fourth straight road loss. Staten added 5 assists and 4 rebounds and connected on 8-of-13 field goals to go with a school-record 18-of-21 effort from the free throw line. Overall, West Virginia went 29-of-37 from the free throw line, both season-highs by opponent. Staten's day overshadowed an impresive effort by freshman Marcus Foster (23) and junior Thomas Gipson (19), who combined for 42 of K-State's 71 points. It marked Foster's 3rd 20-point game of the season and 2nd in the last 3 games. Gipson has now posted double figures in 13 games. Overall, the Wildcats connected 50.8 percent from the field, including 61.5 percent in the second half. It marked just the second time that the team lost a game when shooting above 50 percent.
K-State (15-7, 5-4 Big 12) begins a 2-game homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats face No. 15/18 Texas (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network. The squad will make a quick turnaround on Monday, as they host No. 8/9 Kansas (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The teams will put significant streaks on the line Saturday, as K-State has won 11 straight games at Bramlage Coliseum, while Texas has a Big 12-best 7-game winning streak after its win at TCU on Tuesday. The 11-game home winning streak ties for the 4th-longest in the arena's history.
K-State has won 7 of its last 10 meetings against ranked teams on its home court, including wins over No. 6 Oklahoma State (74-71) and No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66) this season. Overall, the Wildcats have 25 wins (against 47 losses) over Top 25 teams in Bramlage Coliseum history.
K-State will host consecutive Top 15 teams for the second time in three seasons with the last such occurrence coming on Jan. 7 and 10, 2012 with a split of games with No. 7 Missouri (75-59) and No. 4 Baylor (73-75).
Saturday's contest will be the 28th meeting between the schools with K-State leading the series,16-11. However, Texas owns a slight 12-11 edge in the Big 12 era. The Wildcats are 8-3 at home vs. the Longhorns.
K-State dropped out of the The Associated Press Top 25 on Jan. 27 after appearing for the 2nd time in 3 weeks just a week earlier. The team has been ranked at least once each of the last 5 seasons, which is the longest stretch since earning a national ranking in 6 straight years from 1972-78.
K-State is one of the fewest teams in the country to boast 4 Top 35 RPI wins this season. The Wildcats have defeated No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 32 George Washington. The team has an NCAA RPI of 44 and is 1 of 7 Big 12 schools in the Top 60.
K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 25 nationally in scoring defense (62.0 ppg., 22nd) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.9, 15th). The Wildcats have held 17 of their last 21 opponents to under their scoring average, including 11 to 60 points or less.
K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 9 of the last 13 games, including 5 times in Big 12 play.
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: TEXAS (18-4, 7-2 Big 12)
Texas (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) enters Saturday's game on a Big 12-best 7-game winning streak after posting a 59-54 win at TCU on Tuesday night despite playing without guard Javan Felix. The Longhorns have already surpassed their entire win total from the 2012-13 season (16) despite just at the midway point of the Big 12 schedule.
Texas is an impressive 5-1 on the road (including 3-1 in Big 12 play) with wins over West Virginia, Baylor and TCU.
Texas is averaging a 76.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting, including 32.5 percent from 3-point range, to go with 42.4 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 6.4 steals and 6.5 blocks per game, while allowing 69.7 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting. The Longhorns are averaging 74.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 70.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting.
Texas ranks 1st in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense, rebounding, rebounding margin (+7.9), offensive rebounds (14.7) and blocked shots. The Longhorns are 6th in scoring offense and 8th in field goal percentage.
Texas is one of the more balanced teams in the Big 12 with 5 players averaging better than 8 points per game, including 4 in double figures. Junior Jonathan Holmes leads the way in scoring at 13.7 points on 51.4 percent shooting to go with 7.7 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game. Freshman Isaiah Taylor averages 12.1 points with a team-best 3.6 assists per game, while sophomore Javan Felix adds 12 points per game with a team-high 29 3-pointers. Sophomore Cameron Ridley also averages in double figures at 11.1 per game on a team-best 55 percent shooting to go with a team-high 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
Texas is one of the youngest teams in the country with no seniors, 2 juniors and 12 combined sophomores and freshmen.
Texas is led by the Dean of Big 12 coaches Rick Barnes, who has a 376-159 record in his 16th season. He has a 578-293 record in his 27th season as a head coach. He has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 20 times, including the Final Four in 2003.
Rick Barnes is 10-10 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 3-5 mark on the road.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
This will be the 28th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 16-11.
K-State won the first 5 meetings prior to the start of Big 12 play in 1997, including the 1st meeting (87-60) on Dec. 8, 1971. The two teams did meet in the 1972 NCAA Tournament with the Wildcats posting a 66-55 win at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Texas holds a narrow 12-11 edge in the series since the inception of the Big 12, including 11-10 in the regular season.
Since 2009, K-State has won 7 of the last 10 meetings, including 4 wins in the last 6 at Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State is 5-6 vs. a ranked Texas squad in the Big 12 era, including a 2-3 mark at home.
Junior Thomas Gipson has the best average vs. Texas in his career, averaging 11.2 points on 55.1 percent (27-of-49) shooting with 4.3 rebounds in 18.2 minutes in 6 games... Senior Shane Southwell (7.0 ppg.) and Will Spradling (6.6 ppg.) also average better than 6 points in 7 career games vs. the Longhorns... Spradling is shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) from 3-point range.
NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: TEXAS 67, K-STATE 64
The buzzer-beater by Jonathan Holmes was the first since losing on a lay-up with 1 second remaining to Iowa, 65-63, on Nov. 29, 2008 at the Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Overall, it was the 17th last-second loss since the 1976-77 season.
After scoring better than 70 points in 7 of its last 10 games, K-State was held to just 64 points on 42.6 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range... The 64 points were the fewest since scoring 60 at Kansas (1/11).
Despite the loss, K-State held Texas to 67 points on 45.6 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range.
Texas made the most of its second-chance opportunities, scoring 15 points on 14 offensive rebounds.
K-State saw 2 players score in double figures, including a second straight 20-point game for Thomas Gipson... Gipson is the 1st Wildcat to record 20-point game in back-to-back games since Rodney McGruder last season.
Thomas Gipson posted a career-high 24 points on 10-of-18 field goals and 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line... Gipson is the 1st Wildcat with 10 or more field goals in a game since Rodney McGruder had 10 vs. Texas (3/14/13)..
Shane Southwell scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and 24th time in his career with 13 points.
Three players - Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls), Thomas Gipson (Cedar Hill) and Wesley Iwundu (Houston) - hail from the Lone Star State. Gipson's father, Thomas, played basketball for Texas from 1987-88 before transferring to Sam Houston State.
Two members of the staff - assistant coach Alvin Brooks III (Houston) and strength coach Jimmy Price - also hail from the state of Texas. Brooks, the son of former Houston coach Alvin Brooks II, also coached in the state at Midland College and Sam Houston State. Price is a 2001 graduate of Texas Tech and served as an assistant strength coach at Texas Tech from 2001-03.
K-STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
K-State is 98-221 (.307) all-time against ranked teams, including a 56-159 (.260) mark against those in Top 15.
K-State is 3-2 against Top 25 teams this season with wins coming against No. 21 Gonzaga (72-62), No. 6 Oklahoma State (74-71) and No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66) and losses at No. 18 Kansas (60-86) and No. 16 Iowa State (75-81).
K-State is 2-11 vs. the AP's No. 15 team with 9 consecutive losses. The last win came vs. No. 15 Penn on March 15, 1975.
AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
K-State has a 47-15 (.758) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 45-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.
K-State is 28-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 12-1 in Big 12 play.
Last season, K-State went 8-1 at home in Big 12 play, which ranks as the most home conference wins in school history.
K-State has tallied a winning home record in Big 12 play in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to 2006-07, the Wildcats had not posted a winning Big 12 home record since the 2001-02 season with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.
With its win against West Virginia on Jan. 18, K-State has posted at least 10 wins at home for 13 straight seasons and 21 times in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum. The team is 312-98 at Bramlage Coliseum, including 119-79 in conference play.
K-State has a 116-19 (.859) overall record at home since the 2006-07 season.
IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
K-State has been one of the better teams in the country in February over the last 5 seasons, boasting an impressive 32-8 mark, including 7-win campaigns in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13. The team is 7-2 under Bruce Weber in the second month.
K-State has a 17-3 mark at home since 2009 with its losses coming Kansas (2009, 2012) and Iowa State (2012).
Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 39-17 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 winning record in the month in the last 8 seasons.
K-State also had a stellar December, as the Wildcats posted a 7-0 mark. It was the fifth perfect December in school history.
WEST VIRGINIA POSTGAME NOTES
K-State still leads the all-time series, 4-2, including a 2-1 mark on the road... The Wildcats is 3-1 in the Big 12 era.
K-State connected 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field, including a season-best 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the 2nd half... It marked the 4th time this season that Wildcats have connected on 50 percent or better from the field.
K-State lost for just the 2nd time under Bruce Weber when shooting 50 percent or better from the field (11-2).
K-State lost for the 1st time this season when shooting better than its opponent and are now 30-2 under Bruce Weber.
K-State's 30 field goals were the second-most this season and the most since posting 31 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1/13).
K-State scored a Bruce Weber era-high 48 points in the paint... It was the most paint points since 56 vs. South Dakota (1/3/10).
K-State connected on a season-low 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from the free throw line, including 25 percent (1-of-4) in 1st half.
West Virginia became the 4th opponent to score 80 or more points against K-State, including the 2nd in 3 games.
West Virginia posted an opponent highs for free throws (29) and free throw attempts (37)... Both the total number of makes and attempts were the most by opponent since Texas made 35-of-48 from the charity stripe on Feb. 11, 2012.
Juwan Staten's 35 points were the most by opponent since Kentucky's Jodie Meeks scored 37 on Nov. 28, 2008.
Staten went 18-of-21 from the free throw line... The 18 makes are the 2nd-most by an opponent, trailing the 27 by Siena's Doremus Bennerman on March 30, 1994 and the 21 attempts tie for the 6th-most by opponent and most since 2007.
K-State saw 2 players score in double figures, including Marcus Foster's team-high 23 points, his 3rd career 20-point game.
Foster has now scored in double figures in a team-high 17 games and has led the team in scoring on 10 occasions.
Thomas Gipson scored in double figures (19) for the 13th time this year and for the 35th time in his career.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (62 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.9)... The Wildcats also place 3rd in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (40.1).
In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in scoring defense (68.1 ppg.) and 3rd in field goal and 3-point field goal percentage defense.
K-State ranks in Top 25 in both categories, placing 15th in 3-point field goal percentage defense and 22nd in scoring defense.
The Wildcats have held 13 of their last 21 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, Iowa State and West Virginia (allowed average of 84.5 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 team 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 68.2 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting, including 31.4 percent from 3-point range... Although the team ranks 9th in all 3 categories in the Big 12, the squad ranks 4th in assists per game (14.9 apg.).
K-State has scored 70+ points in 12 games this season, including 9 times in the last 13 games... During that 13-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 70.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting, including 34.3 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 3 times and 75 and 74 points, respectively, in 2 other contests.
K-State is 25-3 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 10-2 this season.
K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 62.5 percent (328 of 525) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (62.0) - 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.
K-State bench has made an impact with reserves accounting for 20+ points in 9 games, including 3 times in Big 12 play.
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 16 opponents, including 15 in the last 18 games.
To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-5 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-4 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 4 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 11 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 12.7 per game with Gipson ranking 10th 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 (28.6 mpg.) and 3rd in scoring (11.0 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 20 games, including 9 times in the last 15 outings.
Southwell ranks in the Big 12's Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8, 6th), assists (10th) and blocked shots (10th).
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 12.2 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (59.1) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (13), field goals (97) and 3rd in free throws (49).
Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 11 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (12).
Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.7 rpg.) and field goal percentage (58.0) and 2nd in scoring (13.0 ppg.) in Big 12-only games.
Gipson posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 points at Texas (1/21).
239 of 243 points have been scored in the last 18 games, including 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) & West Virginia (2/1), 20 vs. West Virginia (1/14) and 24 at Texas (1/21).
Gipson has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 18 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.
Due to his off-season weight loss, Gipson has played 30+ minutes 9 times... Prior to this year, he had only done that twice.
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful team, having played in 123 games with 94 starts. He ranks 1st in steals (24) and minutes (28.9), 2nd in 3-pointers (33) and assists (56), 4th in scoring (7.8 ppg.) and field goals (50).
Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 8 career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (474) and minutes (3,343), 6th in 3-pointers (166) and assists (292), 7th in free throw percentage (81.1) and starts (94), 8th in games (123) and 9th in steals (105).
Spradling, who had a season-best 17 points vs. Texas Tech, now ranks 29th on the school's scoring chart with 944 points.
Spradling needs just 8 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 4th Wildcat with 1,000 points, 250 assists and 100 steals, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen... He is 56 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 13.9 points per game on 40.1 percent shooting, including 35.7 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (105), 3-pointers (45) and double-digit scoring games (17)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.0), 12th in 3-point field goal percentage and 14th in scoring.
Foster has scored in double figures in 17 of 22 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 10 times.
Foster posted his 3rd career 20-point game with 23 points at West Virginia (2/1)... It marked the 2nd time in 3 games he recorded a 20-point game with 20 at Iowa State (1/25)... He scored a season-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13).
Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 19 of 22 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 points (305) are 8th on freshman chart, while 3-point field goal percentage (7th) and field goals (9th) are in Top 10.
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 12 times in 22 games, including 10 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 13 occasions and in rebounding 5 times... They have also combined for 24 double-digit scoring games.
The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points in 9 games, including OSU (34), Iowa State (33), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), Oral Roberts (33), Oklahoma (32), West Virginia (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30), and 20+ points in 6 other contests.
Foster and Iwundu have started together in 21 of the last 22 games, while Thomas (23.0) and Johnson (14.1) are averaging more than 14 minutes off the bench... They rank 1st and 2nd, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
Iowa State game (1/25) marked the 1st time this year 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 points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado (11/8).
Iwundu had his 2nd double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds... He is 1 of 24 players in the Big 12 with multiple double-doubles, including 5 freshmen... He scored in double figures for 5th time 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 11 games played with a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
The 4 freshmen have accounted for 582 points (an average of 26.5 points per game) on 39.6 percent shooting (195-of-492) with 63 of the team's 127 3-pointers to go with 246 rebounds, 148 assists and 48 steals in a combined 1,677 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 6.8 points in the last 13 games.
During this 13-game span, Williams is shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
Williams has scored in double figures in 4 of the last 9 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: 8/9 KANSAS (17-5, 8-1 Big 12)
Monday, Feb. 10 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 8 p.m. CT >> ESPN