Blackout Bramlage for K-State/Texas Saturday

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GAME 24
25/rv TEXAS (14-8, 3-6 Big 12)
at KANSAS STATE (12-11, 5-5 Big 12)
Saturday, February 7, 2015 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)  >> 3 p.m. CT

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

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite: Sirius 91/XM 91

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

TICKETS
kstatesports.com
(800) 221.CATS
$55 (bench), $65 (chairbacks)
Wildcat4Pack: $125 | $25 (12+group)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 372-187 (17th year)
at K-State: 59-32 (3rd year)
vs. Texas: 4-2

Texas: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne ’77)
Overall: 598-308 (28th year)
At Texas Tech: 396-174 (17th year)
vs. K-State: 10-11

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (12-11, 5-5 Big 12)   
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (5.2 ppg., 3.5 apg.)
G – #14 Justin Edwards (6.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.5 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)   
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)

Texas (14-8, 3-6 Big 12)
G - #1 Isaiah Taylor (13.8 ppg., 4.2 apg.)
G - #2 Demarcus Holland (7.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
F - #10 Jonathan Holmes (11.5 ppg., 6.4 rpg.)
F - #52 Myles Turner (11.2 ppg., 6.6 rpg.)
C - #55 Cameron Ridley (8.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 17-11 (Tied 12-12 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 9-3 (W, 74-57, 2/8/2014)
In Austin: Texas leads 7-6 (W, 67-64, 1/21/2014)
Last Meeting: K-State, 74-57, 2/8/2014 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Texas: 4-2 (2-0 at home)
Barnes vs. K-State: 10-11 (3-6 on the road)
Weber vs. Barnes: Weber leads 4-2 (2-0 at home)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Texas Tech 64, Kansas State 47
Game 23  *  United Supermarket Arena  *  February 4, 2015
 
Down its leading scorer and a top reserve, Kansas State could not rally from another first-half deficit, as the Wildcats dropped a 64-47 decision at Texas Tech on Wednesday before 7,429 fans at United Supermarket Arena. After cutting the deficit to 45-44 with 7:50 to play, the Wildcats had three opportunities to take the lead before the Red Raiders used a 15-0 run down the stretch to seal the victory. K-State went 1-of-9 from the field in the last 7:10 of the contest, while Texas Tech was 6-of-7 to go with a 5-of-7 effort from the free throw line. The team, which has lost four of their last five games and three straight, was led by senior Thomas Gipson’s 13 points, while freshman Tre Harris came off the bench for 9 points. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak in the series, as the Red Raiders earned their first win over the Wildcats since an 84-75 win in Lubbock on Feb. 13, 2008.

GAME 24 - QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (12-11, 5-5 Big 12) returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, as the Wildcats play host to No. 25 Texas (14-8, 3-6 Big 12) at 3 p.m. CT. The game will air nationally on ESPN with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst).
•    Saturday’s game will be a Black Out in Bramlage Coliseum, as fans are encouraged to wear black in support of the K-State Proud Program, which is a student-led fundraising campaign for fellow K-State students.
•    In addition, Bruce Weber and his staff will wear blue Autism Speaks puzzle piece pins during the game to bring attention to this cause.
•    The nationally-ranked Longhorns will be the Wildcats’ 7th opponent in the last 9 games to be either ranked or receiving votes. The team is 2-4 vs. the Top 25 this season.. The stretch should continue next week with a trip to No. 15 West Virginia and No. 21 Oklahoma at home.
•    K-State leads the all-time series, 17-11, including 9-3 in games played in Manhattan. The schools split the series in 2014, but the Wildcats have won 7 of the last 10 meetings, including 4 in a row at Bramlage Coliseum. The last Texas win in Manhattan came by a score of 74-65 on Feb. 25, 2008.
•    K-State has lost 4 of its last 5 games since a 4-game winning streak from Jan. 7-17, including 3 in a row for the second time this season.
•    Texas Tech snapped a 10-game winning streak by K-State in the series  with a 64-47 victory at home on Wednesday to split the season series. The Red Raiders, which connected on 53.7 percent of their field goals, ended the game on a 19-3 run after leading 45-44 with 7:50 remaining. 
•    Prior to Wednesday’s game, Bruce Weber announced the suspensions of Marcus Foster and Malek Harris for violation of team rules.
•    The Wildcats, which have failed to score 60 points in each of their last 3 games, dropped to 3-8 on the season when scoring 60 points or less. The team has averaged 59.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting in losing 4 of its last 5 games, including 54.3 points on 36.1 percent in the last 3 games.
•    K-State’s 58.9 points per game average in Big 12 play is the lowest after 10 league games in the Big 12 era and the lowest since averaging 55.3 points after 10 Big Eight games in the 1982-83 season.
•    K-State is averaging 71.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting, including 41.8 percent from 3-point range, with 16.0 assists and 13.3 turnovers in its 12 wins and 56.5 points on 38.4 percent shooting, including 29 percent from long range, with 10.7 assists and 14.2 turnovers in its 11 losses.

THE OPPONENT: 25/RV TEXAS (14-8, 3-6 BIG 12)
•    No. 25 Texas enters Saturday’s game with a 14-8 record and 3-6 mark in Big 12 play after dropping its 4th in row at home to Oklahoma State in overtime on Wednesday... The Longhorns won 12 of their first 14 games with losses only to unbeaten Kentucky and Stanford in overtime... The squad is 5-4 away from home this season, including 3-4 in true road contests.
•    The Longhorns are averaging 69.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 41.8 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 4.0 steals and 7.7 blocks per game... They are allowing 60.3 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting, including 32.5 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting a Big 12-best 73.8 percent from the free throw line.
•    Texas leads the Big 12 in 5 categories, including field goals percentage defense, rebounding, blocks and defensive rebounds.
•    Texas has 4 players averaging in double figures led by Isaiah Taylor’s 13.8 points per game, who has played in just 12 games due to injury, but has played in all 9 Big 12 games... Jonathan Holmes ranks second on the team in both scoring (11.5 ppg.) and rebounding (6.4 rpg.), while freshman sensation Myles Turner is tops in rebounding at 6.6 per game to go with an 11.2 points per game average... Turner leads the Big 12 with 62 blocked shots, while is second in free throw percentage (85.9)... Javan Felix also averages in double figures at 10.2 points per game to go with a team-best 36 3-pointers.
•    Texas returns 12 lettermen, including all 5 starters, from a team that won 24 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
•    Texas is led by the Dean of Big 12 coaches Rick Barnes, who has a 396-174 record in his 17th season... He has a 598-308 record in his 28th season as a head coach... He has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 21times, including the Final Four in 2003.
•    Rick Barnes is 10-11 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 3-6 mark on the road.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 29th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 17-11.
•    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.
•    The series is tied 12-all since the inception of the Big 12, including 11-11 in the regular season.
•    Since 2009, K-State has won 8 of the last 11 meetings, including 4 straight wins at Bramlage Coliseum.
•    K-State is 6-6 vs. a ranked Texas squad in the Big 12 era, including a 3-3 mark at home.
•    Senior Thomas Gipson has the best average vs. Texas in his career, averaging 10 points on 51.9 percent (28-of-54) shooting with 5.3 rebounds in 18.2 minutes in 7 games... His career-high of 24 points came against the Longhorns on Jan. 21, 2014... Marcus Foster has averaged 21 points in 2 meetings with Texas on 57.1 percent shooting, while sophomore Wesley Iwundu has posted an all-around effort in 2 meetings with the Longhorns with averages of 6.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

K-STATE/TEXAS CONNECTIONS
•    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.

HOME SWEET HOME
•    K-State has a 325-102 (.763) record in 27 seasons at Bramlage Coliseum, which are the 2nd-most at a home venue.
•    The Wildcats are 124-22 (.855) over the past 9 seasons at home, including a 55-17 (.775) mark in Big 12 games.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 42-6 (.894) in home games during his K-State tenure, including 20-3 (.909) during Big 12 play.
•    K-State is 29-48 (.373) vs. Top 25 opponents at Bramlage Coliseum, including 26-45 (.362) vs. ranked Big 12 foes.
•    K-State is 14-8 (.650) vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum since 2008, including wins in 6 of the last 7 meetings.
•    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 64.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting (503-of-1125), including 35.4 percent (109-of-308) from 3-point range, to go with 13.5 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.6 percent (3rd in the Big 12) of their field goals.
•    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 58.9 points on 42 percent shooting, including 31.6 percent from 3-point range, in Big 12-only games.
•    The current 58.9 points per game average in Big 12 play is the lowest after 10 conference games in the Big 12 era and the lowest since averaging 55.3 points in the first 10 Big Eight games of the 1982-83 season.
•    K-State is averaging 54.3 points during its 3-game skid on 36.1 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (48.9) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (21.9). 
•    K-State ranks in the Top 50 nationally in free throw attempts (538/24th) and free throw makes (362/46th).
•    K-State averages 26.3 points in the paint, 18.7 bench points, 13.9 points off of turnovers and 8.2 second-chance points.
•    16 of K-State’s 23 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 8 by 5 points or less... The team is 9-7.
•    K-State has used 8 different starting line-ups... No player has started all 23 games, but Thomas Gipson has started 22.
•    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 had won 5 straight games when scoring less than 70 points before its current 3-game losing skid... Prior its current 3-game stretch, the team has won 5 of its last 8 such contests after starting with a 1-7 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.
•    K-State is averaging 35.6 points in the 2nd half this season on 48.9 percent shooting, including 40.6 percent from 3-point range... The Wildcats have connected on better than 50 percent from the field in the 2nd half of 12 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/14.0 ppg.), 16th (Gipson/11.4 ppg.) and 20th (Williams/11.0 ppg.).
•    Gipson (75.2/11th) and Foster (70.7/13th) also rank among Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage.
•    The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 21 of 23 games with 41 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 801 of the 1,477 points this season while shooting 48.5 percent (270-of-557).
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 categories, including scoring (14.0 ppg.), field goals (98), field goals attempted (234), 3-point field goals (54), 3-point field goals attempted (136), double-digit scoring games (18), 20-point games (4) and minutes (29.2).
•    Foster also ranks in Big 12’s Top 10 in 3-point field goals per game (2.5/4th) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.7/7th).
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 12 of 23 games, including 8 of the last 14... He shooting a team-best 56.5 percent.
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 11 of 21 games, including 9 of the last 17... He has 3 20-point games this season.
•    Williams ranks 5th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (50.6) and 6th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (47.2).
•    Jevon Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in both assists (3.5/10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5/11th).
•    Thomas and Nigel Johnson have led K-State in assists in 18 of 23 games and have a combined 122 assists and 52 steals.

FREE POINTS
•    K-State has also taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 46th nationally in free throws made (362) and 24th in free throw attempts (538)... The team is averaging 23.4 attempts (4th in Big 12) and 15.7 makes (4th).
•    K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.3) and 5th in Big 12-only games (69.6).
•    K-State is 10-5 this season when it has more free throw attempts than its opponent and 32-10 under Bruce Weber.
•    K-State is shooting 69.7 percent (122-of-175) from free throw line in winning 5 of its last 9 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 70 nationally in free throws made (97/60th) and attempted (129/66th).
•    2 Wildcats rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Thomas Gipson (75.2/11th) and Marcus Foster (70.7/13th)... Gipson ranks 2nd in attempts (129) and 3rd in makes (97) 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 56.5 points in its 11 losses on 38.4 percent shooting (214-of-557), including 29 percent (45-of-155) from 3-point range, while allowing 65.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting, including 34.7 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 11 losses (Foster - 12.7 ppg. and Gipson - 12.5 ppg.).
•    K-State is averaging 16.0 assists during its wins compared to just 10.7 assists in its losses.
•    Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.5 points on 49.7 percent shooting in wins, but 12.7 points on 35.5 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting in wins and 4.4 points on 29.9 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 63.0 points on 44.1 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range... The squad ranks 7th in the Big 12 in scoring defense, 9th in field goal percentage defense and 10th in rebounding.
•    Those numbers have improved in the past 17 games, where they are holding opponents to 59.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting, including 30.9 percent from 3-point range, while limiting them to 189 assists and forcing 210 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 2nd in scoring defense (61.6) and 5th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.5).

FOSTER CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster leads the way in scoring at 14 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting (98-of-234), including 39.7 percent (54-of-136) from 3-point range... He has scored in double figures in a team-best 18 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 8 times.
•    Foster ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in 4 categories, including 6th in scoring, 4th in 3-pointers and 7th in 3-point percentage.
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (18), 20-point games (4), field goals (98), field goals attempted (234), 3-point field goals (54), 3-point field goals attempted (136) and minutes (29.2).
•    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 15.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting to go with 2.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in the last 8 games... He is shooting 73.9 percent (34-of-46) 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 133 3-pointers his K-State career, which ranks 10th on the school’s all-time list.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 45 of his 55 career games, including 12 20-point outings... He led in scoring 25 times.

WILLIAMS MAKING THE MOST OF HIS SENIOR YEAR
•    Senior Nino Williams is making the most of his senior campaign, as he leads the team in rebounding (4.8 rpg.) and is 3rd in scoring (11.0 ppg.) on 50.6 percent shooting to go with a team-best 81.0 percent clip from the free throw line.
•    Williams earned Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the 2nd time on Jan. 26 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... 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.
•    Prior to getting injured vs. West Virginia, Williams had been on tear in the last 3 games vs. No. 22/23 Baylor, 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 21 games, including 9 of the last 16 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 2nd in both scoring (11.4 ppg.) and rebounding (4.7 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 56.5 percent (83-of-147) from the field and 75.2 percent (97-of-129) 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 15th (1,135) on the school’s scoring list.
•    Gipson ranks 16th 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 20 of the last 32 games (including 12 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 7 games... Ironically, he has scored 9 points in 4 other games this season.
•    Gipson scored a game-tying 19 points in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse vs. 9/11 Kansas on 7-of-13 field goals.
•    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 53.5 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 122 assists (to 76 turnovers) and 52 steals to go with 210 points on 42.2 percent shooting.
•    Thomas is 1st in assists (81), 2nd in steals (27) and 3rd in minutes (26.9); Johnson is 3rd in steals (25) and 4th in assists (41).
•    Thomas is in the Big 12’s Top 15 in 2 categories, including 10th in assists (3.5 apg.) and 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
•    Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 18 of 23 games with Thomas dishing out a team-high in assists 12 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 (28), 3rd in rebounding (3.6 rpg.) and 4th in scoring (6.2 ppg.), while Hurt is 4th in rebounding (3.3 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (5.0 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 6.8 points on 37.1 percent shooting and Hurt is at 4.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting.
•    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.