K-State Hosts 8/9 KU in Sunflower Showdown Monday
K-State Hosts 8/9 KU in Sunflower Showdown Monday
Feb. 9, 2014
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8/9 KANSAS (18-5, 9-1 Big 12)
AT KANSAS STATE (16-7, 6-4 Big 12)
Monday, Feb. 10 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 8 p.m. CT
Brent Musburger (play-by-play) >> Fran Fraschilla (analyst) >> Holly Rowe (analyst)
Aaron Stojkov (producer)
Compass Media Network
Drew Bontadelli (play-by-play) >> Mike Wozniak (analyst)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 91/XM 91
Kelly McHugh (host) >> Schyler Thomas, Martavious Irving (analysts)
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$125 (limited number)
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 356-170 (16th year)
at K-State: 43-15 (2nd year)
vs. Kansas: 0-5 (0-1 at home)
Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State ’86)
Overall: 525-169 (21st year)
at Kansas: 318-64 (11th year)
vs. K-State: 19-3 (8-2 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (16-7, 6-4 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (7.8 ppg., 2.6 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (14.7 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (10.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.5 rpg.)
Kansas (18-5, 9-1 Big 12)
G - #10 Naadir Tharpe (9.3 ppg., 5.1 apg.)
G -#1 Wayne Selden, Jr. (10.5 ppg., 2.6 rpg.)
G - #22 Andrew Wiggins (16.0 ppg., 6. 0 rpg.)
F - #34 Perry Ellis (13.0 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)
F - #21 Joel Embiid (10.9 ppg., 7.8 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Kansas leads 187-91 (39-3 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: Kansas leads 84-35 (W, 59-55, 1/22/2013)
In Lawrence: Kansas leads 76-45 (W, 86-60, 1/11/2014)
Last Meeting: Kansas, 86-60, 1/11/2014 (Lawrence, Kan.)
Weber vs. Kansas: 0-5 (0-1 at home)
Self vs. K-State: 19-3 (8-2 on the road)
Weber vs. Self: Self leads 6-1 (2-0 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 74, 15/18 Texas 57
Game 23 * Bramlage Coliseum * February 8, 2014
Freshman Marcus Foster scored a season-high 34 points, as K-State dominated in all phases in defeating No. 15/18 Texas, 74-57, at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday. Foster, who became just the fifth true freshman in school history to post a 30-point game, went 13-of-16 from the field, including a season-high 5 3-pointers. The Wildcats played perhaps their best all-around game of the season, as the team connected on better than 50 percent from the field in both halves and recorded an assist on 21 of 28 made field goals and the defense held the Longhorns to a season-low 57 points on 32.7 percent shooting. It marked the 14th time this season that an opponent has been held to a season-low in points, including the 12th time to 60 points or less. K-State also posted a season-high 13 steals to go with highs for points off of turnovers (26) and fast-break points (23).
GAME 24 - QUICK HITTERS
• K-State (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) welcomes No. 8/9 Kansas (18-5, 9-1 Big 12) in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Monday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN. It will be the 279th edition of the rivalry since 1907 with the teams meeting at least once every year since 1921. It ranks as the 8th-longest continuously played rivalry in the country, while it ties for the 6th-most games played.
• 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).
• K-State has won 8 of its last 11 meetings against ranked teams on its home court, including wins over No. 6 Oklahoma State (74-71), No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66) and No. 15 Texas (74-57) this season. Overall, the team has 26 wins (against 47 losses) over Top 25 teams in Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State enters the game with a 12-game homecourt winning streak, which ties for the 3rd-longest streak in Bramlage Coliseum history and is the longest since winning 14 in a row from Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012.
• K-State is one of the fewest teams in the country to boast 5 Top 35 RPI wins. The Wildcats have defeated No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 32 George Washington.
• 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 leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 25 nationally in scoring defense (61.8 ppg., 22nd) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.2, 15th). The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 22 opponents to its season-low in points, including 12 to 60 points or less.
• K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 10 of the last 14 games, including 6 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.
• Foster became the 5th K-State true freshman to post a 30-point game with a season-high 34 points in win vs. No. 15/18 Texas on Saturday. It was the most points since Jacob Pullen went for 38 vs. Wisconsin on March 19, 2011 and most by a freshman since Michael Beasley (39) in 2008.
THE OPPONENT: 8/9 KANSAS (18-5, 9-1 Big 12)
• No. 8/9 Kansas (18-5, 9-1 Big 12) enters Monday’s game on a 2-game winning streak after posting an 83-69 win over West Virginia at home on Saturday... The Jayhawks, who boast the nation’s toughest schedule and No. 1 RPI, have wins over Duke, Wake Forest, New Mexico, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Iowa State (twice), Oklahoma State and Baylor (twice) this season.
• Kansas is 4-3 on the road this season with 3 of 5 losses coming away from home at Colorado, Florida and Texas.
• Kansas is averaging 79.3 points on 50.3 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range, to go with 38.5 rebounds, 16 assists, 6.0 blocks and 5.6 steals per game, while allowing 69.5 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting.
• Kansas leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage, while is 2nd in assists and 4th in scoring offense, 3-point field goal percentage and rebounding... The Jayhawks are tops in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding margin and blocked shots in Big 12-only games.
• Freshman Andrew Wiggins paces three players in double figures at 16 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting, including 36.7 percent from 3-point range... He also boasts averages of 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in a team-best 32.2 minutes per game. Wiggins is joined in double figures by sophomore Perry Ellis (13.0 ppg.) and fellow freshmen Joel Embiid (10.9 ppg.) and Wayne Selden (10.5 ppg.), while two others are averaging better than 6 points (Naadir Tharpe - 9.3 ppg. and Frank Mason - 6.3 ppg.)... Ellis is connecting on 54.1 percent of his field goals to go with 6.7 rebounds per game... Embiid is tops on the team in rebounding (7.8 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.6 bpg.) and is connecting on 62.0 percent from the field.
• Wiggins led four players in double figures in the win over West Virginia with 19 points, while Selden scored 17 and Embiid added a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds... Tarik Black came off the bench with 11 points.
• Kansas is led by 11th-year head coach Bill Self, who has a 318-64 record in his tenure. He has a 525-169 record in his 21st season as a head coach, which includes stints at Oral Roberts (1993-97), Tulsa (1997-2000) and Illinois (2000-03).
• Bill Self is 19-3 all-time vs. Kansas State, including an 8-2 mark at home.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 279th meeting between the two schools with Kansas leading the series, 187-91, including an 84-35 mark in games played in Manhattan... The two schools have met at least once every season since 1921, while the series dates to 1907... It ranks as the 8th-longest continuously played rivalry in the country, while it ties for the 6th-most games played.
• Kansas holds a 39-3 mark in the Big 12 era and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including 6 in a row.
• Kansas has won 2 straight in the series in Manhattan with the last K-State win coming on Feb. 14, 2011 (84-68).
• K-State lost 24 straight at home to Kansas before ending the streak with an 84-75 win on Jan. 30, 2008.
• Head coach Bruce Weber is 0-5 all-time vs. Kansas and is the only Big 12 team he has yet to defeat in his tenure.
NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: KANSAS 86, K-STATE 60
• K-State saw its 10-game winning streak end in the loss to No. 18/20 Kansas on Jan. 11... The 10-game winning streak was the longest of the Bruce Weber era and was the longest since also winning 10 in a row from Nov. 22, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.
• K-State has lost 8 straight at Allen Fieldhouse with the last win (59-55) coming on Jan. 14, 2006.
• K-State’s 60 points were the second-fewest scored this season and lowest since posting 52 vs. Long Beach State (11/24/13).
• K-State registered season-lows in 4 categories, including 3-point field goals (1), 3-point field goal percentage (9.1), assists (6) and rebounds (25)... The Wildcats were out-rebounded for just the fourth time this season.
• Kansas’ 86 points and 56.1 field goal percentage were the second-most allowed by K-State this season.
• Kansas posted opponent season-highs in four categories, including field goal percentage (65.5) and points (45) in a half, 3-point field goals (8) and assists (20) to go with a season-low 7 turnovers.
• K-State outscored Kansas, 24-17, on the bench... The Wildcats have gotten 20+ points from its bench 9 times this season.
• Nino Williams led the team in scoring with 12 points on 4-of-5 field goals... It marked the second time in his career that he led the team in scoring, including the first time in 2013-14... He has posted double-digit points eight times in his career.
• Thomas Gipson also scored in double figures vs. Kansas with 10 points on 5-of-7 field goals... He has now scored in double figures 32 times in his career, including the 10th time in the last 12 games.
• Marcus Foster led the team in both rebounding (5) and assists (3) to go with 7 points on 3-of-12 field goals vs. Kansas... He did not reach double-digit scoring for just the third time this season (Northern Colorado and Tulane).
K-STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
• K-State is 99-221 (.309) all-time against ranked teams, including a 39-116 (.252) mark against those in Top 10.
• K-State is 4-2 against Top 25 teams this season with wins coming against No. 21 Gonzaga (72-62), No. 6 Oklahoma State (74-71), No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66) and No. 15 Texas (74-57) and losses at No. 18 Kansas (60-86) and No. 16 Iowa State (75-81).
• An unranked K-State has beaten a Top 10 Kansas team 4 times, including as the No. 1 team at home on Feb. 14, 2011.
AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• K-State has a 48-15 (.762) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 46-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.
• Five of K-State’s 15 home losses in the last 8 seasons have come to Kansas.
• K-State is 29-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 13-1 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 117-19 (.860) 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 33-8 mark, including 7-win campaigns in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13. The team is 8-2 under Bruce Weber in the second month.
• K-State has a 18-3 mark at home since 2009 with its losses coming to Kansas (2009, 2012) and Iowa State (2012).
• Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 40-17 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 winnng 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.
TEXAS POSTGAME NOTES
• K-State now leads the all-time series with Texas, 17-11, with 8 wins in the last 11 meetings, including 4 in last 6 at home.
• K-State connected on 52.8 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range... It marked the 5th time that the Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better from the field, including the 2nd time when shooting 50 percent or better in both halves.
• K-State continued to share the ball at a high rate, dishing out 21 assists to 28 made field goals.
• K-State posted season-highs for points off of turnovers (26), fast-break points (23) and steals (13).
• K-State held Texas to its lowest point total of the season (57) on its 2nd-lowest field goal percentage (32.7).
• K-State forced Texas into a season-tying 18 turnovers, converting those into a season-best 26 second-chance points... It marked the 3rd time this season that Wildcats have posted 20 or more second-chance points, including the 2nd time in Big 12 play.
• Freshman Marcus Foster scored a season-high 34 points on 13-of-16 field goals, including a season-best 5 3-pointers... He became the 5th true freshman in school history to register a 30-point game and the first since Michael Beasley in 2008... His 34 points were the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen scored 38 points vs. Wisconsin in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
• Freshman Wesley Iwundu posted season-highs for assists (8) and steals (3) to go with 8 points.
• Junior Thomas Gipson posted a game-high 11 rebounds, which marked the 8th time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds, including the 3rd time this season... He has now led the team in rebounding 12 times this season.
• Senior Will Spradling scored 9 points on 3-of-4 field goals, including 3 treys, to go with a career-high 4 steals and 3 assists.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (61.8 ppg.), field goal percentage defense (39.8) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.2)... In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in scoring defense (67.0 ppg.), 2nd in field goal percentage defense (40.1) and 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (33.3).
• 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 14 of their last 22 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on 12 occasions... 13 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 15 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has held 28 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 26-2 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 19 other opponents to 57.1 points per game on 37 percent shooting, including 25.8 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.
• K-State held Texas to its lowest point total at 57 points on its 2nd-lowest field goal percentage at 32.7 percent (18-of-55)... The Wildcats also forced the Longhorns into a season-high 18 turnovers, scoring a season-best 26 points off of those miscues.
• 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 68.5 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting, including 32.1 percent from 3-point range... Although the team ranks 8th in field goal percentage and 9th in scoring offense in the Big 12, the squad ranks 3rd in assists (15.2 apg.).
• K-State has scored 70+ points in 13 games this season, including 10 times in the last 14 games... During that 14-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 70.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting, including 35.3 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 3 other contests.
• K-State is 26-3 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 11-2 this season.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63.1 percent (349 of 553) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (63.1) - 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 12 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 16 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 16 opponents, including 15 in the last 19 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 10-10 in the last two seasons and 4-3 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 16 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 12 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 12.5 per game with Gipson ranking 7th 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 (4.7 rpg.), steals (1.0 spg.) and minutes (28.3 mpg.) and 3rd in scoring (10.7 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 21 games, including 9 times in the last 16 outings.
• Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 7th), 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 11.1 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (58.0) and rebounding (6.5 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (13), field goals (98) and 3rd in free throws (50).
• Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 12 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (12).
• Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (7.1 rpg.) and field goal percentage (55.8) and 2nd in scoring (12.0 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).
• 242 of 246 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 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 124 games with 95 starts... He ranks 1st in steals (28) and minutes (28.9), 2nd in 3-pointers (36) and assists (59), 4th in scoring (7.8 ppg.) and field goals (53).
• Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 8 career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (477) and minutes (3,372), 6th in 3-pointers (169), assists (295) and steals (111) and 7th in games (124), starts (95) and free throw percentage (81.1).
• Spradling, who had a season-best 17 points vs. Texas Tech, now ranks 29th on the school’s scoring chart with 953 points.
• Spradling needs just 5 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 47 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.
FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
• Freshman Marcus Foster has placed his name among the best freshmen in the country, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring (14.7 ppg.), field goals (118), 3-point field goals (50) and double-digit scoring games (18)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.0), 11th in 3-point field goal percentage and 12th in scoring and field goal percentage.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 18 of 23 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 11 times.
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 20 of 23 games, including a season-best 5 vs. Texas (2/8)... 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 became just the 5th true freshman in school history to post a 30-point game with his season-high 34 points vs. No. 15/18 Texas (2/8) on 13-of-16 field goals, joining Mike Evans (1), Curtis Redding (4), Norris Coleman (7) and Michael Beasley (13) in that exclusive company... Only 6 freshmen in Big 12 history have scored more points in game.
• Foster’s 34-point effort was the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen went for 38 points vs. Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2011, while it was the most by a freshman since Michael Beasley scored 39 points vs. Kansas on March 1, 2008.
• In all, Foster has 4 games of 20 or more points this season with 3 of those coming in the last 4 games.
• Foster’s points are 6th on the freshman chart, while 3-point field goal percentage (5th) and field goals (7th) are in the 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 13 times in 23 games, including 11 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 14 occasions and in rebounding 5 times... They have also combined for 25 double-digit scoring games.
• The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points in 10 games, including Texas (42), Oklahoma State (34), Iowa State (33), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), ORU (33), Oklahoma (32), West Virginia (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30) and 20+ points in 6 others.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 22 of the last 23 games, while Thomas (21.3) 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 posted season-highs for assists (8) and steals (3) vs. Texas (2/8).
• 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 12 games played with a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
• The 4 freshmen have accounted for 624 points (an average of 27.1 points per game) on 40.7 percent shooting (211-of-518) with 68 of the team’s 135 3-pointers to go with 251 rebounds, 160 assists and 53 steals in a combined 1,750 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
• Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 6.9 points in the last 14 games.
• During this 14-game span, Williams is shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the free throw line.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 4 of the last 10 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).
UP NEXT: BAYLOR (14-9, 2-8 Big 12)
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