K-State To Take On 21/20 West Virginia Wednesday
K-State To Take On 21/20 West Virginia Wednesday
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KANSAS STATE (12-12, 5-6 Big 12)
at 21/20 WEST VIRGINIA (18-5, 6-4 Big 12)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 >> WVU Coliseum (14,000) >> 6 p.m. CT
Clay Matvick (play-by-play)
Tim Welsh (analyst)
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K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 372-188 (17th year)
at K-State: 59-33 (3rd year)
vs. West Virginia: 3-2
West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia ’77)
Overall: 758-307 (33rd year)
At West Virginia: 168-96 (8th year)
vs. K-State: 3-3
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (12-12, 5-6 Big 12)
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (5.1 ppg., 3.5 apg.)
G – #14 Justin Edwards (6.0 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.6 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.2 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
West Virginia (18-5, 6-4 Big 12)
G - #3 Juwan Staten (14.4, 4.4 apg.)
G - #4 Daxter Miles, Jr. (6.3 ppg., 2.2 rpg.)
G - #14 Gary Browne (6.7 ppg., 1.5 rpg.)
F - #1 Jonathan Holton (8.7 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F - #5 Devin Williams (11.7 ppg., 8.3 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 4-3 (3-2 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 2-1 (L, 59-65, 1/27/2015)
In Morgantown: K-State leads 2-1 (L, 71-81, 2/1/2014)
Last Meeting: West Virginia, 65-59, 1/27/2015 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. West Virginia: 3-2 (1-1 on the road)
Huggins vs. K-State: 3-3 (1-1 at home)
Weber vs. Huggins: Weber leads 5-2 (1-1 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
25/rv Texas 61, Kansas State 57
Game 24 * Bramlage Coliseum * February 7, 2015
Kansas State’s late rally came up short on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats dropped a 61-57 decision to No. 25 Texas before a sellout crowd of 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum. Down 59-57 with 17 seconds remaining, K-State had an opportunity to either tie or take the lead in the closing seconds, but senior Thomas Gipson’s shot would not go. The Longhorns’ Isaiah Taylor, who scored a game-high 23 points, would close the door on any comeback opportunity, hitting both of his free throw attempts with 1.4 seconds left. K-State dropped the close contest despite tying a season-low for field goal percentage (31.9), while Texas connected on better than 50 percent in both halves to finish at 54.1 percent. Senior Nino Williams led the Wildcats with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while freshman Tre Harris (12) and sophomore Nigel Johnson (10) were solid from the bench.
GAME 25 - QUICK HITTERS
• Kansas State (12-12, 5-6 Big 12) continues the Big 12 gauntlet on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to face No. 21/20 West Virginia (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) at the WVU Coliseum at 6 p.m. CT. The game will air nationally on ESPNU with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) on the call.
• The nationally-ranked Mountaineers will be the Wildcats’ 8th opponent in the last 10 games to be either ranked or receiving votes. The team is 2-5 vs. the Top 25 this season, including 1-2 on the road. The stretch continues Saturday with a visit from No. 17/17 Oklahoma.
• Wednesday also begins a stretch of 3 road games in the next 4 outings for the Wildcats, who have struggled with a 2-8 record away from home, including a 1-6 mark in true road games. After playing the Sooners at home, the squad will play back-to-back on the road at TCU and Baylor.
• K-State saw its losing streak reach 4 games on Saturday, as the Wildcats’ late rally came up short vs. No. 25 Texas, 61-57. The team was able to stay close despite tying a season-low (31.9) for field goal percentage (15-of-47) compared to the Longhorns’ 54.1 percentage (20-of-37).
• Senior Nino Williams, who was hurt in the first meeting with West Virginia on Jan. 27, led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding for 6th time this season with 13 points and 8 rebounds against the Longhorns.
• K-State was again without leading scorer Marcus Foster and reserve Malek Harris, who were suspended Feb. 4 for violation of team rules.
• K-State has lost 5 of its last 6 games since a 4-game winning streak from Jan. 7-17, including 4 in a row for the first time in the Bruce Weber era. It is the longest skid since dropping 4 in a row from Jan. 10-21, 2009.
• With its 12-12 record, K-State is at .500 for the first time since also being 12-12 on Jan. 25, 2004. The Wildcats have not been below .500 since a home loss to Missouri on Jan. 28, 2004 that dropped them to 12-13.
• K-State has struggled on offense, failing to reach the 60-point mark in each of the last 4 games for the first time since Feb. 15-26, 1997. The team is averaging 59 points on 40.1 percent shooting in losing 5 of its last 6 games, including 55 points on 35.1 percent shooting in the 4-game skid.
• 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 56.6 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 31 percent from long range, with 10.9 assists and 13.4 turnovers in its 12 losses.
THE OPPONENT: 21/20 WEST VIRGINIA (18-5, 6-4 BIG 12)
• No. 21/20 West Virginia enters Wednesday’s game with an 18-5 record after dropping consecutive games at Oklahoma (71-52) and Baylor (87-69) for the first time... The Mountaineers have more losses at home (3) than they have on the road (2).
• The Mountaineers are averaging 75.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting, including 29.4 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 37.8 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 12.1 steals and 3.3 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 65 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting, including 35.4 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 65.7 percent from the free throw line.
• West Virginia ranks 1st nationally in steals, total steals, turnover margin (+9.1) and offensive rebounds (17.4).
• West Virginia ranks 1st in the Big 12 in turnover margin (+9.1), offensive rebounds (17.4) and steals (12.1).
• West Virginia has one of the most diverse offenses in the Big 12 with 7 players averaging more 6 points per game led by preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Juwan Staten’s 14.4 points per game average... Staten is 2nd in the Big 12 with 4.4 assists per game... Sophomore Devin Williams is also scoring in double figures at 11.7 points per game to go with his 8.3 rebounds per game, which is 2nd in the Big 12... Transfer Jonathan Holton averages 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
• West Virginia is led by eighth-year head coach Bob Huggins, who has a 168-96 record in his tenure... He has a 758-307 record in his 33rd season as a head coach, which includes stints at Akron (1984-89), Cincinnati (1989-2005), Kansas State (2006-07) and now West Virginia... He has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 20 times, including the Final Four in 1992 and 2010.
• Huggins’ 758 wins are the third-most among active Division I coaches, while they are the 13th-most in Division I history.
• Bob Huggins is 3-3 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 1-1 mark at home
K-STATE/WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS
• West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins spent one season as head coach at K-State in 2006-07 before returning to his alma mater... Responsible for laying the foundation for the program’s current success, which includes 8 consecutive 20-win seasons and 6 NCAA Tournaments, Huggins led the Wildcats to a 23-12 record, including a 10-6 mark in Big 12 play, and a trip to the second round of the NIT in his lone season... It marked both the first 20-win season and postseason appearance in 8 years.
• Huggins is not the only West Virginia staffer with K-State connections as coordinator of operations Josh Eilert played two years for the Wildcats from 2002-04 after transferring from Cloud County Community College.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 8th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 4-3, which dates to 1949.
• K-State is 3-2 in the Big 12 era vs. West Virginia with the teams splitting the season series in 2014.
• K-State’s first win in the series came in Morgantown, W.Va., in the team’s first meeting on Dec. 12, 1949.
• K-State is 2-1 on the road against West Virginia with the last win coming by a score of 65-64 on Jan. 12, 2013.
• West Virginia will attempt to sweep the season series for the first time in the Big 12 era and win back-to-back games.
• Sophomore Marcus Foster has averaged 17.7 points on 54 percent shooting in 3 career games with West Virginia, while senior Thomas Gipson has averaged 12.7 points on 61.4 percent shooting in 6 career games with a 6.0 rebounds per game.
LAST MEETING: WEST VIRGINIA 65, K-STATE 59
• West Virginia earned its first win at Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 27 with a 65-59 victory over Kansas State.
• The Mountaineers used a 9-1 run midway through the second half with the score tied at 40-all with 11:29 remaining, building as much as a 9-point lead... The Wildcats would close the gap to 51-48 with 6:05 to play but could get no closer.
• The two teams combined for 54 personal fouls and 64 free throw attempts to go with 45 turnovers (25 by K-State).
• The Wildcats did not take advantage of its chances at the free throw line, shooting 57.1 percent and missing 15 of 35 attempts.
• K-State, which shot 36.7 percent (18-of-49) from the field, was led by Marcus Foster (15) and Wesley Iwundu (12).
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• The visit to West Virginia will be the 8th true road game, which includes losses at Long Beach State (60-69), Tennessee (64-65), Oklahoma State (47-61), Iowa State (71-77) and Kansas (57-68) and Texas Tech (47-64) and a win at Oklahoma (66-63 OT).
• K-State earned its first win over a Top 25 team on the road since 2012 with a 66-63 overtime win at No. 16/18 Oklahoma on Jan. 10... It marked the Wildcats’ first road Top 25 victory since a 78-68 win over No. 3 Missouri on Feb. 21, 2012.
• K-State has posted a 42-44 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 34-38 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 10-16 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 9-14 in Big 12 play.
• K-State posted a 2-7 record on the road in Big 12 play in 2013-14 with wins at TCU and Texas Tech.
• K-State is 2-8 away from home this season, including a 1-2 mark at Maui Invitational.
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Kansas State is averaging 63.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting (518-of-1172), including 36.1 percent (117-of-324) from 3-point range, to go with 13.5 assists per game... The team has an assist on 62.4 percent (2nd in the Big 12) of their field goals.
• The 63.9 points per game average is on pace to be the lowest since averaging 63.6 points during the 2000-01 season.
• In the Big 12, the Wildcats rank 9th in scoring offense, 3rd in field goal percentage and 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage.
• K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (48.8) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (21.6).
• K-State ranks in the Top 50 nationally in free throw attempts (563/29th) and free throw makes (381/46th).
• K-State averages 25.6 points in the paint, 19.0 bench points, 14.0 points off of turnovers and 8.2 second-chance points.
• 17 of the 24 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 9 by 5 points or less... The team is 9-8 in those games.
• K-State is averaging 58.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range, in Big 12-only games.
• The 58.7 points per game average in Big 12 play is on pace to be the lowest in the Big 12 era and the lowest since averaging 57.0 points during the 14-game Big Eight season in 1982-83.
• K-State is averaging 55 points during its 4-game skid on 35.1 percent shooting, including 37.9 percent from 3-point range.
• 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.
• On the other hand, K-State has been held below 40 percent shooting from the field in 11 games, including each of the last 4 games... The Wildcats are 3-8 this season when hitting on below 40 percent this season.
• K-State is 8-3 when 3+ players score in double figures, including 6-1 at home... The Wildcats are averaging 74.4 points in these 11 games on 50.8 percent shooting, including 41.7 percent from 3-point range... 3 players (Marcus Foster/15.9 ppg., Nino Williams/15.4 ppg., Thomas Gipson/11.1 ppg.) are averaging in double figures, while 4 others (Justin Edwards/8.3 ppg., Tre Harris/7.2 ppg., Stephen Hurt/6.9 ppg., and Jevon Thomas/6.0 ppg.) are averaging 6+ points.
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.), 17th (Gipson/11.2 ppg.) and 18th (Williams/11.0 ppg.).
• All 3 rank in the Big 12’s Top 20 in free throw percentage at 5th (Williams/82.1), 12th (Gipson/75.6) and 14th (Foster/70.7).
• The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 22 of 24 games with 42 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 819 of the 1,534 points this season while shooting 47.7 percent (274-of-574).
• 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 (39.7/8th).
• Williams has scored in double figures in 12 of 22 games, including 10 of the last 18... He has 3 20-point games this season.
• Williams ranks 4th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (50.0) and 7th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (46.5).
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 12 of 24 games, including 8 of the last 15... He shooting a team-best 53.9 percent.
• Jevon Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in both assists (3.5/8th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5/10th).
• Thomas and Nigel Johnson have led K-State in assists in 19 of 24 games and have a combined 126 assists and 54 steals.
• K-State has also taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 46th nationally in free throws made (381) and 29th in free throw attempts (563)... The team is averaging 23.5 attempts (4th in Big 12) and 15.9 makes (4th).
• K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.7) and 5th in Big 12-only games (70.4).
• K-State is 10-5 this season when it has more free throw attempts than its opponent and 32-10 under Bruce Weber.
• The 34 free throws and 48 attempts vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14) were not only the most in the Bruce Weber era, but both were one shy of the Top 10 in school history... Both totals are the most since a game at Colorado (1/6/2010).
• K-State connected on 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line at No. 9/12 Iowa State (1/20/15), which tied for the 10th-best mark in school history... It is the best percentage since going a perfect 8-of-8 in free throws at Texas Tech (2/15/2006).
• Senior Thomas Gipson ranks in the Top 75 nationally in free throws made (102/68th) and attempted (135/72nd).
• 3 Wildcats rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Nino Williams (82.1/5th), Thomas Gipson (75.6/12th) and Marcus Foster (70.7/14th)... Gipson ranks 2nd in attempts (135) and 3rd in makes (102) in the Big 12.
• 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 56.6 points in its 12 losses on 37.9 percent shooting (229-of-604), including 31 percent (53-of-171) from 3-point range, while allowing 65 points on 46.4 percent shooting, including 34.2 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 12 losses (Foster - 12.7 ppg. and Gipson - 11.8 ppg.).
• K-State is averaging 16.0 assists during its 12 wins compared to just 10.9 assists in its 12 losses.
• Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.5 points on 49.7 percent shooting in wins, but 12.6 points on 33.9 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting in wins and 4.2 points on 29 percent in losses.
• 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 44.4 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range... The squad ranks 6th in the Big 12 in scoring defense, 9th in field goal percentage defense and 10th in rebounding.
• In the last 2 games, K-State has allowed Texas Tech and Texas to shoot a combined 53.8 percent (42-of-78) from the field.
• Despite the last 2 games, the defense has improved in the past 18 games, where they are holding opponents to 60 points on 42.9 percent shooting, including 30.8 percent from 3-point range, while limiting them to 200 assists and forcing 221 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 (61.5) and 5th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.2).
FOSTER PACES ACROSS THE BOARD
• 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 8th 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.
• 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 SENIOR YEAR
• Senior Nino Williams is making the most of his senior campaign, as he leads the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg.) and is 3rd in scoring (11.0 ppg.) on 50 percent shooting to go with a team-best 82.1 percent clip from the free throw line.
• Williams has led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding on a team-best 8 occasions, while he is 2nd in field goals (93).
• 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 was awarded the honor for the 1st time in his career on Dec. 15 after averaging 17 points on 56.3 percent shooting (9-of-16) to go with 9.5 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game in wins vs. Bradley (12/9/14) and Savannah State (12/14/14)... 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) vs. Iowa State and Baylor 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, while he had 20 points vs. the Cowboys on 10-of-13 field goals with 7 rebounds.
• Prior to getting injured in the last meeting with West Virginia, Williams had been on tear in the previous 3 games vs. Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State, averaging 20 points on 67.6 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.
• Williams has scored in double-digits in 12 of his 22 games played, including 10 of the last 17 games with 3 20-point games.
• Williams has led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding in 6 games, including 3 in a row vs. Baylor, Iowa State and OSU.
GIPSON A STEADY LEADER
• Thomas Gipson has displayed that all important senior leadership, ranking 2nd in both scoring (11.2 ppg.) and rebounding (4.7 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 53.9 percent (83-of-154) from the field and 75.6 percent (102-of-135) 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 (1,140) on the school’s scoring list.
• Gipson ranks in the Top 10 in 7 career categories, including 3rd in defensive rebounds (393), 4th in offensive rebounds (252), 7th in FT attempted (469), 8th in FG percentage (53.0), 9th in rebounds (645) and 10th in games played (123) and starts (87).
• Gipson’s career 53.5 field goal percentage is the highest since Michael Beasley’s lone season in 2007-08 (53.2)... It is the 3rd-highest field goal percentage by a 4-year player behind Steve Soldner (1975-79) and Carl Gerlach (1972-76).
• Gipson, who played in his 100th career game in the opener against Southern Utah, has scored in double figures in 20 of the last 33 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 the team in scoring and rebounding on 7 different occasions, which ranks 2nd to Nino Williams.
• 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.
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 126 assists (to 77 turnovers) and 54 steals to go with 224 points on 38.3 percent shooting.
• Thomas is 1st in assists (85) and steals (29) and 3rd in minutes (27.2); Johnson is 3rd in steals (25) and 4th in assists (41).
• Thomas is in the Big 12’s Top 10 in 2 categories, including 8th in assists (3.5 apg.) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
• Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 19 of 24 games with Thomas dishing out a team-high in assists 13 times.
• Thomas has dished out 4 or more assists in 11 games, including a season-best 9 vs. UMKC (11/17/14).
• 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 has scored in double figures in 3 games, including 10 points from the bench in the loss to No. 25 Texas (2/7/15), while Thomas has double-digit points in 2 games, including a season-high 13 at Tennessee (12/6/14).
TRANSFERS MAKING 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 2nd in steals (28), 3rd in rebounding (3.5 rpg.) and 4th in scoring (6.0 ppg.), while Hurt is 6th in rebounding (3.1 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (4.8 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 6.4 points on 35.9 percent shooting and Hurt is at 4.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting.
• The pair have been impactful in the 12 wins combining for 14.7 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.