K-State Begins Road Trip at TCU Wednesday
K-State Begins Road Trip at TCU Wednesday
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KANSAS STATE (13-13, 6-7 Big 12)
at TCU (15-10, 2-10 Big 12)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 >> Wilkerson-Greines Center (4,000) >> 7 p.m. CT
FSN Southwest/FSN Midwest Plus
Brian Estridge (play-by-play)
John Denton (analyst)
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K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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$25 (adult), $15 (youth)
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 373-189 (17th year)
at K-State: 60-34 (3rd year)
vs. TCU: 5-0
TCU: Trent Johnson (Boise State ’83)
Overall: 261-238 (16th year)
At TCU: 35-53 (3rd year)
vs. K-State: 0-5
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (13-13, 6-7 Big 12)
G – #23 Nigel Johnson (4.5 ppg., 1.8 apg.)
G - #14 Justin Edwards (6.4 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.7 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.6 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
TCU (15-10, 2-10 Big 12)
G - #5 Kyan Anderson (13.1 ppg., 4.1 apg.)
G - #32 Trey Zeigler (8.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
F - #33 Chris Washburn (6.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
F - #34 Kenrich Williams (8.5 ppg., 6.8 rpg.)
C - #14 Karviar Shepherd (6.3 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 8-2 (5-0 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 5-1 (W, 58-53, 1/7/2015)
In Fort Worth: K-State leads 3-0 (W, 65-47, 1/7/2014)
Last Meeting: K-State, 58-53, 1/7/2015 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. TCU: 5-0 (2-0 on the road)
Johnson vs. K-State: 0-5 (0-2 at home)
Weber vs. Johnson: Weber leads 5-0 (2-0 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
K-State 59, 17/17 Oklahoma 56
Game 26 * Bramlage Coliseum * February 14, 2015
• Sophomore Marcus Foster hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining to send Kansas State to a 59-56 win over No. 17/17 Oklahoma in front of a sellout crowd 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday night. The 3-pointer, Foster’s second game-winner against the Sooners this season, helped K-State snap a 5-game losing streak and, in the process, earn a season sweep of Oklahoma for the second time in the last three seasons. Leading 56-49 with 3:51 remaining after a Foster lay-up, the Sooners used a furious 7-0 run to tie the contest at 56-all on a pair of free throws by Jordan Woodard. With neither team able to capitalize on their possessions, it was a pair of rebounds by sophomore Wesley Iwundu, the first on a Woodard miss with minute to play and the second on a miss by Jevon Thomas with 22 seconds that enabled the Wildcats to set up the final shot.
GAME 27 - QUICK HITTERS
• Kansas State (13-13, 6-7 Big 12) begins a 2-game road trip to the state of Texas on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play TCU (15-10, 2-10 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT at the Wilkerson-Greines Center. The game will air on FOX Sports Southwest as well as locally on FOX Sports Midwest Plus with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst) on the call.
• Wednesday’s match-up will be the first of 3 games in a 6-day span for the Wildcats, who will complete their road swing on Saturday at No. 20/20 Baylor (18-7, 6-6 Big 12) at noon on ESPNU before returning home to play No. 8/8 Kansas (21-4, 10-2 Big 12) on ESPN’s Big Monday at 8 p.m. CT.
• K-State will be looking to reverse its road woes, as the Wildcats are 2-9 away from Manhattan, including 1-7 in true road contests and 1-5 in the Big 12. The one road win came at No. 16/18 Oklahoma on Jan. 10.
• K-State is 8-2 all-time against TCU, including 5-0 in the Big 12 era and have won all 3 meetings in Fort Worth. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 58-53 on Jan. 7, as Marcus Foster led all scorers with 23 points.
• K-State snapped its 5-game losing streak on Saturday, as Foster hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining to help earn a season sweep of No. 17/17 Oklahoma for the second time in 3 seasons. It marked the second time that Foster has clipped the Sooners, as he hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in a 66-63 OT win on Jan. 10.
• The win enabled K-State to get back to 13-13 overall after falling below .500 for the first time this late in the season since Jan. 28, 2004.
• K-State was able to pull off its 3rd Top 25 victory of the season despite posting the 10th-lowest field goal percentage (26.5/13-of-49) in school history with the 5th-fewest made field goals (13). It was the lowest field goal percentage in a win in school history and the lowest in any game since connecting on 23.4 percent vs. Nebraska (1/11/2006).
• The subpar shooting performance came on the heels of an impressive offensive outing at West Virginia, in which, the Wildcats connected on 50 percent or better in both halves and finished at 56.8 percent (25-of-44).
• Despite the offensive woes, K-State was able to contain Oklahoma’s high-powered offense, holding the Sooners to a season-tying 56 points on 37.7 percent shooting, including 17.6 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State, which ranks 2nd in scoring defense in Big 12 play, has now held 39 opponents (34-5 mark in those games) to 60 points or less under head coach Bruce Weber, including 19 Big 12 foes (18-1 record).
THE OPPONENT: TCU (15-10, 2-10 Big 12)
• TCU enters Wednesday’s game with a 15-10 record after snapping a 7-game losing streak with a 70-55 win over 21/24 Oklahoma State at home on Saturday... The Horned Frogs were 13-0 in non-conference play before posting its current 2-10 mark in league play... The squad is 11-5 at their temporary home (Wilkerson-Greines Arena), including 1-5 in Big 12 play.
• The Horned Frogs are averaging 68.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting, including 32.7 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 38.0 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 6.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game... They are allowing opponents 60 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting, including 32.2 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 60.1 percent from the free throw line.
• TCU ranks among the nation’s Top 20 in three categories, including 5th in free throws attempted (644), 11th in offensive rebounds (14.1) and 17th in blocked shots (5.5), while the squad is 36th in scoring defense.
• TCU ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, assist-to-turnover ratio and offensive rebounds.
• TCU is one of the more balanced scoring teams in the Big 12, as six players are averaging better than 6 points per game led by senior guard Kyan Anderson, who is averaging 13.1 points on 39.8 percent shooting... He is also averaging team-bests in field goals (98), 3-point field goals (38), free throws (93), assists (102), steals (37) and minutes (31.1)... Fellow senior Trey Zeigler is 2nd in scoring at 8.8 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per outing... Sophomore transfer Kenrich Williams is tops in rebounding at 6.8 per game, while averaging 8.5 points per game... Senior Amric Fields is averaging 7.2 points on a team-best 53.2 percent shooting... Sophomore Chris Washburn is tops in blocks (35) and second in rebounding (5.9 rpg.).
• The roster includes 6 Division I or community college transfers, including Zeigler (Pittsburgh), Washburn (UTEP) and Williams (New Mexico Junior College) who all became eligible this season.
• Zeigler’s father, Ernie, was an assistant coach at K-State from 1999-2000 under former head coach Tom Asbury.
• TCU is led by third-year head coach Trent Johnson, who has a 35-53 record in his tenure... He has a 261-238 record in his 16th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Nevada (1999-2004), Stanford (2004-08) and LSU (2008-12)... He guided each of those schools to the NCAA Tournament, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2003-04 (Nevada) and 2007-08 (Stanford).
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 11th meeting in the series with K-State leading, 8-2, since the first game on Dec. 11, 1947... The Wildcats are 3-0 in games played in Fort Worth, including a 65-47 win in the last meeting on Jan. 7, 2014.
• K-State is 5-0 vs. TCU in the Big 12 era, including season sweeps in 2013 and 2014.
• K-State has won 5 straight in the series since a 72-71 loss at home in the NIT on March 10, 1999.
• Both losses to TCU have come in the postseason, including 77-72 in the 1968 NCAA Tournament in Wichita, Kan.
• Senior Thomas Gipson averaged 17.5 points on 60 percent shooting in the 2 meetings with TCU last season with 9.5 rebounds, while sophomore Marcus Foster averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game.
• Gipson is averaging 11.4 points on 64.7 percent shooting with 5.8 rebounds in 5 career games vs. TCU.
LAST MEETING: K-STATE 58, TCU 53
• K-State used a strong showing from the free throw line (22-of-29) to outlast TCU, 58-53, on Jan. 7.
• Up 46-36 with 4:20 remaining in the contest, Marcus Foster kept the Wildcats afloat during the stretch run as he hit 9-of-10 free throw attempts to seal the victory... Foster scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.
• K-State held TCU to its 3rd-fewest points (53) this season on 41.3 percent shooting (19-of-46).
• Foster was the only Wildcat in double figures, while Wesley Iwundu and Nino Williams added 9 and 8 points, respectively.
• K-State, which shot 38.1 percent (16-of-42), scored 15 points off of turnovers and got 28 points from its bench.
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• The visit to TCU will be the 9th true road game, which includes losses at LBSU (60-69), Tennessee (64-65), Oklahoma State (47-61), Iowa State (71-77), Kansas (57-68), Texas Tech (47-64) and West Virginia (76-72) 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 42-45 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 34-39 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 10-17 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 9-15 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 2-9 away from home this season, including a 1-2 mark at Maui Invitational.
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Kansas State is averaging 64 points on 44 percent shooting (556-of-1265), including 35.9 percent (124-of-345) from 3-point range, to go with 13.2 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.9 percent (1st in the Big 12) of their field goals.
• The 64.0 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, 5th in field goal percentage and 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage.
• K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (48.7) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (21.4).
• The 48.7 field goals attempted per game is on pace to be the lowest in school history... The current lowest is 49.3 in 1982-83.
• K-State ranks in the Top 25 nationally in free throw attempts (632/15th) and free throw makes (429/24th).
• 19 of the 26 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 11 by 5 points or less... The team is 10-9 in those games.
• The 59.8 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 averaged 58.4 points during its 5-game skid on 39 percent shooting, including 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has connected on 50 percent or better from the field in 9 games and shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range on 4 occasions... The Wildcats are 8-1 this season when shooting 50 percent or better and 20-5 under Bruce Weber.
• On the other hand, K-State has been held below 40 percent shooting from the field in 12 games, including in 5 of the last 6 games... The Wildcats are 4-8 this season when hitting on below 40 percent this season.
• To understand the contrasts, K-State lost at 21/20 West Virginia despite shooting 56.8 percent (25-of-44) from the field, including 50 percent or better in both halves, while it defeated 17/17 Oklahoma despite shooting 26.5 percent (13-of-49).
• K-State is 8-4 when 3+ players score in double figures, including 6-1 at home... The Wildcats are averaging 74.2 points in these 12 games on 51.3 percent shooting, including 41.4 percent from 3-point range... 3 players (Nino Williams/16.1 ppg., Marcus Foster/15.9 ppg., Thomas Gipson/11.0 ppg.) are averaging in double figures, while 4 others (Justin Edwards/8.8 ppg., Nigel Johnson/6.2 ppg., Stephen Hurt/6.2 ppg., and Tre Harris/6.1 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.
• K-State lost its 1st game this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, as the Wildcats connected on 56.8 percent (25-of-44) in the loss to 21/20 West Virginia, including shooting 50 percent or better in both halves.
• K-State also won a game despite posting the 10th-lowest field goal percentage (26.5/13-of-49) in school history with the 5th-fewest made field goals (13)... It was the lowest field goal percentage in a victory and the lowest in any game since 2006.
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.), 14th (Williams/11.6 ppg.) and 19th (Gipson/11.0 ppg.).
• All 3 rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage at 5th (Williams/81.8), 9th (Gipson/76.9) and 15th (Foster/69.6).
• The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 24 of 26 games with 46 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 886 of the 1,665 points this season while shooting 47.2 percent (291-of-616).
• Foster leads the Wildcats in 7 categories, including scoring (14.0 ppg.), field goals attempted (243), 3-point field goals (56), 3-point field goals attempted (142), double-digit scoring games (19), 20-point games (4) and minutes (29.0).
• Foster also ranks in Big 12’s Top 10 in 3-point field goals per game (2.4/4th) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.4/7th).
• Williams has scored in double figures in 14 of 24 games, including 12 of the last 20... He has 4 20-point games this season.
• Williams ranks 5th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (48.8) and 9th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (45.1).
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 13 of 26 games, including 9 of the last 17... He shooting a team-best 53.7 percent.
• Justin Edwards have scored in double digits 6 times, including on 4 occasions in Big 12 play.
• Jevon Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in both assists (3.3/11th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4/11th).
• Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 21 of 26 games and have a combined 133 assists and 60 steals.
• K-State has taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 24th in free throws made (429) and 15th in free throw attempts (632)... The team is averaging 24.3 attempts (3rd in Big 12) and 16.5 makes (1st in Big 12).
• K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.9) and 5th in Big 12-only games (70.2).
• K-State is 11-5 this season when it has more free throw attempts than its opponent and 33-10 under Bruce Weber.
• K-State has posted 20 or more free throws made in 8 games, including 5 in Big 12 play, while it has tallied 30 or more attempts in 6 contests (3 in Big 12)... The 28 free throws made and 36 attempts vs. Oklahoma (2/14/15) were both Big 12 highs... The team set Bruce Weber era highs for free throws (34) and attempts (48) vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14), which were the most since 2010.
• Senior Thomas Gipson ranks in the Top 80 nationally in free throws made (110/64th) and attempted (143/80th).
• 3 Wildcats rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Nino Williams (81.8/5th), Thomas Gipson (76.9/9th) and Marcus Foster (69.6/15th)... Gipson ranks 3rd in both makes (110) and attempts (143) in the Big 12.
• K-State is averaging 70.3 points in its 13 wins on 48.9 percent shooting (302-of-617), including 41.1 percent (69-of-168) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 60.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting, including 31.8 percent from beyond the arc.
• In contrast, K-State is averaging 57.8 points in its 13 losses on 39.2 percent shooting (254-of-648), including 31.1 percent (55-of-177) from 3-point range, while allowing 65.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting, including 34.5 percent from beyond the arc.
• 3 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 13 wins, including Marcus Foster (15.0 ppg./47.9 FG%), Nino Williams (13.7 ppg./52.4 FG%) and Thomas Gipson (10.3 ppg./58.1 FG%), while 5 (Justin Edwards/7.9 ppg., Stephen Hurt/6.6 ppg., Wesley Iwundu/6.3 ppg., Jevon Thomas/5.2 ppg., Tre Harris/5.2 ppg.) are averaging 5 or more points.
• Only 2 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 13 losses (Foster - 12.7 ppg. and Gipson - 11.7 ppg.).
• K-State is averaging 15.4 assists during its 13 wins compared to just 11.1 assists in its 13 losses.
• Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.8 points on 48.3 percent shooting in wins, but 13.2 points on 36.2 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting in wins and 4.9 points on 32.9 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).
• K-State is allowing 63.2 points (6th in Big 12) on 44.2 percent shooting, including 33.1 percent from 3-point range.
• In Big 12-only games, K-State ranks 2nd in scoring defense (62.2) and 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.5).
• 39 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber’s 3 seasons as head coach with the Wildcats boasting a 34-5 mark in those contests (losses to Kansas in 2012, Northern Colorado & Kentucky in 2013 and Texas Southern and Georgia in 2014).
• 19 Big 12 opponents have been held to 60 points or less (17 in regular-season Big 12 play) with the Wildcats posting an 18-1 record in those match-ups, including a 16-1 mark in Big 12 play (only loss to Kansas in 2012).
• 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.
FOSTER PACES ACROSS THE BOARD
• Sophomore Marcus Foster leads the way in scoring at 14 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting (101-of-243), including 39.4 percent (56-of-142) from 3-point range... He has scored in double figures in a team-best 19 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 9 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 7 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (19), 20-point games (4), field goals attempted (243), 3-point field goals (56), 3-point field goals attempted (142) and minutes (29.0).
• Foster came back from his suspension in grand style, hitting the game-winner 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds to send K-State to a 59-56 win over No. 17/17 Oklahoma to finish with 14 points... It marked the 2nd time this season he has beaten the Sooners on a last-second shot after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds in overtime of a 66-63 victory on Jan. 10.
• Foster now has 135 3-pointers his K-State career, which ranks 10th on the school’s all-time list.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 46 of his 56 career games, including 12 20-point outings... He led in scoring 26 times.
• 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 winning Rookie of the Week twice last season... He is the 2nd Wildcat to win the honor this season.
• 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... Four of Foster’s 7 3-pointers came in the last 57 seconds of the game.
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 2nd in scoring (11.6 ppg.) on 48.8 percent shooting to go with a team-best 81.8 percent clip from the free throw line.
• Williams has led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding a team-best 9 times, while he is 1st in field goals (102).
• Williams tied a career-high with 22 points at West Virginia (2/11/15) on 7-of-11 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws... He now has 5 career 20-point games, including 4 this season (20 vs. Savannah State, 22 at Iowa State, 20 vs. Oklahoma State).
• 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.
• Williams has scored in double-digits in 14 of his 24 games played, including 12 of the last 19, with 4 20-point games.
• Williams is averaging 11.2 points in Big 12 play on 45.1 percent shooting to go with a 89.7 free throw percentage (35-of-39).
• 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 3rd in scoring (11.0 ppg.) and 2nd in rebounding (4.8 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 53.7 percent (88-of-164) from the field and 76.9 percent (110-of-143) 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 (1,158) on the school’s scoring list.
• Gipson is 1 of 7 players to rank in the school’s Top 15 in both career scoring and rebounding, joining Bob Boozer, Jack Parr, Rolando Blackman, Ed Nealy, Jamar Samuels and Rodney McGruder... He is 15th in scoring and 7th in rebounding.
• Gipson ranks in the Top 10 in 7 career categories, including 2nd in defensive rebounds (400), 3rd in offensive rebounds (256), 7th in rebounds (656) and free throws attempted (477), 8th in FG percentage (53.0), 9th in games (125) and 10th in starts (89).
• Gipson’s career 53.0 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 21 of the last 35 games (including 13 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 7 times and rebounding 8 times, 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.
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 133 assists (to 88 turnovers) and 60 steals to go with 241 points on 37.5 percent shooting.
• Thomas is 1st in assists (87) and steals (32) and 4th in minutes (26.3); Johnson is 2nd in steals (28) and 4th in assists (46).
• Thomas is in the Big 12’s Top 15 in 2 categories, including 11th in assists (3.3 apg.) and 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
• Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 21 of 26 games with Thomas dishing out a team-high in assists 14 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 13 wins, combining for 82 assists to 44 turnovers (1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Thomas is averaging 5.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting and Johnson is averaging 4.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting.
• Johnson has scored in double figures in 4 games, including in back-to-back games vs. Texas (2/7/15) and West Virginia (2/11/15), 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 (6.4 ppg.), while Hurt is 6th in rebounding (3.1 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (4.6 ppg.).
• Edwards has 6 double-digit scoring games, including 4 in Big 12 play, while Hurt has 3 with a season-high 15 at Oklahoma.
• In Big 12 play, Edwards is averaging 7.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting and Hurt is at 4.0 points on 40.5 percent shooting.
• The pair have been impactful in the 13 wins combining for 14.5 points on 49.2 percent shooting, as Edwards is averaging 7.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds and Hurt is at 6.6 points on 53.3 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.