K-State Continues Road Swing at 20/20 Baylor Saturday

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GAME 28
KANSAS STATE (13-14, 6-8 Big 12)
at 20/20 BAYLOR (19-7, 7-6 Big 12)
Saturday, February 21, 2015 >> Ferrell Center (10,284)  >> 12 p.m. CT

TELEVISION
ESPNU
Anish Shroff (play-by-play)
Reid Gettys (analyst)
WatchESPN app - http://es.pn/1zd2WIC

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite: Sirius 92/XM 200

STATS/AUDIO
kstatesports.com
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TICKETS
BaylorTix.com
(254) 710.1000
$12-$20

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 373-190 (17th year)
at K-State: 60-35 (3rd year)
vs. Baylor: 3-2

Baylor: Scott Drew (Butler ’93)
Overall: 243-168 (13th year)
At Baylor: 223-157 (12th year)
vs. K-State: 7-10

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (13-14, 6-8 Big 12)    
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (4.7 ppg., 3.1 apg.)
G - #5 Tre Harris (4.5 ppg., 0.8 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.7 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)    
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)

20/20 Baylor (19-7, 7-6 Big 12)
G - #1 Kenny Chery (11.6 ppg., 3.9 apg.)
G - #11 Lester Medford (8.0 ppg., 1.6 rpg.)
F - #00 Royce O’Neal (9.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
F - #2 Rico Gathers (11.1 ppg., 12.2 rpg.)
F - #35 Johnathan Motley (8.5 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 17-14 (K-State leads 15-13 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 10-6 (W, 63-61, 1/17/2015)
In Waco: Baylor leads 6-5 (W, 87-73 in 2 OTs, 2/5/2014)
Last Meeting: K-State, 63-61, 1/17/2015 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Baylor: 3-2 (1-1 on the road)
Drew vs. K-State: 7-10 (3-3 at home)
Weber vs. Drew: Weber leads 3-2 (1-1 on the road)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
TCU 69, K-State 55
Game 27  *  Wilkerson-Greines Center  *  February 18, 2015
•    A complete effort on both ends of the court helped TCU post a 69-55 win over Kansas State in front of 3,804 at Wilkerson-Greines Center on Wednesday night. The Horned Frogs were solid on both offense and defense in gaining their first win over the Wildcats in the Big 12 era and the first since the 1999 Postseason NIT. TCU connected on 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from the field, including an opponent-high 63.6 percent (14-of-22) in the first half, while four players scored in double figures led by Chris Washburn’s game-high 17 points. On the defensive end, TCU held K-State to just 34.5 percent shooting (19-of-55), including 16 percent (4-of-25) in the first half, while forcing 13 turnovers and blocking 6 shots. Senior Nino Williams led the way for the Wildcats with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while freshman Tre Harris added career-tying 14 points.

GAME 28 - QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (13-14, 6-8 Big 12) concludes its 2-game road trip through the Lone Star State on Saturday, as the Wildcats play No. 20/20 Baylor (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) at noon CT at the Ferrell Center. The game will air on ESPNU with Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (analyst) on the call.
•    Saturday’s match-up will be the second of 3 games in a 6-day span for the Wildcats, who will complete the stretch with a home game against No. 8/8 Kansas (21-5, 10-3 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 2-10 away from Manhattan, including 1-8 in true road contests and 1-6 in the Big 12. The one road win came at No. 16/18 Oklahoma on Jan. 10.
•    K-State is 17-14 all-time against Baylor, including 5-6 in games played in Waco. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 63-61, on Jan. 17, using a 17-2 run in the second half to rally from a 14-point deficit.
•    The last 2 games at the Ferrell Center have been thrillers with K-State winning on a last-second shot in 2013 and Baylor in 2 overtimes in 2014.
•    K-State dropped its 5th straight away from home on Wednesday, as the Wildcats lost to TCU for the first time in the Big 12 era, falling to the Horned Frogs, 69-55, at their temporary home of Wilkerson-Greines Arena.
•    With its 13-14 record, K-State is below .500 for the second time this season with the previous such occurrence happening on Jan. 28, 2004. The team has not been 2 games below .500 since finishing 2002-03 at 13-17.
•    K-State was once again plagued by a low field goal percentage, as the Wildcats shot just 34.5 percent (19-of-55), including 16 percent (4-of-25) in the first half. It was the 3rd-lowest field goal percentage in any half and the lowest since shooting 15.8 percent vs. Kansas on March 11, 1994.
•    Since an impressive offensive outing at West Virginia on Feb. 11, in which, the Wildcats connected on 56.8 percent (25-of-44) from the field, K-State is shooting 30.8 percent (32-of-104) in the last 2 games.
•    The 55-point effort vs. TCU marked the 14th time this season that the Wildcats have scored 60 points or less, including the 11th time in the last 16 games. The 14 games of 60 points or less are the most in the shot clock era (1985) and the most since registering 18 such games in 1982-83.
•    Senior Nino Williams and freshman Tre Harris were both bright spots vs. TCU, as Williams grabbed his 3rd career double-double, including his 2nd this season, with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Harris scored a career-tying 14 points -- all in the 2nd half -- off the bench.

THE OPPONENT: 20/20 BAYLOR (19-7, 7-6 Big 12)
•    No. 20/20 Baylor enters Saturday’s game with a 19-7 record and 7-6 mark in Big 12 play after snapping a 2-game losing streak with a 54-49 win at Texas Tech on Tuesday night... The Bears had won 3 in a row before the 2-game skid, including an impressive 87-69 win at West Virginia... The squad is 13-2 at home this season, including 4-2 in Big 12 play.
•    The Bears are averaging 69.2 points on 43 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 40.7 rebounds, 14.7 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.1 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 59.5 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting, including 29.5 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 67.5 percent from the free throw line.
•    Baylor ranks 1st in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding and rebounding margin (+9.7), while is 2nd in scoring defense, 3-point field goal percentage and offensive rebounds (17.1).
•    Baylor has one of the more balanced scoring teams in the Big 12 with 6 players averaging more than 8 points per game, including 3 in double figures led by junior Taurean Prince (13.0 ppg.)... Senior Kenny Chery is 2nd in scoring at 11.6 points to go with 3.9 assists per game, while junior Rico Gathers (11.1 ppg.) also averages in double figures... Gathers is one of 17 players nationally and the only Big 12 player to average a double-double with his conference-leading 12.2 rebounds per game... Senior Royce O’Neale is an all-around talent, averaging 9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game... Junior Lester Medford paces the Bears in both assists (3.5 apg.) and steals (1.3 spg.)... Johnathan Motley has a team-leading 40 blocks.
•    Baylor is led by 12th-year coach Scott Drew, who has a 223-157 record in his tenure... He has transformed the program from single-digit win totals his first 3 seasons to 20+ wins 6 times in the last 7 seasons, including 2 Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2012... Overall, he has a 243-168 mark in his 13th season as head coach, which includes one year at Valparaiso (2002-03).

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 32nd meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 17-14.
•    The series dates back to the 1948 Final Four when Baylor won 60-52 to advance to the national championship game.
•    K-State won 5 of the first 6 meetings (including 5 in a row from 1949-89) prior to the start of Big 12 play in 1997.
•    K-State owns a slight 15-13 edge in the Big 12 era, including a 13-12 mark in the regular season.
•    Baylor leads the series in Waco, 6-5, including 6-4 in the Big 12 era... The last 2 games have been thrillers with K-State winning 64-61, on a last-second 3-pointer by Rodney McGruder in 2013, while Baylor won 87-73 in double overtime in 2014.
•    Baylor was the only Big 12 school to sweep K-State in 2014, winning 87-73 in double overtime at home on Feb. 15 before handing the Wildcats their lone Big 12 home loss, 76-74, on March 8.
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster is averaging 19.3 points in 3 games against Baylor in his career with 12 3-pointers on 43.9 percent shooting with 4.0 assists per game... Senior Nino Williams has averaged 10.6 points on 59 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds in 5 career games, while Thomas Gipson is averaging 7.0 points in 8 games.

LAST MEETING: K-STATE 63, BAYLOR 61
•    K-State used a 17-2 run in the second half in the second half to rally past Baylor, 63-61, at home on Jan. 17.
•    Down by as much as 14 points in the first half, K-State captured its first lead, 53-51, with 6:24 left in the game after a pair of Justin Edwards’ free throws... The Wildcats shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) after halftime and 11-of-16 from the free throw line.
•    The 14-point deficit overcome for victory tied for the 12th-largest in school history and the largest since rallying from a 15-point deficit against Charleston Southern on Nov. 11, 2011.
•    Trailing 33-24 at halftime, K-State held Baylor to just 30 percent shooting (9-of-30) in the second half.
•    Senior Nino Williams led the way with 18 points on 7-of-11 field goals, while sophomore Marcus Foster added 11 points.
•    Baylor’s Kenny Chery (21) and Taurean Prince (20) combined for 41 of the team’s 61 points.

ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
•    The visit to Baylor will be the 10th true road game, which includes losses at LBSU (60-69), Tennessee (64-65), OSU (47-61), ISU (71-77), Kansas (57-68), Texas Tech (47-64), West Virginia (76-72) and TCU (69-55) 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 is 2-10 away from home this season, including a 1-8 in true road games and 1-6 in Big 12 road tilts.
•    The 2-10 record is the worst since 2003-04 (2-10), while the 1-8 true road mark is the worst since 2002-03 (1-9).
•    K-State has posted a 42-46 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 34-40 mark in Big 12 road contests.  
•    K-State is 10-18 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 9-16 in Big 12 play.

TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
•    Kansas State is averaging 63.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting (575-of-1320), including 36 percent (128-of-356) from 3-point range, to go with 13.1 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.7 percent (2nd in the Big 12) of their field goals.
•    The 63.7 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, 7th in field goal percentage and 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage.
•    K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (48.9) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (21.2).  
•    The 48.9 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 (655/13th) and free throw makes (442/23rd).
•    19 of the 27 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 59.4 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 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 13 games, including in 6 of the last 7 games... The Wildcats are 4-9 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 8-5 when 3+ players score in double figures, including 6-1 at home... The Wildcats are averaging 74.2 points in these 13 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/13.6 ppg.), 13th (Williams/11.7 ppg.) and 18th (Gipson/11.0 ppg.).
•    All 3 rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage at 5th (Williams/81.5), 10th (Gipson/76.5) and 14th (Foster/70.2).
•    The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 25 of 27 games with 48 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 917 of the 1,720 points this season while shooting 47 percent (301-of-640).
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 7 categories, including scoring (13.6 ppg.), field goals attempted (249), 3-point field goals (57), 3-point field goals attempted (147), double-digit scoring games (19), 20-point games (4) and minutes (28.5).
•    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 (38.8/7th).
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 15 of 25 games, including 13 of the last 21... He has 4 20-point games this season.
•    Williams ranks 6th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (48.9) and 9th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (45.5).
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 14 of 27 games, including 10 of the last 18... He shooting a team-best 53.5 percent.
•    Justin Edwards has 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 (3.4/9th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4/11th).
•    Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 22 of 27 games and have a combined 139 assists and 60 steals.

FREE POINTS
•    K-State has taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 23rd in free throws made (442) and 13th in free throw attempts (655)... The team is averaging 24.3 attempts (3rd in Big 12) and 16.4 makes (1st in Big 12).
•    K-State ranks 7th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.5) and 5th in Big 12-only games (69.2).
•    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 70 nationally in free throws made (114/62nd) and attempted (149/69th).
•    3 Wildcats rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Nino Williams (81.5/5th), Thomas Gipson (76.5/10th) and Marcus Foster (70.2/14th)... Gipson ranks 3rd in makes (114) and 2nd in attempts (149) in the Big 12.

WIN/LOSS COMPARISON
•    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 57.6 points in its 14 losses on 38.8 percent shooting (273-of-703), including 31.4 percent (59-of-188) from 3-point range, while allowing 66.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting, including 34.4 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.
•    3 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 14 losses (Foster - 12.0 ppg., Gipson - 11.7 ppg. and Williams - 10.1 ppg).
•    K-State is averaging 15.4 assists during its 13 wins compared to just 11.1 assists in its 14 losses.
•    Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.8 points on 48.3 percent shooting in wins, but 12.7 points on 36.2 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting in wins and 4.6 points on 32.1 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).
•    K-State is allowing 63.4 points (7th in Big 12) on 44.5 percent shooting, including 33.1 percent from 3-point range.
•    In Big 12-only games, K-State ranks 2nd in scoring defense (62.7) and 6th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.6).
•    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 13.6 points per game on 41 percent shooting (102-of-249), including 38.8 percent (57-of-147) 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 9 times.
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 7 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (19), 20-point games (4), field goals attempted (249), 3-point field goals (57), 3-point field goals attempted (147) and minutes (28.5).
•    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 136 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 57 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 (5.2 rpg.) and is 2nd in scoring (11.7 ppg.) on 48.9 percent shooting to go with a team-best 81.5 percent clip from the free throw line.
•    Williams has led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding a team-best 10 times, while he is 1st in field goals (107).
•    Williams has scored in double-digits in 15 of his 25 games played, including 13 of the last 20, with 4 20-point games.
•    Williams is averaging 11.4 points in Big 12 play on 45.5 percent shooting to go with an 88.4 free throw percentage (38-of-43).
•    Williams has led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding in 7 games, including 3 in a row vs. Baylor, Iowa State and OSU.
•    Williams earned his 3rd career double-double at TCU (2/18) with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds.
•    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.

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 53.5 percent (92-of-172) from the field and 76.5 percent (114-of-149) 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 (1,170) 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 (403), 3rd in offensive rebounds (258), 7th in games (126), rebounds (661), free throws attempted (483), 8th in FG percentage (52.9) and 9th in starts (90).
•    Gipson’s career 52.9 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 vs. Southern Utah, has scored in double figures in 22 of the last 36 games (including 14 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 139 assists (to 93 turnovers) and 60 steals to go with 245 points on 37.5 percent shooting.
•    Thomas is 1st in assists (92) and steals (32) and 4th in minutes (26.6); Johnson is 2nd in steals (28) and 3rd in assists (47).
•    Thomas is in the Big 12’s Top 15 in 2 categories, including 9th in assists (3.4 apg.) and 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
•    Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 22 of 27 games with Thomas dishing out a team-high in assists 15 times.
•    Thomas has dished out 4 or more assists in 12 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 (30), 3rd in rebounding (3.4 rpg.) and 4th in scoring (6.2 ppg.), while Hurt is 6th in rebounding (3.0 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (4.4 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 6.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting and Hurt is at 3.8 points on 38.6 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.