K-State Hosts 8/8 Kansas on Big Monday


GAME 29
8/8 KANSAS (22-5, 11-3 Big 12)
at KANSAS STATE (13-15, 6-9 Big 12)
Monday, February 23, 2015 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)  >> 8 p.m. CT

TELEVISION
ESPN
Brent Musburger (play-by-play)
Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Holly Rowe (sidelines)
WatchESPN app - http://es.pn/1A4G9kZ

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

STATS/AUDIO
kstatesports.com
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TICKETS
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$125 (bench), $150 (chairbacks)

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 373-191 (17th year)
at K-State: 60-36 (3rd year)
vs. Kansas: 1-6

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State ’85)
Overall: 554-179 (22nd year)
At Kansas: 347-74 (12th year)
vs. K-State: 20-4

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (13-15, 6-9 Big 12)    
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (4.8 ppg., 3.1 apg.)
G - #5 Tre Harris (4.2 ppg., 0.9 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)    
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.4 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.0 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)

8/8 Kansas (22-5, 11-3 Big 12)
G - #0 Frank Mason III (12.4 ppg., 4.4 apg.)
G - #1 Wayne Selden, Jr. (9.7 ppg., 2.7 rpg.)
G - #12 Kelly Oubre, Jr. (8.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F - #2 Cliff Alexander (7.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg.)
F - #34 Perry Ellis (13.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Kansas leads 188-92 (40-4 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: Kansas leads 75-46 (W, 85-82 [OT], 2/10/2014)
In Lawrence: Kansas leads 86-35 (W, 68-57, 1/31/2015)
Last Meeting: Kansas, 68-57, 1/31/2015 (Lawrence, Kan.)
Weber vs. Kansas: 1-6 (1-1 at home)
Self vs. K-State: 20-4 (8-3 on the road)
Weber vs. Self: Self leads 7-2 (1-2 on the road)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
20/20 Baylor 69, K-State 42
Game 28  * Ferrell Center  *  February 21, 2015
•    No. 20/20 Baylor used a balanced scoring effort led by junior Rico Gathers’ double-double to post a 69-42 win over Kansas State in front of 8,046 at the Ferrell Center on Saturday. Baylor connected 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field, including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) in the second half, and saw five players score in double figures led by junior Taurean Prince’s 14 points. Gathers, who is one of 17 players to average a double-double, tallied 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Prince also added a game-high 5 assists and 5 steals in 25 minutes of action. K-State’s offensive struggles continued against Baylor’s lengthy zone defense, as the Wildcats scored a season-low 42 points on 38.3 percent (18-of-47) shooting, including 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from 3-point range. It was the fewest points since the team also scored 42 against Nebraska on Jan. 11, 2006.

GAME 29 - QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (13-15, 6-9 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Monday night, as the Wildcats plays No. 8/8 Kansas (22-5, 11-3 Big 12) in the Dillon Sunflower Showdown at 8 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPN with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) on the call.
•    Monday’s match-up will be the third game in a 6-day span for K-State, which lost road tilts at TCU and Baylor to begin the stretch. The Wildcats are 11-4 at home this season, including 5-2 in Big 12 play.
•    The Sunflower Showdown is the 8th-most continuously played rivalry (109) in college basketball dating back to 1907 and the oldest among Big 12 schools, while the 280 meetings ties for the 6th-most played.
•    Kansas leads the all-time series, 188-92, including 75-46 on the road. The Jayhawks have won 40 of 44 match-ups in the Big 12 era, including 15 of 18 in Bramlage Coliseum during that span. The Wildcats have won 3 of the last 7 meetings at home, including an 85-82 overtime win in 2014.
•    K-State will play its 11th game vs. a Top 25 opponent on Monday, which will tie the 2009-10 team for the second-most in school history. With a match-up vs. nationally-ranked Iowa State on Saturday, the Wildcats will tie the 2010-11 team (12) for the most games against Top 25 opponents.
•    K-State’s 9 wins vs. Top 25 teams the past 2 seasons tie 5 others (Baylor, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Wisconsin) for the 5th-most nationally, trailing Iowa State (15), Kansas (14), Oklahoma (10) and Connecticut (10).
•    K-State has won 12 of its last 17 home games vs. ranked opponents, including 7 of the last 9, dating back to 2010. Overall, the Wildcats are 30-49 vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum, including 15-9 since 2008.
•    K-State dropped to 2-11 on the road this season, as No. 20/20 Baylor used a balanced scoring effort to post a 69-42 win on Saturday. The 42 points were the fewest since also scoring 42 vs. Nebraska on Jan. 11, 2006. The team connected on just 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from 3-point range.
•    Since an impressive offensive outing at West Virginia on Feb. 11, in which, K-State scored 72 points on 56.8 percent (25-of-44) shooting, the team is averaging 52 points in the last 3 games on 33.1 percent (50-of-151) shooting, including 23.8 percent (10-of-42) from 3-point range.
•    With its 13-15 record, K-State is 2 games below .500 for the first time since finishing 2002-03 at 13-17. The program has posted 8 consecutive 20-win seasons and 8 straight postseason appearances (6 NCAAs, 2 NITs).

THE OPPONENT: 8/8 KANSAS (22-5, 11-3 Big 12)
•    No. 8/8 Kansas enters Monday’s game with a 22-5 record after moving to 14-0 at home with an 81-72 victory over TCU. The Jayhawks, who lead the Big 12 by 1 game over Iowa State, are 8-5 away from home this season, including 5-4 in true road tilts.
•    The Jayhawks are averaging 72.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 38 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.9 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 64.4 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting, including 32 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 70.6 percent from the free throw line.
•    Kansas ranks 4th in the Big 12 in scoring offense, 8th in scoring defense, 1st in 3-point field goal percentage.
•    Kansas ranks 1st in Big 12-only games in scoring margin (+8.6), 3-point field goal percentage (42.4), assists (15.4) and field goal percentage defense (37.5)... The team is 2nd in scoring offense (73.0) and 4th in scoring defense (64.4).
•    Kansas has one of the most diverse offenses in the Big 12 with 7 players averaging more 5 points per game led by junior Perry Ellis’ 13.7 points per game... Ellis is also 1st on the team in rebounding (6.9 rpg.), field goals made (132) and attempted (282), free throws made (91) and attempted (131)... Sophomore Frank Mason III also averages in double figures at 12.4 points to go with team-highs in assists (4.4 apg.) and steals (1.3 spg.)... Sophomore Wayne Selden, Jr., is 3rd in scoring at 9.7 points per game to go with a team-best 45 3-point field goals, while freshmen sensations Kelly Oubre, Jr. (8.4 ppg.) and Cliff Alexander (7.4 ppg.) also average better than 7 points per game... Alexander is tops in blocks (1.3 bpg.) and 2nd in rebounding (5.3 rpg.).  
•    Kansas is led by 12th-year head coach Bill Self, who has a 347-74 record in his tenure... He has a 554-179 record in his 22nd season as a head coach, which includes stints at Oral Roberts (1993-97), Tulsa (1997-2000) and Illinois (2000-03).

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 281st meeting between the two schools with Kansas leading the series, 188-92, including an 75-46 mark at home... The two schools have met at least once every season since 1921, while the series dates to 1907... It ranks as the eighth-longest continuously played rivalry in the country, while it ties for the sixth-most games played.
•    Kansas holds a 40-4 mark in the Big 12 era and have won 14 of the last 16 meetings, including 7 of the last 8.
•    K-State has split the last 4 meetings with Kansas at home after winning just once in the previous 27 meetings.
•    The schools split their 2 meetings in 2014 with Kansas winning 86-60 at home on Jan. 11 before K-State ended a 6-game losing streak with an 85-82 win in overtime at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 10... It was the Wildcats’ first win since Feb. 14, 2011.
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster has averaged 15.3 points on 37.5 percent shooting in 3 meetings with the Jayhawks to go with 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game... Senior Thomas Gipson has averages of 7 points and 4.8 rebounds in 8 meetings.

LAST MEETING: KANSAS 68, K-STATE 57
•    K-State was unable to overcome a poor first half of shooting in falling 68-57 at 9/11 Kansas on Jan. 31.
•    K-State hit only 6 of its 35 attempts from the field in the first half, in trailing at the half, 33-17... The 17.1 percent success rate tied for the 5th-lowest field goal percentage in a half in school history.
•    The second half saw the Wildcats fare much better, scoring 40 points on 56 percent shooting (14-of-25) but the squad was never able to cut the lead to single digits as the Jayhawks won the 9th straight time in the series at Allen Fieldhouse.
•    K-State connected on 33.3 percent (20-of-60) from the field, including 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from 3-point range.
•    Marcus Foster (19) and Thomas Gipson (19) combined for 38 of K-State’s 57 points on 45.2 percent (14-of-31) shooting.
•    Junior Perry Ellis paced 4 Jayhawks in double figures with a team-high 16 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds.

HOME SWEET HOME
•    K-State has a 326-103 (.760) record in 27 seasons at Bramlage Coliseum, which are the 2nd-most at a home venue.
•    The Wildcats are 125-23 (.845) over the past 9 seasons at home, including a 56-18 (.757) mark in Big 12 games.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 43-7 (.860) in home games during his K-State tenure, including 21-4 (.840) during Big 12 play.
•    K-State is 30-49 (.380) vs. Top 25 opponents at Bramlage Coliseum, including 27-46 (.370) vs. ranked Big 12 foes.
•    K-State is 15-9 (.625) vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum since 2008, including wins in 7 of the last 9 meetings.
•    K-State has earned double-digit wins in 22 of its 27 seasons at home, including a current streak of 14 straight seasons.
•    K-State has ranked among the Top 35 in home attendance 7 times in the last 8 seasons, including 29th in 2013-14.

TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
•    Kansas State is averaging 62.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting (593-of-1367), including 34.7 percent (129-of-372) from 3-point range, to go with 13.1 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.9 percent (2nd in the Big 12) of their field goals.
•    The 62.9 points per game average is on pace to be the lowest since averaging 57.4 points during the 1982-83 season.
•    In the Big 12, the Wildcats rank 9th in scoring offense, 7th in field goal percentage and 5th 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 (21.2).
•    The 48.8 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 35 nationally in free throw attempts (667/16th) and free throw makes (447/33rd).
•    19 of the 28 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 58.3 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 14 games, including in 7 of the last 8 games... The Wildcats are 4-10 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)... The 26.5 field goal percentage was the 10th-lowest in school history and the lowest-ever in a victory.
•    The 42-point effort vs. Baylor (2/21/15) marked the 15th time that the Wildcats have scored 60 points or less, including the 12th time in the last 17 games... The 15 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... The team has hit the 60-point barrier just twice in the last 9 games.
•    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 7th (Foster/13.4 ppg.), 13th (Williams/11.4 ppg.) and 19th (Gipson/11.0 ppg.).
•    All 3 rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage at 5th (Williams/81.5), 11th (Gipson/75.7) and 15th (Foster/69.4).
•    The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 26 of 28 games with 49 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 940 of the 1,762 points this season while shooting 46.8 percent (311-of-664).
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 7 categories, including scoring (13.4 ppg.), field goals attempted (260), 3-point field goals (57), 3-point field goals attempted (152), 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 (2.3/4th) and 3-point field goal percentage (37.5/8th).
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 15 of 26 games, including 13 of the last 22... He has 4 20-point games this season.
•    Williams ranks 6th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (48.7) and 8th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (45.3).
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 15 of 28 games, including 11 of the last 19... He shooting a team-best 53.9 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 10 in both assists (3.4/10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4/10th).
•    Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 22 of 28 games and have a combined 142 assists and 62 steals.

FREE POINTS
•    K-State has taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 33rd in free throws made (447) and 16th in free throw attempts (667)... The team is averaging 23.8 attempts (3rd in Big 12) and 16.0 makes (1st in Big 12).
•    K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.0) and 6th in Big 12-only games (68.1).
•    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 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 75 nationally in free throws made (115/71st) and attempted (152/73rd).
•    3 Wildcats rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Nino Williams (81.5/5th), Thomas Gipson (75.7/11th) and Marcus Foster (69.4/15th)... Gipson ranks 3rd in both makes (115) and attempts (152) 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 56.5 points in its 15 losses on 38.8 percent shooting (291-of-750), including 29.4 percent (60-of-204) from 3-point range, while allowing 66.3 points on 47 percent shooting, including 35.5 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.
•    2 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 15 losses (Foster - 11.7 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 15 losses.
•    Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 18.8 points on 48.3 percent shooting in wins, but 12.4 points on 34.1 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting in wins and 4.7 points on 32.9 percent in losses.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
•    K-State has put up some impressive defensive numbers under head coach Bruce Weber, leading the Big 12 in scoring defense each of the past 2 seasons (60.4 ppg. in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg. in 2013-14).
•    K-State is allowing 63.6 points (7th in Big 12) on 44.7 percent shooting, including 33.7 percent from 3-point range.
•    In Big 12-only games, K-State ranks 3rd in scoring defense (63.1) and 8th in field goal percentage defense (43.9).
•    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 13.4 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting (105-of-260), including 37.5 percent (57-of-152) 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 (260), 3-point field goals (57), 3-point field goals attempted (152) and minutes (28.5).
•    Foster came back from his suspension, 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 58 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 (11.4 ppg.) on 48.7 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 (109).
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 15 of 26 games, including 13 of the last 22... He has 4 20-point games this season.
•    Williams is averaging 10.9 points in Big 12 play on 45.3 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 (2/18/15) 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 53.9 percent (97-of-180) from the field and 75.7 percent (115-of-152) 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 (1,181) 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 (406), 3rd in offensive rebounds (261), 6th in games (127), 7th in rebounds (667) and free throws attempted (486), 8th in FG percentage (53.0) and 9th in starts (91).
•    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 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 8 times and rebounding 9 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 142 assists (to 96 turnovers) and 62 steals to go with 251 points on 37.5 percent shooting.
•    Thomas is 1st in assists (95) and steals (34) and 4th in minutes (26.8); Johnson is 2nd in steals (28) and 4th in assists (47).
•    Thomas is in the Big 12’s Top 10 in 2 categories, including 10th in assists (3.4 apg.) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
•    Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 22 of 28 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 (32), 3rd in rebounding (3.3 rpg.) and 4th in scoring (6.2 ppg.), while Hurt is 6th in rebounding (3.0 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (4.3 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 6.7 points on 40 percent shooting and Hurt is at 3.7 points on 37.5 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.