K-State Hosts 12/13 Iowa State on Senior Day
K-State Hosts 12/13 Iowa State on Senior Day
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12/13 IOWA STATE (20-7, 10-5 Big 12)
at KANSAS STATE (14-15, 7-9 Big 12)
Saturday, February 28, 2015 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> 3 p.m. CT
Mark Neely (play-by-play)
Stephen Howard (analyst)
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Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 374-191 (17th year)
at K-State: 61-36 (3rd year)
vs. Iowa State: 3-4
Iowa State: Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State ’95)
Overall: 110-54 (5th year)
At Iowa State: 110-54 (5th year)
vs. K-State: 7-5
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (14-15, 7-9 Big 12)
G – #23 Nigel Johnson (4.7 ppg., 1.7 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (13.1 ppg., 2.2 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.6 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.5 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.1 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
12/13 Iowa State (20-7, 10-5 Big 12)
G - #11 Monte Morris (10.8 ppg., 5.4 apg.)
G - #15 Naz Long (10.9 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
F - #1 Jameel McKay (10.9 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)
F - #31 Georges Niang (14.6 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)
F - #22 Dustin Hogue (10.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 136-83 (ISU leads 22-19 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 79-25 (W, 80-73, 3/1/2014)
In Ames: K-State leads 50-48 (L, 71-77, 1/20/2015)
Last Meeting: Iowa State, 77-71, 1/20/2015 (Ames, Iowa)
Weber vs. Iowa State: 3-4 (2-0 at home)
Hoiberg vs. K-State: 7-5 (1-3 on the road)
Weber vs. Hoiberg: Hoiberg leads 4-2 (0-2 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
K-State 70, 8/9 Kansas 63
Game 29 * Bramlage Coliseum * February 23, 2015
• Sophomore Nigel Johnson’s career-high 20 points paced the Kansas State attack from the bench, as the Wildcats snapped a 2-game skid with a 70-63 win over No. 8/9 Kansas on Monday before a sellout crowd at Bramlage Coliseum. The win marked the second straight at home over the Jayhawks, a first for the school since the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. K-State finished the game on a 16-9 run, taking the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Thomas Gipson with 8:01 to play. The Wildcats, who rallied to take a 31-30 lead at halftime on two free throws by Nino Williams with 1.4 seconds, connected on 56 percent in the second half, while holding the Jayhawks to just 36 percent. Johnson, who posted his first career 20-point game, was joined in double figures by Williams, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, and Gipson who had 12.
GAME 30 - QUICK HITTERS
• Kansas State (14-15, 7-9 Big 12) closes out the home portion of its 2014-15 schedule on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats host No. 12/13 Iowa State (20-7, 10-5 Big 12) on Senior Day at 3 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst).
• K-State will honor senior manager Lars Hanson and senior players Thomas Gipson, Shawn Meyer and Nino Williams - in pregame.
• K-State has won 6 of its last 8 Senior Day games, but did lose to Baylor, 76-74, in its last such game on March 8, 2014. The Wildcats have twice met the Cyclones in the last 5 seasons on Senior Day at Bramlage Coliseum, losing 85-82 in overtime in 2010 and winning 67-55 in 2011.
• K-State has not played since its upset of No. 8/9 Kansas on Monday, a 4-day layoff for a team which had played 3 games in a 6-day span. It is the longest rest period since an 8-day break in late December.
• K-State will get its bye mid-week before finishing the regular season at Texas (17-11, 6-9 Big 12) on Saturday, March 7.
• K-State leads the series with Iowa State, 136-83, including 79-25 at home and 19-7 in Bramlage Coliseum. However, the Cyclones are 22-19 in the Big 12 era and have won 6 of the last 8 meetings.
• K-State will play its 12th contest vs. a Top 25 opponent on Saturday, which will tie the 2010-11 team for the most in school history. The Wildcats are 4-7 vs. ranked foes this season, including 3-2 at home.
• K-State’s 10 wins vs. Top 25 teams the past 2 seasons tie 3 others (Baylor, Connecticut and Oklahoma) for the 3rd-most nationally, trailing only fellow Big 12 schools Iowa State (15) and Kansas (14).
• K-State has won 13 of its last 18 home games vs. ranked opponents, including 8 of the last 10, dating back to 2010. Overall, the Wildcats are 31-49 vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum, including 16-9 since 2008.
• K-State will look to build upon its upset win over No. 8/9 Kansas, as sophomore Nigel Johnson scored a career-high 20 points off the bench. It marked the first time that the Wildcats have posted back-to-back home wins over the Jayhawks since the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.
• K-State is 12-4 at home this season, including 6-2 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are 44-7 at Bramlage Coliseum under head coach Bruce Weber.
• K-State broke out of its recent offensive slump vs. Kansas, scoring 70 points on 47.2 percent shooting, including 56 percent in the second half. The team had not topped the 70-point mark at home since Dec. 14, 2014.
THE OPPONENT: 12/13 IOWA STATE (20-7, 10-5 Big 12)
• No. 12/13 Iowa State enters Saturday’s game with a 20-7 record after losing its first home game of the season on Wednesday to No. 19/20 Baylor, 79-70... The Cyclones are 6-6 away from home this season, including 4-4 in true road games.
• The Cyclones are averaging a Big 12-best 79.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range, with 36.3 rebounds, 17 assists, 6.0 steals and 3.9 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 69.3 points per game on 42 percent shooting, including 35.7 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 69.2 percent from the free throw line.
• Iowa State ranks 1st in the Big 12 in scoring offense, field goal percentage, 3-point field goals made (7.8), assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5)... The Cyclones are also 1st in the Big 12-only games in scoring offense (77.1), field goal percentage (47.7), 3-point field goals made (7.6), assists (15.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.4) and defensive rebounds (26.6).
• Iowa State has 6 players averaging in double figures led by All-American candidate Georges Niang, who is averaging 14.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 29.8 minutes per game... Senior Bryce Dejean-Jones is 2nd in scoring at 12.1 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting to go with 5.5 rebounds per game, while Jameel McKay and Naz Long both average 10.9 points per game... McKay is tops in field goal percentage (58.4), rebounding (6.7 rpg.) and blocks (2.5 bpg.) despite playing just 18 games... Point guard Monte Morris paces the Big 12 in assists at 5.4 per game and is 4th in steals at 1.7 per game to go with a 10.8 points per game average... Dustin Hogue (10.5 ppg.) also averages in double figures.
• Iowa State is led by 5th-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, who has a 111-53 record and has led the Cyclones to 3 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament... He led the school to 78 wins and 3 NCAA Tournaments as a player from 1991-95.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 220th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 136-83.
• The schools have met at least twice a season since 1918 with the series dating back to a K-State win in Manhattan in 1909.
• K-State holds a 79-25 lead in the series in games played in Manhattan, including a 19-7 mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
• Iowa State leads 22-19 since the inception of the Big 12, including 20-19 in games played in the regular season... Since the Wildcats won 8 in a row from 2006-10, the Cyclones have won 7 of the last 11 meetings, including 6 of the last 8.
• Sophomore Marcus Foster has averaged 17 points in 4 career games vs. Iowa State on 44.2 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range... Senior Thomas Gipson has averaged 9.6 points in 8 career games vs. ISU on 52.8 percent shooting and 4.9 rebounds, while senior Nino Williams has averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 6 meetings.
LAST MEETING: IOWA STATE 77, K-STATE 71
• Despite a career-high 22 points and a game-high 8 rebounds from senior Nino Williams, Kansas State came up just short in its upset bid of No. 9/12 Iowa State, 77-71, on Jan. 20 before a sellout crowd at Hilton Coliseum.
• The teams battled through 10 lead changes and 11 ties, including 69-all with 3:44 to play.
• The Cyclones ended on a 10-2 run, as the Wildcats missed seven straight field goals before a lay-up as the buzzer sounded.
• Iowa State posted a 24-6 edge in second-chance points on the strength of 12 offensive rebounds... It was the second-most second-chance points by an opponent since Kansas had 26 on Feb. 7, 2007.
• K-State connected on 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line, which ties for the 10th-best mark in school history.
• Williams led four players in double figures, along with Marcus Foster (16), Thomas Gipson (15) and Justin Edwards (12).
• Junior Jameel McKay paced five Cyclones in double figures with 15 points and a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.
HOME SWEET HOME
• K-State has a 327-103 (.760) record in 27 seasons at Bramlage Coliseum, which are the 2nd-most at a home venue.
• The Wildcats are 126-23 (.845) over the past 9 seasons at home, including a 57-18 (.757) mark in Big 12 games.
• Head coach Bruce Weber is 44-7 (.860) in home games during his K-State tenure, including 22-4 (.840) during Big 12 play.
• K-State is 31-49 (.380) vs. Top 25 opponents at Bramlage Coliseum, including 28-46 (.370) vs. ranked Big 12 foes.
• K-State is 16-9 (.625) vs. Top 25 foes at Bramlage Coliseum since 2008, including wins in 8 of the last 10 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 63.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting (618-of-1420), including 34.5 percent (133-of-386) from 3-point range, to go with 13.1 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.5 percent (2nd in the Big 12) of their field goals.
• The 63.2 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 (49.0) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (21.3).
• The 49.0 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 30 nationally in free throw attempts (686/15th) and free throw makes (463/27th).
• 20 of the 29 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 59.0 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 9 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 18 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 three times in the last 10 games.
• K-State is 9-5 when 3+ players score in double figures, including 7-1 at home... The Wildcats are averaging 72.5 points in these 14 games on 49.6 percent shooting, including 40.2 percent from 3-point range... 3 players (Nino Williams/15.8 ppg., Marcus Foster/14.2 ppg., Thomas Gipson/11.1 ppg.) are averaging in double figures, while 5 (Justin Edwards/7.9 ppg., Nigel Johnson/6.7 ppg., Tre Harris/6.3 ppg., Stephen Hurt/5.6 ppg., and Wesley Iwundu/5.2 ppg.) are averaging 5+ 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 8th (Foster/13.1 ppg.), 13th (Williams/11.5 ppg.) and 17th (Gipson/11.1 ppg.).
• All 3 rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in free throw percentage at 5th (Williams/82.0), 10th (Gipson/76.3) and 14th (Foster/69.4).
• The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 26 of 29 games with 51 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 973 of the 1,832 points (53.1 percent) this season while shooting 46.5 percent (322-of-693).
• Foster leads the Wildcats in 7 categories, including scoring (13.1 ppg.), field goals attempted (273), 3-point field goals (57), 3-point field goals attempted (158), double-digit scoring games (19), 20-point games (4) and minutes (28.5).
• Foster also ranks in Big 12’s Top 15 in 3-point field goals per game (2.2/4th) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.1/11th).
• Williams has scored in double figures in 16 of 27 games, including 14 of the last 23... He has 4 20-point games this season.
• Williams ranks 5th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (48.3) and 10th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (44.9).
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 16 of 29 games, including 12 of the last 20... He shooting a team-best 54.3 percent.
• Justin Edwards has scored in double digits 6 times, including on 4 occasions in Big 12 play.
• Nigel Johnson recorded his first career 20-point game vs. No. 8/9 Kansas... He has scored in double figures in 5 games.
• Jevon Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in both assists (3.3/11th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4/11th).
• K-State has taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 27th in free throws made (463) and 15th in free throw attempts (686)... The team is averaging 23.7 attempts (4th in Big 12) and 16.0 makes (1st in Big 12).
• K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.5) and 5th in Big 12-only games (69.0).
• 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 (82.0/5th), Thomas Gipson (76.3/10th) and Marcus Foster (69.4/14th)... Gipson ranks 3rd in both makes (119) and attempts (156) in the Big 12.
• K-State is averaging 70.3 points in its 14 wins on 48.8 percent shooting (327-of-670), including 40.1 percent (73-of-182) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 60.7 points on 42 percent shooting, including 30.8 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 14 wins, including Marcus Foster (14.4 ppg./45.5 FG%), Nino Williams (13.8 ppg./51.3 FG%) and Thomas Gipson (10.4 ppg./58.8 FG%), while 4 others (Justin Edwards/7.8 ppg., Stephen Hurt/6.4 ppg., Wesley Iwundu/6.3 ppg. and Nigel Johnson/6.0 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 15.2 assists during its 14 wins compared to just 11.1 assists in its 15 losses.
• Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 20.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting in wins, but 12.4 points on 34.1 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 7.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting in wins and 4.7 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 63.6 points (6th in Big 12) on 44.5 percent shooting, including 33.2 percent from 3-point range.
• In Big 12-only games, K-State ranks 3rd in scoring defense (63.1) and 4th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.9).
• 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 13.1 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting (108-of-273), including 36.1 percent (57-of-158) 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 (273), 3-point field goals (57), 3-point field goals attempted (158) 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 59 career games, including 12 20-point outings... He led in scoring 27 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 (11.5 ppg.) on 48.3 percent shooting to go with a team-best 82 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 (113).
• Williams has scored in double figures in 16 of 27 games, including 14 of the last 23... He has 4 20-point games this season.
• Williams is averaging 11.2 points in Big 12 play on 44.9 percent shooting to go with an 88.2 free throw percentage (45-of-51).
• 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 (11.1 ppg.) and 2nd in rebounding (4.9 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 54.3 percent (101-of-186) from the field and 76.3 percent (119-of-156) 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 14th (1,193) 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 14th in scoring and 7th in rebounding.
• Gipson ranks in the Top 10 in 7 career categories, including 2nd in defensive rebounds (409), 3rd in offensive rebounds (264), 6th in games (128), 7th in rebounds (673) and free throws attempted (490), 8th in FG percentage (53.1) and 9th in starts (92).
• Gipson’s career 53.1 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 23 of the last 37 games (including 16 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 10 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 144 assists (to 96 turnovers) and 62 steals to go with 271 points on 38.7 percent shooting.
• Thomas is 1st in assists (96) and steals (34) and 4th in minutes (26.3); Johnson is 3rd in steals (28) and 4th in assists (48).
• 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 (1.3).
• Thomas and Johnson have led K-State in assists in 22 of 29 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 14 wins, combining for 84 assists to 44 turnovers (1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Johnson is averaging 6.0 points on 50 percent shooting and Thomas is averaging 4.9 points on 38.9 percent shooting.
• Johnson has scored in double figures in 5 games, including a career-high 20 points vs. No 8/9 Kansas (2/23/15) on a career-best 8-of-11 field goals, 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 (33), 4th in scoring (6.2 ppg.) and rebounding (3.3 rpg.) and 5th in assists (1.6 apg.), 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 6.6 points on 40 percent shooting and Hurt is at 3.7 points on 40 percent shooting.
• The pair have been impactful in the 14 wins combining for 14.2 points on 49.6 percent shooting, as Edwards is averaging 7.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds and Hurt is at 6.4 points on 55.3 percent shooting with 3.7 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.