K-State Concludes Regular Season at Texas Saturday
K-State Concludes Regular Season at Texas Saturday
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KANSAS STATE (15-15, 8-9 Big 12)
at TEXAS (18-12, 7-10 Big 12)
Saturday, March 7, 2015 >> Frank Erwin Center (16,540) >> 3 p.m. CT
Mark Neely (play-by-play)
Stephen Howard (analyst)
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K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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$40-$50 (Arena Reserved)
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 375-191 (17th year)
at K-State: 62-36 (3rd year)
vs. Texas: 4-3
Texas: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne '77)
Overall: 602-312 (28th year)
At Texas: 400-178 (17th year)
vs. K-State: 11-11
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (15-15, 8-9 Big 12)
G - #1 Jevon Thomas (4.5 ppg., 3.3 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (12.9 ppg., 2.1 rpg.)
G - #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.8 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F - #11 Nino Williams (11.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
Texas (18-12, 7-10 Big 12)
G - #0 Kendal Yancy (6.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G - #1 Isaiah Taylor (13.3 ppg., 4.4 apg.)
F - #10 Jonathan Holmes (10 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F - #21 Connor Lammert (4.8 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
C - #55 Cameron Ridley (8.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 17-12 (Texas leads 13-12 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 9-4 (L, 57-61, 2/7/2015)
In Austin: Texas leads 7-6 (L, 64-67, 1/21/2014)
Last Meeting: Texas, 61-57, 2/7/2015 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Texas: 4-3 (1-1 on the road)
Barnes vs. K-State: 11-11 (6-4 at home)
Weber vs. Barnes: Weber leads 4-3 (1-1 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
K-State 70, 12/13 Iowa State 69
Game 30 * Bramlage Coliseum * February 28, 2015
• Sophomore Wesley Iwundu's steal and ensuing dunk with 16 seconds remaining helped lift Kansas State to a 70-69 come-from-behind win over No. 12/13 Iowa State on Saturday in front a sellout crowd on Senior Day. It marked K-State's fifth Top 25 win, including the fourth at home, as the Wildcats earned their second straight victory over a Top 15 opponent. K-State earned the win in come-from-behind fashion, as the Wildcats trailed by 14 points with 4:30 to play in the first half and by 12 points with 10:39 remaining in the contest. It marked the second time this season that the squad has rallied from a 14-point deficit to win, which ties for the 12th-largest come-from-behind victory in school history. The Wildcats got scoring help from all angles, setting season-highs for points in paint (46) and fast-break points (20), while scoring 21 points of 13 Cyclone turnovers.
GAME 31 - QUICK HITTERS
• Kansas State (15-15, 8-9 Big 12) wraps up its regular season schedule on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas to face Texas (18-12, 7-10) at 3 p.m. CT at the Frank Erwin Center. The game will air on ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst) on the call. It is also available on the WatchESPN app.
• K-State enters the weekend with possibilities as the No. 6 or No. 8 seed at next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. In its simplest terms, K-State is the No. 6 seed with a win over Texas, while it is the No. 8 seed with a loss to the Longhorns.
• K-State has not played since its second consecutive Top 15 win on Feb. 28 over No. 12/13 Iowa State (70-69), a 6-day layoff for a team which had played 3 games in a 6-day span from Feb. 18-23. It is the longest rest period since an 8-day break in late December.
• K-State will be looking to reverse its road woes, as the Wildcats are 2-11 away from Manhattan, including 1-9 in true road contests and 1-7 in the Big 12. The one road win came at No. 16/18 Oklahoma on Jan. 10.
• The 2-11 record is the worst since posting a 1-11 mark in 2001-02, while the 1-9 true road mark is the worst since going 0-10 also in 2001-02.
• K-State leads the series with Texas, 17-12, however, the Longhorns hold a 13-12 edge in the Big 12 era, including 12-11 in the regular season. Texas is 7-6 all-time at home in the series. Since losing their first 5 meetings in Austin, the Wildcats have won 4 of the last 6 match-ups.
• K-State will look to build upon its back-to-back Top 15 wins over No. 8/9 Kansas (70-63) and No. 12/13 Iowa State (70-69). It marked the 3rd time in the past 4 seasons (2012, 2014 and 2015) that the Wildcats have collected consecutive wins over Top 15 opponents.
• K-State has 11 Top 25 wins the past 2 seasons, which ties Baylor and Connecticut for 3rd-most nationally, while it has 5 this season, which ties Kentucky and Oklahoma State for the 4th-most in the nation.
• A key part of K-State's success the past 2 games has been its bench, which has tallied nearly half of its points (67 of 140), including 37 by Nigel Johnson. The sophomore tallied his 1st career 20-point game in the win over Kansas, while he scored a team-high 17 points vs. Iowa State.
• K-State averaged 70 points on 47.8 percent shooting, including 33.5 bench points and 20 points off turnovers, vs. Kansas and Iowa State after averaging 52 points on 33.1 percent shooting in the previous 3 games.
THE OPPONENT: TEXAS (18-12, 7-10 BIG 12)
• Texas enters Saturday's game with an 18-12 record and 7-10 mark in Big 12 play after snapping a 4-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 61-59 overtime win over No. 14/16 Baylor on Monday night... The Longhorns are 12-5 at home this season.
• The Longhorns are averaging 68.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 39.9 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 3.7 steals and 7.7 blocks per game... They are allowing 60.7 points per game on 36.4 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 72.3 percent from the free throw line.
• Texas leads the Big 12 in 3 categories, including field goal percentage defense, blocks and defensive rebounds.
• Texas has 3 players averaging in double figures led by sophomore Isaiah Taylor's 13.3 points per game, who has played in just 20 games due to injury, but has played in all 17 Big 12 games... Freshman Myles Turner is tops in rebounding at 6.6 per game to go with 11 points per game and a Big 12-best 85 blocks... Senior Jonathan Holmes ranks 2nd in rebounding (6.1 rpg.) and is 3rd in scoring (10 ppg.)... Junior Javan Felix has a team-best 47 3-pointers to go with a 9.2 points per game average.
• Texas is led by the Dean of Big 12 coaches Rick Barnes, who has a 400-178 record in his 17th season... He has a 602-312 record in his 28th season as a head coach... He has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 21times, including the Final Four in 2003.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 30th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 17-12.
• K-State won the first 5 meetings prior to the start of Big 12 play in 1997, including the 1st meeting (87-60) on Dec. 8, 1971. The two teams did meet in the 1972 NCAA Tournament with the Wildcats posting a 66-55 win at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
• Texas holds a narrow 13-12 advantage since the inception of the Big 12, including a 12-11 mark in the regular season.
• Since 2009, K-State has won 8 of the last 12 meetings, including 3 wins in the last 5 visits to the Erwin Center.
• Senior Thomas Gipson has the best average vs. Texas in his career, averaging 9.4 points on 45.9 percent (28-of-61) shooting with 5.3 rebounds in 19.8 minutes in 8 games... His career-high of 24 points came against the Longhorns on Jan. 21, 2014... Marcus Foster has averaged 21 points in 2 meetings with Texas on 57.1 percent shooting, while sophomore Wesley Iwundu has posted an all-around effort in 3 meetings with the Longhorns with averages of 6.7 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
LAST MEETING: TEXAS 61, K-STATE 57
• K-State's late rally came up short, as the Wildcats dropped a 61-57 decision to No. 25 Texas on Feb. 7.
• Down 59-57 with 17 seconds remaining, K-State had an opportunity to either tie or take the lead in the closing seconds but senior Thomas Gipson's shot rattled off... Texas' Isaiah Taylor would seal the win with a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds.
• Texas connected on 50 percent or better in both halves and finished 54.1 percent (20-of-37) from the field.
• K-State shot just 31.9 percent (15-of-47), including 24 percent (6-of-25) in the first half.
• K-State scored just 10 points in the paint, which tied a game vs. Nebraska (1/11/2006) for the fewest-ever recorded.
• Nino Williams led 3 Wildcats in double figures with 13, along with Tre Harris (12) and Nigel Johnson (10).
• Taylor led all scorers with 23 points, including an 11-of-15 effort from the free throw line.
• Both teams played without key players, as K-State's Marcus Foster and Malek Harris remained on suspension and Texas was without the injured Jonathan Holmes and Javan Felix, who were both recovering from concussions.
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• The visit to Texas will be the 11th 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), WVU (72-76), TCU (55-69) and Baylor (42-69) 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 2-11 away from home this season, including a 1-9 in true road games and 1-7 in Big 12 road tilts.
• The 2-11 record is the worst since 2001-02 (1-11), while the 1-9 true road mark is the worst since 2001-02 (0-10).
• K-State has posted a 42-47 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 34-41 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 10-19 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 9-17 in Big 12 play.
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Kansas State is averaging 63.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting (647-of-1480), including 34.1 percent (138-of-405) from 3-point range, to go with 13.3 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.5 percent (1st in the Big 12) of their field goals.
• The 63.4 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 7th in 3-point field goal percentage.
• K-State is averaging the fewest field goals attempted (49.3) in the Big 12, while is 2nd in fewest field goals made (21.6).
• The 49.3 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 55 nationally in free throw attempts (699/32nd) and free throw makes (470/55th).
• 21 of the 30 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 12 by 5 points or less... The team is 12-9 in those games.
• The 59.6 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.
• K-State is 11-3 when shooting 45 percent or better from the field, including wins vs. No. 8/9 Kansas and No. 12/13 Iowa State.
• 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 10 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 19 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 10-5 when 3+ players score in double figures, including 8-1 at home... The Wildcats are averaging 72.3 points in these 15 games on 49.5 percent shooting, including 39 percent from 3-point range... 3 players (Nino Williams/15.1 ppg., Marcus Foster/13.5 ppg., Thomas Gipson/10.9 ppg.) are averaging in double figures, while 5 others (Justin Edwards/8.5 ppg., Nigel Johnson/7.4 ppg., Tre Harris/5.8 ppg.,Wesley Iwundu/5.6 ppg., and Stephen Hurt/5.4 ppg.) are averaging 5+ points.
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 9th (Foster/12.9 ppg.), 13th (Williams/11.3 ppg.) and 19th (Gipson/11.0 ppg.).
• All 3 rank in the Big 12's Top 15 in free throw percentage at 5th (Williams/82.4), 10th (Gipson/76.3) and 14th (Foster/69.7).
• The trio have combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in 26 of 30 games with 51 combined double-digit scoring games... They have also combined to score 993 of the 1,902 points (52.2 percent) this season while shooting 46.4 percent (330-of-711).
• Foster leads the Wildcats in 6 categories, including scoring (12.9 ppg.), field goals attempted (278), 3-point field goals (58), 3-point field goals attempted (162), double-digit scoring games (19) and 20-point games (4).
• Foster also ranks in Big 12's Top 15 in 3-point field goals per game (2.1/4th) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.8/11th).
• Williams leads in 20-point games (4), field goals (115), leading scorer (10), rebounding (5.2) and defensive rebounds (98).
• Williams ranks 4th in the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (47.5) and 10th in Big 12-only field goal percentage (43.9).
• Williams has scored in double figures in 16 of 28 games, including 14 of the last 24 games.
• Gipson leads in FG percentage (55.0), FT made (119), FT attempted (156), offensive rebounds (53) and total rebounds (150).
• Gipson has scored in double figures in 16 of 30 games, including 12 of the last 21 games.
• Justin Edwards has scored in double digits 7 times (5 in Big 12 play), including a season-high 16 vs. 12/13 Iowa State.
• Nigel Johnson recorded his first career 20-point game vs. No. 8/9 Kansas... He has scored in double figures in 6 games.
• Wesley Iwundu has scored in double figures in 5 times this season, including a season-high 12 vs. 17/17 West Virginia.
• Jevon Thomas ranks in the Big 12's Top 10 in both assists (3.3/10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4/10th).
SECOND HALF SIZZLE
• K-State is averaging 35 points in the 2nd half this season on 48.2 percent shooting (351-of-728), including 39.5 percent (81-of-205) from 3-point range... The Wildcats are out-scoring their opponents, 1050-1013, in the 2nd half.
• K-State has connected on better than 50 percent from the field in the 2nd half of 16 games, including 60 percent or better on 6 occasions... The team is averaging 38.2 points on 52.6 percent shooting in the 2nd half of its 15 wins this season.
• K-State has connected on a higher percentage in the 2nd half in 22 of 30 games played, including 13 of 15 wins.
• K-State connected on 75 percent (12-of-16) of its field goals in the 2nd half in the win over Oklahoma State (1/24/15), which marked the 20th time in school history that a Wildcat team has connected on 70 percent or better from the field... It marked the highest field goal percentage in a 2nd half since shooting 76.9 percent (20-of-26) vs. Coastal Carolina on Dec. 6, 1997.
• 5 players are averaging 3.0+ points in the 2nd half led by Marcus Foster (7.1 ppg./47.0%), Thomas Gipson (6.4 ppg. /57.7%), Nino Williams (5.5 ppg./47.7%), Justin Edwards (3.9 ppg./46.7%) and Wesley Iwundu (3.1 ppg./42.7%).
• In comparison, K-State is averaging 28.0 points in the 1st half this season on 39.1 percent shooting (292-of-746), including 28.3 percent (56-of-198) from beyond the arc... Opponents are out-scoring the Wildcats, 892-841, in the opening half.
• Nino Williams leads all 1st half scorers at 5.8 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting.
• K-State has taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 55th in free throws made (470) and 32nd in free throw attempts (699)... The team is averaging 23.3 attempts (5th in Big 12) and 15.7 makes (4th in Big 12).
• K-State ranks 6th in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (67.2) and 5th in Big 12-only games (68.5).
• K-State is 12-5 this season when it has more free throw attempts than its opponent and 34-10 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 115 nationally in free throws made (119/98th) and attempted (156/115th).
• 3 Wildcats rank in the Big 12's Top 15 in free throw percentage, including Nino Williams (82.4/5th), Thomas Gipson (76.3/10th) and Marcus Foster (69.7/14th)... Gipson ranks 3rd in both makes (119) and attempts (156) in the Big 12.
• K-State is averaging 70.3 points in its 15 wins on 48.8 percent shooting (356-of-730), including 38.8 percent (78-of-201) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 61.3 points on 42 percent shooting, including 31.9 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 15 wins, including Marcus Foster (13.8 ppg./45.3 FG%), Nino Williams (13.2 ppg./49.6 FG%) and Thomas Gipson (10.3 ppg./60.0 FG%), while 4 others (Justin Edwards/8.3 ppg., Nigel Johnson/6.7 ppg., Wesley Iwundu/6.6 ppg. and Stephen Hurt/6.1 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 15 wins compared to just 11.1 assists in its 15 losses.
• Edwards, Hurt and Iwundu combine to average 19.4 points on 49.8 percent shooting in wins, but 12.4 points on 34.1 percent shooting in losses... Edwards averages 8.3 points on 46.8 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 63.8 points (6th in Big 12) on 44.4 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range.
• In Big 12-only games, K-State ranks 3rd in both scoring defense (63.5) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.7).
• 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.
• K-State has scored 20 or more points off of turnovers in 5 games, including 21 in the win over No. 12/13 Iowa State.
FOSTER PACES ACROSS THE BOARD
• Sophomore Marcus Foster leads the way in scoring at 12.9 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting (110-of-278), including 35.8 percent (58-of-162) 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 6 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (19), 20-point games (4), field goals attempted (278), 3-point field goals (58) and 3-point field goals attempted (162).
• 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 (2/14/15) 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 137 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 60 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 (11.3 ppg.) on 47.5 percent shooting to go with a team-best 82.4 percent clip from the free throw line.
• Williams has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 10 times, while he is 1st in field goals (113).
• Williams has scored in double figures in 16 of 28 games, including 14 of the last 24... He has 4 20-point games this season.
• Williams is averaging 10.9 points in Big 12 play on 43.9 percent shooting to go with an 88.7 free throw percentage (47-of-53).
• 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 (5.0 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 55 percent (105-of-191) 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 (1,201) 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 (414), 3rd in offensive rebounds (268), 6th in FG percentage (53.3) and games (129), 7th in rebounds (682) and free throws attempted (490) and 9th in starts (93).
• Gipson's career 53.3 field goal percentage is the highest since Pervis Pasco connected on 53.3 percent from 2001-03... 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 11 times, which is tops on the team.
• 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 150 assists (to 100 turnovers) and 64 steals to go with 290 points on 39.3 percent shooting.
• Thomas is 1st in assists (98) and steals (35) and 4th in minutes (25.9); Johnson is 3rd in both assists (52) and steals (29).
• 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 23 of 30 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 15 wins, combining for 90 assists to 48 turnovers (1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Johnson is averaging 6.7 points on 50.7 percent shooting and Thomas is averaging 4.7 points on 37.9 percent shooting.
• Johnson has scored in double figures in 6 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 is tied for the team lead in steals (35) and is 4th in scoring (6.5 ppg.) and rebounding (3.3 rpg.) and 5th in assists (1.7 apg.), while Hurt is 6th in rebounding (2.9 rpg.) and 7th in scoring (4.3 ppg.).
• Edwards has 7 double-digit scoring games, including 5 in Big 12 play, while Hurt has 3 with a season-high 15 at Oklahoma.
• In Big 12 play, Edwards is averaging 7.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting and Hurt is at 3.6 points on 40.4 percent shooting.
• The pair have been impactful in the 15 wins combining for 13.2 points on 49.7 percent shooting, as Edwards is averaging 8.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds and Hurt is at 6.1 points on 55.1 percent shooting with 3.5 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.