2014-15 Men's Basketball Season Review

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State saw its streak of eight consecutive 20-win seasons end in 2014-15, as the Wildcats posted a 15-17 overall record, including a tie for sixth place in the ultra-competitive Big 12 with an 8-10 mark. Despite the losing record, the squad did post five wins against AP Top 25 opponents, which tied for the ninth-most nationally, while registering eight victories against postseason teams, including seven of which made the NCAA Tournament.

Miscellaneous Notes
• At 15-17, K-State finished with its first non-winning season since going 13-17 in 2002-03.
• K-State's 15 wins were the fewest since the 2005-06 season [15-13], snapping a school-record streak of 8 consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins... The 17 losses were the most since the 2002-03 season [17].
• K-State finished 8-10 in Big 12 play, tying Oklahoma State and Baylor for 6th place... It was the school's first sub .500 conference mark since 2005-06 [6-10], snapping a streak of 5 consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins.
• K-State did not participate in postseason play for the first time since 2005-06, snapping a school-record streak of 8 consecutive seasons of postseason competition [6 NCAAs, 2 NITs].
• K-State played 20 total games against 13 postseason teams [11 NCAA, 2 NIT], boasting an 8-12 mark in those contests... The squad went 7-11 vs. the NCAA Tournament field.
• K-State collected double-digit wins at Bramlage Coliseum for the 14th consecutive season with its 12-4 record... The 12 wins were the fewest at home since posting 11 in 2011-12... Overall, the team went 13-4 at home, which included a 71-64 win over Texas A&M at the Sprint Center on Dec. 20, 2014.
• K-State's 2-14 record away from home [1-10 true road/1-3 neutral] was the worst since going 1-11 in 2001-02... The 14 losses were the most in school history, surpassing 12 in 1999-2000 and 2002-03.
• The 1 true road win was the fewest since 2002-03 [1], while the 1-10 was the worst since 2001-02 [0-10]... The 1-8 road record in Big 12 play was the worst since going winless in 2002-03 [0-8].
• 22 of Kansas State's 32 games were decided by 10 points or less, including 13 by 5 points or less... The Wildcats went 12-10 in games decided by 10 points or less and 6-7 in those decided by 5 points or less.

Team Notes
• K-State used 11 different starting lineups in 2014-15, which were the most since 2006-07 [12].
• K-State eclipsed the 2,000-point plateau for the 9th consecutive season in 2014-15... The 2,016 total points were the fewest in a single seasons since 2005-06 [1,911].
• K-State averaged 63 points on 43.3 percent [690-of-1,593], including 33.5 percent [141-of-421] from 3-point range, while it connected on 67.6 percent [495-of-732] from the free throw line.
• The 63 points per game average was the lowest in a single season since 1982-83 [57.4 ppg.].
• K-State posted 16 games of 60 points or less, including 13 in the last 21 games... The 16 games are the most in the shot clock era [1985] and the most since registering 18 in 1982-83.
• K-State averaged the fewest FG attempted [49.8] in the Big 12, while was 2nd in fewest FG made [21.6].
• The 49.8 FG attempts per game was the lowest in a single season since 1982-83 [49.3].
• The 43.3 field goal percentage was the lowest since 2008-09 [43.1].
• FG made [683] and attempted [1,593], 3FG made [141] and attempted [421] were the fewest since 2005-06.
• K-State 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, posting an 8-1 record in those contests and 20-5 under head coach Bruce Weber.
• K-State was 11-3 when shooting 45 percent or better from the field, including wins vs. Kansas and Iowa State.
• K-State was held below 40 percent shooting in 16 games, including 9 of the last 12 games... The Wildcats were 4-12 when hitting below 40 percent this season.
• K-State held opponents to 63.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting, including 33.5 percent from 3-point range... It was the 2nd-lowest scoring average by opponent in the last 30 seasons.
• K-State held 11 consecutive opponents to 65 points or less from Dec. 6, 2014 and Jan. 17, 2015... It was longest such streak in school history since the Wildcats did it in 17 straight games from Nov. 27, 1982 to Jan. 29, 1983.
• In Big 12 play, K-State ranked 1st in scoring defense (63.4 ppg.) and 3rd in 3FG percentage defense (32.3).
• K-State's 417 assists were the fewest 2001-02 [408], while its 424 turnovers were the most since 2011-12 [474].
• K-State's 1,015 rebounds were the fewest since 2004-05 [1,015], while its 31.7 rebounding average was the lowest since 1984-85 [30.0].
• K-State' 74 blocked shots were the fewest since 2004-05 [63].
• K-State's 195 steals were the fewest since 2005-06 [169].

Head Coach Bruce Weber
• Head coach Bruce Weber concludes his 17th season with a 375-193 (.660) overall record, including a 62-38 (.620) in his third season at Kansas State and 32-22 (.593) in Big 12 play... It was just his second non-winning season in his career and first since going 16-19 at Illinois in 2007-08.
• Weber's 62 wins in his first 3 seasons are the third-most all-time, trailing Frank Martin (72) and Lon Kruger (64).

Player Notes
Justin Edwards and Thomas Gipson were the only players to play in all 32 games.
• K-State had 3 players average in double figures (Marcus Foster, Nino Williams and Gipson), while 10 players had at least 1 double-digit scoring game... 6 players scored in double figures vs. Southern Utah (11/14/2014), which was the most since 6 scored in twin figures vs. North Carolina Central (2/17/2009).
• Each player led the Wildcats in scoring on 10 occasions, the rest of the team combined to do it 5 times.
• All 3 players ranked in the Big 12's Top 20 in scoring at 9th (Foster), 14th (Williams) and 18th (Gipson).
• Williams was one of 4 Big 12 players (along with Georges Niang, Le'Bryan Nash and Perry Ellis) to be ranked among the Big 12's Top 20 in scoring, FG percentage, FT percentage and rebounding.
• Gipson and Williams ranked among the Big 12's Top 20 in both scoring and rebounding, while each were ranked the Big 12's Top 10 in FT percentage (Williams - 5th/Gipson - 10th).
• The trio combined to lead in scoring in 28 of 32 games with 55 combined double-digit scoring games... They also combined to score 1,052 of the 2,016 points (52.2 percent) on 46.3 percent (354-of-765) shooting.
• All 3 players were selected to the Coaches' All-Big 12 Honorable Mention team, while Williams was also named to The Associated Press' honorable mention squad.
• Gipson led or tied for the team lead in 12 categories, including games (32), starts (31), minutes (28.8), FG percentage (54.9), FT made (124), FT attempted (163), offensive rebounds (57), defensive rebounds (111), rebounds (168), rebounding average (5.3 rpg.), dunks (14) and charges drawn (13).. He was 2nd in points (360) and double-figure scoring games (18)... Gipson led in rebounding in a team-best 13 games.
• Foster led or tied for the team lead in 7 categories, including scoring (12.5 ppg.), points (362), field goals attempted (299), 3-point field goals (59), 3-point field goals attempted (170), double-figure scoring games (20) and 20-point games (4)... He was the first repeat scoring leader since Rodney McGruder (2011-12/2012-13).
• 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 at No. 16/18 Oklahoma.
• Williams led or tied for the team lead in 5 categories, including 20-point games (4), double-doubles (3), FG made (120), FT percentage (82.9) and rebounding average (5.3 rpg.), while was 2nd in scoring (11.4 ppg.), FG attempted (251), FT made (87), FT attempted (105), offensive rebounds (52), defensive rebounds (103) and rebounds (155) and was 3rd in double-figure scoring games (17).
• Williams ranked 4th in the Big 12 in overall FG percentage (47.8) and 11th in Big 12-only FG percentage (43.9).
• Williams was twice named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 15 and Jan. 26), becoming just the 7th Wildcat to earned the award at least twice in a single season and 1st since Rodney McGruder in 2013.
• Williams won the Wayne McClain Play Hard Chart with 277 points, while Gipson was 2nd with 213 points.
Jevon Thomas became the 32nd player in school history with 100 or more assists in a single season... He led the team in assists (102) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
• Thomas led the Wildcats in assists in 16 games, including 4 or more assists in 13 games.
• Thomas ranked in the Big 12's Top 10 in both assists (10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (10th).
• Edwards scored in double figures 7 times (5 in Big 12 play), including a season-high 16 vs. Iowa State.
Nigel Johnson record his 1st career 20-point game vs. Kansas... He scored in double figures 6 times.
Wesley Iwundu scored in double figures 6 times, including a season-high 12 vs. West Virginia.

Career Player Notes
• Gipson ended his career with 1,232 points, which ranks 14th all-time, and 700 rebounds, which is 7th.
• Gipson is one of 7 players in school history to rank in the school's Top 15 in both career scoring and rebounding.
• Gipson is the 12th player in school history with at least 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
• Gipson ranks in the Top 10 in 9 career categories, including 1st in defensive rebounds (428), 3rd in offensive rebounds (272), 5th in games played (131), 6th in FG percentage (53.3), 7th in rebounds (700) and FT attempted (497), 8th in starts (95), 9th in minutes played (2,972) and 10th in FT made (332).
• Gipson's career 53.3 FG percentage is the highest by a Wildcat since Pervis Pasco connected on the same percentage from 2001-03... It is the 3rd-highest FG percentage by a 4-year player behind Steve Soldner (1975-79) and Carl Gerlach (1972-76).
• Gipson became the 26th Wildcat to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier vs. Texas Southern (12/28/14).
• Foster has 875 career points, which is 34th all-time.
• Foster has 138 3-point FGs in his career, which is 10th on the school's all-time list.

Attendance
• K-State drew 352,265 to 32 games in 2014-15, including 205,562 to 18 Big 12 contests.
• The school eclipsed the 200,000 mark in home attendance for the 8th time in the last 9 seasons, including the 6th consecutive season with 213,337 to 17 home games.
• The 213,337 home attendance mark is the 3rd-highest mark in school history with only 2010-11 [227,738] and 2012-13 [225,503] seasons surpassing the total... The team drew 112,173 to 9 Big 12 contests... The 12,549 average is the 4th-highest average in school history and the highest since 2010-11 [12,652].
• The 9 sellouts [7 in Big 12 play] were the most since posting 14 in 2011-12.
• The 14,884 that attended the game vs. Texas A&M at the Sprint Center in Kansas City was the 5th-largest crowd for a home game, including the 5th time that the school has totaled 14,000 or more for a game at Sprint Center.