K-State Hosts UMKC in Maui Opener Monday

Game Notes in PDF Format

GAME 2
UMKC (1-0, 0-0 WAC)
AT KANSAS STATE (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Monday, November 17, 2014 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kan. >> 7:10 p.m. CT

TELEVISION
FSN Midwest
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)
Satellite Radio: None

STATS/AUDIO
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TICKETS
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(800) 221.CATS
$15 (bench), $25 (chairbacks)
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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 361-176 (17th year)
At K-State: 48-21 (3rd year)
vs. UMKC: 0-0

UMKC: Kareem Richardson (Evansville ’97)
Overall: 11-20 (2nd year)
At UMKC: 11-20 (2nd year)
vs. K-State: 0-0

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
G - #1 Jevon Thomas
G - #2 Marcus Foster
G - #14 Justin Edwards
F - #41 Stephen Hurt
F - #42 Thomas Gipson

UMKC (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
G - #12 Martez Harrison
G - #13 Frank Williams, Jr.
F - #5 Reese Holliday
F - #21 Thaddeus Smith
F - #22 Shayok Shayok

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 16-1 (dates back to 1987)
vs. WAC: K-State leads 23-3 (16-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 10-0 (last meeting: 12/29/2012)
In Kansas City: K-State leads 6-1 (last meeting: 12/30/2003)
Current Streak: K-State, 2
Last Meeting: K-State won 52-44 in Manhattan (12/29/2012)
Weber vs. Richardson: First meeting

LAST GAME SUMMARY
K-State 98, Southern Utah 68
Game 1  *  Bramlage Coliseum  *  November 14, 2014
Sophomore Nigel Johnson led six Wildcats in double figures with a career-high 18 points to go along with five assists and two steals, as Kansas State outran Southern Utah, 98-68, in its home opener before 12,405 fans at Bramlage Coliseum. The 98 points were the most scored in the Bruce Weber era and the most scored in a season opener since posting 103 vs. Texas-San Antonio in 1991. The Wildcats also set Bruce Weber era-highs for field goal percentage (58.7), 3-point field goal percentage (55.6), free throws (34) and free throws attempted (48). It was the team’s highest field goal percentage in nearly four years since shooting 60.3 percent against North Carolina Central on Feb. 17, 2009. Thomas Gipson also scored in double figures with 17, joining Marcus Foster (13) and newcomers Tre Harris (13), Justin Edwards (11) and Stephen Hurt (11).
    
GAME 2 – QUICK HITTERS
•    K-State continues its short two-game homestand to start the season on Monday, as the Wildcats play host to UMKC (1-0) in the opening game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at 7 p.m.
•    The match-up is one of seven opening games involving the eight “Island Teams” and the four “Mainland Team” in the tournament. Each Island Team will host one home game against one Mainland Team prior to advancing to the Championship Round, Nov. 24-26, at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.
•    UMKC has the only “Mainland Team” win so far after beating Missouri, 69-61, on Friday. It marked the Roos’ first win versus a Power 5 Conference team since knocking off K-State, 93-52, on Dec. 30, 2003.
•    K-State holds a 16-1 all-time record against UMKC, including a 10-0 mark at home. The Wildcats are 9-0 vs. the ‘Roos at Bramlage Coliseum. They have won two straight in the series since that lone loss in 2003, which includes a 52-44 victory in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 2012.
•    K-State has a 66-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 64-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 55 of its last 56 non-conference home games.
•    Weber is 33-3 (.917) at Bramlage Coliseum since taking over as head coach at K-State with losses to No. 3 Kansas (2012), Northern Colorado (2013) and Baylor (2013). Those 3 losses came by a total of 8 points.
•    K-State is coming off an impressive 98-68 season-opening win over Southern Utah on Friday, in which, the Wildcats set Bruce Weber era marks for points scored, field goal percentage (58.7), 3-point field goal percentage (55.6), free throws (34) and free throws attempted (48).
•    The 98 points were the most since the Wildcats scored 100 vs. North Florida (12/31/2010) and the most in a season opener since posting 103 vs. Texas-San Antonio (11/23/1991). It was fourth-most points ever scored in an opener, following the 103 in 1967 and 1991 and 99 in 1969.
•    The 58.7 field goal percentage was the highest by the Wildcats since shooting 60.3 percent (35-of-58) vs. North Carolina Central (2/17/2009). It also marked the first time since that game in 2009 that six Wildcats scored in double figures led by Nigel Johnson’s career-best 18 points.
•    K-State scored 30 points off of 24 Southern Utah turnovers, which is the most since totaling 33 against Texas (1/30/13) and ties for the ninth-most since the stat began being kept in 2000-01.
•    The 34 free throws and 48 attempts were the most since 2010.

RECAPPING THE SEASON OPENER
•    With the win, K-State is now 86-25 (.773) all-time in season openers dating back to 1903.  
•    K-State improved to 74-9 (.890) at home in season openers, including 21-2 (.909) at Bramlage Coliseum.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is now 15-2 (.882) all-time in season openers in his career, including 2-1 at K-State.
•    The Wildcats’ starting lineup consisted of sophomore Jevon Thomas, sophomore Marcus Foster, junior Justin Edwards, junior Stephen Hurt and senior Thomas Gipson... It marked the first career starts for Thomas, Edwards and Hurt... Foster has now started all 34 games of his K-State career... Gipson earned his 65th career start in making his 100th appearance.
•    K-State was without Nino Williams, D.J. Johnson, Wesley Iwundu and Malek Harris who did not play due to injury.

OFFENSIVE SURGE IN OPENER
•    The 98 points were the most scored in the Bruce Weber era, surpassing the 87 scored against Central Arkansas (12/1/13), and the most since scoring 100 against North Florida (12/31/10)... The 98 points were the most scored in a season opener since scoring 103 vs. Texas-San Antonio (11/23/91) and the fourth-highest scored in an opener (103 in 1967 and 1991 and 99 in 1969).
•    K-State connected on 58.7 percent (27-of-46) from the field, including 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point range and 70.8 percent (34-of-48) from the free throw line... Both percentages are the highest of the Bruce Weber era.
•    The 58.7 field goal percentage was the highest by a Wildcat team since shooting 60.3 percent (35-of-58) against North Carolina Central (2/17/09)... K-State connected on 50 percent or better from the field in both halves, shooting 50 percent in the field half and 66.7 percent in the second half... It marked the first time doing that since the Iowa State (3/13/14) game.
•    The 34 free throws and 48 attempted are the most of the Bruce Weber era and both are one shy of Top 10 in school history... The 34 free throws are the most since making 38 at Colorado (1/16/10), while the 48 attempts are the most since 54 at Colorado.
•    K-State scored 30 points off of 24 Southern Utah turnovers... The 30 points off turnovers is the most since scoring 33 against Texas (1/30/13) and ties for the ninth-most since the stat began being kept in 2000-01.
•    Six Wildcats scored in double figures led by Nigel Johnson’s career-best 18 points... The six players in double figures are the most in the Bruce Weber era, surpassing five done multiple times... The six players in double figures were the most since also having six against North Carolina Central (2/18/09)... Three of the six double-digit scorers were newcomers.
•    Thomas Gipson scored 17 points on 4-of-6 field goals and 9-of-13 free throws to go with a team-high 6 rebounds... It marked the 45th time in his career he has scored in double figures.
•    Marcus Foster scored in double figures for the 28th time with 13 points.
•    Tre Harris had 13 points in his first career game on 4-of-5 field goals, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
•    Stephen Hurt scored 11 points on perfect shooting on the night, going 4-of-4 from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line... It marked the 20th time in his career he scored in double figures (Lipscomb in 2012-13)... Hurt also became the tallest player to hit a 3-pointer in a game in school history, tying fellow 6-foot-11 Shawn Rhodes (1995-99).

THE OPPONENT: UMKC (1-0)
•    UMKC opened the season with a 69-61 win over Missouri on Friday night, as the ‘Roos took advantage of their opportunities from the free throw line (79.3 percent) while holding a 43-38 edge on the glass... The team also scored 23 points off of turnovers.
•    Sophomore Martez Harrison led two players in double figures with 26 points, including a stellar 15-of-16 effort from the free throw line... He was named the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2013-14 after averaging 17.2 points per game.
•    Shayok Shayok also scored in double figures (10) with a team-tying 7 rebounds, while Frank Williams also had 7 boards.
•    UMKC returns three lettermen, including two starters, from a team that posted a 10-20 overall record in 2013-14.
•    Head coach Kareem Richardson has a 11-20 overall record in his second season at the helm... He came to UMKC after serving as an assistant coach to Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino at Louisville, where he helped the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA title.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
•    K-State has a 66-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 64-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 55 of its last 56 non-conference home games.
•    K-State posted a 10-3 record in non-conference play in 2013-14, tallying 8 consecutive wins and 7 straight wins at home.
•    K-State totaled 10 wins in non-conference play for the eighth consecutive season in 2013-14 with a composite 81-18 record.
•    K-State was a stellar 13-1 in non-conference games in 2009-10, while the squad won 12 games each in 2008-09 and 2010-11, 11 games each in 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 10 in 2007-08 and 2013-14.

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 two seasons (60.4 ppg. in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg. in 2013-14).
•    31 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber’s two seasons as head coach with the Wildcats boasting a 28-3 mark in those contests (only losses to Kansas in 2012 and Northern Colorado and Kentucky in 2013).
•    15 Big 12 opponents have been held to 60 points or less (13 in regular-season Big 12 play) with the Wildcats posting a 14-1 record in those matchups, including a 12-1 mark in Big 12 play (only loss to Kansas in 2012).

‘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 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.
•    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).

UP NEXT: AT LONG BEACH STATE (1-1, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, Nov. 21 >> Walter Pyramid >> Long Beach, Calif.  >> 9:30 p.m. CT  >> FOX Sports Midwest