K-State Opens Road Trip at LBSU Friday

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GAME 3
KANSAS STATE (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
AT LONG BEACH STATE (1-2, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, November 21, 2014 >> Walter Pyramid (4,200)
Long Beach, Calif. >> 9:35 p.m. CT

GAME 3
KANSAS STATE (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
AT LONG BEACH STATE (1-2, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, November 21, 2014 >> Walter Pyramid (4,200) >> Long Beach, Calif. >> 9:35 p.m. CT

TELEVISION
FOX Sports 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

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
kstatesports.com
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TICKETS
LongBeachState.com
(562) 985-4949
$15-$18 (bench), $28 (sideline)
Email: LBSUtickets@csulb.edu

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 362-176 (17th season)
at K-State: 49-21 (3rd season)
vs. Long Beach State: 3-1

Long Beach State: Dan Monson (Idaho ’85)
Overall: 290-233 (18th season)
at LBSU: 120-110 (8th season)
vs. Kansas State: 0-2   

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

Long Beach State (1-2/0-0 Big West)
G - #5 Mike Caffey
G - #1 Tyler Lamb
G - #31 McKay LaSalle
F - #11 David Samuels
F - #12 Eric McKnight

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 6-2 (dates back to 1978)
vs. Big West: K-State leads 15-3 (3-1 on the road)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 3-1 (last meeting: 11/17/2013)
In Long Beach: Tied 1-1 (last meeting: 12/12/1998)
Current Streak: K-State, 3
Last Meeting: K-State won 52-38 in San Juan, P.R. (11/24/2013)
Weber vs. Monson: Weber leads 7-0

LAST GAME SUMMARY
K-State 83, UMKC 73
Game 2  *  Bramlage Coliseum  *  November 17, 2014
 Senior Thomas Gipson led four players in double figures with a game-high 21 points, as K-State moved to 2-0 on the season with an 83-73 win over UMKC on Monday night in the opening game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Down by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Wildcats took the lead at 48-46 with 16:04 left in the game and built as much as an 11-point advantage behind a torrid 68.2 percent (15-of-22) shooting. It marked the second straight game that K-State has shot better than 65 percent from the field in the second half, as the squad is averaging 50.5 points on 67.4 percent shooting after halftime this season. In addition to Gipson’s fifth 20-point outing to go with his team-leading nine rebounds, K-State got double-digit scoring efforts from Marcus Foster (16), Justin Edwards (15) and Nigel Johnson (12) and Jevon Thomas had nine assists.

GAME 3 - QUICK HITTERS
•    K-State begins a nine-day road trip on Friday, as the Wildcats travel to Long Beach, Calif., to face perennial Big West contender Long Beach State (1-2, 0-0 Big West) at the Walter Pyramid at 9:30 p.m. CT. It will be the first of four games in a six-day stretch, which includes the Championship Round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, Nov. 24-26.
•    K-State is off to a 2-0 start to the season for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons after wins over Southern Utah (98-68) and UMKC (83-73).
•    Head coach Bruce Weber will be going for his 50th win at K-State on Friday at LBSU. A win would match Lon Kruger (1986-90) for the second-fastest mark to 50 wins in school history (71 games). Zora Clevenger won 50 games in just 59 attempts for the fastest mark from 1916-20.
•    The 181 points scored are the seventh-most after two games in school history and the most since posting 184 to start the 2008-09 season. The 98 points vs. Southern Utah were the most in an opener since scoring 103 vs. Texas-San Antonio in 1991 and most in any game since 2010.
•    K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring offense (90.5 ppg.), field goal percentage (58.5), 3-point field goal percentage (58.1) and assists (20.5).
•    Friday’s contest is the first true road non-conference game since a 65-62 win at George Washington on Dec. 8, 2012 and the 13th overall since the 2006-07 season. It will also be the first of two true road contests in non-conference play, along with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 6.
•    K-State has had success on the road in non-conference play with wins in seven of their last eight games, including five straight wins. The Wildcats are 8-4 in true road non-conference games since 2006-07 after posting a dismal 2-15 mark in such contests from 1999 to 2005.
•    Overall, K-State is 92-21 (.814) in non-conference play since the 2006-07 season, including double-digit wins in each of the last six seasons. The Wildcats are 23-5 (.821) in non-conference play under Bruce Weber.
•    K-State and Long Beach State will be meeting for the ninth time on the hardwood, including the third time in the last two seasons. Last year, the Wildcats earned a 71-58 win over the 49ers at home on Nov. 17 in the first game of the home-and-home series before posting a 52-38 victory in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 24.
•    K-State will be making its third trip to Long Beach State and first since 1998. The Wildcats have split their previous two road match-ups, losing 75-69 on Dec. 23, 1978 and winning 90-77 on Dec. 12, 1998.

THE OPPONENT: LONG BEACH STATE (1-2)
•    Long Beach State enters Friday’s game with a 1-2 record after with road losses at BYU (95-90) and Xavier (97-74) in between a home win over San Francisco State (74-64). The 49ers traditionally play one of the top non-conference schedules in the nation, which this year includes tilts at UCLA, San Diego State, Texas, St. John’s, Syracuse and Louisville before the start of Big West play.
•    The 49ers have finished no lower than third place in the Big West standing over the last six seasons under coach Dan Monson, including three regular season titles. Monson needs three wins to surpass Jerry Tarkanian for the most in school history.
•    The 49ers are averaging 79.3 points on 54.2 percent shooting, including 51.8 percent from 3-point range, through three games with 29.3 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 6.3 steals and 2.3 blocks per game... They are allowing 85.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting.
•    LBSU is averaging nearly 10 3-pointers per game, including 11 by McKay LaSalle and 9 by Mike Caffey.
•    Senior and two -time First Team All-Big West selection Mike Caffey leads four players in double figures at 19.7 points per game on 57.9 percent shooting, including 57.1 percent from 3-point range, to go with team-highs in assists (14) and steals (9).
•    Seniors Tyler Lamb (17.0 ppg.), McKay LaSalle (11.3 ppg.) and David Samuels (10.0 ppg.) also average double digits.
•    Long Beach State returns nine lettermen, including four starters, from a team that posted a 15-17 overall record and 10-6 mark in Big West play... It was the 49ers’ first losing season since 2007-08 and just the second under Monson.
•    Three time Big West Coach of the Year, Monson is 290-233 in his 18th season as a head coach, including 120-110 in his eighth season at Long Beach State... He has also served as head coach at Gonzaga (1997-99) and Minnesota (1999-2007).

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    Friday’s contest will mark the ninth meeting between K-State and LBSU and the third in the last two seasons... The Wildcats won both games in 2013 - a 71-58 victory at home on Nov. 17 and a 52-38 victory at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 24.
•    Overall, this will be the fourth meeting between the schools since 2011 after K-State defeated Long Beach State, 77-60, in the Championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Wildcats have won three in a row in the series.
•    K-State owns a 6-2 mark in a series that dates back to 1978, including a 1-1 mark in games played in Long Beach... The Wildcats lost that first match-up, 75-69, on Dec. 23, 1978 before earning a 90-77 victory on Dec. 12, 1998.
•    K-State averaged 61.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting in its two meetings against LBSU in 2013, while holding LBSU to 48 points on 29.7 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range... The 49ers held a 76-70 edge on the glass.
•    Eight current Wildcats - Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson, Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Johnson, Nigel Johnson, Nino Williams, Shawn Meyer and Brian Rohleder - saw action in both games in 2013, including two starts by Foster and Iwundu and one by Gipson... Foster (13.5 ppg.) and Gipson (10 ppg.) averaged in double figures with Gipson leading the way in rebounds (6.5 rpg.).
•    K-State is 15-3 all-time against Big West Conference schools, including a 3-1 mark on the road. 

K-STATE/LONG BEACH STATE CONNECTIONS
•    Long Beach State senior A.J. Spencer played community college basketball in the state of Kansas at Hutchinson Community College... Senior transfer Eric McKnight spent some time at Big 12 rival Iowa State before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast.
•    Head coaches Bruce Weber and Don Monson have a long history together, having spent time together as head coaches in the Big Ten at Illinois and Minnesota. Weber is 7-0 all-time vs. Monson which includes their time in the Big Ten from 2003-06.
•    The schools share the legendary Tex Winter as a head coach, as the Hall of Famer spent 15 seasons at K-State (1953-68) and five seasons at Long Beach State (1978-83). He led the Wildcats to 281 victories, the 1964 Final Four and six Big Seven/Eight titles during his stint in Manhattan, while he posted a 78-69 mark in Long Beach which included a 22-win season in 1979-80.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
•    K-State has posted a 92-21 (.814) record in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including an 8-4 mark on the road.
•    Friday’s game will be the 13th true road game in non-conference play since 2006-07, including the second under head coach Bruce Weber, with the Wildcats winning seven of their last eight such match-ups, including five in a row.
•    The five-game winning streak started on Dec. 12, 2009 in a 95-80 win over No. 18 UNLV at the Orleans Arena and includes wins at Washington State (63-58) and Loyola Chicago (68-60) in 2010, Virginia Tech (69-61) in 2011 and George Washington (65-62) in 2012. Prior to a loss at Oregon in 2008, the team also had wins at North Dakota State (2006) and Cleveland State (2008).
•    K-State’s last loss in a road non-conference game came by a score of 75-70 at Oregon on Dec. 7, 2008.
•    Prior to 2006-07, K-State posted just a 2-15 in true road non-conference games between 1999 and 2005.
•    K-State has a 67-3 record at home in non-conference play in that span, including a 65-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 56 of their last 57 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 has totaled at least 10 wins in non-conference play in each of the last eight games, including 13 in 2009-10.

OFFENSIVE SURGE TO START YEAR
•    K-State is averaging 90.5 points through two games on 58.5 percent shooting (55-of-94), including 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from 3-point range, to go with a 68.8 percent clip (53-of-77) from the free throw line.
•    K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring offense, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and assists (20.5), while four players - Thomas Gipson, Nigel Johnson, Marcus Foster and Justin Edwards - rank among the Big 12’s Top 20 in scoring.
•    The 181 points are the most through two games since the Wildcats scored 184 to start the 2008-09 campaign and rank as the seventh-most in school history... The most points through two games came in 1991-92 when the squad scored 193, while they had 188 in 1986-87, 187 in 1956-57, 184 in 1967-68 and 2008-09 and 182 in 1997-98.
•    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 fourth-most overall a season opener.
•    The Wildcats also posted Bruce Weber era highs for field goal percentage (58.7), 3-point field goal percentage (55.6), free throws made (34) and attempted (48) in the win over Southern Utah (11/14/14)... The 58.7 field goal percentage is the highest by a Wildcat team since shooting 60.3 percent (35-of-58) vs. North Carolina Central (2/17/09).
•    K-State has shot better than 50 percent in both halves of its first two games, while the overall field goal percentages against Southern Utah (58.7) and UMKC (58.3) are the two highest in Bruce Weber’s tenure at K-State.
•    K-State has five players averaging in double figures (Thomas Gipson, Nigel Johnson, Marcus Foster, Justin Edwards and Stephen Hurt), while six players had at least double-digit scoring game... Six players scored in double figures in the opener against Southern Utah, which was the most since six also scored in twin figures against North Carolina Central (2/17/09).
•    K-State has 41 assists on 55 made field goals this season, including a season-best 22 assists on 28 field goals vs. UMKC.
•    K-State has tallied 18 3-pointers in just two games with five players collecting at least one trey... Marcus Foster and Nigel Johnson pace the Wildcats with six triples each, while freshman Tre Harris is connecting on a team-best 80 percent (4-of-5).
•    K-State has also taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line... The Wildcats’ 34 free throws and 48 attempts vs.  Southern Utah (11/14/14) were not only the most in the Bruce Weber era, but both one shy of the 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.

SECOND HALF SIZZLE
•    K-State is averaging 50.5 points in the second half this season on 67.4 percent shooting (31-of-46), including 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from 3-point range... The Wildcats are out-scoring their opponents, 101-65, an average of 18.0 points per game.
•    In comparison, K-State is averaging 40.0 points in the first half this season on 50.0 percent shooting (24-of-48), including 44.4 percent from beyond the arc... The squad holds just an 80-76 edge over their opponent in scoring in the opening half.
•    Six players averaging 5.5 points or better in the second half, including double digits by both Nigel Johnson (10.0) and Justin Edwards (10.0)... Eight of the nine players to score in the second half are shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
•    K-State has also proved to better on defense in the second half, holding opponents to just 32.5 points on 37.5 percent shooting (18-of-48), including 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from 3-point range... In comparison, opponents are averaging 38 points in the first half on 50 percent shooting (27-of-54), including 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from 3-point range.

POINTS OFF OF TURNOVERS
•    K-State has taken advantage of its opponents’ mistakes, scoring 51 points off of 40 turnovers in the first two games.
•    The 51 points represents nearly one-third of the 181 points, as the team is averaging 25.5 points per game off of turnovers.
•    It marked the first time that K-State has tallied 20 or more points off of turnovers in consecutive games since posting 20 against TCU (1/16/13) and 26 against Oklahoma (1/19/13) during the 2012-13 season.
•    The 30 points scored off of turnovers against Southern Utah (11/14/14) in the season opener were the most since scoring 33 against Texas (1/30/13) and tied for the ninth-most since the stat began being kept in 2000-01.
•    The Wildcats averaged 12.2 points off of turnovers in 2013-14, including just three games of 20 or more points.

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).

SENIOR LEADER
•    Senior Thomas Gipson has displayed that all important senior leadership, pacing the team in both scoring (19.0 ppg.) and rebounding (7.5 rpg.) while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the field and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the charity stripe.
•    Gipson, who played in his 100th career game in the opener against Southern Utah, has registered double-digit points in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season... He collected his fifth career 20-point game vs. UMKC with a team-high 21.
•    Gipson’s career 53.1 field goal percentage is just outside the school’s Top 10 list and highest since Michael Beasley (53.2).

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 22 assists (to seven turnovers) to go with 36 points on 50 percent shooting and nine steals while playing
•    102 minutes in the first two games, as Thomas averages 26.5 minutes per game to Johnson’s 24.5 minutes per game.
•    Johnson is averaging 15.0 points per game on 69.2 percent shooting (9-of-13), including 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from 3-point range, to go with a team-tying five steals, while Thomas is averaging a team-best 7.0 assists to go with 6.0 points per game.
•    Johnson has scored in double figures in the first two games, including a career and team-best 18 points in the opener against Southern Utah (11/14/14) and Thomas dished out a career-best 9 assists in the win over UMKC (11/17/14).

‘CATS PICKED 4TH IN THE 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 TOP 50 WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE
•    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.
•    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).
•    Foster was one of 10 Big 12 players selected to the Wooden Watch List, including four Kansas players and two from Texas.
•    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.
•    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).