K-State Opens Play in Maui Invitational

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GAME 4
KANSAS STATE (2-1, 0-0 Big 12)
vs. PURDUE (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

EA Sports Maui Invitational Championship Round
Monday, November 24, 2014 >> 1:30 p.m. CT >> ESPN2
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400) >> Maui, Hawaii

TELEVISION
ESPN2
Jon Sciambi (play-by-play)
Miles Simon (analyst)
WatchESPN 

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 85/XM 85

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
kstatesports.com
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TICKETS
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(800) 325.SEAT (7328)
G1-4, 11 - $70
G5-6, 9-10 - $30
G7-8, 12 - $95

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 362-177 (17th year)
at K-State: 49-22 (3rd year)
vs. Purdue: 7-11

Purdue: Matt Painter (Purdue '93)
Overall: 219-177 (11th year)
at Purdue: 194-112 (10th year)
vs. K-State: 0-0

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

Purdue (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
G - #0 Jon Octeus
G - #21 Kendall Stephens
G - #35 Raphael Davis
F - #12 Vince Edwards
C - #20 A.J. Hammons

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 6-2 (dates back to 1950)
vs. Big Ten: K-State leads 167-151 (26-14 at neutral sites)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 3-0 (last meeting: 11/26/1988)
In West Lafayette: K-State leads 2-1 (last meeting: 12/20/1987)
Current Streak: K-State, 2
Last Meeting: K-State won 81-77 in Manhattan, Kan. (11/26/1988)
Weber vs. Painter: Painter leads 10-4

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Long Beach State 69, K-State 60
Game 3  *  Walter Pyramid  *  November 21, 2014

 K-State shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the field, including just 14.3 percent from 3-point range, as the Wildcats dropped a 69-60 decision to Long Beach State before a sellout crowd of 4,256 at Walter Pyramid on Friday. Playing its first true road non-conference game since 2012, the Wildcats dropped their first game of the season, while they saw their streak of five straight wins in non-conference road games end. LBSU held the lead for nearly 38 minutes, including a 14-point lead late in the second half. K-State posted season-lows in 12 categories, including points (60), field goals (20), field goal percentage, 3-point field goals (3) and assists (7). Seniors Thomas Gipson (13) and Nino Williams (12) led the way offensively for the Wildcats, while junior Stephen Hurt grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds. Williams and rookie Malek Harris made their season debuts.

GAME 4 - QUICK HITTERS
K-State continues its nine-day road trip on Monday, as the Wildcats play Big Ten foe Purdue (3-0) in the first game of the Championship Round of the 31st annual EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center (2,400). The game will tip at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst) on the call.The winner of game one will face either No. 2 Arizona (3-0) or former Big 12 foe Missouri (2-1) in the semifinals on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN, while the losers will face off at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN2. 

  • The Maui Invitational Championship game will be held Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN against the winner of the second bracket, which includes quarterfinal matchups between Chaminade (2-0) and Pittsburgh (2-1) and BYU (3-0) and San Diego State (3-0).  
  • K-State will be making its third trip to the Maui Invitational and the first since 1998. The Wildcats are 2-3 all-time in tournament. The squad will be playing an in-season tournament in Hawaii for the second in the four seasons after winning the 2011 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
  • Head coach Bruce Weber will be coaching in the Maui Invitational for the second time after leading Illinois to a 2-1 record in 2007.
  • K-State and Purdue have a number of connections, as Bruce Weber spent 18 years (1980-98) as a Boilermaker assistant to Hall of Fame coach and 1958 K-State alum Gene Keady. Weber recruited current head coach Matt Painter to Purdue and later coached with him at Southern Illinois.
  • K-State and Purdue will be playing for the ninth time and the first time since an 81-77 K-State win in the first game in Bramlage Coliseum history on Nov. 26, 1988. K-State leads 6-2, including 1-1 at neutral sites.
  • K-State is off to a 2-1 start for the second straight season after dropping a 69-60 decision at Long Beach State on Friday night, which ended the Wildcats’ five-game winning streak in true road non-conference games.
  • K-State posted season-lows in 12 categories in the loss, including points, field goal percentage (32.8), 3-point percentage (14.3) and assists (7). The team came into the game averaging 90.5 points on 58.5 percent shooting, including 58.1 percent from 3-point range, to go with 20.5 assists.
  • Head coach Bruce Weber will be making his second attempt at win No. 50 at K-State on Monday vs. Purdue. A win would make him the third-fastest head coach to reach the milestone in school history behind Zora Clevenger (59 games, 1916-20) and Lon Kruger (71 games, 1986-90).

THE OPPONENT: PURDUE (3-0)

  • Purdue enters Monday’s game with a 3-0 record after wins over Samford (80-40), IUPUI (77-57), Grambling (82-30). 
  • One of the youngest teams in the country, Purdue has just two seniors and three scholarship juniors.
  • The Boilermakers are averaging 79.7 points on 51.3 percent shooting, including 41.3 percent from 3-point range, with 38.7 rebounds, 19.7 assists, 8.7 steals and 6.7 blocks per game... They are allowing 42.3 points per game on 29.4 percent shooting.
  • Freshman Vince Edwards leads three players in double figures at 13.7 points per game on 63 percent shooting, including 50 percent from 3-point range, to go with a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game... Sophomore Kendall Stephens averages 13.3 points on 50 percent shooting, while freshman Isaac Hass averages 11.3 points on a team-best 71.4 percent shooting.
  • Junior A.J. Hammons, an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick, has a team-best 10 blocks to go with 4.7 rebounds per game.
  • Purdue returns nine lettermen, including three starters, from a team that posted a 15-17 overall record and 5-13 mark in Big Ten play... The Boilermakers started the season with a 13-5 record before losing 12 of their last 14 games to end the season.
  • Head coach Matt Painter is 219-117 in his 11th season as a head coach, including a 194-112 mark in his 10th season at his alma mater... Painter spent one season at Southern Illinois before becoming the head coach-in-waiting at Purdue.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES

  • Monday’s contest will mark the ninth meeting between K-State and Purdue and the first since 1988... The Wildcats have won the last two games in the series, including a 73-70 win over the Boilermakers in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Pontiac, Mich., on March 25, 1988 and an 81-77 victory in the first game of Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 26, 1988.
  • K-State leads the all-time series, 6-2, which includes a 1-1 mark in games played at neutral sites... This will be the first match-up between the schools at an in-season tournament since an 87-68 Purdue win on Dec. 18, 1970 at the Kentucky Invitational.
  • The series dates to the start of a home-and-home series in the 1950-51 and 1951-52 seasons, in which, K-State posted a 60-44 win in West Lafayette on Dec. 6, 1950 and a 67-51 win on Dec. 1, 1951 in Manhattan. 
  • K-State won the first four meetings from 1950-88, but the schools have split the last four meetings since 1970.
  • K-State is 167-151 all-time vs. Big Ten Conference schools, including a 26-14 mark in neutral site matchups... This will be the first meeting with a Big Ten foe since losing to Michigan, 71-57, in the Championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 23, 2012 at Madison Square Garden... The Wildcats have not beaten a Big Ten opponent (not including Nebraska and Rutgers) since an 82-71 win over Michigan at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Nov. 24, 2002, a span of five straight defeats.  

K-STATE/PURDUE CONNECTIONS

  • Legendary Purdue Hall of Fame head coach Gene Keady is a 1958 graduate of Kansas State, where he played football and baseball and ran track and field... A native of Larned, Kansas, Keady also spent time as the head basketball coach at Beloit High School (1959-65) and Hutchinson Community College (1966-74). 
  • Head coach Bruce Weber spent 18 seasons (1980-98) as assistant coach to Keady at Purdue, where he helped the school to a 394-168 (.701) record to go with six Big Ten titles, 14 NCAA Tournaments and three trips to the NIT.
  • While an assistant at Purdue, Weber helped recruit then coach current Boilermaker coach Matt Painter from 1989-93.
  • Weber then hired Painter to his first coaching staff at Southern Illinois, where the two coached alongside each other from 1998 to 2003... Painter was named head coach at SIU for the 2003-04 season after Weber was named head coach at Illinois.
  • Weber and Painter was face off against each other for the 19th time as head coaches, but for the first time since 2012... Painter owns a 10-4 record against Weber, including seven consecutive wins...The last win by a Weber-coached team over Painter came on Feb. 8, 2009 when No. 23 Illinois defeated No. 12 Purdue, 66-48, in Champaign... Current K-State assistant coach Chester Frazier was a point guard for the Fighting Illini in that win over the Boilermakers.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS

  • K-State has posted a 92-22 (.814) record in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07. 
  • The Wildcats are 23-6 (.793) in non-conference play under head coach Bruce Weber, including 4-3 in tournament play.
  • 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. 
  • 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

  • Despite a poor offensive performance in the loss at Long Beach State on Friday, Kansas State is still averaging 80.3 points through three games on 48.4 percent shooting (75-of-155), including 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from 3-point range, to go with a 70 percent clip (70-of-100) from the free throw line... The team is also averaging 16 assists per game.
  • The 181 combined points through the first two games were the most since the Wildcats scored 184 to start the 2008-09 season 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 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 four players averaging in double figures (Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams, Marcus Foster and Nigel Johnson), while seven players have 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 48 assists on 75 made field goals this season, including a season-best 22 assists on 28 field goals vs. UMKC.
  • K-State has tallied 21 3-pointers in just two games with five players collecting at least one trey... Marcus Foster, Tre Harris and Nigel Johnson pace the Wildcats with six triples each, while Harris is connecting on a team-best 75 percent (6-of-8).
  • 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 45.0 points in the second half this season on 55.3 percent shooting (42-of-76), including 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from 3-point range... The Wildcats are out-scoring their opponents, 135-101, an average of 11.3 points per game.
  • In comparison, K-State is averaging 35.3 points in the first half this season on 41.8 percent shooting (33-of-79), including 37.9 percent from beyond the arc... The squad is being out-scored 109-106 in the opening half.
  • Five players averaging 6.0 points or better in the second half led by Thomas Gipson (8.3) and Justin Edwards (7.0)... Eight of the 11 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 33.7 points on 36.1 percent shooting (26-of-72), including 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from 3-point range... In comparison, opponents are averaging 36.3 points in the first half on 51.3 percent shooting (39-of-76), including 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from 3-point range.

POINTS OFF OF TURNOVERS

  • K-State has taken advantage of its opponents’ mistakes, scoring 66 points off of 58 turnovers in the first three games.
  • The 66 points represents nearly one-third of the 241 points, as the team is averaging 22.0 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 (17.0 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.) while shooting 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the field and 80.6 percent (25-of-31) from the charity stripe.
  • Gipson, who played in his 100th career game in the opener against Southern Utah, has registered double-digit points in 12 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 53.2 field goal percentage is just outside the school’s Top 10 list and highest since Michael Beasley (53.2).

BACK IN THE FOLD

  • Senior Nino Williams made his return to the court on Friday vs. Long Beach State after missing the exhibition and the first two games due to a knee injury... It marked just the second time in the last three seasons that he missed a game due to injury.
  • Williams performed well despite the layoff, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 field goals with 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
  • It marked the 14th double-digit scoring effort of Williams’ career.
  • Williams is the team’s most veteran player, as he enters his fifth season in the program after earning a medical redshirt.

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 24 assists (to 12 turnovers) to go with 49 points on 40 percent shooting and 10 steals while playing
  • 144 minutes in the first three games, as Thomas averages 23.3 minutes per game to Johnson’s 24.7 minutes per game.
  • Johnson is averaging 10.7 points per game on 50 percent shooting (9-of-18), including 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from 3-point range, to go with a team-leading six steals, while Thomas is averaging a team-best 5.0 assists to go with 5.7 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 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).