K-State Plays Host to Bradley Tuesday

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Game 8
BRADLEY (3-5, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
at KANSAS STATE (4-4, 0-0 Big 12)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)  >> 7 p.m. CT


TELEVISION
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Rich Zvosec (analyst)
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RADIO
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Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (play-by-play)
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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 364-180 (17th year)
at K-State: 51-25 (3rd year)
vs. Bradley: 6-8

Bradley: Geno Ford (Ohio ’97)
Overall: 159-136 (10th year)
at Bradley: 40-67 (4th year)
vs. K-State: 0-0

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (4-4)   
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (7.5 ppg., 4.4 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (15.9 ppg., 2.6 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (5.6 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)   
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.3 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (12.1 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)

Bradley (3-5)
G - #0 Ka’Darryl Bell (6.1 ppg., 3.3 apg.)
G - #24 Omari Grier (11.5 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F - #4 Auston Barnes (10.7 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
F - #21 Josh Cunningham (6.4 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)
F - #25 Jermaine Morgan (4.1 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Tied 2-2
vs. Missouri Valley: K-State leads 64-27 (41-5 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 1-0 (last meeting: 11/25/1995)
Current Streak: K-State, 2
Last Meeting: K-State won 73-61 in Peoria (12/7/1996)
Weber vs. Bradley: 6-8 (last meeting: 11/28/2009)
Weber vs. Ford: Weber leads 2-0

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Tennessee 65, K-State 64
Game 8  *  Thompson-Boling Arena  *  December 6, 2014
 
A furious Kansas State rally fell short on Saturday afternoon, as Tennessee held off the comeback for a 65-64 win in a SEC/Big 12 Challenge game before 14,111 at Thompson-Boling Arena. Down 57-45 with 3:42 remaining, the Wildcats out-scored the Volunteers, 19-8, down the stretch to close to with 65-64 on Marcus Foster’s career-tying seventh trey with 0.2 seconds. However, Tennessee was able to inbound the ball and run out the clock to stave off the comeback. Foster scored 12 of K-State’s 19 points during the rally as he went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the final 57 seconds. Foster paced three Wildcats in double figures with his third 20-point game of the season and the 11th of his career with a game-high 23 points, while Jevon Thomas eclipsed his career-high for the second straight game with 13 points to go with six assists and Nino Williams added 10 points.

GAME 9 - QUICK HITTERS
•    K-State begins a two-game homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats play host to Bradley (3-5) at Bramlage Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3 as well as via the WatchESPNapp.
•    Tuesday’s game will be just the fourth at home for K-State after playing 5 of its first 8 away from Manhattan, including 2 true road games. It is the fewest home games through 9 games since the 2006-07 season.
•    Beginning with Tuesday’s contest, the Wildcats will play 4 of their next 5 games at home, along with a neutral site game with Texas A&M at Kansas City’s Sprint Center to conclude non-conference play.
•    K-State dropped to 4-4 on the season after its furious rally fell short at Tennessee, 65-64, on Saturday. The Wildcats scored 19 points in the final 2:25, including 4 consecutive 3-pointers from Marcus Foster. The 4-4 start is the worst since the 2002-03 team also went 4-4.
•    This will the 5th meeting with Bradley on the hardwood and the first since a 73-61 win in Peoria, Ill., on Dec. 7, 1996. The series, which dates to 1947, is tied at 2-all with the Wildcats winning the last 2 games, including a 75-72 overtime win at Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 25, 1995.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 6-8 vs. Bradley (3-2 in home meetings), which includes his stints at Southern Illinois (5-7) and Illinois (1-1). 
•    K-State has won 36 consecutive home games in December dating back to 2004. The last home loss came to Rutgers (76-66) on Dec. 28, 2004. Overall, the Wildcats are 48-9 (.842) in the month since 2006.
•    K-State is 14-2 under Bruce Weber in December with 9 straight home wins dating back to 2012. The team saw their 12-game overall winning streak in the month end in Saturday’s 65-64 loss at Tennessee.
•    K-State has a 68-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 66-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 57 of its last 58 non-conference home games.
•    Weber is 35-3 (.921) 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 averaging 74 points on 46.8 percent shooting, including a Big 12-best 39.4 percent from 3-point range. The team has scored more than 80 points and shot better than 50 percent on 4 occasions. 
•    K-State is averaging 88.2 points on 55.6 percent shooting in its 4 wins and just 59.8 points on 37.6 percent shooting in its 4 losses.

THE OPPONENT: BRADLEY (3-5)
•    Bradley enters Tuesday’s game with a 3-5 record after dropping a 73-45 decision at Memphis on Saturday... The Braves’ 3 wins have come in home games vs. North Carolina A&T (58-50), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (52-38) and Central Michigan (84-73).
•    The team is 0-3 away from home this season, which includes dropping back-to-back close games to TCU (57-49) and Saint Louis (60-57) at the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, Nov. 28-29.
•    The Braves are averaging 60.1 points on 38 percent shooting, including 35.6 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 34.6 rebounds, 10 assists, 6.8 steals and 2.9 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent to 63.1 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting, including 35.3 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 64.3 percent from the free throw line.
•    Bradley has been dealt a number of blows on the injury front, including leading scorer Warren Jones (14.6 ppg.) who will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot... The team has already been without guard Tramique Sutherland.
•    Jones is 1 of 3 players averaging in double figures, along with Omari Grier (11.5 ppg.) and Auston Barnes (10.7 ppg.).
•    Freshman Josh Cunningham leads the team in minutes (32.0), field goal percentage (51.4) and rebounding (6.1 rpg.).
•    Bradley returns 7 lettermen, including 3 starters, from a team that posted a 12-20 record and a 7-11 mark in MVC play.
•    Bradley is led by fourth-year head coach Geno Ford, who has posted a 40-67 record during his tenure... He is in his 10th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Shawnee State (2001-02), Muskingum (2005-07) and Kent State (2008-11)... He led the Golden Flashes to consecutive 20-win seasons and trips to the NIT in his final 2 seasons.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    Tuesday’s game will mark the 5th meeting between K-State and Bradley on the hardwood.
•    The series is tied 2-all with Bradley winning the first 2 meetings in 1947 and 1974 before K-State won back-to-back contests in 1995 and 1996... This is the 1st meeting since a 73-61 win by the Wildcats in Peoria, Ill., on Dec. 7, 1996 and the 1st meeting in Manhattan since a 75-72 overtime win at Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 25, 1995.
•    K-State is 64-27 all-time against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference, including a 41-5 mark at home.
•    This is 1st meeting with a Missouri Valley opponent since defeating Loyola Chicago, 74-61, on Nov. 14, 2011.

K-STATE/BRADLEY CONNECTIONS
•    Assistant coach Alvin Brooks III spent 3 seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bradley for head coach Jim Les... He helped the Braves to a 58-47 (.552) overall record with the team winning 20 or more games in his 3 seasons.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber has played Bradley 14 times in his career, posting a 6-8 mark, which includes stints at Southern Illinois (5-7) and Illinois (1-1)... He is 3-2 vs. the Braves in home games... He lost his last meeting with Bradley, 72-68, at the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 28, 2009... His last win came in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge - a 75-71 win on Nov. 25, 2006.
•    Weber is 2-0 all-time against Geno Ford... Both match-ups came when Weber was at Illinois and Ford was at Kent State... The Fighting Illini knocked off the Golden Flashes, 69-63, in overtime at the South Padre Island Invitational on Nov. 28, 2008 then posted a 75-58 win at home in the second round of the NIT on March 22, 2009.
•    Associate head coach Chris Lowery faced Bradley 19 times as head coach at Southern Illinois (2004-12), posting a 13-6 record.
•    K-State has two players from the state of Illinois in freshmen Malek Harris (Orland Park) and Tre Harris (Edwardsville).

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
•    K-State has posted a 94-25 record in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07.
•    K-State has a 68-3 record at home in non-conference play in that span, including a 66-2 mark during the regular season.
•    The Wildcats are 25-9 in non-conference play under head coach Bruce Weber, including 15-1 in 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
•    Kansas State is averaging 74 points through 8 games on 46.8 percent shooting (196-of-419), including 39.4 percent (54-of-137) from 3-point range, to go with 14.9 assists per game... The team has an assist on 60.7 percent of their field goals.
•    In the Big 12, the Wildcats rank 5th in scoring offense, 3rd in field goal percentage and 1st in 3-point field goal percentage.
•    K-State also ranks 4th in the Big 12 in assists, 5th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) and 6th in turnover margin (+0.1).
•    The team averages 28.5 points in the paint, 21.9 bench points, 17.6 points off of turnovers and 9.6 second-chance points.
•    K-State has connected on 50 percent or better from the field in 4 games and shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range on 3 occasions... The team has also scored 80 or more points in 4 contests, the most through 8 games since 2009-10.
•    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 3 players averaging in double figures (Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams), while 8 players have had at least one 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).
•    Both Foster and Gipson rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in scoring at 6th (Foster - 15.9 ppg.) and 14th (Gipson - 12.1 ppg.).
•    Point guards Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson both rank in the Top 15 in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    K-State has tallied 54 3-pointers with 8 players collecting at least one trey... Marcus Foster leads the way with a Big 12-leading 28 triples on 48.3 percent shooting, while freshman Tre Harris is connecting on a team-best 55.6 percent.
•    In the NCAA, Foster ranks 17th in 3-point field goals/game (3.5) and 23rd in 3-point field goal percentage.
•    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.
•    K-State ranks among the Top 30 in free throws made and attempted in the NCAA, including 23rd in attempts (216) and 29th in makes (146)... Both totals rank in the Top 3 in the Big 12, including tied for 2nd (Kansas) in makes and 3rd in attempts.

SECOND HALF SIZZLE
•    K-State is averaging 42.0 points in the 2nd half this season on 52.9 percent shooting (111-of-210), including 46.4 percent (32-of-69) from 3-point range... The Wildcats are out-scoring their opponents, 336-312, in the 2nd half.
•    K-State has connected on better than 50 percent from the field in the 2nd half of 6 games, including 60 percent or better on 4 occasions... The team is averaging 49.2 points on 64.1 percent shooting in the 2nd half of its 4 wins this season.
•    Seven players are averaging 3.0 points or better in the 2nd half led by Marcus Foster (9.0 ppg. on 54.5%) and Thomas Gipson (7.4 ppg. on 66.7%)... 7 of the 11 players to score in the 2nd half are shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
•    In comparison, K-State is averaging 32 points in the 1st half this season on 40.7 percent shooting (85-of-209), including 32.4 percent (22-of-68) from beyond the arc... The squad is out-scoring their opponents, 256-250, in the opening half.
•    Foster averages a team-best 6.9 points in the 1st half on 34.7 percent shooting.

WIN/LOSS COMPARISON
•    There is a stark contrast for K-State in its 4 wins versus its 4 losses in 2014-15.
•    K-State is averaging 88.2 points in its 4 wins on 55.6 percent shooting (119-of-214), including 48.6 percent (34-of-70) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 71.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting, including 36.9 from beyond the arc.
•    In contrast, K-State is averaging 59.8 points in its 4 losses on 37.6 percent shooting (77-of-205), including 29.9 percent (20-of-67) from 3-point range, while allowing 69 points on 48.2 percent shooting, including 38.9 percent from beyond the arc.
•    Four Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 4 wins, including Marcus Foster (17.3 ppg. on 56.1 FG%), Nino Williams (14.5 ppg., on 60 FG%), Thomas Gipson (14.0 ppg., on 70.8 FG%) and Nigel Johnson (10.3 ppg., on 56.5 FG%)... In all, eight players are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in those 4 wins.
•    Only 2 Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 4 losses (Foster - 14.5 ppg., and Gipson - 10.3 ppg.).
•    K-State is averaging 20.5 assists during its wins compared to just 9.3 assists in its losses.
•    Guards Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson have compiled a 3.72 assist-to-turnover ratio in the 4 wins, which includes a combined 41 assists to 11 turnovers... The duo has a 1.23 ratio in the 4 losses with a combined 16 assists and 13 turnovers.

POINTS OFF OF TURNOVERS
•    K-State has taken advantage of its opponents’ mistakes, scoring 141 points off of 115 turnovers in the first 8 games.
•    The 141 points represents nearly one-quarter of the 592 points, as the team is averaging 17.6 points per game off of turnovers.
•    K-State has scored 20 or more points off of turnovers in 3 games, including back-to-back games to start the season against Southern Utah and UMKC... 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.
•    After out-scoring its opposition, 107-58, in points off turnovers in the first 5 games, K-State opponents have now returned serve to post a 73-34 edge in the category in the last 3 games.
•    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 2 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).
•    K-State has had a difficult start defensively to start the season, allowing 70.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting, including 37.7 percent from 3-point range... The squad ranks 9th in the Big 12 in scoring defense and 10th in field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding (33.2) and blocked shots (1.9).

FOSTER CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
•    Sophomore Marcus Foster leads the way in scoring at 15.9 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting (41-of-93), including 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from 3-point range... He has scored in double figures in 6 games, including 20-point games against Purdue (24), No. 3/4 Arizona (23) and Tennessee (23)... It is the 4th time has had 20+ points in consecutive games.
•    Foster currently ranks 6th in the Big 12 in scoring, 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage and 1st in 3-point field goals made.
•    Foster leads the Wildcats in 7 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (6), 20-point games (3), field goals (41), field goals attempted (93), 3-point field goals (28), 3-point field goals attempted (58).
•    In the NCAA, Foster ranks 12th in 3-point field goals made (28), 17th in 3-point field goals/game (3.5), 23rd in 3-point field goal percentage and 34th in 3-point field goals attempted (58).
•    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 and the most in a non-conference game since Rodney McGruder made 7 vs. UMKC (12/23/2010)... Four of Foster’s 7 3-pointers came in the last 57 seconds of the game.
•    It marked the 4th time he has had 4 or more 3-pointers in a game this season, including 6 vs. No. 3/4 Arizona (11/25/14), 5 vs. Purdue (11/24/14) and 4 vs. UMKC (11/17/14)... He has had 4+ 3-pointers in 13 career games.
•    Foster now has 107 3-pointers his K-State career, which is just 9 shy of the career Top 10.
•    Foster averaged 18 points on 51.4 percent shooting, including 57.1 percent from 3-point range, at the Maui Invitational.
•    Foster’s impressive display in Maui came after a low moment in his career at Long Beach State (11/21/14), in which, he had just 5 points on 1-of-13 field goals, including 0-of-6 from 3-point range.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 33 of his 41 career games, including 11 20-point outings... He led in scoring 20 times.

SENIOR LEADER
•    Thomas Gipson has displayed that all important senior leadership, ranking 2nd in scoring (12.1 ppg.) and 1st in rebounding (4.8 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 66.7 percent (28-of-42) from the field and 82 percent (41-of-50) from the charity stripe.
•    Gipson ranks 14th in the Big 12 in scoring and 8th in free throw percentage.
•    In the Big 12, only Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash has more free throws made (49) and attempted (62).
•    Gipson, who played in his 100th career game in the opener against Southern Utah, has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 17 games (including 4 times this season)... He saw his streak of 12 double-digit scoring games in a row end against Purdue (11/24/14)... He has led in scoring in 3 games... Ironically, he has scored 9 points in 3 other games this season.
•    Gipson collected his fifth career 20-point game vs. UMKC (11/17/14) with a team-high 21.
•    Gipson is closing in on 1,000 career points, as he enters Tuesday with 969 points... He would become the 26th Wildcat to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier, while he would be the 12th player with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
•    Gipson’s career 53.7 field goal percentage is just outside the school’s Top 10 list and highest since Tony Kitt (54.5, 1998-2000).

BACK IN THE FOLD
•    Senior Nino Williams made his return to the court vs. Long Beach State (11/21/14) 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 vs. LBSU.
•    Williams, who ranks 3rd in scoring at 11.3 points per game at 50.9 percent shooting, has scored in double-digits in 4 of his first 6 games, including a season-high 19 points vs. Omaha (12/2/14) on 8-of-11 field goals in just 20 minutes of action.
•    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 57 assists (to 24 turnovers) to go with 109 points on 45.6 percent shooting and 23 steals while playing 369 minutes in the first 8 games, as Thomas averages 26.1 minutes to Johnson’s 20.0 minutes per game (tops among reserves).
•    Thomas leads in assists (35) and ranks 3rd in steals (11), while Johnson is tied for the lead in steals (12) and 2nd in assists.
•    Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 5 in two categories, including 3rd in assists (4.4 apg.) and 5th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), while Johnson is in the Top 15 in both steals (1.5, 11th) and assists (2.8, 13th).
•    The duo is even more impressive in the four wins, combining for 41 assists to 11 turnovers (3.72 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Johnson is averaging 10.3 points on 56.5 percent shooting and Thomas is averaging 7.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting.
•    Thomas is averaging 7.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting (17-of-35), including 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from 3-point range, while Johnson is averaging 6.1 points on 42.4 percent shooting (14-of-33), including 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from 3-point range.
•    Johnson 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 collected back-to-back double-digit scoring vs. Omaha (12/2/14) and Tennessee (12/6/14) to go with a combined 13 assists... Thomas dished out a season-best 9 assists vs. 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 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.