K-State Continues Homestand Sunday
K-State Continues Homestand Sunday
SAVANNAH STATE (3-7, 0-0 Mid-Eastern)
at KANSAS STATE (5-4, 0-0 Big 12)
Sunday, December 14, 2014 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> 5 p.m. CT
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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 365-180 (17th year)
at K-State: 52-25 (3rd year)
vs. Savannah State: 1-0
Savannah State: Horace Broadnax (Georgetown ‘86)
Overall: 157-252 (14th year)
at Savannah State: 121-154 (10th year)
vs. K-State: 0-3
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (5-4)
G – #1 Jevon Thomas (7.1 ppg., 4.4 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (15.6 ppg., 2.4 rpg.)
G – #14 Justin Edwards (5.7 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
F – #11 Nino Williams (11.7 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
Savannah State (3-7)
G - #2 Khaleen Pinkett (4.8 ppg., 2.0 rpg.)
G - #5 Javaris Jenkins (8.5 ppg., 4.2 rpg.)
G - #11 Treyvon Francis (1.4 ppg., 1.9 rpg.)
G - #22 Terel Hall (8.5 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
F - #4 Saadiq Muhammad (9.1 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 3-0
vs. MEAC: K-State leads 25-0 (25-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 3-0 (last meeting: 1/3/2010)
Current Streak: K-State, 3
Last Meeting: K-State won 92-61 in Manhattan (1/3/2010)
Weber vs. Savannah State: 1-0 (last meeting: 11/21/2006)
Weber vs. Broadnax: Weber leads 1-0
LAST GAME SUMMARY
K-State 50, Bradley 47
Game 9 * Bramlage Coliseum * December 9, 2014
Senior Nino Williams earned his second career double-double to help K-State past Bradley, 50-47, on Tuesday before a crowd of 12,238 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats overcame 35.3 percent shooting from the field, including 23.1 percent in the first half, to earn their fourth win at home and extend their streak of consecutive home wins in December to 37. The 50 points were the fewest in a win since also scoring 50 in a win at Iowa State on Feb. 21, 2009 and the fewest in a home win since 1961. The team’s 12 field goals made tied for the third-fewest in school history and the lowest since posting 11 vs. Nebraska (1/11/2006), while its 34 attempts ranked as the sixth-fewest and the lowest since attempting 33 vs. Nebraska (2/16/1985). Williams was joined in double figures by sophomore Marcus Foster, who finished with 13 points.
GAME 10 - QUICK HITTERS
• K-State continues its homestand on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats play host to Savannah State (3-7) at Bramlage Coliseum at 5 p.m. CT. The game will televised across the FOX Sports Kansas City/Midwest footprint.
• The contest is part of a “Wildcat Weekend” as the women’s team plays Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. CT. Men’s ticket holders can purchase a general admission ticket to the women’s game for $3.
• Sunday’s game will be just the 5th 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 10 games since the 2006-07 season.
• Three of the next 4 games will come at home, along with a contest with Texas A&M at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, to conclude non-conference play.
• K-State improved to 5-4 after the Wildcats survived a poor shooting night in a 50-47 win over Bradley on Tuesday. Senior Nino Williams earned his second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The 50 points were the fewest in a win since also scoring 50 in a win at Iowa State on Feb. 21, 2009 and the fewest in a home win since 1961.
• This will be the 4th meeting with Savannah State and the first since 2010. K-State has won the previous 3 match-ups by an average of 44.0 points, including a 92-61 win on Jan. 3, 2010. The Wildcats are 25-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
• K-State has won 37 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 49-9 (.844) in the month since 2006.
• K-State is 15-2 under Bruce Weber in December with 10 consecutive home wins dating back to 2012. The team saw their 12-game winning streak in the month end in the 65-64 loss at Tennessee on Dec. 6.
• K-State has a 69-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 67-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 58 of its last 59 non-conference home games.
• Weber is 36-3 (.923) 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 71.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting, including a Big 12-best 40.1 percent from 3-point range. The squad ranks among the Top 40 in 3 categories nationally, including 14th in free throw attempts, 15th in free throws made and 35th in 3-point field goal percentage.
THE OPPONENT: SAVANNAH STATE (3-7)
• Savannah State enters Sunday’s game with a 3-7 record after dropping back-to-back games at Indiana (95-49) and Miami (70-39)... The Tigers are 0-7 on the road, including losses at Eastern Kentucky (76-53), Marshall (66-47), Louisville (87-26), Jacksonville State (74-71) and Winthrop (68-47)... The team is 3-0 at home with wins over Winthrop, Cleveland State and Middle Georgia.
• The Tigers are averaging 55.3 points on 38.4 percent shooting, including 26.6 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 33.3 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 9.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per game... They are allowing opponent 73.9 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting, including 34 percent from beyond the arc... The team is shooting 54.1 percent from the free throw line.
• Savannah State has 4 players averaging better than 8 points per game led by sophomore Saadiq Muhammad’s 9.1 points per game average on 48.1 percent shooting... Muhammad also paces the Tigers in rebounding (5.4 rpg.)... Alante Fenner (8.8 ppg.), Terel Hall (8.5 ppg.) and Javaris Jenkins (8.5 ppg.) all average better than 8 points per game.
• Savannah State returns 7 lettermen, including 2 starters, from a team that posted a 13-19 record in 2013-14.
• Savannah State is led by 10th-year coach Horace Broadnax, who has posted a 121-154 record during his tenure... He is in his 14th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Bethune-Cookman (1997-2002)... A 4-year lettermen at Georgetown (1982-86), he was the point guard on the Hoyas’ 1984 NCAA Championship squad and the 1985 NCAA national runner-up team.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• Sunday’s game will mark the 4th meeting between K-State and Savannah State on the hardwood.
• K-State leads the series 3-0 with an average margin of victory of 44.0 points per game.
• All 3 previous meetings have come in the last 10 seasons, including 2004 (92-51), 2008 (85-25) and 2010 (92-61).
• K-State is 25-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, including 25-0 at home.
• K-State has posted a 95-25 record in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07.
• K-State has a 69-3 record at home in non-conference play in that span, including a 67-2 mark during the regular season.
• The Wildcats are 26-9 in non-conference play under head coach Bruce Weber, including 16-1 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.
• n K-State has totaled at least 10 wins in non-conference play in each of the last 8 seasons, including 13 in 2009-10.
NOT PRETTY, BUT WE WILL TAKE IT
• K-State overcame 35.3 percent shooting (12-of-34) from the field to earn a 50-47 win over Bradley on Tuesday night... It marked the Wildcats’ 4th straight win at home and extended their streak of consecutive home wins in December to 37.
• The 50 points were the fewest in a win since also scoring 50 in a win at Iowa State on Feb. 21, 2009 and the fewest in a home win since a 45-43 win over Oklahoma State at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 28, 1961.
• The Wildcats’ 12 field goals made tied for the 3rd-fewest in school history and the lowest since posting 11 vs. Nebraska on Jan. 11, 2006... The 34 field goals attempted ranks at the 6th-fewest and the lowest since posting 33 vs. Nebraska on Feb. 16, 1985.
• K-State’s proficiency from the free throw line proved critical in the game, as the Wildcats knocked down 70 percent (21-of-30) from the charity stripe, including 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the first half.
• K-State is now 8-0 under head coach Bruce Weber when holding an opponent to below 50 points.
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Kansas State is averaging 71.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting (208-of-453), including a Big 12-best 40.1 percent (59-of-147) from 3-point range, to go with 14.2 assists per game... The team has an assist on 61.5 percent of their field goals.
• In the Big 12, the Wildcats rank 6th in scoring offense, 3rd in field goal percentage and 1st in 3-point field goal percentage.
• K-State also ranks 5th in the Big 12 in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) and 6th in turnover margin (-0.3).
• The team averages 26.7 points in the paint, 20.3 bench points, 17.7 points off of turnovers and 9.1 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 9 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 2 games, while the overall field goal percentages vs. Southern Utah (58.7) and UMKC (58.3) are the two highest in Bruce Weber’s tenure at K-State.
INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE NOTES
• K-State has 3 players averaging in double figures (Marcus Foster, Nino Williams and Thomas Gipson), while 9 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 6 also scored in twin figures against North Carolina Central (2/17/09).
• Three rank in the Big 12’s Top 20 in scoring at 6th (Foster/15.6 ppg.), 14th (Williams/11.7 ppg.) and 18th (Gipson/11.4 ppg.).
• K-State has tallied 59 3-pointers with 8 players collecting at least one trey... Marcus Foster leads the way with a Big 12-leading 31 triples on 48.4 percent shooting, while freshman Tre Harris is connecting on a team-best 55.6 percent.
• In the NCAA, Foster ranks 19th in 3-point field goals/game (3.44) and 21st in 3-point field goal percentage.
• Foster ranks 1st in the Big 12 in 3-pointers/game, 4th in 3-point field goal percentage and 5th in field goal percentage (44.1).
• Point guard Jevon Thomas ranks in the Top 10 in assists (3rd/4.4 apg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (6th/2.0).
• Point guard Nigel Johnson ranks 5th in the Big 12 in steals (1.8 spg.) and 14th in assists (2.4 apg.).
• K-State has also taken advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, as the Wildcats rank 13th nationally in free throws made (167) and 14th in free throw attempts (246)... The team is shooting 67.9 percent from the charity stripe.
• Both totals rank in the Big 12’s Top 2, including 2nd behind Kansas in makes and 2nd behind TCU in attempts.
• K-State averages 18.6 free throws (2nd) and 27.3 free throw attempts (3rd) per game, which ranks in the Big 12’s Top 3.
• The 34 free throws and 48 attempts vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14) were not only the most in the Bruce Weber era, but both were one shy of the Top 10 in school history... Both totals are the most since a game at Colorado (1/6/2010), in which, the squad connected on 38 free throws on 54 attempts... The totals at Colorado rank 4th (makes) and 3rd (attempts) in school history.
• Senior Thomas Gipson ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in both free throws made (45) and free throws attempts (56), while he is 10th in free throw percentage (80.4)... Only Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash has more makes (49) and attempts (62) in the Big 12.
SECOND HALF SIZZLE
• K-State is averaging 40.9 points in the 2nd half this season on 51.9 percent shooting (120-of-231), including 48 percent (36-of-75) from 3-point range... The Wildcats are out-scoring their opponents, 368-340, 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 45.8 points on 60.5 percent shooting in the 2nd half of its 5 wins this season.
• Six players are averaging 3.0 points or better in the 2nd half led by Marcus Foster (9.2 ppg. on 57.1%) and Thomas Gipson (7.0 ppg. on 68%)... 6 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 30.4 points in the 1st half this season on 39.6 percent shooting (88-of-222), including 31.9 percent (23-of-72) from beyond the arc... The squad is out-scoring their opponents, 274-269, in the opening half.
• Foster averages a team-best 6.3 points in the 1st half on just 32.1 percent shooting.
• There is a stark contrast for K-State in its 5 wins versus its 4 losses in 2014-15.
• K-State is averaging 80.6 points in its 5 wins on 52.8 percent shooting (131-of-248), including 48.8 percent (39-of-80) from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 66.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting, including 37 percent 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.
• Three Wildcats are averaging in double figures in the 5 wins, including Marcus Foster (16.4 ppg./54 FG%), Nino Williams (14.3 ppg./53.6 FG%) and Thomas Gipson (12.4 ppg./72 FG%), while 3 others (Nigel Johnson, Stephen Hurt and Justin Edwards) are averaging 8 or more points... In all, 6 players are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in those 5 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 18.2 assists during its wins compared to just 9.3 assists in its losses.
• Guards Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson have compiled a 2.88 assist-to-turnover ratio in the 5 wins, which includes a combined 46 assists to 16 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 159 points off of 128 turnovers in the first 9 games.
• The 159 points represents nearly one-quarter of the 642 points, as the team is averaging 17.7 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 vs. 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 9th-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 an 85-52 edge in the category in the last 4 games.
• The Wildcats averaged 12.2 points off of turnovers in 2013-14, including just 3 games of 20 or more points.
• 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).
• 32 opponents have been held to 60 points or less in Weber’s two seasons as head coach with the Wildcats boasting a 29-3 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 67.7 points on 46.1 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 (32.7) and blocked shots (2.3).
FOSTER CONTINUES WHERE HE LEFT OFF
• Sophomore Marcus Foster leads the way in scoring at 15.6 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting (45-of-102), including 48.4 percent (31-of-64) from 3-point range... He has scored in double figures in 7 games, including 20-point games vs. 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, 4th 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 (7), 20-point games (3), field goals (45), field goals attempted (102), 3-point field goals (31), 3-point field goals attempted (64).
• In the NCAA, Foster ranks 9th in 3-point field goals made (31), 19th in 3-point field goals/game (3.44), 21st in 3-point field goal percentage and 25th in 3-point field goals attempted (64).
• 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 110 3-pointers his K-State career, which is just 6 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 34 of his 42 career games, including 11 20-point outings... He led in scoring 20 times.
• Thomas Gipson has displayed that all important senior leadership, ranking 2nd in scoring (11.4 ppg.) and rebounding (4.4 rpg.), while shooting a team-best 67.4 percent (29-of-43) from the field and 80.4 percent (45-of-56) from the charity stripe.
• Gipson ranks 18th in the Big 12 in scoring and 10th 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 18 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 Sunday with 975 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 2 games due to a knee injury... It marked just the second time in the last 3 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 2nd in scoring (11.7 ppg.) and 1st in rebounding (4.9 rpg.), has scored in double-digits in 5 of his first 7 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 collected his 2nd career double-double in the win over Bradley (12/9/14) with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (12)... It was his 1st double-double since a 15-point, 10-rebound vs. Baylor (2/15/14).
• Williams also ranks 2nd in double-digit scoring games (5), minutes (27.3) and free throw percentage (70.0).
• 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 62 assists (to 29 turnovers) to go with 119 points on 45.2 percent shooting and 27 steals while playing 417 minutes in the first 9 games, as Thomas averages 26.9 minutes to Johnson’s 19.4 minutes per game.
• Thomas leads in assists (40) and ranks 3rd in steals (11), while Johnson leads the way in steals (16) and is 2nd in assists (22).
• Thomas ranks in the Big 12’s Top 5 in 2 categories, including 3rd in assists (4.4 apg.) and 6th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), while Johnson is in the Top 15 in both steals (1.8, 5th) and assists (2.4, 14th).
• The duo is even more impressive in the 5 wins, combining for 46 assists to 16 turnovers (2.88 assist-to-turnover ratio), as Johnson is averaging 9.4 points on 53.8 percent shooting and Thomas is averaging 6.8 points on 45 percent shooting.
• Thomas is averaging 7.1 points on 48.6 percent shooting (18-of-37), including 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from 3-point range, while Johnson is averaging 6.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting (15-of-36), including 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from 3-point range.
• Johnson scored in double figures in the first 2 games, including a career and team-best 18 points in the opener vs. 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.