K-State Hosts GW in New Year's Eve Clash
K-State Hosts GW in New Year's Eve Clash
Dec. 30, 2013
rv/rv GEORGE WASHINGTON (11-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
AT rv/nr KANSAS STATE (9-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Tuesday, Dec. 31 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kan. >> 2 p.m. CT
FSN Kansas City/Midwest
Ben Boyle (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
DirecTV 671 (HD 671-1) >> Dish 418
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Matt Walters (analyst)
Sirius 111/XM 191
$25 (bench), $40 (chairbacks)
Wildcat4Pack: $75 | $15 (12+group)
Holiday Mini Plan (includes OSU): $30
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 349-166 (15th year)
At K-State: 36-11 (2nd year)
vs. George Washington: 1-0
George Washington: Mike Longeran (Catholic '88)
Overall: 411-195 (21st year)
At George Washington: 34-39 (3rd year)
vs. K-State: 0-3
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (9-3)
G - Will Spradling (7.3 ppg., 2.8 apg.)
G - Marcus Foster (13.7 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
G - Shane Southwell (10.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F - Wesley Iwundu (7.2 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F - Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
George Washington (11-1)
G - Joe McDonald (8.7 ppg., 4.8 apg.)
G - Maurice Creek (16.3 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
G - Kethan Savage (13.8 ppg., 4.5 rpg.)
F - Kevin Larsen (10.3 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)
F - Isaiah Armwood (11.9 ppg., 7.3 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 2-1
vs. Atlantic 10: K-State leads 13-11 (7-3 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 1-0 (W, 69-56, 12/1/2011)
In Washington, D.C.: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: K-State, 65-62, 12/8/2012 (Washington, D.C.)
Weber vs. George Washington: Weber leads 1-0 (12/8/2012)
Weber vs. Longeran: Weber leads 1-0 (12/8/2012)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 72, Tulane 41
Game 12 * Barclays Center * December 28, 2013
Senior Shane Southwell tied his career-high with 19 points, as K-State ran its winning streak to seven games with a 72-41 win over Tulane on Saturday in the second game of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at the Barclays Center. In addition to Southwell's stellar play, the Wildcats continued their stifling play on defense, holding the Green Wave to a season-low 41 points on 28.6 percent shooting. Joining Southwell in double figures was freshman Nigel Johnson (13), while 11 total players scored at least one field goal and the squad recorded 19 assists on 27 made field goals. The Wildcats also continued to protect the ball, posting just six turnovers after tallying a season-low four vs. Gonzaga. K-State held Tulane to just 10 points in the first half on 13 percent shooting and continued that in the second half, maintaining a double-digit lead the entire contest.
Kansas State (9-3) concludes non-conference play on New Year's Eve, as the Wildcats face their toughest task to date with a match-up against surging George Washington (11-1) at Bramlage Coliseum at 2 p.m. Both teams are on significant winning streaks with the Wildcats sporting a 7-game win streak and the Colonials posting six wins in a row.
K-State will playing on Dec. 31 for the fourth consecutive season with the squad winning all three previous match-ups by an average margin of 26.7 points per game. However, those previous games came against North Florida (100-76), Howard (82-46) and South Dakota (70-50).
K-State has a 64-3 (.955) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 62-2 (.969) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 53 of its last 54 non-conference home games. The three losses have come to DePaul (2007), Oregon (2007) and Northern Colorado.
K-State has won 34 consecutive home games in the month of December dating back to 2004. The last home loss in the month came to Rutgers (76-66) on Dec. 28, 2004. Overall, the team is 46-8 (.852) in December since 2006, including 12-1 (.923) under head coach Bruce Weber.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, as they will be wrapping up a three-game series that started in 2011. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings, posting a 69-56 victory in Manhattan on Dec. 1, 2011 and a 65-62 victory in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 2012.
K-State owns a 7-game winning streak, which is the longest since an 8-game streak from Dec. 18, 2012 to Jan. 9, 2013. This is the third win streak of more than 6 games under head coach Bruce Weber.
During the 7-game winning streak, the Wildcats are holding foes to 51.1 points on 36.8 percent shooting, including 26.2 percent from 3-point range, while holding a +10.0 rebounding advantage (41.7-31.7). The team has out-rebounded nine opponents, including each of its last eight foes.
K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 10 nationally in scoring defense (58.1 ppg., 8th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7, 7th). The Wildcats have held 10 of their last 11 opponents to under their scoring average, including seven to 60 points or less.
The Wildcats have shown remarkable balance across the board with six different players leading the team in scoring, five in rebounding and seven in assists. Eight players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while three players - Foster, Gipson and Southwell - averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: GEORGE WASHINGTON (11-1)
George Washington (11-1) enters Tuesday's game on a six-game winning streak, which included neutral site victories over No. 20/18 Creighton (60-53) and Maryland (77-75), home victories over Rutgers (93-87), Boston University (70-60), UMBC (74-61) and a road victory at Hofstra (69-58) on Saturday. The squad opened the season with five straight wins.
George Washington is 2-0 on the road this season with wins at Manhattan and Hofstra.
George Washington is averaging 77.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting, including 41.5 percent from 3-point range, to go with 37.5 rebounds, 14.9 assists, 7.8 steals and 5.8 blocks per game, while allowing 66 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting. The Colonials rank 20th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage and 31st in blocked shots.
Graduate student Maurice Creek paces four players in double figures at 16.3 points per game on 50 percent shooting, including 47.1 percent from 3-point range. A transfer from Indiana, he also leads the team in field goals (64) and 3-point field goals (33). Sophomore Kethan Savage is second in scoring at 13.8 points per game on 54.7 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 26.3 minutes per game. Senior Isaiah Armwood is the leader in rebounding (7.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.8 bpg.) to go with 11.9 points per game, while sophomore Kevin Larsen averages 10.3 points on 52.7 percent shooting with 5.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore Joe McDonald leads the team in assists (4.8 apg.) and steals (2.1 spg.).
George Washington is led by third-year head coach Mike Lonergan, who has steadily built the the Colonials from the ground up with a 34-39 record since taking the helm in 2011. He has a 411-195 record in 21 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Catholic (1992-2004) and Vermont (2005-11). He guided Catholic to 251 wins and eight Division III Tournaments, including a national championship in 2000-01, while he led Vermont to 126 victories and four postseason appearances.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
This will be the fourth meeting between K-State and George Washington and third in the last three seasons. The teams first met on Dec. 28, 1940 with the Colonials defeating the Wildcats, 48-25, in Washington, D.C. The schools didn't meet again for more than 70 years when they began a three-game series in Manhattan on Dec. 1, 2011 with K-State posting a 69-56 win. The squads met in a return game to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2012 with the Wildcats holding on for a 65-62 win.
In last season's meeting, K-State fought back from a 29-27 halftime deficit to post a 65-62 win at the Charles E. Smith Center. Three Wildcats scored in double figures led by Angel Rodriguez's 17 points, while D.C. native Rodney McGruder added 15 points and Will Spradling with 10 points. Dwayne Smith led the Colonials with 14 points.
Five Wildcats return who played last season, including Spradling (10 points, 3 assists), Nino Williams (8 points, 9 rebounds), Thomas Gipson (6 points, 12 rebounds), Omari Lawrence (no stats) and D.J. Johnson (4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks).
K-State is 13-11 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10, including a 7-3 mark at home.
SURGING IN DECEMBER
K-State has been on a roll in December of late, posting a 46-8 (.852) record in the month since the 2006-07 season, including a 12-1 (.923) mark under head coach Bruce Weber. During that span, the Wildcats have one perfect December (7-0 in 2009-10) and four other times with just one loss (2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013).
K-State is looking to go perfect (current 6-0 record) in December for just fourth time since 1947-48. The school was 9-0 in 1947-48 and 1993-94, 6-0 in 1998-99 and 7-0 in 2009-10.
K-State has won 34 consecutive home games in December dating back to 2004.
K-State's last home loss in December came to Rutgers, 76-66, on Dec. 28, 2004.
K-State is looking for its 10th non-conference regular-season win of the season when it plays George Washington on Tuesday. The Wildcats have won at least 10 non-conference games each of the last seven seasons, posting an 80-18 (.816) record.
K-State was a stellar 13-1 in non-conference games in 2009-10, while the squad won 12 games each in 2008-09 and 2010-11, 11 games each in 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 10 in 2007-08.
TULANE POSTGAME NOTES
K-State extended its winning streak to a season-best seven games with its win over Tulane... The seven-game winning streak is the second-longest of the Bruce Weber era and the longest since winning eight in a row from Dec. 18, 2012 to Jan. 9, 2013.
K-State also evened the all-time series with Tulane at 2-2... It was the first win since an 81-69 win at home on Jan. 10, 1976.
K-State has now held 10 of 12 opponents to below 65 points this season, including Tulane to a season-low 41 points... It marked the sixth time under Bruce Weber that a team has been held below 50 points, including the third time this season.
K-State held Tulane to just 28.6 percent shooting (12-of-42), including 13 percent (3-of-23) in the first half... It marked the second time this season the Wildcats have held an opponent under 30 percent from the field.
Tulane's field goal percentage (13.0) in the first half was the third-lowest by an opponent since 1946-47.
K-State was efficient on offense, recording 19 assists on 27 made field goals. The 19 assists were the second-most this season.
K-State posted a season-high 12 3-pointers vs. Tulane with five players recording at least one trey... It was the most 3-pointers since also totaling 12 vs. TCU on March 5, 2013.
K-State committed just six turnovers vs. Tulane, which was the second-lowest this season. The team has single-digit turnovers in each of its last three games after posting double-digit turnovers in eight of its first nine games.
K-State out-rebounded Tulane, 41-36, marking the eighth straight game the Wildcats have out-rebounded their opponent. The team also collected 20 or more offensive rebounds for the second time, posting a season-best 18 second-chance points.
K-State forced Tulane into 16 turnovers, scoring 14 points off of those miscues... The team has scored double-digit points off of turnovers in 10 games, including seven in a row, and are averaging 13.3 points off turnovers this season.
K-State tied a season-high with 13 steals vs. Tulane... Will Spradling and Jevon Thomas each had a team-high three.
Senior Shane Southwell tied his career-high for the third time with 19 points vs. Tulane... He went 6-of-13 from the field, including five 3-pointers... He registered double-digit points for the 20th time in his career and sixth time this season... His 5 3-pointers are the most by a Wildcat since Angel Rodriguez had five vs. TCU on March 5, 2013.
Freshman Nigel Johnson scored in double figures for just the second time in his career with 13 points on 5-of-9 field goals, including a season-best three 3-pointers. It marked his first double-digit scoring effort since Charlotte on Nov. 21.
Freshman Jevon Thomas made his Wildcat debut, leading the team in assists (4) and steals (3) in 19 minutes.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing first in scoring defense (58.1 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7). The team also ranks among the Top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (7th) and scoring defense (8th).
The Wildcats have held nine of the last 11 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on six occasions. Seven opponents have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 10 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
If you take out the 90-point effort by Georgetown, the team is holding its 11 other opponents to 55.2 points per game on 37.7 percent shooting, including 25.4 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 15.1 turnovers per game.
K-State held Tulane to a season-low 41 points on 28.6 percent shooting (12-of-42). The Green Wave were held to just 10 points on 13 percent shooting (3-of-23) in the first half. The 41 points were just outside the Top 10 for the fewest by an opponent since the 1946-47 season, while the first half field goal percentage was the third-lowest in a half by an opponent.
K-State held Gonzaga to a season-low 62 points on 48 percent shooting (24-of-50), including 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs came into the game ranking 11th in scoring offense (87.5 ppg.) and among the Top 5 nationally in field goal percentage (52.6), 3-point field goal percentage (44.4) and total 3-point field goals made (100).
K-State held Ole Miss to a season-low 58 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range on Dec. 5, while reigning SEC scoring champion Marshall Henderson was held to just 13 points on 4-of-18 field goals.
Long Beach State's 38 points on Nov. 24 tied for the fifth-fewest by an opponent in K-State's modern era, which dates to the 1946-47 season. It was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov. 13, 2012.
K-State has held 23 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 21-2 record in those games.
REBOUNDING AS A TEAM
A big key for K-State during its 7-game winning streak has been its rebounding, where the team has held a +70 edge (292-222) on the glass. The Wildcats have 111 offensive rebounds (15.9 orpg.) and 98 second-chance points (14 ppg.) in that span.
With its relatively small team, Bruce Weber has emphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least four players posting at least 4 rebounds in each win, including at least five players with 4+ rebounds in the last five games.
K-State is now 28-2 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its opponent, including 8-1 this season.
The Wildcats have out-rebounded nine of 12 opponents this season, including a streak of eight consecutive games.
K-State posted a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), including 23 offensive boards. It was most rebounds since 54 vs. North Florida (11/18/2012) and the most offensive boards since 24 vs. George Washington (12/8/2012).
Five different Wildcats have led the team in rebounding, including five times by Thomas Gipson, four by D.J. Johnson and twice by Wesley Iwundu and Shane Southwell. Gipson, Iwundu and Johnson have each tallied double-digit boards.
K-State ranks fifth in the Big 12 in rebounding at 38.2 per game and sixth in rebounding margin at +3.7.
The Wildcats tie for second in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 14.4 per game, while three players - Gipson (5th - 2.7), Johnson (7th - 2.6) and Iwundu (14th - 1.9) - rank among the Top 15. Only K-State and Texas have three players in the Top 15.
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first two games. He is averaging 11.4 points on a team-best 58.4 percent shooting with 5.7 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
Gipson ranks first in rebounding, second in scoring and blocked shots (6) and third in field goals (45) and free throws (24).
During the team's current 7-game winning streak, he is both the leading scorer (13.1 ppg.) and rebounder (6.9 rpg.).
110 of his 114 points have been scored in the last eight games with team-highs of 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and Long Beach State (11/24), 17 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5), 13 vs. South Dakota (12/10) and 14 vs. Gonzaga (12/21). During this span, he is averaging 13.8 points on 61.1 percent shooting to go with 6.8 rebounds per game.
Gipson has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games, which marks the longest such stretch in his career.
Gipson earned his fifth double-double vs. Long Beach State (11/24) with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 field goals and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double since his 14-point, 12-rebound effort vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 18, 2012.
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful K-State team, having played in 113 games with 84 starts to go with 861 points, 269 assists and 97 steals. He ranks first on the team in steals (14), second in 3-pointers (17) and assists (33), third in minutes (28.8) and fourth in scoring (7.3 ppg.) and field goals (26) and fifth in free throws (19).
Spradling already ranks among the school's Top 10 in five career categories, including 7th in free throw percentage (81.9) and 3-point field goals (150), 8th in minutes played (3,053), ninth in games started (84) and 10th in steals (97). He can moved into the career Top 10 with his next assist, as he trails 10th place by just one with 269.
Spradling has chance to become the fourth Wildcat with 1,000 points, 250 assists and 100 steals, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen. He is 139 points short of 1,000 and three steals short of 100.
FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start to his career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 13.7 points per game on 36.8 percent shooting, including 34.7 percent from 3-point range. He also leads the team in field goals (53), 3-point field goals (26) and minutes (29.6). He ranks among the Big 12's Top 15 in five categories, including 4th in 3-point field goals (2.2), 6th in minutes, 11th in 3-point field goal percentage, 14th in scoring and free throw percentage (74.4). He is one of two Big 12 freshmen (along with Kansas' Andrew Wiggins) to rank in the Top 15 in scoring.
Foster saw his streak of 10 consecutive games scoring in double figures end vs. Tulane with six points. The streak started in the second game vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and included him leading the team in scoring six times.
His 42 combined points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and Long Beach State (11/17) were the most in back-to-back games by a Wildcat freshman since Michael Beasley scored 46 against USC and Wisconsin in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Foster scored a game-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), hitting on 9-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. It was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 14, 2008. He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since teammate Thomas Gipson in 2011.
Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 11 straight games, including a season-best four on three occasions.
Foster became just the 17th true freshmen to start an opener since 1973-74, including the eighth since 2003-04.
SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking first on the team in assists (3.3 apg.) and blocks (0.8 bpg.), second in field goals (48) and minutes (29.4), third in scoring (10.7 ppg.) and rebounding (5.2 rpg.).
Southwell has been the assist leader in five games and scoring and rebounding leader twice.
Six times he has scored in double figures with a career-tying 19 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1) and Tulane (12/28). Overall, he has tied his career-high of 19 point three times, including vs. Kansas (1/22/13). He has scored in double figures 20 times.
Southwell ranks in the Big 12's Top 10 in assists (10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1, 7th).
Southwell is one of 22 players in school history (along with Will Spradling) with 200 or more assists in a career, while he adds more than 500 points, 300 rebounds, 70 steals and 50 blocks in 107 career games.
FRESHMEN A BIG PART
The freshmen trio of Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in the first four games, marking the first time a freshman has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first four games of 2007-08. Overall, the freshmen have paced the team in scoring eight times in 12 games, including six times by Foster. They have also led the team in rebounding and assists on four occasions. They have also combined for 15 double-digit scoring games.
Foster and Iwundu have started together in 11 of the last 12 games, while Johnson is averaging 18.1 minutes off the bench (tops among players with zero starts). The trio rank first (Foster), fourth (Iwundu) and sixth (Johnson) in minutes played.
The freshmen accounted for 33 of the team's 72 points vs. Gonzaga (12/21) with Foster (35) and Iwundu (33) playing 30 or more minutes. The trio combined for 31 of the team's 61 points vs. Ole Miss (12/5) to go with 20 of the 43 rebounds and seven of the 12 assists, while combining to play 97 minutes. Foster (38) and Iwundu (37) played season-high in minutes vs. the Rebels.
Iwundu became just the third Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career game, joining Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007). Iwundu was one of two players in double figures against Northern Colorado (11/8) with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench.
Iwundu registered his second double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He is one of seven players in the Big 12 this time with multiple double-doubles, including two freshmen (West Virginia's Devin Williams).
Johnson scored a team-high 14 points vs. Charlotte to go with six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes. He posted his second double-digit scoring game with 13 points vs. Tulane on 5-of-9 field goals, including a season-best three 3-pointers. He has been key in the last five games, averaging 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 17.2 minutes per game.
Three freshmen have accounted for 319 points (an average of 26.5 points per game) on 38.2 percent shooting (100-of-262) with 38 of the team's 69 3-pointers to go with 133 rebounds, 66 assists and 31 steals in a combined 857 minutes.
THOMAS MAKES QUITE THE DEBUT
Freshman Jevon Thomas made his debut on Saturday vs. Tulane, leading the team in both assists (4) and steals (3) to go with two points (on 1-of-4 field goals) and two rebounds in 19 minutes.
Thomas signed as a mid-year enrollee on Feb. 27, 2013 and was granted an initial eligibility waiver by the NCAA. As part of his waiver he was not allowed to practice or play with the team until Dec. 21. Since that was the shootaround for the game with Gonzaga in Wichita, his first official practice was not until Dec. 25.
UP NEXT: 6/6 OKLAHOMA STATE (11-1)
Saturday, Jan. 4 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 3 p.m. CT >> ESPNU