Sweet 16 Bid on the Line Sunday Night for K-State


GAME PREVIEW
MARCH 20, 6:00 PM

Colonial Life Arena
Columbia, S.C.

9
K-STATE
WILDCATS
19-12 (8-10 Big 12)

1
SOUTH CAROLINA
GAMECOCKS
32-1 (16-0 SEC)

ESPN | ESPN3
K-State Sports Network


MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time since the 2011-12 season, Kansas State will take part in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats will face number-one seed South Carolina on Sunday in Columbia, South Carolina, at 6 p.m. (CDT). The winner will advance to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the regional semifinals.

• This is the 10th time in K-State’s 14 NCAA Tournament appearances that the Wildcats have advanced at least one round.
• Under the guidance of Mittie in his second season, K-State owns a record of 19-12 overall and an 8-10 mark in Big 12 play. The 19 wins equal last season’s overall win total.
• This season, K-State has been led by juniors Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Lewis, a 2016 All-Big 12 First Team honoree and a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, leads K-State with 16.6 points on a 55.4 field goal percentage, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks per game and 1.5 steals. She has set career season-highs in points (514), field goals made (222), free throws made (70), rebounds (232) and double-doubles (7).
• Wesemann, a 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team recipient, has registered career-highs in every statistical category this season, as she is averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (84, 2.7 per game) and is seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.400).
• Sunday’s game can be seen live on ESPN, online on ESPN3 and heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
6
• #KStateWBB junior center Breanna Lewis set the school record for blocks in an NCAA Tournament game with six against George Washington in the first round.
• With the six blocks, Lewis has tied the school record for career games with five or more blocks (14).
• Lewis has blocked 177 shots in the last two seasons, which is a school record for combined blocks in a two-year period.
• The two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection is the first player in school history with consecutive seasons of 80 or more blocked shots, which includes her school record effort of 97 blocks in 2014-15.

Series History
2-1
• K-State leads the series with South Carolina, 2-1.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie will face South Carolina for the first time in his career.
• First meeting between the schools in the NCAA Tournament.
• K-State is 68-62 against schools from the SEC. The Wildcats’ last game against an SEC school was March 22, 2015 against Missouri, a 67-48 loss in Manhattan in the second round of the 2015 WNIT.

NCAA Tournament History
12-13
• Kansas State was awarded its 14th bid into the NCAA Tournament and its 13th postseason bid in the last 15 seasons.
• The Wildcats are 12-13 (.480) in its 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced to at least the second round in eight of the last nine NCAA appearances.  
• This is the first NCAA Tournament appearance by the Wildcats under the guidance of head coach Jeff Mittie. This is Mittie’s 10th NCAA Tournament apparance and his first since the 2009-10 season.

At a Glance: South Carolina
• South Carolina (32-1, 16-0 SEC) finished the season as the SEC regular season and conference tournament champion and secured the league’s automatic bid into the tournament field.
• The Gamecocks, the number one seed in the Sioux Falls region, defeated Jacksonville on Friday night, 77-41.
• South Carolina is led on the sidelines by eighth-year head coach Dawn Staley. The 1992 graduate of Virginia, Olympic gold medalist and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee is 187-75 (.714) during her time in Columbia, including a 2015 Final Four appearance.
• On the floor, GW features three players scoring in double figures: A’ja Wilson, Tiffany Mitchell and Alaina Coates.
• Wilson, a 2016 Naismith Trophy finalist, is averaging 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Against Jacksonville, Wilson a sophomore forward, tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
• Mitchell, also a 2016 Naismith Trophy finalist, is averaging 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Against the Dolphins, she tallied 14 points.
• Coates, a junior center, is averaging 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Against Jacksonville, Coates registered 22 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Wildcats in Nail-Biters
• Over the last six seasons, K-State is 29-11 (.725) in games decided by five points or less.

Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• K-State has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .366 and 61.0 points per game.
• K-State’s opponent field goal percentage of .366 ranks as the fourth lowest in school history since the 1981-82 season. This is the lowest opponent field goal percentage in a season since the 2004-05 team held its foes to a .365 field goal percentage.
• Kansas State is 15-2 this season when holding opponents to 59 points or less. The Wildcats are 4-10 when its opponent scores 60 or more.
• The Wildcats have held eight opponents to 49 points or less this season. K-State surrendered a season-low 41 points to UT Arlington on Dec. 3. During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 99-3 (.971) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• K-State held Texas Tech to 11 first half points on Jan. 24, which were the fewest points allowed in a first half since Nov. 12, 2011 against Dartmouth when K-State allowed just 10 points.
• Last season, K-State was 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg). K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.

Wildcats Send Back Shots; Set Record
• K-State has 5.0 blocks per game (155 blocks) and ranks 41st in the nation and fifth in the Big 12 in the category.
• The 155 blocks this season rank fifth in school history for blocks in a season and marks the second straight season that K-State has blocked 150 or more shots in a season.
• K-State features four players with 15 or more blocks this season, including junior center Breanna Lewis’s team-leading 2.6 blocks per game (80 blocks).
• K-State blocked a school record 14 shots at Tulsa in the season-opening win on Nov. 13. The previous school record was 13 from Nov. 17, 2006 against Wyoming.
• Last season, K-State blocked 156 shots and recorded five or more blocked shots in 16 games.

Scoring Up For K-State in 2015-16
• Kansas State’s offensive numbers have spiked compared to last season’s production. K-State is averaging 65.0 points per game and have scored a total of 2,015 points this season. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, K-State averaged 59.6 points per game in 33 games (1,967 points).
• The 65.0 points per game marks the highest scoring average by a K-State team since the 2007-08 season (67.5 ppg). This is the first time since the 2012-13 season (2,264 points) that K-State has scored 2,000 or more points in a season.
• The Wildcats have scored 75 or more points 10 times this season, the most since the 2005-06 season (10).
• K-State scored a season-high 102 points against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This marked the 24th time in program history that K-State scored 100 or more points in a game. The Wildcats are 24-0 in games in which they score 100 or more points.
• The Wildcats feature three players that have scored 250 or more points this season: Breanna Lewis (514), Kindred Wesemann (383) and Megan Deines (294). All three players have achieved a career season-high in points.
• If Kaylee Page is able to score 42 points (208) in the remainder of the season, the 2015-16 season will mark the first time since 2009-10 that K-State will have four or more players to score 250 or more points in a season.

Deines Scores in Bunches       
• Senior Megan Deines has provided a scoring punch for the Wildcats in her lone season in Manhattan. The senior from Springfield, Missouri, is averaging 9.8 points which ranks third on the team. She ranks 23rd in the Big 12 in scoring.
• Over the last eight games, Deines is averaging 12.8 points on a 49.4 percent field goal percentage.
• In her Big 12 debut, Deines tallied a career-high 24 points on a career-best 8-of-15 shooting including a career-high 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Her 24 points were the second most in the Big 12 on the league’s opening night.
• She registered a new career-high for steals with six at Oklahoma on Jan. 10. This marked the most steals by a Wildcat since Ashia Woods tallied six at Kansas on Feb. 25, 2015.
• Deines has set new career-highs for points (294), field goals made (103), 3-point field goals made (29), free throws made (59), assists (72) and steals (37).  
• In the Big 12 quarterfinal matchup against West Virginia, Deines tallied 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting and a school record 8-of-8 effort from the foul line. In her previous conference tournament appearances (Big East, American and ACC), Deines had scored just two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 46 minutes of action in five games.