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K-State Wraps Up Homestand vs. WVU Saturday


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Jan. 17, 2014

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GAME 18
WEST VIRGINIA (10-7, 2-2 Big 12)
AT rv/rv KANSAS STATE (13-4, 3-1 Big 12)
Saturday, Jan. 18 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 12:30 p.m. CT


TELEVISION
Big 12 Network
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) >> Stephen Howard (analyst)
KMCI (Kansas City)
KMTW (Wichita)
KSNT (Topeka)

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)  >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 93/XM 193

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
kstatesports.com
Stats - kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio - kstatesports.com/allaccess/

TICKETS
kstatesports.com
(800) 221.CATS
$25 (bench), $40 (chairbacks)
12+ group: $15

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 353-167 (16th year)
At K-State: 40-12 (2nd year)
Vs. West Virginia: 2-0

West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia ’77)
Overall: 733-293 (32nd year)
At West Virginia: 143-82 (7th year)
Vs. Kansas State: 1-2

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (13-4, 3-1 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Sprading (7.1 ppg., 2.5 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (13.9 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
G – #1 Shane Southwell (11.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F – #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.1 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)

West Virginia (10-7, 2-2 Big 12)
G - #3 Juwan Staten (17.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
G - #10 Eron Harris (17.4 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)
G - #15 Terry Henderson (12.2 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
F - #5 Devin Williams (9.6 rpg., 7.6 rpg.)
F - #34 Kevin Noreen (2.2 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 3-1 (2-0 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 1-0 (W, 71-61, 2/18/2013)
In Morgantown: K-State leads 2-0 (W, 65-64, 1/12/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 71-61, 2/18/2013 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. West Virginia: 2-0 (1-0 at home)
Huggins vs. K-State: 1-2 (0-1 on the road)
Weber vs. Huggins: Weber leads 4-0 (1-0 at home)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 72, 25/rv Oklahoma 66
Game 17  *  Bramlage Coliseum  *  January 14, 2014
 
Freshman Marcus Foster led five Wildcats in double figures, as K-State posted a 72-66 win over No. 25 Oklahoma on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum. Down 62-56 with 5:37 left in the second half, freshman Wesley Iwundu keyed a 16-4 run by K-State to end the game with a 3-pointer from the corner. Foster followed with a jumper a minute later to cut deficit to 62-61 with 4:08 to play. After an Oklahoma free throw, junior Thomas Gipson tied the game at 63-all with a tip-in before Foster gave the Wildcats the lead for good with a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 66-63 with 2:23 to play.  Junior Nino Williams, who nearly had his first career double-double with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, was clutch down the stretch, going 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the last 23 seconds. Foster had a team-high 18 points, while senior Shane Southwell added 16.

GAME 18 - QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (13-4, 3-1 Big 12) concludes its two-game homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats host former head coach Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers (10-7, 2-2 Big 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network. It will be the last home game until Jan. 28, as the team plays at Texas (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) and Iowa State (14-2, 2-2 Big 12) next week.
•    Saturday’s game will serve as the featured event of Legends Weekend, as 42 former Wildcat lettermen will return to campus for a reception on Friday at the Basketball Training Facility before being honored at halftime.
•    K-State will honor one of its greatest teams during Legends Weekend, as 14 members of the 1964 Final Four team will return and celebrate the 50th anniversary of its accomplishment. The Wildcats posted a 22-7 record and won the Big Eight title en route to their fourth trip to the Final Four.
•    Saturday’s game will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools, including the fourth in the last four seasons. The Wildcats hold a 3-1 lead in the series, including a two-game sweep in 2012-13.  
•    West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins played a pivotal role in K-State’s current success, serving one season as the Wildcats’ head coach in 2006-07 before returning to his alma mater. In his lone season, he helped the school to its first 20-win season and postseason appearance in eight years.
•    K-State rebounded from its first loss in a month with a 72-66 win over No. 25 Oklahoma Tuesday, as a season-best five Wildcats scored in double figures. The team, which has now won 11 of their last 12 games, has now defeated eight of their last 12 Top 25 opponents at home dating back to 2010 and moved to 3-1 against the Top 25 this season.
•    K-State fell out of The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after jumping into the poll just a week earlier at No. 25. The Wildcats have been ranked at least once each of the last five seasons, which is the longest stretch since earning a national ranking in six straight seasons from 1972-78.
•    K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 15 nationally in scoring defense (59.8 ppg., 11th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.4, 4th). The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 16 opponents to under their scoring average, including nine to 60 points or less.
•    The Wildcats have shown balance across the board with seven players leading the team in scoring and assists and six in rebounding. Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while three players - Foster, Gipson and Southwell - are averaging in double figures.    
                      
THE OPPONENT: WEST VIRGINIA (10-7, 2-2 Big 12)
•    West Virginia (10-7, 2-2 Big 12) has dropped back-to-back games after opening Big 12 play with a pair of road victories at TCU (74-69) and Texas Tech (89-86 OT). The Mountaineers lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds to nationally-ranked Oklahoma State (73-72) at home on Jan. 11 before dropping a 80-69 decision to Texas at home on Monday.
•    West Virginia is 2-2 on the road (including 2-0 in Big 12 play) and 5-3 overall away from home this season.
•    West Virginia is averaging a 79.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting, including 38.0 percent from 3-point range, to go with 36.9 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 6.6 steals and 3.4 blocks per game, while allowing 69.5 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting. The team is averaging 76 points on 43.7 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 77 points on 47.8 percent shooting.
•    West Virginia ranks first in the Big 12 in turnover margin (+4.3), while is second in 3-point field goals per game (7.9), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), third in 3-point field goal percentage and fourth in scoring offense and steals.
•    West Virginia is led by the 1-2 duo of guards Eron Harris and Juwan Staten, who are averaging 17.4 points per game, which ranks third in the Big 12. A sophomore, Harris is connecting on 45.3 percent from the field, including 40 percent shooting from 3-point range with a team-high 42 treys, to go with 3.6 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game. A junior, Staten boasts a 53.4 field goal percentage with a Big 12-best 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 36.4 minutes per game. Sophomore guard Terry Henderson also averages in double figures at 12.2 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting, while freshman forward Devin Williams averages a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest to go with 9.6 points per game on 42.3 percent shooting.
•    West Virginia is one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 with zero seniors and 10 combined sophomores and freshmen.
•    West Virginia is led by sixth-year head coach Bob Huggins, who has a 143-82 record in his tenure. He has a 733-293 record in his 32nd season as a head coach, which includes stints at Akron (1984-89), Cincinnati (1989-2005), Kansas State (2006-07) and now West Virginia. He has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 20 times, including the Final Four in 1992 and 2010.
•    Huggins’ 733 wins are the third-most among active Division I coaches, while they are the 16th-most in Division I history.
•    Bob Huggins is 1-2 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 0-1 mark on the road.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 3-1.
•    This will be the fourth meeting in the last four seasons with the first meeting coming in 1949.
•    K-State is 2-0 in the Big 12 era vs. West Virginia, including a season sweep in 2013 with a 65-64 win in Morgantown, W.Va., on Jan. 12, 2013 and a 71-61 victory in Manhattan on Feb. 18, 2013.
•    K-State is 1-0 at home vs. West Virginia after a 71-61 win at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 18, 2013.
•    West Virginia’s one win in the series came in double overtime, 85-80, at Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena on Dec. 8, 2011.
•    K-State averaged 68 points in the two meetings in 2013 on 50.5 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from 3-point range, while holding West Virginia to 62.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting, including 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
•    Departed senior Rodney McGruder averaged a team-high 13.5 points in the two meetings with West Virginia last season to go with 5.5 rebounds per game. Current senior Will Spradling was second in scoring at 10.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting, while Angel Rodriguez and senior Shane Southwell both averaged 10 points per game.
•    In addition, four other Wildcats return who played against West Virginia last season, including Nino Williams (9.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg.), Thomas Gipson (7.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg.), Omari Lawrence (2.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.) and D.J. Johnson (0.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.). Southwell and Spradling started both games, while Gipson and Williams played in both games.

K-STATE/WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS
•    West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins spent one season as head coach at K-State in 2006-07 before returning to his alma mater. Responsible for laying the foundation for the program’s current success, which includes seven consecutive 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournaments, Huggins led the Wildcats to a 23-12 record, including a 10-6 mark in Big 12 play, and a trip to the second round of the NIT in his lone season. It marked both the first 20-win season and postseason appearance in eight years.
•    Huggins is not the only West Virginia staffer with K-State connections as coordinator of operations Josh Eilert played two years for the Wildcats from 2002-04 after transferring from Cloud County Community College.  

AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
•    K-State has a 45-15 (.750) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 43-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.
•    K-State is 26-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 10-1 in Big 12 play.
•    Last season, K-State went 8-1 at home in Big 12 play, which ranks as the most home conference wins in school history.
•    K-State has tallied a winning home record in Big 12 play in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to 2006-07, the Wildcats had not posted a winning Big 12 home record since the 2001-02 season with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.
•    With its next home win, K-State will have posted at least 10 wins at home for the 13th year in a row and the 21st time in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum. The team is 310-98 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum, including 117-79 in conference play.
•    K-State has a 114-19 (.857) overall record at home since the 2006-07 season.

SURGING IN DECEMBER
•    K-State heads into the month of January on a roll after posting a perfect 7-0 record in December. It marked the fifth perfect December in school history, following 1947 (9-0), 1993 (9-0), 1998 (6-0) and 2009 (7-0).
•    K-State is now 13-1 under head coach Bruce Weber in the month of December.
•    K-State has now won 35 consecutive home games in December dating back to 2004. The last home loss came to Rutgers (76-66) on Dec. 28, 2004. Overall, the team is 47-8 (.852) in December since 2006.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
•    K-State wrapped up non-conference with a 10-3 record, posting eight consecutive wins and seven straight wins at home.
•    K-State totaled 10 wins in non-conference play for the eighth consecutive season in 2013 with a composite 81-18 record.
•    K-State has a 65-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 63-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 54 of its last 55 non-conference home games.
•    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 and 2013-14.

OKLAHOMA POSTGAME NOTES
•    K-State is now 7-3 under head coach Bruce Weber coming off of a loss, including 3-1 this season... The Wildcats have lost consecutive games just three times under Weber, including earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
•    K-State earned its third Top 25 win this season with the victory over No. 25 Oklahoma, which includes No. 21/15 Gonzaga (72-62) on Dec. 21 at Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (74-71) on Jan. 4 at home.
•    The win was the 25th Top 25 at Bramlage Coliseum, including the 8th in the last 12 meetings with Top 25 foes at home.
•    K-State has won 3 in a row and 7 of the last 10 meetings with Oklahoma... The 3-game winning streak is the longest since also winning 3 straight from 1981-82... Oklahoma still owns a 104-94 edge in the series, including 13-9 in the Big 12 era.
•    K-State saw a season-high 5 players score in double figures... It marked the 3rd time that has happened under Bruce Weber.
•    K-State tallied double-digit 3-point field goals (11) for the 2nd time this season and for the 1st time since totaling 12 vs. Tulane (12/28)... The team also recorded a season-high for 3-point field goal percentage at 52.4 percent (11-of-21).
•    K-State held the Big 12’s top scoring offense to 66 points (21 points below their average) on a season-low 33.3 percent shooting (22-of-66) from the field, including 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from 3-point range... It marked the Sooners’ second-lowest point total.
•    K-State won the rebounding battle, 42-38, for the 12th time in the last 13 games.
•    Oklahoma posted opponent highs for points off of turnovers (27), second-chance points (19) and offensive rebounds (19).
•    Marcus Foster led the team in scoring for the team-leading 8th time with 18 points, his team-leading 14th double-digit scoring game... He tied his season-high for 3-pointers (4) for the 5th time... He also led in assists (5) for the 4th time.
•    Shane Southwell scored in double figures for the 8th time this year and 22nd time in his career with 16 points.
•    Wesley Iwundu scored in double figures for the 1st time in Big 12 play with 11 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes... He also went a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range... He has now scored in double figures 4 times this season.
•    Nino Williams recorded a near double-double with 10 points and a team-high 9 rebounds.

WINNING WITH DEFENSE
•    K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing first in scoring defense (60.1 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7). The Wildcats also rank second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (39.9).
•    The Wildcats have held 12 of their last 16 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on nine occasions.  Ten opponents have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 13 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State has held 25 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 23-2 record in those games.
•    If you take out games vs. Georgetown and No. 18/20 Kansas, K-State is holding its 14 other opponents to 55.7 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting, including 23.9 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 14.2 turnovers per game.
•    During the team’s 10-game winning streak from Nov. 24 to Jan. 7, K-State held its opponents to just 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting, including 24 percent from 3-point range, while posting a +9.1 rebounding margin (40.4-31.3).
•    K-State held Oklahoma, the Big 12’s top scoring offense, to 66 points (21 points below their average) on a season-low 33.3 percent shooting from the field, including 30.4 percent from 3-point range... It marked the Sooners’ second-lowest point total.
•    Oklahoma State was held to 15 points under its scoring average of 86.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Cowboys ranked among the Top 10 in scoring offense (8th) and field goal percentage (8th).
•    George Washington was held to 22 points under its scoring average of 77.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting.
•    K-State held Tulane to a season-low 41 points on 28.6 percent shooting. 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, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range. The Bulldogs came into the game ranking 11th in scoring offense (87.5 ppg.) and in the Top 5 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4).
•    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.

EFFICIENT OFFENSE
•    K-State is averaging 67.5 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting, including 31.1 percent from 3-point range. Although the team ranks 10th in 2 of the 3 categories in the Big 12, the squad ties for 4th in assists per game (14.5 apg.).
•    K-State has scored 70+ points in 9 games this season, including 6 times in the last 8 games.
•    K-State has scored exactly 72 points in 5 games this season, including doing it in 4 consecutive games from Dec. 15-31. To add to this strange occurrence, the team has scored 71 points twice and 74 points in another game.
•    K-State is 24-1 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 9-0 this season.
•    K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63 percent (247 of 392) of its made field goals this season. In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (61.6) - has an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
•    K-State has an assist on 70 percent of its field goals in 9 of 17 games, including a season-best 85.7 percent vs. Troy (12/15).
•    K-State averaged 69.1 points on 43 percent shooting, including 33 percent from beyond the arc, during its 10-game winning streak. The team had an assist on 66.4 percent (162 of 244) of its field goals during its winning streak.

REBOUNDING AS A TEAM
•    A key stat to K-State’s success this season has been its ability to win the rebounding battle, which the Wildcats have done in 12 of 13 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 13 opponents, including 12 of the last 13 games.
•    To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-2 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-1 this season, while just 7-10 in the last two seasons and 1-3 this year when being out-rebounded.
•    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 12 of 13 wins, including at least five players with 4+ rebounds in 7 games.
•    K-State ranks 7th in the Big 12 in rebounding (37.5) and 5th in rebounding margin (+3.6).
•    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).
•    6 different Wildcats have led the team in rebounding, including 8 times by Thomas Gipson, 4 by D.J. Johnson and 2 by Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Shane Southwell.  Gipson, Iwundu and Johnson have each tallied double-digit boards.
•    Gipson and Iwundu have both posted two double-doubles on the season with Gipson collecting six in his career.
•    The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 13.4 per game with Gipson ranking 8th with 2.3 per game.

SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
•    Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking first in assists (3.1 apg.), steals (1.2 spg.), and blocks (1.1 bpg.), second in rebounding (4.9 rpg.) and minutes (28.9 mpg.) and third in scoring (11.0 ppg.).
•    Southwell is the only player in the Big 12 to lead his team in assists, steals and blocks.
•    Southwell has been the leader in blocks 9 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 3 times and rebounding 2 times.
•    Eight times he has scored in double figures with a career-high 21 points vs. George Washington (12/31). It marked his first career 20-point game after tying his career-high of 19 three times, including vs. Central Arkansas (12/1) and Tulane (12/28).
•    Southwell has scored in double figures 8 times in the last 15 games, including 6 times in the last 11 outings.
•    Southwell’s 40 combined points vs. Tulane and George Washington were the most for him in back-to-back games.
•    Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (8th), assists (10th), steals (11th) and blocked shots (14th).

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 11.3 points on team-bests in field goal percentage (58.4) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
•    Gipson is also second in scoring, free throw percentage (71.2) and blocks (8) and third in field goals (66).
•    During the 10-game winning streak, he was the leading rebounder (7.5 rpg.) and second-leading scorer (13.3 ppg.).
•    165 of his 169 points have been scored in the last 13 games with 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), 14 vs. Gonzaga (12/21), 12 vs. George Washington (12/31),10 vs. OSU (1/4) and Kansas (1/11) and 19 vs. TCU (1/7). He has led the team in scoring five times.
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 13 games, including a career-best stretch of 5 consecutive games.
•    Gipson earned his career sixth double-double vs. Oklahoma State (1/4) with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 10 points. It was his second of the season after posting a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Long Beach State (11/24).

EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
•    Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful K-State team, having played in 118 games with 89 starts to go with 893 points, 278 assists and 101 steals. He ranks second on the team in 3-pointers (23), assists (42) and steals (18), third in minutes (28.4), fourth in scoring (7.1 ppg.) and free throws (29) and fifth in field goals (34).
•    Spradling ranks in the school’s Top 10 in seven career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (453), 6th in 3-pointers (156), 7th in assists (278), minutes (3,189) and free throw percentage (80.7), 9th in starts (89) and 10th in steals (101).
•    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 107 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.

FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
•    Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 13.9 points per game on 39.2 percent shooting, including 36.6 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (78), 3-point field goals (37) and double-digit scoring games (14), second in free throws (44) and third in assists (35) . He ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in 4 categories, including 5th in 3-point field goals (2.2), 8th in 3-point field goal percentage, 13th in scoring and 15th in free throw percentage.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 14 of the last 16 games, including a streak of 10 consecutive games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 21. The streak started in the second game vs. Oral Roberts (11/13). He has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 8 times.
•    Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 15 of 17 games, including a season-best 4 on 5 occasions.
•    Foster was named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (CBSSports.com/USBWA) and Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 6 after averaging 16 points in wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State. He is the first Wildcat freshman to earn the Big 12’s weekly honor since Thomas Gipson on Dec. 12, 2012.
•    Foster scored a season-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), which was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M (3/14/2008). He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since Thomas Gipson in 2011.

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 rookie has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first four games of 2007-08.
•    A fourth freshmen was added to the mix on Dec. 21 when Jevon Thomas became eligible after sitting out the first semester.
•    Overall, the freshmen have paced the team in scoring 10 times in 17 games, including 8 times by Foster. They have also led the team assists on 8 occasions and in rebounding 4 times. They have also combined for 20 double-digit scoring games.
•    Foster and Iwundu have started together in 16 of the last 17 games, while Thomas (23.5) and Johnson (14.5) are averaging more than 14 minutes off the bench. They rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
•    The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points in 7 games, including Oklahoma State (34), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), Oral Roberts (33), Oklahoma (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30) and 20+ points in 5 other contests.
•    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, posting team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado.
•    Iwundu registered his second double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He is one of 19 players in the Big 12 this time with multiple double-doubles, including three freshmen (Devin Williams and Joel Embiid). He scored in double figures for the 4th time this season (and 1st in Big 12 play) with 11 points vs. Oklahoma (1/14).
•    Thomas made his debut vs. Tulane (12/28), leading in both assists (4) and steals (3) to go with 2 points and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes. He added a team-best 6 assists vs. George Washington (12/31), while he had a season-best 9 points at Kansas (1/11).
•    The four freshmen have accounted for 458 points (an average of 26.9 points per game) on 39 percent shooting (147-of-377) with 54 of the team’s 99 3-pointers to go with 191 rebounds, 108 assists and 39 steals in a combined 1,284 minutes.

WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
•    Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.9 points in the last 8 games.
•    During this 8-game span, Williams is shooting 60 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the free throw line.
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 3 of the last 4 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11) and a near double-double of 10 points and 9 rebounds vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14).
•    Williams has solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 9-of-11 opportunities... He hit the game-clinching free throws in wins vs. Oklahoma State (3 in a row in last
13 seconds) and Oklahoma (4 straight in last 23 seconds).

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