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K-State Continues Road Swing at Texas Tech Tuesday


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Feb. 24, 2014

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GAME 28
KANSAS STATE (18-9, 8-6 Big 12)
AT TEXAS TECH (13-14, 5-9 Big 12)
Tuesday, Feb. 25 >> United Spirit Arena (15,098) >>
Lubbock, Texas >> 6 p.m. CT


TELEVISION
ESPN2
Dave Flemming (play-by-play)  >> Miles Simon (analyst)
Mandy Cohen (producer)
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)  >> Stan Weber (analyst)

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
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TICKETS
www.TexasTech.com
(806) 742.8324(806) 742.8324
athletic.tickets@ttu.edu
$20

COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 358-172 (16th year)
at K-State: 45-17 (2nd year)
vs. Texas Tech: 4-0 (1-0 on the road)

Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (High Point ’73)
Overall: 524-240 (23rd year)
at Texas Tech: 13-14 (1st year)
vs. K-State: 0-1 (0-0 at home)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (18-9, 8-6 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Spradling (8.1 ppg., 2.9 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (15.2 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
G – #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
F – #11 Nino Williams (6.4 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.4 rpg.)

Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9 Big 12)
G – #14 Robert Turner (9.8 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
G – #20 Toddrick Gotcher (7.4 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
F – #30 Jaye Crockett (14.3 ppg., 6.6 rpg.)
F – #32 Jordan Tolbert (11.1 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
F – #11 Dejan Kravic (6.7 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 19-10 (14-10 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 12-2 (W, 66-58, 1/28/2014)
In Lubbock: Texas Tech leads 7-6 (W, 68-59, 2/5/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 66-58, 1/28/2014 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Texas Tech: 4-0 (1-0 on the road)
Smith vs. K-State: 0-1 (0-0 at home)
Weber vs. Smith: Weber leads 7-3 (2-2 on the road)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Oklahoma 86, Kansas State 73
Game 27  *  Lloyd Noble Center  *  February 22, 2014
Kansas State couldn’t overcome a 27-point second-half deficit, as Oklahoma extended the Wildcats’ woes on the road with an 86-73 win at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. The Sooners dominated in nearly every category, connecting on better than 50 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the second half, to extend K-State’s road losing streak to six games. Down 68-41 with 9:42 to play, the Wildcats tried to make a game of it down the stretch, using a 25-9 run to close within 77-66 with under 3 minutes to play. However, the Sooners salted the game away down the stretch, going 9-of-10 from the free throw line to snap a 3-game losing streak in the series. Freshman Marcus Foster paced three Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 21 points, while fellow freshman Nigel Johnson and junior Thomas Gipson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.    
                      
QUICK HITTERS
•    K-State (18-9, 8-6 Big 12) concludes February with a second straight road trip on Tuesday, as the Wildcats travel to Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9 Big 12) for a 6 p.m. tip on ESPN2. The squad finishes the regular season with 2 of its last 3 games at home, beginning Saturday with Iowa State.  
•    With 4 games left in the regular season, K-State sits in 5th place in the Big 12 standings, just 1 game behind the 2nd-place trio of Iowa State (21-5, 9-5 Big 12), Oklahoma (20-7, 9-5 Big 12) and Texas (20-7, 9-5) and just 1 game ahead of 6th place West Virginia (15-12, 7-7 Big 12).
•    K-State enters Tuesday with a 6-game road losing streak, which is the longest since the school lost 16 in a row from Jan. 15, 2003 to Feb. 14, 2004. The team is 4-8 away from home, including 1-6 in true road games.
•    In contrast, K-State extended its home court winning streak to 14 games in the 65-53 win over TCU on Feb. 19. The 14-game winning streak ties 2 others (Feb. 17, 2009 to Jan. 18, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012) for the longest in Bramlage Coliseum’s 26-year history.
•    K-State head coach Bruce Weber heads into Tuesday’s game in a tie with Lon Kruger for the most wins by a head coach in his 1st 2 seasons in school history with 45. Kruger coached the Wildcats from 1986-90.
•    The schools will be meeting for the 32nd time with K-State holding a 19-12 edge in the series (19-10 without 2 forfeits by Texas Tech in 1997).
•    The Wildcats have won 8 in a row vs. the Red Raiders since 2009, including 3 straight in Lubbock and a 66-58 victory in the 1st meeting on Jan. 28.
•    K-State is one of the fewest teams to boast 6 Top 35 RPI wins, including wins over No.1 Kansas, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 32 George Washington. The Wildcats have an NCAA RPI of 42 and a rating of 37 in Sagarin and 47 in ESPN BPI.
•    K-State ranks in the Top 45 nationally and tops in the Big 12 in scoring defense (64.1 ppg., 42nd), field goal percentage defense (40.3, 44th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.8, 7th). The Wildcats have held 14 opponents to its season-low in points, including 13 to 60 points or less.
•    K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 13 of the last 18 games, including 9 times in Big 12 play.
•    The Wildcats have shown balance with 7 different players leading the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while 3 players - Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson and Shane Southwell - are averaging in double figures.

THE OPPONENT: TEXAS TECH (13-14, 5-9 Big 12)
•    Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9 Big 12) enters Tuesday’s game on a 3-game losing streak after dropping a pair of road games at Iowa State (64-70) and Oklahoma State (62-84) to go with a narrow home loss to Kansas (63-64)... Prior to the skid, the Red Raiders had won 3 in a row, including a 68-60 win at Oklahoma to go with home wins over TCU and Oklahoma State.
•    Texas Tech is 10-5 at home, including 3-4 in Big 12 play... The Red Raiders have knocked off Baylor, TCU and OSU at home.
•    Texas Tech is averaging 70.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting, including 32.9 percent from 3-point range, to go with 33 rebounds, 11.9 assists, 6.1 steals and 3.8 blocks per game, while allowing 68.7 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting... The Red Raiders are averaging 67.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 69.3 points on 46 percent shooting.
•    Texas Tech ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (74.2), while is 3rd in scoring defense, 4th in field goal percentage and rebounding margin (+3.6) and 5th in blocked shots and 3-point field goal percentage defense.
•    Texas Tech is 1st in Big 12-only scoring defense (69.3) and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.7).
•    Texas Tech has 5 players hitting at 70 percent or better from the free throw line, including 3 of 5 probable starters.
•    Texas Tech has 6 players averaging better than 6 points per game, including 2 in double figures... Senior Jaye Crockett paces 2 players in double figures with a team-high 14.3 points on 52.3 percent shooting to go with a team-best 6.6 rebounds,1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in a team-best 29.6 minutes per game... Junior Jordan Tolbert is second on the team in both scoring (11.1 ppg.) and rebounding (6.0 rpg.), while connecting on a team-best 57.4 percent shooting... Junior transfer Robert Turner is just outside of double-digit points at 9.8 per game to go with a team-high 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game... Sophomore Dusty Hannahs adds 8.7 points per game with a team-high 40 3-point field goals and knocks down 91.5 percent (54-of-59) of his free throws.
•    Texas Tech is led by first-year head coach Tubby Smith, who has a 524-240 record in his 23rd season in his head coaching career... He has led four schools - Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota - to the NCAA Tournament, including a NCAA title in his first season at Kentucky in 1997-98... He has 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in 22 seasons, including 9 trips to the Sweet 16.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 32nd meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 19-12.
•    K-State leads the series, 19-10, if you remove 2 forfeited Texas Tech wins from the 1996-97 season.
•    K-State leads the series, 13-11, in the Big 12 era with a 12-10 mark in regular-season meetings.
•    Texas Tech leads the series at home with a 7-6 mark... K-State has won 3 in a row at United Spirit Arena.
•    K-State has won 9 of the last 11 meetings, including a current streak of 8 straight wins dating back to 2009.
•    Head coaches Bruce Weber and Tubby Smith have a long history with one another, having faced off against each other 9 times during their stints at Illinois and Minnesota... Weber holds a 6-3 advantage vs. Smith in their respective careers.
•    Thomas Gipson has averaged 10.4 points in 5 career games vs. Tech on 63.3 percent shooting with 5.6 rebounds per game, while Will Spradling has averaged 8.3 points in 6 career games and has gone 21-of-22 from the free throw line.

K-STATE/TEXAS TECH CONNECTIONS
•    Three players - Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls), Thomas Gipson (Cedar Hill) and Wesley Iwundu (Houston) - hail from the Lone Star State... Gipson’s father, Thomas, played basketball for Texas from 1987-88 before transferring to Sam Houston State.
•    Two members of the staff - assistant coach Alvin Brooks III (Houston) and strength coach Jimmy Price - also hail from the state of Texas... Brooks, the son of former Houston coach Alvin Brooks II, also coached in the state at Midland College and Sam Houston State... Price is a 2001 graduate of Texas Tech and served as an assistant strength coach at Texas Tech from 2001-03.

NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: K-STATE 66, TEXAS TECH 58
•    K-State held Texas Tech to its second-lowest point total (58) of the season on a season-low 33.9 percent (19-of-56) shooting... The Wildcats held the Red Raiders to just 20 points in the 1st half on 29.2 percent (7-of-24) shooting.
•    K-State scored 66 points on 44 percent (22-of-50), including just 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point range.
•    K-State continued to share the ball at a high rate, dishing out 16 assists to 22 made field goals.
•    K-State’s bench played a big factor, posting 25 points... It marked the 9th time this year that the bench has had 20+ points.
•    K-State tied a season-high with 5 blocked shots... Senior Shane Southwell led the team in blocks for the 13th time.
•    K-State connected on better than 70 percent (19-of-27) from the free throw line, including 75 percent (15-of-20) in the second half... The squad has done that in 8 games this season... The team hit its last 12 attempts, including 10 in the last 5 minutes.
•    K-State saw 3 players score in double figures, including Will Spradling’s team-high 17 points.
•    Nino Williams scored in double figures with 13 points off the bench, while Wesley Iwundu added 11 points.

ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
•    Tuesday’s game will be the 8th road game, which includes a win (65-47) at TCU and losses at Kansas (60-86), Texas (64-67), Iowa State (75-81), West Virginia (71-81), Baylor (73-87, 2 OTs) and Oklahoma (73-86).
•    The current 6-game road losing streak is the longest since the program lost 16 in a row from Jan. 15, 2003 to Feb. 14, 2004.
•    K-State has posted a 40-37 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 32-33 mark in Big 12 road contests.  
•    K-State is 8-9 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 7-9 in Big 12 play.
•    K-State has tallied a winning road record 3 times in the last 4 seasons with a composite 24-14 mark in that span.
•    K-State’s road woes of late has been stark in comparison to its road futility from 1996 to 2006... During that 10-year stretch, the Wildcats were a combined 18-89 on the road, including 10-70 in Big 12 play. Four times (1996-97, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02) the team lost more than 10 road contests in a season and went winless on the road in Big 12 play on four occasions.
•    K-State is 4-8 away from home this season with neutral site games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (1-2), Wichita Wildcat Classic (1-0) vs. Gonzaga and Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival (1-0) vs. Tulane to go with its 7 true road games.

IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
•    K-State has been one of the better teams in the country in February over the last 5 seasons, boasting an impressive 35-10 mark, including 7-win campaigns in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13... The team is 10-4 under Bruce Weber in the second month.
•    K-State has a 20-3 mark at home in February since 2009 with its losses coming to Kansas (2009, 2012) and Iowa State (2012).
•    K-State is 15-7 on the road in February over the last 6 seasons, but just 0-3 in 2013-14.
•    Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 42-19 in February with a winning record in each of the last 5 seasons.
•    K-State finished January with a 5-3 mark, as the school clinched its 6th winnng record in the month in the last 8 seasons.
•    K-State also had a stellar December, as the Wildcats posted a 7-0 mark... It was the 5th perfect December in school history.

OKLAHOMA POSTGAME NOTES
•    K-State dropped its 6th straight road contest to fall to 4-8 away from Bramlage Coliseum and 1-6 in true road contests.
•    Oklahoma now leads the series, 105-94, including a 60-26 mark at home... The Sooners also hold a 14-9 mark in the Big 12 era, including a 13-9 in the regular season... The win also snapped a 3-game losing streak to K-State.
•    K-State allowed 80 or more points for the 7th time this season, as the potent Oklahoma scored 86 points on 50.9 percent (28-of-55) shooting, including an opponent-high 60 percent (12-of-20) in the 2nd half... The team is 1-5 when allowing 80+ points.
•    Oklahoma set an opponent-high with 10 3-point field goals on 43.5 percent (10-of-23) shooting.
•    Oklahoma scored 19 points off of 13 K-State turnovers... The Sooners averaged 23.0 points off of turnovers in 2 meetings.
•    K-State faced its largest deficit at 27 points with 9:42 in the 2nd half, while the 19-point halftime deficit was also the largest.
•    K-State connected on 50 percent (27-of-54) of its field goals vs. Oklahoma, including 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from 3-point range... It marked the 6th time that the Wildcats have connected on 50 percent from field and 4th time shooting 50 percent from 3-point range... K-State averaged 72.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting, including 52.5 percent from 3-point range, vs. Oklahoma.
•    K-State’s 51 points in the 2nd half were the most scored in a 2nd half this season on 58.1 percent (18-of-31) shooting.
•    The 4 freshmen accounted for a season-high 43 points on 57.7 percent (15-of-26) shooting from the field.
•    Freshman Marcus Foster scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 field goals, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range... It marked the 22nd time that he has scored in double figures, including the 11th time in Big 12 play, while it marked his 6th 20-point game.
•    Freshman Nigel Johnson scored in double figures for 1st time in Big 12 play with 11 points.
•    Junior Thomas Gipson scored in double figures for the 16th time this season and 38th time in career with 10 points.

HOME VS. ROAD
•    K-State has a stark contrast in its record at home and on the road, as the Wildcats boast a 14-1 record in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum (including 14 straight wins), but are just 4-8 away from home (including 1-6 in true road contests).
•    K-State is averaging 71.3 points on 44 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range, in its 15 home games, while its limiting its opponents to just 59.7 points on 37.6 percent shooting, including 24.5 percent from beyond the arc...
•    During its 7 home Big 12 games, the Wildcats are averaging 73.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range, while holding its opponents to 63.3 points on 36 percent shooting, including 26.9 percent from 3.
•    K-State is averaging 66.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting, including 32.4 percent from 3-point range, in its 12 games away from home, while allowing opponents to 69.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from beyond the arc...
•    During its 7 true road games, the squad is averaging 68.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 76.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting, including 34.9 percent from 3.
•    Freshman Marcus Foster is the leading scorer regardless of venue, but his home stats are markedly better, as he averages 16.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting, including 42.7 percent from 3-point range, in 15 games at Bramlage Coliseum and 17.0 points on 48.8 percent shooting, including 48.8 percent from beyond the arc, in the 7 Big 12 home games.
•    Foster averages 14.2 points on 38.8 percent shooting, including 34.7 percent from 3-point range, in the 12 games away from home, including 16.1 points on 41.4 percent shooting, including 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, in 7 true road contests.
•    Junior Thomas Gipson tends to play better away from home, averaging 13 points on 59.3 percent shooting with a team-best 5.8 rebounds in the 12 games away from home, including 14 points on 58 percent shooting with 6.0 rebounds in the 7 true road games... He is averaging 10.5 points on 53.1 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds in the 15 home games.

WINNING WITH DEFENSE
•    K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (64.1 ppg.), field goal percentage (40.3) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.8)... In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in field goal percentage (41.0) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.2) and 2nd in scoring defense (69.9 ppg.).
•    K-State ranks in the Top 45 nationally in all 3 categories, placing 7th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 42nd in scoring defense and 44th in field goal percentage defense.
•    K-State ranks 25th nationally (and 1st among Big 12 schools) in the UPS Defensive Team Performance Index at 119.19... The rating measure effective field goal percentage against opponents.
•    The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 27 opponents to its season-low in points, including to 60 or less on 13 occasions... 14 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 18 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State has held 29 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 27-2 record in those games.
•    If you take out the 7 games it has yielded 80+ points (Georgetown, Kansas, ISU, West Virginia, Baylor and Oklahoma), K-State is holding its 20 other opponents to 56.8 points per game on 36.9 percent shooting, including 25.4 percent from 3-point range.
•    In 15 home games, K-State holding its opponents to 59.7 points on 37.6 percent shooting, including 24.5 percent from 3-point range... The team is holding its 7 Big 12 foes to 63.3 points on 36 percent shooting, including 28.4 percent from 3, at home.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE ACCOLADES
•    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 held Gonzaga to a season-low 62 points on 48 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range... The team 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).
•    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.
•    George Washington was held to 22 points under its scoring average of 77.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting.
•    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).
•    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.
•    West Virginia was held to nearly 24 points under its scoring average of 79.9 points on a season-low 32.7 percent (16-of-49) from the field, including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from 3-point range... The 56 points were a season-low for the Mountaineers.
•    Texas Tech was held to its second-lowest point total (58) and its lowest field goal percentage (33.9).
•    K-State held Texas to its lowest point total at 57 points on its 2nd-lowest field goal percentage at 32.7 percent (18-of-55)... The Wildcats also forced the Longhorns into a season-high 18 turnovers, scoring a season-best 26 points off of those miscues.

EFFICIENT OFFENSE
•    K-State is averaging 69.3 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting, including 33.2 percent from 3-point range... Although, the Wildcats rank 8th in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage and 9th in scoring offense in the Big 12, the team is 3rd in assists (15.7 apg.)... The squad ranks 22nd in assists per game, 27th in assists and 44th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    K-State has scored 70+ points in 16 games this season, including 13 times in the last 18 games.
•    K-State ranks 3rd in field goal percentage (45.5) and 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.6) in Big 12 play.
•    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 3 times and 73, 74 and 75 points, respectively, in 5 other contests.
•    K-State is 27-5 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 12-4 this season.
•    K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 64.3 percent (425 of 661) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (63.6) and Baylor (60.1) - have an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
•    K-State also leads the Big 12 in assists on made field goals in league play at 63.9 percent (227 of 355).
•    K-State has an assist on 70 percent of its field goals in 14 games, including a season-best 89.3 percent vs. Baylor (2/15).
•    K-State has posted at least 20 assists in 5 games, including 3 times in Big 12 play, with a season-best 25 vs. Baylor (2/15).

BENCH POINTS
•    K-State has gotten valuable production from its bench, as the reserves have accounted for 489 points or 18.1 per game.
•    Reserves have accounted for 20+ points in 11 games, including a season-best 30 points vs. Kansas (2/10).
•    In fact, the bench has produced double-digit points in all but 3 games (Ole Miss, at Texas and at West Virginia).
•    K-State is averaging 17.7 points from its bench in Big 12 play, including 18.9 points in its 8 Big 12 wins.
•    The bench has produced 9 double-digit scoring games this season, including 3 times each by Nino Williams (Texas Tech, at Kansas and Oklahoma State) and Nigel Johnson (Charlotte, Tulane and Oklahoma) and once each by Wesley Iwundu (Northern Colorado), Omari Lawrence (Long Beach State) and Thomas Gipson (Long Beach State).
•    Prior to his start vs. Baylor, Williams had been averaging 6.8 points on 50 percent shooting in the previous 11 games with 3.2 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game... This stretch includes 4 double-digit scoring games, including 15 vs. Oklahoma State (1/4).
•    Lawrence has averaged 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 16.3 minutes per game in the last 8 outings.
•    D.J. Johnson has averaged 6.2 points on 70.6 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game in last 5 games.

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 13 of 18 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 17 opponents, including 16 in the last 23 games.
•    To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 33-5 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 13-4 this season, while just 11-12 in the last two seasons and 5-5 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 4 players posting at least 4 rebounds in 13 of 18 wins, including at least 5 players with 4+ rebounds in 11 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).
•    7 players have led in rebounding, including 13 times by Thomas Gipson, 5 by D.J. Johnson, 4 by Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nino Williams, 2 by Shane Southwell and 1 by Will Spradling.
•    Gipson has 3 double-doubles (vs. LBSU, Oklahoma State and TCU) on the season (and 7 in career), while Iwundu has 2.
•    The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 12.6 per game with Gipson ranking 9th with 2.2 per game.

SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
•    Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking 1st  in blocks (1.0 bpg.), 2nd in rebounding (4.6 rpg.), assists (3.1 apg.) and steals (0.9 spg.) and 3rd in scoring (10.2 ppg.) and minutes (27.5 mpg.).
•    Southwell missed the Baylor (2/15) and TCU (2/19) due to a foot injury, snapping a 51-game playing streak... He has missed just 8 games in his K-State career, playing in 120 games, and was the 1st miss since the George Washington game in 2012.
•    Southwell needs 1 game to jump into the career games played list, while he is 9 assists shy of breaking into career Top 10.
•    Southwell ranks 2nd on the team on season play hard chart with 156, including a team-high 93 deflections/blocks.
•    Southwell has been the leader in blocks 13 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 4 times and rebounding 2 times.
•    11 times he has scored in double figures with a career-high 21 points vs. George Washington (12/31)... He recorded his 1st career 20-point game in Big 12 play with a team-tying 20 vs. West Virginia (1/18) to go with 4 3-pointers.
•    Southwell has scored in double figures 11 times in the last 23 games played, including 9 times in the last 18 outings.
•    Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 7th), blocked shots (11th) and assists (11th).

EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
•    Senior Will Spradling brings tons of experience to a youthful team, having played in 128 games with 99 starts... He ranks 1st in assists (77), steals (34) and minutes (30.1), 2nd in 3-pointers (43) and 4th in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and field goals (67).
•    Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 9 career categories in school history, including 4th in 3-point attempts (497), 5th in games played (128), minutes (3,521), steals (117) and free throw percentage (81.3), 6th in starts (99), 3-pointers (176), assists (313) and 9th in wins (90)... He is the 9th player in school history to tally at least 90 wins in a career.
•    Spradling and fellow senior Shane Southwell have compiled a 90-39 mark in their career, including 42-24 in Big 12 play.
•    Only 4 other players in school history have played more minutes than Spradling... Those include Steve Henson (4,474, 1987-90), Jacob Pullen (3,978, 2007-11), Rodney McGruder (3,708, 2009-13) and Askia Jones (3,547, 1989-94).
•    With 1 more start, Spradling would become the 6th player in school history with 100 starts, joining Ed Nealy (118), Steve Henson (118), Rolando Blackman (116), Jacob Pullen (116) and Rodney McGruder (102).
•    With 5 assists vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, Spradling became the 6th Wildcat (1st since Jacob Pullen) to tally 300 assists in a career... The 5 others include Henson (582), Pullen (455), Clent Stewart (395), Tyrone Adams (323) and Rolando Blackman (320).
•    Spradling, who had 5 points vs. Oklahoma (2/22), now ranks 25th on the school’s scoring chart with 991 points... He needs 9 points to become the 25th player in school history with 1,000 points and the first since Rodney McGruder (2012)
•    Spradling has chance to become the 4th Wildcat with 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals, joining Henson, Jones and Pullen... He is 9 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.
•    Spradling is averaging 10.3 points in the last 9 games (since at Texas) on 50.8 percent shooting (32-of-63), including 47.5 percent (19-of-40) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 33.8 minutes per game.
•    Spradling ranks 5th in the Big 12 in steals (1.3), 9th in 3-point field goals (1.6), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.1) and 12th in assists (2.9)... He also ranks 2nd in Big 12-only games in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9), 7th in steals (1.2), 8th in 3-point field goals made (1.8) and 9th in 3-point field goal percentage.

GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
•    Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first 2 games... He is averaging 11.7 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (56.4) and rebounding (6.4 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
•    Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (16), field goals (115) and free throws (63) and 3rd in blocks (11).
•    Gipson has led the team in scoring 8 times and a team-best 13 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (13).
•    Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.8 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (11.9 ppg.) and field goal percentage (53.7)  in Big 12-only games.
•    Gipson posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 points at Texas (1/21).
•    289 of 291 points have been scored in the last 22 games, including 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22), 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5), 14 vs. Gonzaga (12/21), 19 vs. TCU (1/7) & West Virginia (2/1), 20 vs. West Virginia (1/14), 24 at Texas (1/21) and 16 vs. TCU (2/19).
•    Gipson earned his career 7th double-double vs. TCU (2/19) with team-highs in both points (16) and rebounds (11).
•    Gipson ranks 1st on the team on the season play hard chart with 174 points, including a team-high 56 offensive rebounds.
•    Due to his off-season weight loss, Gipson has played 30+ minutes 11 times... Prior to this year, he had only done that twice.

FOSTER AMONG THE NATION’S BEST FRESHMEN
•    Freshman Marcus Foster has placed his name among the best freshmen in the country, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring (15.2 ppg.), field goals (141), 3-point field goals (63) and double-digit scoring games (22)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.3), 6th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.1), 11th in scoring and 14th in field goal percentage.
•    In Big 12 play, Foster is averaging a team-best 16.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting, including 43.4 percent from 3-point range, with 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.6 minutes per game... In Big 12-only games, he is 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage and 5th in 3-point field goals (2.6), 11th in scoring and field goal percentage, 13th in assists and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 22 games (11 in Big 12 play) and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 14 times.
•    Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 24 of 27 games... He has 2+ treys in 19 games and 4+ treys in 7 contests with a season-best 5 vs. Texas (2/8)... He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25).
•    Foster has twice been named the CBSSports.com/USBWA Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7 & Feb. 11) and Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Jan. 6 & Feb. 10)... He won the awards for the 1st time after averaging 16 points in wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State then a 2nd time after his 34-point effort vs. No. 15/18 Texas.
•    Foster became just the 5th true freshman in school history to post a 30-point game with his season-high 34 points vs. No. 15/18 Texas (2/8) on 13-of-16 field goals, joining Mike Evans (1), Curtis Redding (4), Norris Coleman (7) and Michael Beasley (13) in that exclusive company... Only 6 freshmen in Big 12 history have scored more points in game.
•    Foster’s 34-point effort was the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen went for 38 points vs. Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2011, while it was the most by a freshman since Michael Beasley scored 39 points vs. Kansas on March 1, 2008.
•    In all, Foster has 6 games of 20 or more points this season with 5 of those coming in the last 8 games (all in Big 12 play).
•    Foster already ranks in the freshman Top 10 in 10 categories, including 1st in 3-pointers, 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage, 6th in points, field goals and field goals attempted, 8th in free throws and 9th in minutes and free throw percentage.
•    Foster has started in all 27 games this season and if that trend continues the rest of the season he would be the 5th freshmen to accomplish the feat, joining Michael Beasley (33), Clent Stewart (29), Norris Coleman (28) and Bill Walker (28).

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 4 games, marking the first time a freshmen has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first 4 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 15 times in 27 games, including 13 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 16 occasions and in rebounding 5 times... They have also combined for 30 double-digit scoring games.
•    The freshmen have accounted for 40+ points 2 times (OU - 43 and Texas - 42), 30+ points in 10 others (OSU - 34, ISU - 33, Charlotte - 33, Gonzaga - 33, ORU - 33, OU - 32, WVU - 32, Ole Miss - 31, Tulane - 30 and Kansas - 30 and 20+ points in 6 others.
•    Foster and Iwundu have started together in 26 of the last 27 games, while Thomas (20.4) and Johnson (13.2) are averaging more than 13 minutes off the bench... They rank 1st and 4th, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
•    Iwundu became just the 3rd Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career game, posting team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado (11/8).
•    Iwundu had his 2nd double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds... He is 1 of 24 players in the Big 12 with multiple double-doubles, including 5 freshmen... He posted season-highs for assists (8) and steals (3) vs. Texas (2/8).
•    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 had led the team in assists 7 times in 14 games played with a season-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
•    The 4 freshmen have accounted for 730 points (an average of 27 points per game) on 40.5 percent shooting (244-of-603) with 86 of the team’s 162 3-pointers to go with 277 rebounds, 205 assists and 59 steals in a combined 2,047 minutes.

WILLIAMS AN IMPACT AS A STARTER AND RESERVE
•    Junior Nino Williams earned just his 4th start of the season Saturday at Oklahoma (2/22), leading the team in rebounds with 6 to go with 5 points... He had a career-high 20 points and 8 rebounds at Baylor (2/15), while he had 11 points vs. TCU (2/19).
•    Williams is averaging 12 points on 53.3 percent shooting with 6.0 rebounds in his last 3 starts in 29 minutes per game.
•    Prior to the start, Williams had become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.0 points in the last 15 games.
•    During this 18-game span, Williams is averaging 7.8 points on 52.4 percent shooting and 78.6 percent from charity stripe.
•    K-State boasts a 9-3 record in games in which Williams scores in double figures, including 4-2 this season.
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 6 of the last 14 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), 12 points at No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11),10 points vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14), 13 points vs. Texas Tech (1/28) and 11 points vs. TCU (2/19).
•    Williams has solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 12-of-14 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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