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K-State Plays At Oklahoma State on ESPN's Big Monday


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March 3, 2014

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Game 30
KANSAS STATE (20-9, 10-6 Big 12)
AT OKLAHOMA STATE (19-10, 7-9 Big 12)
Monday, March 3 >> Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) >>
Stillwater, Okla. >> 8 p.m. CT


TELEVISION
ESPN
Brent Musburger (play-by-play) >> Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
WatchESPN Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 91/XM 91
                      
LIVE STATS/AUDIO
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Audio – www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/

TICKETS
www.okstate.com
(877) ALL-4-OSU
tickets@okstate.edu
 
COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 360-172 (16th year)
at K-State: 47-17 (2nd year)
vs. Oklahoma State: 4-1 (0-1 on the road)

Oklahoma State: Travis Ford (Kentucky ’95)
Overall: 313-220 (17th year)
at Oklahoma State: 123-73 (6th year)
vs. K-State: 4-7 (3-1 at home)              

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (20-9, 10-6 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Spradling (8.1 ppg., 2.8 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (15.1 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
G - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.9 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
F - #11 Nino Williams (6.2 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)

Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9 Big 12)
G - #33 Marcus Smart (17.6 ppg., 4.7 apg.)
G - #13 Phil Forte (12.9 ppg., 1.7 rpg.)
G - #22 Markel Brown (16.9 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)
F - #2 Le’Bryan Nash (14.4 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
C - #21 Kamari Murphy (6.2 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 75-49 (OSU leads 14-8 in Big 12 play)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 37-15 (W, 74-71, 1/4/2014)
In Stillwater: Oklahoma State leads 30-24 (W, 76-70, 3/9/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 74-71, 1/4/2014 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Oklahoma State: Weber leads 4-1 (0-1 on the road)
Ford vs. K-State: 4-7 (3-1 at home)
Weber vs. Ford: Weber leads 3-1 (0-1 on the road)

LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 80, 15/17 Iowa State 73
Game 29  *  Bramlage Coliseum  *  March 1, 2014
K-State got a season-high 38 points from its reserves to run its home court winning streak to a Bramlage Coliseum-record 15 games with an 80-73 win over No. 15/17 Iowa State before a sold-out crowd on Saturday. The team has now won 10 of their last 13 meetings vs. ranked teams on their home court, including five in a row this season. K-State eclipsed the 80-point barrier for the third time this season and the second time in Big 12 play, which included a season-best 79.3 percent (23-of-29) effort from the free throw line. The defense was again stellar, holding the Cyclones to 10 points below their Big 12-best average on their second-lowest shooting effort (34.8). Shane Southwell led five Wildcats in double figures with a team-high 13 points from the bench, which included four first-half 3-pointers, while Thomas Gipson and D.J. Johnson each added 12 points.  

QUICK HITTERS
•    K-State (20-9, 10-6 Big 12) begins the final week of the regular season with a trip to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9 Big 12) before an ESPN Big Monday audience at 8 p.m. CT. It will be the final road trip of the season, as the squad wraps up its home schedule on Saturday, March 8 with Baylor (19-10, 7-9 Big 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT.
•    With 2 games remaining in the regular season, K-State sits in a 4-way tie for 2nd place with Iowa State (22-6), Oklahoma (21-8) and Texas (21-8), just 2 games ahead of 6th place West Virginia (16-13, 8-8 Big 12). The teams, plus top-seeded Kansas, have all clinched byes to the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships set for March 12-15.
•    K-State snapped a 6-game road losing skid with a 60-56 win at Texas Tech on Feb. 25. The team is 5-8 away from home, including 2-6 true road contests. The Wildcats have just 1 win in their last 13 visits to Stillwater.
•    K-State earned its 20th win of the season, including its 6th vs. a Top 25 opponent and 10th in Big 12 play, with an 80-73 victory over No. 15/17 Iowa State. It marked the school-record 8th consecutive season that the school has posted a 20-win season, while it was the 5th straight season that the team has double-digit conference wins. The Wildcats are averaging 23.4 wins and 10.5 conference wins per season since 2006-07.
•    K-State ran its home court winning streak to a Bramlage Coliseum-record 15 games in Saturday’s win over No. 15/17 Iowa State. It ranks as the longest home winning streak since posting 20 consecutive wins at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 28, 1981 to Jan. 30, 1982.
•    K-State is one of 8 teams with 7 Top 50 RPI wins, including No.1 Kansas, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 32 George Washington. Currently, the Wildcats have an NCAA RPI of 36 and a rating of 35 in Sagarin and 44 in ESPN BPI.
•    K-State ranks in the Top 40 and tops in the Big 12 in scoring defense (64.1 ppg., 39th), field goal percentage defense (40.0, 38th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3, 5th). The Wildcats have held 14 foes to its season-low in points, including 14 to 60 points or less. In last 2 years, the team has held a Big 12-best 27 opponents to less than 60 points.
•    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 2 players - Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson - are averaging in double figures.

THE OPPONENT: OKLAHOMA STATE (19-10, 7-9 Big 12)
•    Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9 Big 12) enters Monday’s game on a 3-game winning streak, which includes a pair of wins at home against Texas Tech (84-62) and No. 5/6 Kansas (72-65)... The win streak came on the heels of a 7-game skid from Jan. 27 to Feb. 17 and included a 3-game suspension of reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart.
•    Oklahoma State is 12-3 at home this season, including 5-3 in league play.
•    Oklahoma State is averaging 80.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting, including 36.6 percent from 3-point range, to go with 35.9 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 7.5 steals and 5.0 blocks per game, while allowing 68.8 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting... The Cowboys are averaging 75.9 points in Big 12 play on 44.1 percent shooting, while yielding 72.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting.
•    Oklahoma State ranks 1st in the Big 12 in scoring margin (+12.0), steals (7.5 spg.) and turnover margin (+3.6), while the team is 2nd in field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense and 3rd in scoring offense, assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and field goal percentage and 4th in scoring defense and defensive rebounds (26.0).
•    Smart paces four players in double figures at 17.6 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting, including 29.3 percent from 3-point range... The reigning Big 12 Player of the Week also leads the team in free throws (146), assists (4.7 apg.) and steals (2.6 spg.)... Senior Markel Brown is second in scoring at 16.9 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists on a team-best 34.8 minutes per outing... Junior Le’Bryan Nash averages 14.4 points on 53.2 percent shooting with 5.7 rebounds, while sophomore sharpshooter Phil Forte averages 12.9 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting with a team-high 82 3-pointers and Big 12 -best 89.5 free throw percentage. Sophomore Kamari Murphy is the leader in rebounding (6.3 rpg.).
•    Oklahoma State is led by sixth-year head coach Travis Ford, who is attempting to win post his 5th 20-win season in the last 6 years and boasts a 123-73 record in his tenure... He has a 313-220 record in his 17th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Campbellsville (1997-2000), Eastern Kentucky (2000-05) and Massachusetts (2005-08).
•    Travis Ford is 4-7 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 3-1 mark at home.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 125th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 75-49, since that first meeting on Jan. 21, 1922... The Cowboys are 30-24 at home vs. the Wildcats, including wins in 12 of the last 13 meetings in Stillwater.
•    Oklahoma State leads the series, 14-10, during the Big 12 era, including a 9-1 mark at home... Since OSU rattled off wins in 10 of 11 meetings from 1997-2007, K-State has won 7 of the last 11 games in the series, including 5 of the last 6.
•    K-State averaged 70.3 points in the 3 meetings in 2013 on 41.2 percent shooting, including 34.4 percent from 3-point range, while holding OSU to 66.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting, including 26.8 percent from beyond the arc... The Wildcats held the Cowboys to below 70 points in each of its two wins, while it allowed 76 in the loss in Stillwater.
•    K-State will be playing Oklahoma State for the 2nd time on ESPN’s Big Monday and the 1st time since the No. 3 Cowboys posted a 72-34 win over the Wildcats at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 6, 1992... It was K-State’s 1st-ever Big Monday contest.
•    Junior Nino Williams has scored in double figures in 2 of the last 3 meetings with Oklahoma State, including a 15-point effort in the win on Jan. 4... He is averaging 9 points on 56.5 percent shooting (13-of-23) in 4 career games with the Cowboys, while fellow junior Thomas Gipson has averaged 7 points on 49 percent shooting (17-of-35) in 6 career contests vs. OSU.

NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: K-STATE 74, 6/6 OKLAHOMA STATE 71
•    K-State and OSU will meet for the 1st time since Jan. 4 when the Wildcats posted a 74-71 win over the sixth-ranked Cowboys in the Big 12 opener... It was the team’s 9th consecutive win during a 10-game winning streak from Nov. 24 to Jan. 7.
•    K-State scored 74 points on 36.7 percent shooting (22-of-60), including just 23.8 percent (5-of-21) from 3-point range, but scored 15 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds and converted on 25 of-36 attempts from the free throw line.
•    Oklahoma State scored 70 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc.
•    K-State out-rebounded Oklahoma State, 38-37, which marked the 10th consecutive game out-rebounding an opponent.
•    Marcus Foster had a team-leading 17 points on 6-of-13 field goals, including 2 of 3-pointers, with a season-high 8 rebounds.
•    Nino Williams joined Foster in double digits, posting a season-best 15 points on 4-of-7 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws.
•    Thomas Gipson recorded his 6th career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
•    Jevon Thomas scored 8 points on 4-of-10 field goals and dished out a game-high 5 assists in his 1st Big 12 game.

ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
•    Monday’s game will be the 9th road game, which includes wins at TCU (65-47) and Texas Tech (60-56) 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).
•    K-State snapped a 6-game road losing streak at Texas Tech, which was the longest since a 16-game road skid from 2003-04.
•    K-State has posted a 41-37 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 33-33 mark in Big 12 road contests.  
•    K-State is 9-9 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 8-9 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 5-8 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 8 true road games.

IN THE MONTH OF MARCH
•    K-State has a 22-19 record in the month of March over the last 8 seasons, including a 2-4 mark on the road during that span.
•    Monday’s meeting will mark the 6th time that the two teams have met in the month of March in the last 6 seasons, including the 3rd time at Gallagher-Iba... The Wildcats are 3-2 in that span with both losses coming in Stillwater in 2009 and 2013.
•    K-State is 5-3 under head coach Bruce Weber in March, including a 1-1 record on the road.

K-STATE BY MONTH
•    K-State wrapped up the month of February with a 60-56 win at Texas Tech to ensure itself of a winning record for the 6th straight season... The Wildcats are 43-19 in February since 2006-07.
•    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 and the 1st since 2009 (7-0)... The team now won 35 consecutive home games in December dating back to 2004.

IOWA STATE POSTGAME NOTES
•    K-State extended its home court winning streak to a Bramlage Coliseum-record 15 games with the win... It is the longest home court winning streak since the team won 20 in a row at Ahearn Field House from Jan. 28, 1981 to Jan. 30, 1982.
•    The win marks the school-record 8th consecutive season that K-State has won 20 or more games in a season, including the 5th straight season with double-digit conference wins... The team is averaging 23.4 wins per season since 2006-07.
•    K-State has now won 10 of its last 13 meetings vs. ranked teams on its home court, including 5 in a row this season.
•    K-State now leads the series, 136-81, with Iowa State including 79-25 in games played in Manhattan.
•    K-State eclipsed the 80-point barrier for the 3rd time this season and moved to 8-0 under Bruce Weber when scoring 80.
•    K-State continued to share the ball at a high rate, handing out 16 assists... It marks the 18th time with at least 15 assists.
•    5 players scored in double figures for the Wildcats for just the 2nd time this season.
•    K-State bench out-scored Iowa State, 38-2... The 38 bench points were a season-high and 25th time in double-digits.
•    K-State connected on a season-best 79.3 percent (23-of-29) from the free throw line.
•    K-State held Iowa State to its 2nd-lowest field goal percentage (34.8) and to just 25.9 percent from 3-point range.
•    Senior Shane Southwell led K-State with a team-high 13 points, including 4 3-pointers... He has now led the team in scoring 5 times this season, while he double figures for the 26th time in his career, including the 12th time this season.
•    Junior Thomas Gipson scored in double figures for the 18th time this season and 40th time in career with 12 points.
•    Sophomore D.J. Johnson tied a career-high with 12 points, which marked the 3rd time this season in double figures.
•    Freshmen Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu each scored in double figures with 11 points.

HOME VS. ROAD
•    K-State has a stark contrast in its record at home and on the road, as the Wildcats boast a 15-1 record in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum (including 15 straight wins), but are just 5-8 away from home (including 2-6 in true road contests).
•    K-State is averaging 71.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting, including 34 percent from 3-point range, in its 16 home games, while its limiting its opponents to just 60.6 points on 37.4 percent shooting, including 24.6 percent from beyond the arc...
•    During its 8 home Big 12 games, the Wildcats are averaging 74.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range, while holding its opponents to 64.5 points on 35.8 percent shooting, including 26.7 percent from 3.
•    K-State is averaging 66.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting, including 32.2 percent from 3-point range, in its 13 games away from home, while allowing opponents to 68.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting, including 32.7 percent from beyond the arc...
•    During its 8 true road games, the squad is averaging 67.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting, including 32.8 percent from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 73.9 points on 45 percent shooting, including 33.1 percent from 3.
•    Freshman Marcus Foster is the leading scorer regardless of venue, but his home stats are markedly better, as he averages 15.8 points on 44 percent shooting, including 41.9 percent from 3-point range, in 16 games at Bramlage Coliseum and 16.3 points on 47.8 percent shooting, including 46.7 percent from beyond the arc, in the 8 Big 12 home games.
•    Foster averages 14.4 points on 39.4 percent shooting, including 35.9 percent from 3-point range, in the 13 games away from home, including 16.3 points on 42 percent shooting, including 39.6 percent from beyond the arc, in 8 true road contests.
•    Junior Thomas Gipson tends to play better away from home, averaging 12.8 points on 59.3 percent shooting with a team-best 5.5 rebounds in the 13 games away from home, including 13.5 points on 58.1 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds in the 8 true road games... He is averaging 10.6 points on 51.9 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds in the 16 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 defense (40.0) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3)... In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in field goal percentage (40.3) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.9) and 2nd in scoring defense (69.2 ppg.).
•    K-State ranks in the Top 40 nationally in all 3 categories, placing 5th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 38th in field goal percentage defense and 39th in scoring defense.
•    The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 29 opponents to its season-low in points, including to 60 or less on 14 occasions... 16 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 20 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State has held 30 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 28-2 record in those games.
•    Under Weber, K-State has held a Big 12-best 27 opponents to less than 60 points with a 26-1 record in those games.
•    If you take out the 6 games it has yielded 80+ points (Georgetown, Kansas, ISU, West Virginia, Baylor and Oklahoma), K-State is holding its 23 other opponents to 57.5 points per game on 36.8 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range.
•    In 16 home games, K-State holding its opponents to 60.6 points on 37.4 percent shooting, including 24.6 percent from 3-point range... The team is holding its 8 Big 12 foes to 64.5 points on 35.8 percent shooting, including 27 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.
•    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.
•    K-State held Texas Tech to 57 points in 2 meetings on 35.2 percent shooting, including 26.1 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State held Iowa State to its 2nd-lowest field goal percentage (34.8) in its win, including 25.9 percent (7-of-27) from 3.

EFFICIENT OFFENSE
•    K-State is averaging 69.3 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting, including 33.2 percent from 3-point range... Although, the Wildcats rank near the bottom in scoring offense (9th), field goal percentage (8th) and 3-point field goal percentage (7th), the team is 2nd in assists (15.6 apg.)... The squad is 24th in assists per game, 28th in assists and 52nd in assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    K-State eclipsed the 2,000-point barrier for the 8th consecutive season with its 80-point output vs. Iowa State (3/1).
•    K-State has scored 70+ points in 17 games this season, including 14 times in the last 20 games.
•    K-State ranks 3rd in field goal percentage (45.0) and 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.1) 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 28-5 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 13-4 this season.
•    K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 64 percent (451 of 705) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (63.4) and Baylor (60.0) - have an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
•    K-State ranks 2nd in the Big 12 (to Iowa State) in assists on made field goals in league play at 63.4 percent (253 of 399).
•    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 531 points or 18.3 per game.
•    Reserves have accounted for 20+ points in 12 games, including 30+ points vs. Iowa State (38, 3/1) and Kansas (30, 2/10).
•    The 38 bench points vs. Iowa State (3/1) were the most since tallying 45 vs. Texas on Jan. 30, 2013.
•    In fact, the bench has produced double-digit points in all but 4 games (Ole Miss, at Texas, at West Virginia and at Texas Tech).
•    K-State is averaging 18.1 points from its bench in Big 12 play, including 19.2 points in its 10 Big 12 wins.
•    The bench has produced 11 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 (LBSU), Thomas Gipson (LBSU), Shane Southwell (Iowa State) and D.J. Johnson (Iowa State).
•    Prior to his start vs. Baylor (2/15), 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 included 4 double-digit scoring games, including 15 vs. OSU (1/4).
•    Johnson has averaged 6.1 points on 73.9 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds in 16 minutes per game in last 7 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 20 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 17 opponents, including 16 in the last 25 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 13-12 in the last two seasons and 7-5 this year when being out-rebounded.
•    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 14 times by Thomas Gipson, 5 by Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Johnson and Nino Williams, 4 by Marcus Foster, 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 12.3 per game with Gipson ranking 11th with 2.1 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 (4.5 rpg.), assists (2.9 apg.) and steals (0.9 spg.) and 3rd in scoring (9.9 ppg.) and minutes (27.3 mpg.).
•    Southwell and Will Spradling are looking to become the 3rd senior class to advance to 4 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, joining Steve Henson (1986-90) and former teammates Rodney McGruder, Jordan Henriquez and Martavious Irving.
•    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 122 games, and was the 1st miss since the George Washington game in 2012.
•    Southwell came off the bench to score a team-high 13 vs. Iowa State (3/1), playing 30 minutes for 1st time since Jan. 25.
•    Southwell now ranks 9th in career games played (122), while he is 7 assists shy of breaking into career Top 10.
•    Southwell has been the leader in blocks 13 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 5 times and rebounding 2 times.
•    12 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.

EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
•    Senior Will Spradling brings tons of experience to a youthful team, having played in 130 games with 101 starts... He ranks 1st in assists (82), steals (37) and minutes (30.1), 2nd in 3-pointers (47) and 4th in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and field goals (72).
•    Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 10 career categories in school history, including 3rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08), 4th in minutes (3,580), 3-point attempts (508) and steals (120), 5th in games played (130) and 3-pointers (180), 6th in starts (101), assists (318) and free throw percentage (81.0) and 9th in wins (92)... He is the 9th player to tally at least 90 wins in a career.
•    Spradling and fellow senior Shane Southwell have compiled a 92-39 mark in their career, including 44-24 in Big 12 play.
•    Only 3 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) and Rodney McGruder (3,708, 2009-13).
•    Spradling became the 6th player in school history with 100 starts vs. Texas Tech (2/25), joining Ed Nealy (118), Steve Henson (118), Rolando Blackman (116), Jacob Pullen (116) and Rodney McGruder (102).
•    Spradling became the 25th player in school history and the 1st since Rodney McGruder (2012) to score 1,000 points with his 10 points at Texas Tech (2/25)... He eclipsed the mark with his 3-pointer from the corner at the 4:34 mark of 2nd half.
•    Spradling is just the 4th Wildcat with 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals, joining Henson, Jones and Pullen.
•    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 is averaging 10.1 points in the last 11 games (since at Texas) on 48.7 percent shooting (37-of-76), including 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33.0 minutes per game.
•    Spradling ranks 6th in the Big 12 in steals (1.3), 9th in 3-point field goals (1.6), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.2) and 14th in assists (2.8)... He also ranks 4th in Big 12-only games in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5), 7th in steals (1.3), 8th in 3-point field goals made (1.8) and 9th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.7) and 12th in assists (3.0)
•    Spradling was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team for 2nd straight year in 2014.

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 (55.7) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
•    Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (18), field goals (123) and free throws (69) and 3rd in blocks (14).
•    Gipson has led the team in scoring 8 times and a team-best 14 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (13).
•    Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.6 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (11.8 ppg.) and field goal percentage (52.9) 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).
•    311 of 313 points have been scored in the last 24 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).
•    Due to his off-season weight loss, Gipson has played 30+ minutes 12 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 (15.1 ppg.), field goals (149), 3-point field goals (67) and double-digit scoring games (24)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.3), 6th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.2), 11th in scoring and 13th in field goal percentage.
•    In Big 12 play, Foster is averaging a team-best 16.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting, including 43 percent from 3-point range, with 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.1 minutes per game... In Big 12-only games, he is 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage, 5th in 3-point field goals (2.5), 8th in field goal percentage, 11th in scoring and assists and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 24 games (13 in Big 12 play) and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 15 times.
•    In all, Foster has 6 games of 20 or more points this season with 5 of those coming in the last 10 games (all in Big 12 play).
•    Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 26 of 29 games... He has 2+ treys in 20 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).
•    During the month of February, Foster averaged 20.9 points on 50 percent shooting, including 48.9 percent from 3-point range, and 74.1 percent from the free throw line to go with averages of 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game.
•    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.
•    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, field goals attempted, free throws and minutes, 8th in assists and 9th in free throw percentage.
•    Foster has started in all 29 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 16 times in 29 games, including 14 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 17 occasions and in rebounding 6 times... They have also combined for 34 double-digit scoring games.
•    The freshmen have accounted for 40+ points 2 times (OU - 43 and Texas - 42), 30+ points in 12 others (OSU - 34, ISU - 33 (twice), Charlotte - 33, Gonzaga - 33, Texas Tech - 33, ORU - 33, OU - 32, WVU - 32, Ole Miss - 31, Tulane - 30 and Kansas - 30).
•    Foster and Iwundu have started together in 28 of the last 29 games, while Thomas (19.0) and Johnson (13.4) 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 1st 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 has scored in double figures 7 times, including 4 times in Big 12 play.
•    Johnson was key in wins vs. Texas (2/8) and Kansas (2/14) and has 3 double-digit scoring games, including 11 at OU (2/22).
•    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 17 games played with a season-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
•    The 4 freshmen have accounted for 796 points (an average of 27.4 points per game) on 40.5 percent shooting (264-of-652) with 91 of the team’s 175 3-pointers to go with 294 rebounds, 219 assists and 65 steals in a combined 2,196 minutes.

WILLIAMS AN IMPACT AS A STARTER AND RESERVE
•    Junior Nino Williams earned just his 6th start vs. No. 15/17 Iowa State (3/1)... He had a career-high 20 points and 8 rebounds at Baylor (2/15), while he had 11 points vs. TCU (2/19) and 7 points and a team-tying 5 rebounds at Texas Tech (2/25).
•    Williams is averaging 8.6 points on 52.9 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds in his last 5 starts in 24.0 minutes per game.
•    Prior to the start, Williams had become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.0 points in the last 14 games.
•    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 16 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-16 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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