March 7, 2014
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BAYLOR (20-10, 8-9 Big 12)
AT rv/rv KANSAS STATE (20-10, 10-7 Big 12)
Saturday, March 8 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 12:30 p.m. CT
Big 12 Network
Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) >> Reid Gettys (analyst)
Steve Kurtenbach (producer)
KMCI (Kansas City)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 108/XM 190
Kelly McHugh (host) >> Clent Stewart, Martavious Irving (analysts)
Stats - www.kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio - www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$50 (bench), $65 (chairbacks)
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 360-173 (16th year)
At K-State: 47-18 (2nd year)
vs. Baylor: 2-1 (1-0 at home)
Baylor: Scott Drew (Butler '93)
Overall: 218-159 (12th year)
At Baylor: 198-148 (11th year)
vs. K-State: 6-9 (2-5 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (20-10, 10-7 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (8.2 ppg., 2.7 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (14.9 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
G - #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F - #11 Nino Williams (6.2 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.6 ppg., 6.5 rpg.)
Baylor (20-10, 8-9 Big 12)
G - #1 Kenny Chery (11.1 ppg., 2.6 rpg.)
G - #5 Brady Heslip (11.6 ppg., 1.3 rpg.)
F - #00 Royce O'Neal (6.9 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F - #34 Cory Jefferson (13.3 ppg., 8.3 rpg.)
C - #21 Isaiah Austin (10.7 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 16-13 (Tied 13-13 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 9-5 (W, 81-61, 2/16/2013)
In Waco: Baylor leads 6-5 (W, 87-73 in 2 OTs, 2/5/2014)
Last Meeting: Baylor, 87-73 in 2 OTs, 2/5/2014 (Waco, Texas)
Weber vs. Baylor: 2-1 (1-0 at home)
Drew vs. K-State: 6-9 (2-5 on the road)
Weber vs. Drew: Weber leads 2-1 (1-0 at home)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Oklahoma State 77, Kansas State 61
Game 30 * Gallagher-Iba Arena * March 3, 2014
Junior Thomas Gipson and freshman Wesley Iwundu each posted double-doubles, as K-State dropped a 77-61 decision at Oklahoma State on Monday. They became the first duo to collect double-doubles in the same game since Feb. 16, 2013 and the first to register double-digit rebounds since Dec. 8, 2012. Gipson posted a team-tying 10 points and a career-tying 13 rebounds, while Iwundu also scored 10 points to go with a season-tying 10 rebounds. The Wildcats raced out to 22-15 lead in the first half, but the Cowboys used an 8-0 run to grab the lead back. After being held to two field goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half, K-State closed to within 35-32 to start the second half, but OSU used back-to-back steals to push it back to eight and eventually lead by as many as 19. The Wildcats were held to just 34.5 percent shooting, including 20 percent from 3-point range.
K-State (20-10, 10-7 Big 12) concludes the regular season on Saturday by hosting Baylor (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network. The school will honor senior managers Jantzen Chase, Sean Frye and Nick Jones as well as players Omari Lawrence, Ryan Schultz, Will Spradling and Shane Southwell in pregame.
K-State has won 6 of its last 7 Senior Day games, including 3 in a row.
Lawrence, Spradling and Southwell have been a part of the program for the past 4 seasons, helping K-State post a 92-40 (.697) record, including a 44-25 (.638) mark in Big 12 play. They are looking to become the 3rd senior class in school history to advance to 4 straight NCAA Tournaments.
With just 1 game remaining in the regular season, K-State sits in a 2-way tie for 4th place with Iowa State (22-7), just 1 game behind 2nd place Oklahoma (22-8) and Texas (22-8). All 5 teams have clinched byes to the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship set for March 12-15.
K-State enters Saturday's game with a Bramlage Coliseum-record 15-game home court winning streak, which ranks as the longest since posting 20 consecutive wins at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 28, 1981 to Jan. 30, 1982. The Wildcats will be looking to go unbeaten in league play at home for the first time since going 7-0 in Big Eight play in 1974-75.
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 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 50 in scoring defense (64.5 ppg., 41st), field goal percentage defense (40.2, 31st) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.7, 5th). The Wildcats have held 14 foes to 60 points or less.
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 only 2 players - Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson - are averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: BAYLOR (20-10, 8-9 Big 12)
Baylor (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) has been one of the hotter teams in the Big 12 with wins 6 of its last 7 games after starting league play with a 2-8 mark... The Bears closed out its home schedule with an impressive 74-61 win over No. 15/17 Iowa State Tuesday.
Baylor is 7-6 away from home, including 3-5 in Big 12 play, with impressive wins at Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
Baylor is averaging 75 points on 45.3 percent shooting, including 38.8 percent from 3-point range, to go with 39.3 rebounds, 15.3 assists, 5.6 blocks and 5.2 steals per game, while allowing 67.8 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting... The Bears are averaging 72.1 points in Big 12 play on 41.7 percent shooting, while allowing 70.4 points on 45 percent shooting.
Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage and rebounding margin (+7.8), while is 2nd in scoring offensive,
rebounding and offensive rebounds (14.6), 3rd in blocked shots and 4th in 3-point field goals... The team is 7th in scoring offense.
Baylor has one of the more diverse offenses in the Big 12 with 8 players averaging better than 5 points per game, including 4 in double figures led by senior Cory Jefferson's 13.3 points per game... Jefferson is shooting 50.7 percent from the field to go with a team-high 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in a team-best 28.3 minutes per game... Fellow senior Brady Heslip, who ranks 1st in the Big 12 in both 3-point field goals made per game (3.2) and percentage (46.8), averages 11.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting... Junior Kenny Chery ranks 1st on the team at 4.9 per game to go with 11.1 points per outing... Sophomore Isaiah Austin also averages in double figures at 10.7 points per game to go with 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
Baylor is led by 11th-year coach Scott Drew, who has a 198-148 record in his tenure... He has transformed the program from single-digit win totals his first 3 seasons to 20+ wins 6 times in the last 7 seasons, including 2 Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2012... Overall, he has a 218-159 mark in his 12th season as head coach, which includes one year at Valparaiso (2002-03).
Scott Drew is 6-9 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 2-5 mark on the road.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
This will be the 30th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 16-13.
The series dates back to the 1948 Final Four when Baylor won 60-52 to advance to the national championship game.
K-State won 5 of the first 6 meetings (including 5 in a row from 1949-89) prior to the start of Big 12 play in 1997.
The series is even in the Big 12 era at 13-all, but Baylor holds a 12-11 edge in games played in the regular season.
Baylor won 5 of the 1st 6 meetings in Big 12 play, but K-State has won 6 of the last 9 meetings.
The teams have split the last 10 meetings in Bramlage Coliseum since 1997.
Senior Will Spradling has averaged 6.6 points and 3.0 assists in 7 career games vs. Baylor in 28.9 minutes per game.
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.
Brooks spent one year as an assistant coach to Baylor's Grant McCasland (current Baylor assistant coach) at Midland College... The two helped the Chaparrals win the NJCAA Championship in 2006-07 with a 29-8 record.
NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: BAYLOR 87, KANSAS STATE 73 [2 OTs]
Baylor snapped a 3-game losing streak to K-State at home with an 87-73 double-overtime win on Feb. 15.
K-State allowed an opponent to score 80 or more points for the 6th time this season, including the 5th time in Big 12 play.
K-State held Baylor to 21 points on 26.7 percent shooting in the 1st half before allowing 46.2 percent shooting in the 2nd half and 71.4 percent in the two overtime periods... The Bears also scored 20 points off turnovers and had 22 second-chance points.
Baylor had opponent highs for field goals attempted (70), offensive rebounds (20), rebounds (54), assists (22), blocked shots (10) and second-chance points (22)... The 54 rebounds were the most by an opponent since Xavier had 51 on March 25, 2010.
K-State shared the ball at a high rate, dishing out a season-best 25 assists on 28 field goals made.
Junior Nino Williams, playing in place of the injuried Shane Southwell, posted a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 field goals to go with a team-high 8 rebounds in a career-best 45 minutes... He has now scored in double figures in 11 career games.
Freshman Marcus Foster posted his 1st career double-double with 18 points and a career-best 10 assists in 43 minutes.
AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
K-State has a 51-15 (.773) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 48-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.
K-State is 32-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 16-1 in Big 12 play.
With its current 8-0 record at home in Big 12 play, K-State needs a win vs. Baylor to become the 1st team to go unbeaten at home in league play since the 1974-75 team went 7-0 in Big Eight play... It has only happened 12 times in school history.
K-State is currently tied the 2012-13 team (8-1) for most home conference wins in school history.
K-State has guaranteed itself a winning home record in Big 12 play for the 8th consecutive season with its current 8-0 mark...
Prior to 2006-07, the team had not posted a winning Big 12 home record since 2001-02 with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.
With its win against West Virginia on Jan. 18, K-State has posted at least 10 wins at home for 13 straight seasons and 21 times in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum... The team is 316-98 at Bramlage Coliseum, including 122-79 in conference play.
K-State has a 115-18 (.865) overall record at home since the 2006-07 season.
IN THE MONTH OF MARCH
K-State has a 22-20 record in the month of March over the last 7 seasons, including a 9-2 mark a home during that span.
K-State has won 4 straight in March at home with the last loss coming in overtime to Iowa State, 85-82, on March 6, 2010.
K-State is 5-4 under head coach Bruce Weber in March, including a 2-0 record at home.
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 winning 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.
OKLAHOMA STATE POSTGAME NOTES
K-State finished off the road portion of the Big 12 slate with a 77-61 loss at Oklahoma State... It marked the 13th loss in the last 14 meetings at Gallagher-Iba Arena... The Wildcats were 2-7 in true road games in 2013-14.
K-State still leads the series, 75-50, including 24-31 in games in Stillwater... OSU leads 15-10 in the Big 12 era.
K-State held to 61 points on 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the field, including 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point range... It marked the 2nd-lowest field goal percentage of the season and lowest since the opener vs. Northern Colorado (11/8).
K-State received 15 points from its bench, marking the 26th time this season that the bench has scored 10+ points.
K-State grabbed a Big 12-high 21 offensive rebounds and scored a season-high 25 second-chance points.
K-State allowed OSU to score 77 points on 47.7 percent shooting (21-of-44), including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) in 2nd half.
OSU scored 23 points off of 14 K-State turnovers, marking the 6th time that team has allowed 20+ points off of turnovers.
OSU connected on a near opponent-high 82.4 percent (28-of-34) from the free throw line.
Junior Thomas Gipson and Wesley Iwundu each collected double-doubles in the loss... It marked the 1st time this season that two players have posted double-doubles in the same game and the 1st time since Angel Rodriguez and Jordan Henriquez did it against Baylor (2/16/2013)... It was also the 1st time multiple players had 10+ rebounds since Dec. 8, 2012.
Gipson tied a career-high with 13 rebounds, while his 10 points gave him double digits for 41st time and 19th time this year.
Iwundu posted his 1st double-double in Big 12 play with a team-tying 10 points and season-tying 10 rebounds.
Freshman Marcus Foster did not reach double-digits for the just 6th time this year and 4th time in Big 12 play.
Foster and senior Will Spradling each scored 9 points, while junior Nino Williams added 8 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 5-9 away from home (including 2-7 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 65.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting, including 31.5 percent from 3-point range, in its 14 games away from home, while allowing opponents to 69.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
During its 9 true road games, the squad is averaging 66.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting, including 31.5 percent from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 74.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting, including 34 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 points on 38.1 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range, in the 14 games away from home, including 15.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from beyond the arc, in 9 true road contests.
Junior Thomas Gipson tends to play better away from home, averaging 12.6 points on 59.7 percent shooting with a team-best 6.0 rebounds in the 14 games away from home, including 13.1 points on 58.8 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds in the 9 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 (64.5 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3) and 3rd in field goal percentage defense (40.2)... In Big 12 play, the squad is 1st in 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.6), 2nd in field goal percentage defense (40.7) and 3rd in scoring defense (69.6).
K-State ranks in the Top 45 nationally in all 3 categories, placing 5th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 31st in field goal percentage defense and 41st in scoring defense.
The Wildcats have held 14 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 24 other opponents to 58.4 points per game on 37.2 percent shooting, including 25.7 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.
K-State is averaging 69.1 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting, including 32.8 percent from 3-point range... Although, the Wildcats rank near the bottom in scoring offense (8th), field goal percentage (9th) and 3-point field goal percentage (7th), the team is 3rd in assists (15.4 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 (44.4) and 6th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.3) 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 63.9 percent (463 of 725) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (63.7) 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 62.3 percent (261 of 419).
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).
K-State has gotten valuable production from its bench, as the reserves have accounted for 546 points or 18.2 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 17.9 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 5.6 points on 73.9 percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game in last 8 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 18 opponents, including 17 time in the last 26 games.
To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 33-6 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 13-5 this season, while just 13-12 in the last two seasons and 7-5 this year when being out-rebounded.
7 players have led in rebounding, including 15 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 4 double-doubles (vs. LBSU, Oklahoma State (twice) and TCU) this year and 8 in career.
Iwundu had 3 double-doubles (vs. Northern Colorado, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State) this season.
The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 12.6 per game with Gipson ranking 9th with 2.3 per game.
SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking 1st in blocks (1.1 bpg.), 2nd in rebounding (4.4 rpg.), assists (2.8 apg.) and steals (0.8 spg.) and 3rd in scoring (9.7 ppg.) and minutes (27.0 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 123 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 is tied with Ed Nealy for 8th in career games played (123), while he is 7 assists shy of breaking into career Top 10.
Southwell is tied with 2 others for 9th on the career assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.61 (264 assists to 164 turnovers).
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 131 games with 101 starts... He ranks 1st in assists (82), steals (39) and minutes (29.9), 2nd in 3-pointers (47) and 4th in scoring (8.2 ppg.) and field goals (75).
Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 10 career categories in school history, including 3rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08), 4th in games played (131), minutes (3,603), 3-point attempts (509) and steals (122), 5th in starts (102) and 3-pointers (180), 6th in assists (318) and free throw percentage (80.9) 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 92-40 mark in their career, including 44-25 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 others include Henson (582), Pullen (455), Clent Stewart (395), Tyrone Adams (323) and Rolando Blackman (320).
Spradling is averaging 10.0 points in the last 12 games (since at Texas) on 50 percent shooting (40-of-80), including 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.2 minutes per game.
Spradling ranks 5th in the Big 12 in steals (1.3), 10th in 3-point field goals (1.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.9) and 14th in assists (2.8)... He also ranks 6th in Big 12-only games in steals (1.3), 8th in 3-point field goals made (1.7) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.2) and 14th in assists (2.8)
Spradling was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team for 2nd straight year in 2014.
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
Junior Thomas Gipson has returned to form after an injury sidelined him for the first 2 games... He is averaging 11.6 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (55.9) and rebounding (6.5 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (19), field goals (127) and free throws (71) and 3rd in blocks (15).
Gipson has led the team in scoring 8 times and a team-best 15 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (13).
Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.9 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (11.7 ppg.) and field goal percentage (53.5) 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).
321 of 323 points have been scored in the last 25 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 8th double-double at Oklahoma State (3/3) with team-highs in both points (10) and rebounds (13).
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 (14.9 ppg.), field goals (153), 3-point field goals (68) 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 (38.2), 12th in scoring and 14th in field goal percentage.
In Big 12 play, Foster is averaging a team-best 15.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting, including 41 percent from 3-point range, with 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.3 minutes per game... In Big 12-only games, he is 5th in 3-point field goals (2.4), 6th in 3-point field goal percentage, 10th in field goal percentage and 11th in scoring, assists and 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 11 games (all in Big 12 play).
Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 27 of 30 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, 5th in minutes, 6th in points, field goals, field goals attempted and free throws, 7th in assists and 9th in free throw percentage.
Foster has started in all 30 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 17 times in 30 games, including 14 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 18 occasions and in rebounding 6 times... They have also combined for 35 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 29 of the last 30 games, while Thomas (18.2) and Johnson (13.6) 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 3rd double-double at Oklahoma State (3/3) 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 8 times, including 5 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 18 games played with a season-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
The 4 freshmen have accounted for 815 points (an average of 27.2 points per game) on 39.9 percent shooting (272-of-682) with 92 of the team's 178 3-pointers to go with 306 rebounds, 229 assists and 67 steals in a combined 2,278 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT AS A STARTER AND RESERVE
Junior Nino Williams earned his 6th consecutive start at Oklahoma State (3/3)... 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 8.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting with 5.2 rebounds in his last 6 starts in 23.5 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 17 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 14-of-18 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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Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship >> Thursday, March 13 >> Sprint Center >> Kansas City, Mo. >> TBA