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March 19, 2014

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GAME 33
(8) rv/22 KENTUCKY (24-10, 12-6 SEC)
vs. (9) KANSAS STATE (20-12, 10-8 Big 12)
Friday, March 21 >> Scottrade Center (18,750) >> St. Louis, Mo. >> 8:40 p.m. CT

TELEVISION
CBS Sports
Jim Nantz (play-by-play)  >>  Greg Anthony (analyst)  >>  Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

NATIONAL RADIO
Westwood One
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)  >>  Jim Jackson (analyst)
Sirius 92/XM 191

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

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
www.kstatesports.com
Stats - www.kstatesports.com/gametracker
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COACHES:
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee '78)
Overall: 360-175 (16th year)
at K-State: 47-20 (2nd year)
vs. Kentucky: 0-0

Kentucky: John Calipari (Clarion '82)
Overall: 592-176 (22nd year)
at Kentucky: 147-36 (5th year)
vs. K-State: 1-0        

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (20-12, 10-8 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (7.8 ppg., 2.9 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (15.6 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F - #11 Nino Williams (6.4 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.8 ppg., 6.5 rpg.)

Kentucky (24-10, 12-6 SEC)
G - #5 Andrew Harrison (10.8 ppg., 3.8 apg.)
G - #1 James Young (14.5 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
G - #2 Aaron Harrison (13.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
F - #30 Julius Randle (15.0 ppg., 10.5 rpg.)
C - #44 Dakari Johnson (4.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Kentucky leads 8-0 (1-0 in NCAA Tournament)
In Manhattan: Kentucky leads 3-0 (W, 71-64, 12/6/1971)
In Lexington: Kentucky leads 2-0 (W, 80-67, 12/23/1961)
Last Meeting: Kentucky, 74-72, 11/28/2008 (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Weber vs. Kentucky: First Meeting
Calipari vs. K-State: Calipari leads 1-0 (W, 81-58, 12/30/2000)
Weber vs. Calipari: First Meeting

LAST GAME SUMMARY
16/16 Iowa State 91, Kansas State 85
Game 32  *  Sprint Center  *  March 13, 2014
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal
Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim paced a balanced attack with a game-high 24 points, as No. 16 Iowa State advanced to the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a 91-85 win over Kansas State on March 13. In a match-up of the Big 12's top scoring offense and top scoring defense in the regular season, offense won out as both teams connected on 50 percent from the field, including better than 53 percent in the second half. The teams combined for 80 points in the paint and 30 fast-break points, while the Wildcats received a season-high 41 points from its bench. Freshman Marcus Foster paced four Wildcats in double figures with his team-high 21 points, while senior Shane Southwell (19) and freshman Nigel Johnson (17) combined for 36 of the bench's season-high 41 points.                      

QUICK HITTERS
•    K-State (20-12, 10-8 Big 12) will appear in its 28th NCAA Tournament on Friday night, as the No. 9-seed Wildcats will face No. 8-seed Kentucky (24-10, 12-6 SEC) in the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Scottrade Center (18,750) at 8:40 p.m. CT on CBS Sports.
•    The winner of Friday's second-round contest will play either No. 1 seed Wichita State (34-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley) and/or No. 16 seeds Cal Poly (13-19, 6-10 Big West) and Texas Southern (19-14, 12-6 SWAC) on Sunday.
•    The appearance is the school-record 5th in a row for K-State and ties Florida for the 9th-longest active streak in the nation, trailing Kansas (25), Duke (19), Michigan State (17), Wisconsin (16), Gonzaga (16), Louisville (9), Ohio State (6) and Syracuse (6). The school's 28 bids tie Oklahoma for the 3rd-most in the Big 12 behind Kansas (43) and Texas (31).
•    K-State is making its 35th postseason appearance, which includes 28 in the NCAA Tournament and 7 in the Postseason NIT. The 6 trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last 7 years is the best stretch in school history.
•    In 27 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, K-State has advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times, reached the Elite Eight 11 times and made four trips to the Final Four (1948, 1951, 1958, 1964).
•    Seniors Omari Lawrence, Ryan Schultz, Shane Southwell and Will Spradling are just the 3rd senior class to advance to 4 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, tying the mark set by the 1989-90 and 2012-13 classes.
•    K-State is 33-31 (.516) all-time in NCAA Tournament play dating back to 1948, including a 6-4 (.600) mark in second round games. The school is 0-1 vs. Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament, losing the 1951 championship game, 68-58, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 27.
•    K-State is making its 16th appearance in the Midwest Regional with a 17-18 (.486) record. The school will play an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis for the 2nd time in its history after losing to Boston College, 69-65, in the Midwest Regional semifinals on March 19, 1982.
•    K-State will be making its 2nd appearance as a No. 9 seed and 1st since the 1987 NCAA Tournament, in which, the Wildcats defeated Georgia, 82-79, in overtime before falling to No. 1 seed UNLV, 80-61, in Salt Lake City.
•    K-State has recorded its school-record 8th consecutive 20-win season, while it posted double-digit Big 12 wins for the 7th time in the last 8 years, including the 5th straight season. Since the 2006-07 season, the school is averaging 23.4 wins per season, including 10.5 wins in Big 12 play.   

AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
•    K-State will be making its 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including its school-record 5th in a row... Overall, it is the 35th postseason appearance in school history (which includes 7 in the NIT)... The team has advanced to the postseason in a school-record 8 consecutive seasons, which includes 6 trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last 7 seasons.
•    K-State's 5 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ties for Florida for the 9th-longest active streak in the country, including the 2nd-longest streak in the Big 12, trailing Kansas (25), Duke (19), Michigan State (17), Wisconsin (16), Gonzaga (16), Louisville (9), Ohio State (6) and Syracuse... The 28 overall appearance tie for 3rd-most in the Big 12 behind Kansas (43) and Texas (31).
•    K-State has posted a 33-31 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, including a 6-4 mark in second-round games... The team is 6-5 in the NCAA Tournament in the last 5 appearances, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2010.
•    In K-State's 27 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, the Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times... The program has also reached the Elite Eight 11 times and made four Final Four appearances (1948, 1951, 1958, 1964).
•    K-State will be making its 16th appearance in the Midwest Regional with its other trips coming in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990 and 2008 and is 17-18 all-time in the region.
•    K-State will be making its 2nd appearance as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the 1st since the 1987 tournament, in which, the Wildcats defeated No. 8 seed Georgia, 82-79, in overtime before falling to top-seed UNLV, 80-61, in Salt Lake City.
•    Last season, the fourth-seeded Wildcats fell to 13-seed La Salle, 63-61, in the NCAA West Regional second round at the Sprint Center in Kansas City... The team trailed by as many as 19 points before nearing completing the greatest comebacks in school history to tie it at 61-all with 30 seconds remaining before falling with a pair of Explorer free throws in the waning seconds.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber becomes the 6th different coach to lead K-State to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances and joins Lon Kruger as the only coaches to accomplish the feat in his 1st 2 seasons... Overall, Weber advances to his 10th NCAA Tournament, which includes 6 at Illinois (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) and 2 at Southern Illinois (2002, 2003)... He is the 41st head coach in NCAA history to take 3 different schools to the tournament, including the 21st active coach... He has an 11-9 record in the NCAA Tournament with 3 trips to the Sweet 16 and the 2005 Final Four.
•    Weber is very familiar with St. Louis and the Scottrade Center in his career, having played in the city during his stint at Southern Illinois (1998-2003) during the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as well as his time at Illinois (2003-12) and its annual Braggin' Rights Game with Missouri... His 2004-05 Illinois squad made a run to the NCAA Championship game in St. Louis, defeating Louisville in the national semifinals before falling to North Carolina in the finals at the Edward Jones Dome.
•    Weber is 12-9 all-time in games played in St. Louis, including an 11-8 mark at the Scottrade Center.

THE OPPONENT: rv/22 KENTUCKY (24-10, 12-6 SEC)
•    rv/No. 22 Kentucky (24-10, 12-6 Big 12) enters Friday's contest with momentum after advancing to the SEC Championship game before losing to current No. 1 Florida, 61-60, at the Georgia Dome... The Wildcats finished in a two-way tie for 2nd-place in the regular season with Georgia and have advanced to their 4th NCAA Tournament in the last 5 seasons.
•    Kentucky will be making its NCAA-record 53rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which includes 8 national championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998 and 2012), 3 national runner-ups and 15 trips to the Final Four.
•    Kentucky is 8-8 away from home (3-3 on neutral sites) this season to go with a 16-2 mark at home.
•    Kentucky is averaging 75.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting, including 32.5 percent from 3-point range, to go with 41.1 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 4.8 steals and 6.2 blocks per game, while allowing 66.6 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting.
•    Kentucky ranks 1st in the SEC in rebounding, offensive rebounds (14.6), defensive rebounds (26.5) and blocked shots and 2nd in scoring offense and rebounding margin (+9.8) and 3rd in scoring margin (+9.3) and field goal percentage.
•    Kentucky is one of the most balanced teams in the country with 4 players averaging in double figures led by Freshman All-American and SEC Freshman of the Year Julius Randle, who averages a double-double with team-highs for both scoring (15 ppg.) and rebounding (10.5 rpg.)... Randle is one of 5 players with 100+ field goals and paces the team in field goals (164) and free throws (179)... Fellow freshman James Young is 2nd in scoring (14.5 ppg.) to go with a team-best 73 3-point field goals, while freshmen twins Aaron (13.8 ppg.) and Andrew Harrison (10.8 ppg.) are 3rd and 4th in scoring... Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein leads in field goal percentage (60.2), blocks (3.0 bpg.) and steals (1.1 spg.) and is 5th in scoring (7.2 ppg.).
•    Much like K-State (3-5 in last 8 games), Kentucky struggled down the stretch, posting a 4-4 mark in its last 8 games.
•    Kentucky is led by 5th-year head coach John Calipari, who has led the Wildcats to 4 trips to the NCAA Tournament, 2 Final Fours (2011, 2012) and the 2012 national championship... He has a 592-176 record in 22 seasons as a head coach (which includes stints at Massachusetts and Memphis), including a 147-36 mark at Kentucky... He has advanced to 13 NCAA Tournaments in his career, making 8 appearances in the Sweet 16, 6 in the Elite Eight and 2 in the Final Four.
•    Calipari was formerly an assistant coach at Kansas from 1983-85, in which, the Jayhawks were 5-2 vs. the Wildcats.
•    Calipari is 1-0 all-time vs. K-State after his Memphis team posted an 81-58 win at home over the Wildcats on Dec. 30, 2000.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the 9th meeting between the 2 program with Kentucky leading 8-0.
•    Kentucky is 3-0 in neutral site meetings (Minneapolis, New York City and Las Vegas) in the series history.
•    The series dates back to 1940 with the 2 schools playing a home-and-home with Kentucky winning 53-26 in Lexington on Jan. 1, 1940 before a 28-25 win at Nichols Gym in Manhattan on Dec. 20, 1940... The teams also met 3 other times in the regular season on Dec. 23, 1961 in Lexington and Dec. 23, 1966 and Dec. 6, 1971 at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan.
•    The teams have met twice in the postseason (once each in the NCAA Tournament and NIT) with Kentucky winning both match-ups... Kentucky defeated K-State, 68-58, in the 1951 NCAA Championship at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 27... It marks the 1st and only time K-State has played for a national championship in basketball... The teams also met in the NIT in 1976 with Kentucky posting an 81-78 win over K-State at Madison Square Garden on March 16.
•    The teams last met on Nov. 28, 2008 at the Las Vegas Invitational in the Orleans Arena with Kentucky earning a 74-72 win... Current Los Angeles Laker Jodie Meeks scored 37 points for Kentucky on 11-of-17 field goals, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while Jacob Pullen led four K-State players in double figures with 20 points to go with game-high 5 steals...
•    Kentucky connected on 68.8 percent (22-of-32) of its field goals, including 76.5 percent (13-of-17) in the 1st half, in the 2008 contest... It represents the 2nd-highest field goal percentage by an opponent in school history, while it is the 5th-highest field goal percentage in a half... K-State forced 31 turnovers, scoring 26 points off turnovers, and added 18 second-chance points.
•    K-State is 157-144 all-time against SEC schools, including a 28-16 mark at neutral sites... The Wildcats have faced 3 SEC teams in their NCAA Tournament history, including Kentucky (1951), Arkansas (1980, 1982) and Georgia (1987), boasting a 3-1 mark.

K-STATE/KENTUCKY CONNECTIONS
•    K-State freshman Wesley Iwundu played alongside Kentucky freshmen Andrew and Aaron Harrison as a part of the Houston Defenders AAU program... The trio were coached by the Harrison twins' father, Aaron Harrison, Sr. ... The trio played also played against fellow K-State freshman Marcus Foster and his Dallas Mustangs AAU program.
•    Iwundu (Westfield) and the Harrison twins (Fort Bend Travis) also faced off in high school with Travis defeating Westfield, 59-57, on Dec. 8, 2012 in a tournament... Aaron Harrison led all scorers with 37 points.
•    Foster and Iwundu also played AAU ball against Kentucky freshman Julius Randle, who is from Dallas.
•    Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein is a native of Olathe, Kan., and was recruited heavily by K-State out of Olathe Northwest High School... He played AAU ball with K-State junior Nino Williams (Mo-Kan Spiece) and sophomore D.J. Johnson.

K-STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
•    K-State is 101-222 (.312) all-time against ranked teams, including 17-18 vs. Top 25 at the NCAA Tournament.
•    K-State is 6-3 vs. Top 25 teams with wins coming against No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 25 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas, No. 7 Kansas and No. 15 Iowa State and losses at No. 18 Kansas and No. 16 Iowa State (twice).

IN THE MONTH OF MARCH
•    K-State has a 22-22 record in March over the last 7 seasons, including a 11-12 mark at neutral sites during that span.
•    K-State is 5-6 under head coach Bruce Weber in March, including a 2-3 record at neutral sites.

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
•    K-State saw its stay at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship come to an end with a 91-85 loss to No. 16/16 Iowa State in the 1st quarterfinal on March 13... The Wildcats have now lost to the eventual tournament champion each of the last 2 seasons.
•    K-State is now 31-36 all-time in the Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to its inception in 1977, including 11-18 mark in the 18-year history of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
•    Overall, K-State is now 30-31 all-time when the championship is held in Kansas City, including 4-6 at the Sprint Center... The team is now 10-9 all-time in the Sprint Center, including 3 consecutive losses dating back to last season.
•    K-State is now 2-4 all-time as the No. 5 seed the conference tournament, including 0-2 in the Big 12 era.
•    K-State's 85 points were the 2nd-most this season behind the 87  vs. Central Arkansas (12/1) and were the most in a tournament game since scoring 87 vs. Texas A&M in 1999... It marked the 4th time that the Wildcats have scored 80+ points this season.
•    K-State connected on 54.5 percent (30-of-55) from the field... It was the 2nd-highest field goal percentage and highest since West Virginia (54.9)... It also marked the 2nd time this season that the team has shot 50 percent or better in both halves.
•    K-State lost for the 2nd time this season when connecting on better than 40 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State scored a season-high 41 points from its bench, surpassing the 38 scored vs. Iowa State (3/1).
•    The 91 points scored by Iowa State were the most allowed this season, surpassing the 90 by Georgetown (11/22), and most allowed during Bruce Weber's tenure at K-State... It was the most in a tournament game since Kansas scored 94 in 2001.
•    Iowa State connected on 50 percent from the field, including 60.7 percent in 2nd half... The squad also outscored the Wildcats, 46-34, in the paint, 17-13 in points off of turnovers, 11-7 in second chance points and 17-13 in fast-break points.
•    K-State had 4 players score in double figures led by freshman Marcus Foster's team-high 21 points... It marked the 1st time this season (now 5-1) that the Wildcats have lost when they have had at least 4 players in double figures.
•    Freshman Nigel Johnson scored a season-high 17 points on 5-of-9 field goals and a 5-of-5 effort from the free throw line.

HOME VS. ROAD
•    K-State has a stark contrast in its record at home and on the road, as the Wildcats boasted a 15-2 record in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum, but are just 5-10 away from home (including 2-7 in true road contests).
•    K-State averaged 72 points on 43.8 percent shooting, including 34.3 percent from 3-point range, in its 17 home games, while the team limited its opponents to just 61.5 points on 38.1 percent shooting, including 25.1 percent from beyond the arc.
•    During its 9 home Big 12 games, the Wildcats averaged 74.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting, including 39.1 percent from 3-point range, while holding its opponents to 65.8 points on 37.2 percent shooting, including 27.3 percent from 3.
•    K-State is averaging 67.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting, including 32.5 percent from 3-point range, in its 15 games away from home, while allowing opponents to 70.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from beyond the arc.
•    During its 9 true road games, the Wildcats averaged 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 16.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting, including 44.2 percent from 3-point range, in 17 games at Bramlage Coliseum and 17.7 points on 49.1 percent shooting, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, in the 9 Big 12 home games.
•    Foster averages 14.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range, in the 15 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 59.5 percent shooting with a team-best 5.9 rebounds in the 15 games away from home, including 13.1 points on 58.8 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds in the 9 true road games... He averaged 11.0 points on 52.1 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds in the 17 home games.

WINNING WITH DEFENSE
•    K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (65.7 ppg.) and  3-point field goal percentage defense (29.4) and 3rd in field goal percentage defense (40.8)... In Big 12 play, the squad ranked 2nd in scoring defense (70.0), field goal percentage defense (41.1) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.7).
•    K-State ranks in the Top 75 nationally in all 3 categories, placing 9th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 54th in field goal percentage defense and 66th 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 8 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 37.7 percent shooting, including 26 percent from 3-point range.
•    In 17 home games, K-State held its opponents to 61.5 points on 38.1 percent shooting, including 25.1 percent from 3-point range... The team held its 9 Big 12 foes to 65.8 points on 37.2 percent shooting, including 27.3 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 69.7 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting, including 33.4 percent from 3-point range... Although, the Wildcats rank near the bottom in scoring offense (8th), field goal percentage (8th) and 3-point field goal percentage (7th), the team is 2nd in assists (15.5 apg.)... The squad is 26th in assists, 33rd in assists per game and 59th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    K-State has shown tremendous balance with 7 different players leading the team in scoring, rebounding and assists... Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring games, while only Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson average in double figures.
•    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 19 games this season, including 16 times in the last 22 games.
•    K-State ranked 3rd in field goal percentage (44.3) and 6th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.5) in Big 12 play.
•    K-State is 28-7 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 13-6 this season.
•    K-State is 5-1 this season with 4 or more players score in double figures... The team also had notable balance in other wins, including 8 players with at least 5 points in the win over Kansas, 7 vs. West Virginia and 6 vs. George Washington and Ole Miss.
•    K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63.5 percent (495 of 779) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only 1 other Big 12 school - Iowa State (63.4) - has an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
•    K-State ranked 2nd in the Big 12 (to Iowa State) in assists on made field goals in league play at 63.4 percent (281 of 443).
•    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 597 points or 18.7 per game.
•    Reserves have accounted for 20+ points in 13 games, including 30+ points in the last 2 meetings with Iowa State.
•    The 41 bench points vs. Iowa State (3/13) were the most since tallying 45 vs. Texas on Jan. 30, 2013... The Wildcats averaged 32.7 points in its 3 meetings with the Cyclones in 2013-14, including its top-2 bench outputs (41 and 38).
•    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 has averaged 18.3 points per game from its bench in its 20 wins this season.
•    K-State averaged 17.5 points per game from its bench in Big 12 play, including 19.2 points per game in its 10 Big 12 wins.
•    The bench has produced 13 double-digit scoring games this season, including 4 times by Nigel Johnson (Charlotte, Tulane, Oklahoma and Iowa State), 3 times by Nino Williams (Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma State), twice by Shane Southwell (Iowa State twice) and once by Wesley Iwundu (Northern Colorado), Omari Lawrence (Long Beach State), Thomas Gipson (Long Beach 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).
•    Since his move to bench, Southwell is averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game... His 19 points vs. Iowa State (3/13) were 2 short of his career-high and came with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
•    Nigel Johnson is averaging 6.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting with 2.3 assists in 15.3 minutes per game in the last 6 games... He scored a career-high 17 points vs. Iowa State (3/13) on 5-of-9 field goals, including 2 3-pointers, and went 5-of-5 from line.
•    D.J. Johnson has averaged 4.7 points on 64.3 percent shooting with 3.5 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game in last 10 games.
•    Lawrence is averaging 4.2 points on 48.7 percent shooting with 2.1 rebounds in 15 minutes per game in the last 13 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 19 opponents, including 18 times in the last 28 games.
•    To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 33-7 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 13-6 this season, while just 13-13 in the last two seasons and 7-6 this year when being out-rebounded.
•    7 players have led in rebounding, including 15 times by Thomas Gipson, 6 by Nino Williams, 5 by Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson, 4 by Marcus Foster, 3 by Shane Southwell and 1 by Will Spradling.
•    Gipson has 4 double-doubles (vs. LBSU, Oklahoma State (twice) and TCU) this year and 8 total in his career.
•    Iwundu had 3 double-doubles (vs. Northern Colorado, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State) this season.
•    Williams collected his 1st career double-double vs. Baylor (3/8) with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

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 (9.8 ppg.) and minutes (26.8 mpg.).
•    Southwell has been the leader in blocks 14 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 5 times and rebounding 3 times.
•    13 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 and Will Spradling 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 and fellow senior Will Spradling have compiled a 92-42 mark in their career, including 44-26 in Big 12 play.
•    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 124 games, and was the 1st miss since the George Washington game in 2012.
•    Since his move to bench 6 games ago, Southwell is averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game... His 19 points vs. ISU (3/13) were 2 shy of career-high and came with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
•    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 has scored 730 points, grabbed 390 rebounds, dished out 271 assists, snagged 86 steals and blocked 74 shots.
•    Southwell ranks 7th in career games played (125), while his 271 assists now ties 2 others for 8th in school history.
•    Southwell ranks 9th on the career assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.62 (271 assists to 167 turnovers).

EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
•    Senior Will Spradling brings tons of experience to a youthful team, having played in 133 games with 104 starts... He ranks 1st in assists (94), steals (44) and minutes (30.3), 2nd in 3-pointers (48) and 4th in scoring (7.8 ppg.) and field goals (76).
•    Spradling earned his 1st career postseason accolades, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention from the league coaches.
•    Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 10 career categories in school history, including 3rd in games played (133) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08), 4th in minutes (3,676), 3-point attempts (517), assists (330) and steals (127), 5th in starts (104) and 3-pointers (181), 6th in 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 92-42 mark in their career, including 44-26 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.
•    n  With 5 assists vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, Spradling became the 6th Wildcat (1st since Jacob Pullen) to tally 300 assists in a career.
•    Spradling is averaging 9.5 points in the last 13 games (since at Texas) on 46.5 percent shooting (40-of-86), including 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.5 minutes per game.
•    Spradling ranks 4th in the Big 12 in steals (1.4), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (34.3) and 12th in 3-point field goals (1.6) and assists (2.9)... He also ranked among the Top 15 in those 4 categories in Big 12-only games.
•    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 1st 2 games... He is averaging 11.8 points on team-bests in field goal percentage (56.0), rebounding (6.5 rpg.) and free throws (82) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
•    Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (21) and field goals (136) and 3rd in blocks (15).
•    Gipson earned his 1st postseason accolade, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the league coaches.
•    Gipson has led the team in scoring 8 times and a team-best 15 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (15).
•    Gipson ranked 1st in rebounding (6.9) and 2nd in scoring (11.9 ppg.) and field goal percentage (53.6) 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).
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in a career-best 8 consecutive games (averaging 12.4 ppg. in that span).
•    350 of 352 points have been scored in the last 27 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 and 4th this season at Oklahoma State (3/3) with team-highs in both points (10) and rebounds (13)... He has also posted double-doubles in 3 other games, including 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Long Beach State (11/24), 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State (1/4) and 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. TCU (2/19).
•    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 (15.6 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (26), 20-point games (8), field goals (170), field goal attempted (400), 3-point field goals (78) and free throw percentage (73.4)... He ranks among the Top 15 in the Big 12 in 4 categories, including 5th in both 3-point field goals (2.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (40.4), 11th in scoring and 14th in field goal percentage.
•    Foster was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team by league coaches and The Associated Press... He joined Michael Beasley as the only true freshmen in school history to earned recognition to 1 of the 3 teams, while he was 1 of just 3 Big 12 freshmen to garner a spot in 2013-14... He also became just the 2nd player in school history to be named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.
•    Foster needs 2 points to eclipse 500 for the season... He would become the 28th player in school history with 500 or more points in a single season and the 1st since Rodney McGruder in 2012-13... He would be the 3rd true freshmen with 500 points in one season, joining Michael Beasley (866, 2007-08) and Curtis Redding (516).
•    Foster has scored in double figures in 26 games (14 in Big 12 play) and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 16 times.
•    In all, Foster has 8 games of 20 or more points this season with 7 of those coming in the last 13 games (7 vs. Big 12 foes).
•    Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 29 of 32 games... He has 2+ treys in 22 games and 4+ treys in 8 contests with a season-best 7 vs. Baylor (3/8)... The 7 treys tied for the 3rd-most in a conference game in school history and the most since Cartier Martin also had 7 at Texas (2/3/2007)... He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25).
•    Foster averaged a team-best 16.6 points in Big 12 play with 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.
•    Foster was 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 collected his 1st career double-double with 18 points and season-high 10 assists at Baylor (2/15).
•    Foster already ranks in the school's freshmen Top 10 in 10 categories, including 1st in 3-point field goals, 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage, 4th in points and minutes, 5th in field goals attempted, 6th in field goals and free throws made, 7th in assists, 9th in free throw percentage and 10th in games played (32).
•    Foster has started in all 32 games this season, which trails Beasley (33) for the most starts by a freshman in school history.

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 19 times in 32 games, including 16 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 19 occasions and in rebounding 6 times... They have also combined for 38 double-digit scoring games.
•    The freshmen have accounted for 40+ points 3 times (Oklahoma - 43, Texas - 42 and Iowa State - 41) and 30+ points in 13 others (Oklahoma State - 34, Iowa State - 33 (twice), Charlotte - 33, Gonzaga - 33, Texas Tech - 33, Oral Roberts - 33, Oklahoma - 32, West Virginia - 32, Ole Miss - 31, Tulane - 30, Kansas - 30 and Baylor - 30).
•    Foster and Iwundu have started together in 31 of the last 32 games, while Thomas (16.9) 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)... He scored a season-high 17 points vs. Iowa State (3/13) on 5-of-9 field goals to go with a 5-of-5 effort from the free throw line.
•    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 20 games played with a season-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
•    The 4 freshmen have accounted for 886 points (an average of 27.7 points per game) on 40.6 percent shooting (295-of-726) with 104 of the team's 193 3-pointers to go with 321 rebounds, 241 assists and 69 steals in a combined 2,411 minutes.

WILLIAMS AN IMPACT AS A STARTER AND RESERVE
•    Junior Nino Williams earned his 8th straight start vs. Iowa State (3/13) at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship... He had a career-high 20 points and 8 rebounds at Baylor (2/15), while he had 11 points vs. TCU (2/19) and his 1st career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Baylor (3/8)... He has scored in double figures 3 times in last 8 games.
•    Williams is averaging 8.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds in his last 8 starts in 22.3 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 9-4 record in games in which Williams scores in double figures, including 4-3 this season.
•    Williams has scored in double figures in 7 of the last 19 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).

UP NEXT: WICHITA STATE (34-0)/CAL POLY (13-19)/TEXAS SOUTHERN (19-14)
•    The winner of Friday's second-round match-up will meet either No. 1 seed Wichita State (34-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley) and/or No. 16 seeds Cal Poly (13-19, 6-10 Big West) and Texas Southern (19-14, 12-6 SWAC) on Sunday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis... The Shockers (34-0) are the lone unbeaten team remaining in Division I and the 1st to enter the NCAA Tournament unbeaten since UNLV in 1991, while Cal Poly and Texas Southern won its respective conference tournaments to receive automatic bids... The two teams play Tuesday night for the right to play WSU on Friday at 6:10 p.m. CT.

SERIES HISTORY
•    K-State and Wichita State have a long history with the schools having met 31 times dating back to 1932... The Wildcats own a 20-11 edge in the series, including a 94-86 win in 1964 over the Shockers in their only meeting in NCAA Tournament play... The two teams have not met on the court since a 54-50 win by K-State on Dec. 10, 2003... K-State is 2-0 all-time against Texas Southern with wins in 2010 and 2012 at home, while it has never faced Cal Poly on the hardwood.