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K-State Plays Charlotte To Open PR Tip-Off


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Nov. 20, 2013

K-State Athletics

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Game 4

CHARLOTTE (2-1, 0-0 Conference USA)
AT KANSAS STATE (2-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Thursday, November 21 >> Coliseo Roberto Clemente (10,000) >> San Juan, P.R.

TELEVISION
ESPNU
Alvero Martin (play-by-play)  |  LaPhonso Ellis (analyst)
WatchESPN.com Link

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Brian Smoller (play-by-play)  |  Mike Clark (analyst)
Satellite: Sirius 108/XM 190

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
Puerto Rico Tip-Off homepage - www.espnevents.com/puerto-rico-tip-off/
Stats - www.puertorico.statbroadcast.com
Audio - www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/

TICKETS
www.ticketpop.com
(787) 294-0001
All 12 games for $100
Single-session (2 games) for $20

PROBABLE STARTERS
Kansas State (2-1)
#55 Will Spradling (8.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
#2 Marcus Foster (16.7 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
#1 Shane Southwell (9.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
#25 Wesley Iwundu (8.3 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
#50 D.J. Johnson (10.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
    
Charlotte (2-1)
#14 Terrence Williams (6.7 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
#15 Pierria Henry (17.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
#24 Ben Cherry (1.7 ppg., 0.7 rpg.)
#21 Willie Clayton (13.0 ppg., 9.7 rpg.)
#12 Mike Thorne, Jr. (13.7 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: First meeting
vs. C-USA: K-State leads 24-14 (5-3 at neutral sites)
In Manhattan: First meeting
In Charlotte: First meeting
Last Meeting: n/a
Weber vs. Charlotte: 1-1 (last meeting, L, 67-80, 12/18/2002)
Weber vs. Major: First meeting

LAST TIME OUT
Kansas State 71, Long Beach State 58
Bramlage Coliseum  *  November 17, 2013
 
Freshman Marcus Foster led K-State in scoring for the second consecutive game with a game-high 17 points, as the Wildcats posted a 71-58 win over Long Beach State on Sunday.  The squad forced an opponent-high 20 turnovers, including 13 steals, and led by double figures for all but eight minutes, including 23 just three minutes into the second half. The 13 steals were the most by the Wildcats since posting 14 against South Dakota on Jan. 3, 2010. Foster's 17 led three players in double figures, as senior Shane Southwell had double-digits for the first time in 2013-14 with 14 points and fellow senior Omari Lawrence had 10 off the bench. The Wildcats were efficient on offense, posting 17 assists on 22 made field goals with seven 3-pointers to go with a 20-of-28 effort from the free throw line. All 13 eligible players earned minutes in the game with nine registering points.

QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State hits the road for the first time in 2013-14, as the Wildcats travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the seventh annual Puerto Rico Tip-Off held Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 21-24 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente (10,000). Conference foe Oklahoma State is the reigning champion.
•    The Wildcats open the tournament on Thursday with Conference USA foe Charlotte (2-1) in game one at 9:30 a.m. CT on ESPNU. The team will play either Georgetown (1-1) or Northeastern (1-2) Friday at either 11 a.m. CT or 1:30 p.m. CT on a network to be determined. The Hoyas and Huskies follow in game two on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. CT on ESPNU.
•    The field also includes No. 10 VCU (3-0), No. 14 Michigan (2-1), Florida State (3-0) and Long Beach State (1-3). The Wolverines and 49ers open the second session on Thursday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2, while the Rams and Seminoles end the first day in a match-up on at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
•    This marks the second time K-State has participated in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and the first since 2009. The squad knocked off Boston University (80-70) and No. 18 Dayton (83-75) in between a loss to Ole Miss (74-86).
•    The Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be the school's 43rd in-season tournament since 1935 with K-State posting a 124-73 (.629) mark. The Wildcats have won 15 tournament titles, including seven Big Six/Seven/Eight Holiday Tournaments and eight other events. The most recent title came at the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
•    K-State has won back-to-back games since its season-opening defeat to Northern Colorado, knocking off Big West champion Long Beach State, 71-58, on Sunday after a 71-63 win over Oral Roberts Nov. 13. It was the school's first season-opening loss since 2003 (snapping a 10-game streak) and its first in a home opener since 1993 (stopping a 19-game streak).
•    The Wildcats took advantage of 20 turnovers, including 13 steals, and scored 19 points off of these miscues. The team led by double figures for all but eight minutes, including 23 just 3 minutes into second half. The 13 steals were the most since posting 14 vs. South Dakota on Jan. 3, 2010.
•    K-State recorded assists on 17 of its 22 field goals vs. Long Beach State and have 49 assists on 65 made baskets through three games. The 75.3 percent assist-to-field goal is the highest in the Big 12.
•    The defense has carried K-State early in the season, as the Wildcats rank first in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (22.7), second in scoring defense (60.3 ppg.) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.2).

IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY
•    K-State will be playing in its 43rd in-season tournament since 1935, including the second time at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Wildcats posted a 2-1 record at the 2009 event, defeating Boston University (80-70) and No. 18 Dayton (83-75) in between a loss to Ole Miss (74-86). Overall, the school is 124-73 (.629) in-season tournaments, which includes seven Big Six/Seven/Eight Holiday Tournaments (1947, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1963) and eight other titles (1959 Kansas Tournament, 1987 Sun Met Classic, 1990 BMA Holiday Classic, 1993 Hawai'i Nike Festival, 1994 Capital City Classic, 1995 Otis Spunkmeyer Classic, 2007 Las Vegas Holiday Classic and 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic).
•    This will be the team's eighth tournament outside the continental United States and the first since playing in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in 2011. The school's other tournaments outside the mainland include the Silver Sword Tournament in Maui, Hawai'i (1985), the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska (1989), the Hawai'i Nike Festival in Honolulu (1993), the Maui Invitational (1998), the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands (2002) and Puerto Rico Tip-Off (2009).

THE OPPONENT: CHARLOTTE (2-1)
•    Charlotte enters Thursday's game with a 2-1 mark, defeating East Tennessee State (80-75) and Elon (83-69) in between a road loss at College of Charleston (82-83). The 49ers are averaging 81.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting, including 23.7 percent from 3-point range to go with 42.3 rebounds, 11.7 assists and 9.0 steals per game, while allowing 75.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting.
•    The 49ers have five players averaging in double figures led by sophomore guard Shawn Lester, who is averaging 17.7 points on 56.7 percent shooting in 28.7 minutes per game. All-conference guard Pierria Henry is averaging 17 points on 44.4 percent shooting to go with team-highs in both assists (4.0 apg.) and steals (4.7 spg.). Junior Terrence Williams (14.0 ppg.), junior Mike Thorne, Jr. (13.7 ppg.) and sophomore Willie Clayton (13.0 ppg.) also average in double figures.  All five players are also averaging six or more rebounds per outing, led by Clayton's 9.7 per game average.
•    Head coach Alan Major has a 46-50 record in his fourth season at Charlotte, where he has led the 49ers to the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout title and a berth in the 2013 NIT. He served as an assistant at various schools, including Xavier and Ohio State.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the first meeting between K-State and Charlotte on the hardwood.
•    K-State is 24-14 all-time against Conference USA schools, including 5-3 at neutral sites. The last meeting with a C-USA school came against Southern Miss in the 2012 NCAA East Regional at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., a 70-64 win. This will be the first of two match-ups with league members, as the Wildcats play Tulane at the Barclays Center on Saturday, Dec. 28.

CHARLOTTE-KANSAS STATE CONNECTIONS
•    Head coaches Bruce Weber and Alan Major have a long history together. A 1992 graduate of Purdue, Major was a student manager at Purdue when Weber served as a the top assistant to Hall of Fame head coach Gene Keady. The two were reunited in 1998 when Weber named him to his staff after becoming the head coach at Southern Illinois. Major helped the Salukis post a 15-12 overall record in 1998-99 before leaving to Pacific the next season then onto Xavier and Ohio State.
•    Charlotte head football coach Brad Lambert is a 1987 graduate of Kansas State. He was a four-year lettermen for the Wildcats, earning second team All-Big Eight honors in 1984 and Academic All-Big Eight three times from 1984-86.

LONG BEACH STATE POSTGAME NOTES
•    Freshman Marcus Foster led three Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 17 points... Senior Shane Southwell posted double-digits for the first time this season with 14 points to go with a team-high six rebounds and three assists, while senior Omari Lawrence recorded double-figure points for just the second time in his career with 10 points on 5-of-7 field goals.
•    Junior Thomas Gipson saw his first action of the season after missing the first three games due to injury.
•    Three freshmen - Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson - played better than 14 minutes each against Long Beach State, accounting for 28 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 64 minutes of action.

FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
•    Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start to his career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 16.7 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting, including 42.1 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (16) and 3-point field goals (8). He ranks among the Big 12's Top 15 in four categories, including sixth in 3-point field goals made (2.7), seventh in scoring, 11th in 3-point field goal percentage and 15th in field goal percentage. He is one of just two Big 12 freshmen in the Top 10 in scoring.
•    His 42 combined points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and Long Beach State (11/17) were the most in back-to-back games by a Wildcat freshman since Michael Beasley scored 46 against USC and Wisconsin in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
•    He scored a game-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), hitting on 9-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. It was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 14, 2008. He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since teammate Thomas Gipson in 2011.
•    Foster became just the 17th true freshman to start an opener since 1973-74, including the eighth since 2003-04.

JOHNSON A FACTOR DOWN LOW
•    Sophomore D.J. Johnson has emerged as the Wildcats' big man in 2013-14 with the injury to junior Thomas Gipson. He ranks first on the team in field goal percentage (57.9) and rebounding (5.7 rpg.) and is second in scoring (10.0 ppg.). A starter in each of the first three games, he scored in double figures in the first two games with a career-high 12 points in both contests.
 
SOUTHWELL, SPRADLING FINDING WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
•    Seniors Shane Southwell and Will Spradling are finding ways other than scoring to help the Wildcats in 2013-14. The duo have combined for 25 of the team's 49 assists with just five turnovers, while they have 29 of the team's 101 rebounds.

IWUNDU ALSO IMPRESSES EARLY
•    Freshman Wesley Iwundu became just the third Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career, joining Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007). Iwundu was one of two players in double figures against Northern Colorado with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench.

STILL IMPRESSIVE AT HOME
•    The loss to Northern Colorado not only snapped the school's 10-game winning streak in openers (dating back to 2003) and 19-game streak in home openers (dating back to 1993), it also snapped the Wildcats' 47-game winning streak in non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum, which dated back to an 80-77 overtime loss to No. 17 Oregon on Nov. 29, 2007. However, K-State is still impressive at home since the 2006-07 season, posting a 103-18 (.850) mark at Bramlage Coliseum, including a 43-15 mark vs. Big 12 opponents. The 103 wins are the fourth-most among Big 12 schools behind Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State.

WEBER ANNOUNCES THE SIGNINGS OF HARRIS, HURT
•    Head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of Tre Harris (Edwardsville, Ill./Fishburne Military) and Stephen Hurt (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Northwest Florida State Junior College) on Nov. 13. A 6-foot-10, 275-pound forward, Hurt was the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 2012-13 before transferring to Northwest Florida. Harris is currently averaging 19.7 points on 57 percent shooting for the third-ranked Fishburne Military Prep in Waynesboro, Va.