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K-State Continues Homestand Tuesday vs. South Dakota


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Dec. 9, 2013

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Game 9
SOUTH DAKOTA (3-5, 0-0 Summit)
AT KANSAS STATE (5-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Tuesday, Dec. 10 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 7:10 p.m.


TELEVISION
FSN Kansas City
Brian Smoller (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
DirecTV 672 (HD 672-1)  
Dish 448 (HD 9518)  
Hopper 412-36

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Matt Walters (analyst)
Sirius 92/XM 191

LIVE STATS/AUDIO
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Audio - kstatesports.com/allaccess/

TICKETS
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INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 8-0
vs. Summit: K-State leads 19-0 (18-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 8-0
In Vermillion: n/a
Last Meeting: K-State, 70-50, 12/31/2012 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. South Dakota: 1-0 (W, 70-50, 12/31/2012)
Weber vs. James: First meeting

PROBABLE STARTERS
Kansas State (5-3)
G - #55 Will Spradling (8.5 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (14.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (9.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (12.0 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)

South Dakota (3-5)
G - #1 Trey Norris (7.0 ppg., 5.3 apg.)
G - #12 Brandon Bos (14.9 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
G - #11 Adam Thoseby (6.5 ppg. 3.1 rpg.)
F - #23 Tyler Flack (6.4 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
C - #50 Trevor Gruis (11.0 ppg. 6.1 rpg.)

LAST TIME OUT
Kansas State 61, Ole Miss 58
Game 8  >> Bramlage Coliseum >>  December 5, 2013

Freshman Marcus Foster’s 3-pointer with 1:25 to play capped a late 8-0 run by K-State, as the Wildcats outlasted Ole Miss, 61-58, on Thursday in the inaugural Big 12-SEC Challenge game. Foster and junior Thomas Gipson led the squad with 15 points each, while freshman Wesley Iwundu collected his second
career double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Down 53-49 with 4:18 to play after a 7-0 spurt by the Rebels, Gipson got the pivotal run started with a traditional 3-point play with a lay-up and free throw to cut the gap to just one point. Foster then gave the Wildcats the lead for good with two free throws over the next 37 seconds before his 3-pointer from the corner extended the lead to 57-53 with 1:25 remaining. Spradling put the squad up 60-58 with a free throw before Iwundu rebounded a missed 3-pointer to save the game.

QUICK HITTERS
•    Kansas State (5-3) continues its four-game homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats play host to Summit League foe South Dakota (3-5) at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The squad has five home games in the month of December to go with neutral site games in Wichita and Brooklyn.
•    Tuesday’s game will be the ninth with K-State winning the previous eight meetings (1977-81, 1986, 2010,  2012) all in Manhattan by average of 23.6 points per game. This will be the third game in Bramlage Coliseum and the first since a 70-50 win by the Wildcats on Dec. 31, 2012.
•    K-State has a 62-3 (.954) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 60-2 (.968) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 51 of its last 52 non-conference home games. The three losses have come to DePaul (2007), Oregon (2007) and Northern Colorado.
•    The Wildcats have won four consecutive home games since dropping the season opener to Northern Colorado on Nov. 8. It was the 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).
•    K-State used balanced scoring and another strong defensive effort to post a 61-58 win over Ole Miss on Dec. 5 and help the league win the Big 12/SEC Challenge in its first season. The Rebels were held to 24 points under their scoring average (82 ppg.) on 37.9 percent shooting (22-of-58), including 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from 3-point range.
•    K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (61.1 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.7), while is fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.5). The Wildcats have held six of their last seven opponents to under their scoring average, including five to 60 points or less.
•    Freshman Marcus Foster and junior Thomas Gipson led the way vs. Ole Miss with 15 points each, while freshman Wesley Iwundu notched his second double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Foster has now scored in double figures in seven consecutive games, while Gipson has totaled twin-figure points in four in a row.
•    Gipson been stellar of late, averaging 17 points on 64.3 percent shooting with 7 rebounds per game in the last four games. He has scored 68 of his 72 points this season during this span.
•    Freshman Marcus Foster contines to pace K-State in scoring at 14.0 points per game. His 112 points are the most by a freshman in his first eight games since Michael Beasley (206) in 2007-08.

THE OPPONENT: SOUTH DAKOTA (3-5)
•    South Dakota enters Tuesday’s game with a 3-5 record after dropping an overtime heartbreaker to Wyoming, 67-66, in Rapid City, S.D., on Saturday night. The Coyotes are 1-4 on the road this season, including a 57-56 win at Texas State on Nov. 25.
•    South Dakota is averaging 69.6 points on 42.1 percent shooting, including 31.5 percent from 3-point range, to go with 35.8 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 4.1 steals and 3.1 blocks per game, while allowing 72.2 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting.
•    The Coyotes have a diverse offense with seven players averaging six or more points per game led by junior Brandon Bos (14.9 ppg.) and senior Trevor Gruis (11.0 ppg.), who are averaging in double figures. Gruis is shooting a team-best 58.3 percent from the field to go with a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game, while while transfer Trey Norris ranks first in assists (5.3 apg.) and steals (1.3 spg.). Bos and Casey Kasperbauer have each knocked down 14 3-pointers this season.
•    Interim head coach Joey James is 3-5 in his first season after taking over for the all-time winningest coach Dave Boots, who retired Sept. 3 after winning 503 games in 25 seasons (1988-2013). Boots posted 23 consecutive winning seasons (1988-2011) and 10 trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. James was an assistant coach to Boots for 10 seasons.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
•    This will be the ninth all-time meeting between the two schools with K-State winning the previous eight contests by an average of 23.6 points per game. The schools met five consecutive seasons beginning with a 69-52 win by the Wildcats on Nov. 28, 1977 at Ahearn Field House. K-State won home match-ups in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1986.
•    Tuesday’s meeting will be the third in the last four seasons between the teams with the Wildcats winning 91-69 on Jan. 3, 2010 and 70-50 on Dec. 31, 2012. The closest margin in the series is the 17-point win in the first meeting in 1977.
•    Head coach Bruce Weber is 1-0 vs. South Dakota after a 70-50 win by the Wildcats on New Year’s Eve last season.
•    K-State is 19-0 all-time against current members of the Summit League, including an 18-0 mark at home.

LAST MEETING: K-STATE 70, SOUTH DAKOTA 50 (12/30/12)
•    K-State connected on 50 percent from the field, including 53.6 percent in the second half, as the Wildcats wrapped up non-conference play with a 70-50 win over South Dakota on Dec. 31, 2012 in the last meeting between the schools. The Coyotes shot 32.7 percent from the field, including just 20 percent in the opening half as they trailed 30-18 at the half.
•    Four Wildcats scored in double figures led by Nino Williams’ 16 points on 7-of-10 field goals in 24 minutes. Rodney McGruder chipped in 15 points, while Shane Southwell (12) and Will Spradling (11) also scored in double figures.
•    Karim Rowson led three Coyotes in double figures with 14 points, while Brandon Bos added 11 points.

OLE MISS POSTGAME NOTES
•    K-State recorded its first win in four attempts vs. Ole Miss with its 61-58 victory on Dec. 5.
•    K-State held Ole Miss to a season-low 58 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range. The 58 points were nearly 24 points below their season average . The Wildcats have held five opponent below 40 percent shooting.
•    K-State out-rebounded Ole Miss, 43-38, marking the fourth straight game the Wildcats have out-rebounded their opponent. n  K-State attempted a season-high 34 free throws and blocked a season-high five shots.
•    Freshman Marcus Foster and junior Thomas Gipson each posted a team-high 15 rebounds, while freshman Wesley Iwundu tallied his second double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Foster and Gipson have now led the team in scoring on three occasions. Foster has scored in double figures in seven straight games and Gipson in four in a row.
•    Gipson converted on the highest individual field goal percentage (85.7) this season.
•    Three players tallied season/career highs in minutes played - Shane Southwell (38), Iwundu (38) and Foster (37).

WINNING WITH DEFENSE
•    K-State ranks among the leaders in defense in the Big 12, placing first in scoring defense (61.1 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.7) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.5). The team also ranks among the Top 55 nationally in all three categories, including 12th in 3-point field goal percentage defense and 19th in scoring defense.
•    The Wildcats have held six of the last seven opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on four occasions.  Five opponents have been held below 40 percent shooting, while seven have shot less than 31 percent from 3-point range.
•    If you take out the 90-point effort by Georgetown, the team is holding its seven other opponents to 57 points per game on 36.2 percent shooting, including 23.6 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 14.9 turnovers per game.
•    Ole Miss, who scored 105 points in overtime in Sunday’s loss to No. 14 Oregon, was held to a season-low 58 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range on Dec. 5. The reigning SEC scoring champion Marshall Henderson was held to just 13 points on 4-of-18 field goals, including 2-of-13 from 3-point range. Henderson went for 39 vs. Oregon.
•    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. The 38 points were also the fewest allowed by a Wildcat team in a game away from Manhattan, surpassing the 39 scored by Nebraska in Lincoln on March 7, 1984.
•    K-State has held 21 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 19-2 record in those games.

REBOUNDING AS A TEAM
•    A big key for K-State during its current 3-game winning streak has been its rebounding, where the team has held a +40 edge (136-96) on the glass. The Wildcats have 45 offensive rebounds (15 orpg.) and 37 second-chance points (12.3 ppg.) in that span.
•    With its relatively small team, head coach Bruce Weber has emphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least four players posting at least four rebounds in each win, including six players with 4+ rebounds vs. Ole Miss (12/5).
•    K-State is now 24-2 under head coach Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its opponent, including 4-1 this season.
•    The Wildcats have out-rebounded five of eight opponents this season, including four consecutive games where they hold a +44 edge (168-124) on the glass. The team is averaging 42 rebounds in the last four games.
•    K-State posted a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), including 23 offensive boards. The 52 rebounds are the most since hauling in 54 vs. North Florida (11/18/2012), while the 23 offensive boards are the most since totaling 24 vs. George Washington on Dec. 8, 2012. The Wildcats also posted a season-best 19 second-chance points vs. the Bears.
•    Five different Wildcats have led the team in rebounding this season, including twice by Thomas Gipson, Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Johnson and Shane Southwell.  Gipson, Iwundu and Johnson have each tallied double-digit boards.

GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
•    Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first three games. He is averaging 12 points on a team-best 59.6 percent shooting with 5.2 rebounds in 21 minutes per game since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
•    Gipson was the leading scorer (12.7 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.) during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, as he connected on 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line in three games.
•    68 of his 72 points this season have been scored in the last four games after posting a team-high 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and Long Beach State (11/24), 17 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1) and 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5). During this four-game span, he is averaging 17 points on 64.3 percent (27-of-42) shooting from the field to go with 7 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game. He became the first upperclassmen to lead the team in scoring (vs. Georgetown) as a freshman led in the first four games.
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, which marks the longest such stretch in his career.
•    Gipson earned his fifth double-double vs. Long Beach State (11/24)  with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 field goals and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double since his 14-point, 12-rebound effort vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 18, 2012.

FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
•    Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start to his career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 14 points per game on 38.9 percent shooting, including 34 percent from 3-point range. He also leads the team in field goals (35), 3-point field goals (17) free throws (25) and minutes (30.9). He ranks among the Big 12’s Top 15 in four categories, including fifth in minutes, seventh in 3-point field goals (2.1), 11th in scoring, 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (34.0) and 15th in free throw percentage (75.8). He is one of two Big 12 freshmen (along with Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins) to rank in the Top 15 in scoring.
•    His 112 points through eight games are the most by K-State freshman since Michael Beasley totaled 206 in 2007-08.
•    Foster has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games, while he has led the team in scoring three times.
•    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.
•    Foster 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 has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in seven straight games, including a season-best four on two occasions.
•    Foster became just the 17th true freshman to start an opener since 1973-74, including the eighth since 2003-04.

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 four games, marking the first time a freshman has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first four games of 2007-08. Overall, the freshmen have paced the team in scoring five times in eight games, including three times by Foster.
•    Foster and Iwundu have started together in seven of the last eight games, while Johnson is averaging 19.1 minutes off the bench (tops among players with zero starts). The trio rank first (Foster), fourth (Iwundu) and seventh (Johnson) in minutes played.
•    The freshmen accounted for 31 of the team’s 61 points vs. Ole Miss (12/5) to go with 20 of the 43 rebounds and seven of the 12 assists, while combining to play 97 minutes. Foster (38) and Iwundu (37) played season-high in minutes vs. the Rebels.
•    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 (11/8) with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench.
•    Iwundu registered his second double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He is one of seven players in the Big 12 this time with multiple double-doubles, including two freshmen (West Virginia’s Devin Williams).
•    Johnson came off the bench to post a team-high 14 points vs. Charlotte to go with six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.
•    Three freshmen have accounted for 177 points (an average of 25.3 points per game) on 38.8 percent shooting (54-of-139) with 21 of the team’s 34 3-pointers to go with 79 rebounds, 34 assists and 15 steals in a combined 496 minutes.

SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
•    Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way for K-State in 2012-13, ranking first on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg.), assists (3.1 apg.) and blocks (1.0 bpg.) and third in scoring (9.3 ppg.) and minutes (28.5 mpg.).
•    Southwell has been the assist leader in three games, rebounding leader twice and scoring leader once.
•    Southwell has at least two points, three rebounds and one assist in each game this season, while he has at least one steal and one block in six of eight games. Three times he has scored in double figures with a career-tying 19 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1).
•    Southwell is one of 22 players in school history (along with Will Spradling) with 200 or more assists in a career, while he adds more than 500 points, 300 rebounds, 60 steals and 50 blocks in 103 career games.

STILL IMPRESSIVE AT HOME
•    K-State has been impressive at home since the 2006-07 season, posting a 106-18 record at Bramlage Coliseum, including a 43-15 mark vs. Big 12 foes. The 106 wins are the fourth-most among Big 12 schools behind Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State.
•    The loss to Northern Colorado on Nov. 8 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.

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 State College. He was named Florida Junior College Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 11.2 points on 63.6 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes in two games.  
•    A 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard, Harris is currently averaging 19.7 points on 57 percent shooting for the third-ranked Fishburne Military Prep in Waynesboro, Va. He finished No. 4 on the Edwardsville High School scoring list with 1,460 points.

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