rv/rv KANSAS STATE (17-7, 7-4 Big 12)
AT BAYLOR (15-9, 3-8 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 15 >> Ferrell Center (10,284) >>
Waco, Texas >> 6 p.m. CT
Anish Shroff (play-by-play) >> Tim Welsh (analyst)
Randy Heritage (producer)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 85/XM 85
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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 357-170 (16th year)
at K-State: 44-15 (2nd year)
vs. Baylor: 2-0 (1-0 on the road)
Baylor: Scott Drew (Butler ’93)
Overall: 213-158 (12th year)
at Baylor: 193-147 (11th year)
vs. K-State: 5-9 (2-3 at home)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (17-7, 7-4 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Spradling (8.1 ppg., 2.7 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (15.0 ppg., 3.7 ppg.)
G – #1 Shane Southwell (10.4 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
F – #25 Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (11.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
Baylor (15-9, 3-8 Big 12)
G – #1 Kenny Chery (9.8 ppg., 2.2 rpg.)
G – #5 Brady Heslip (11.9 ppg., 1.2 rpg.)
F – #00 Royce O’Neal (5.9 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
F – #34 Cory Jefferson (12.3 ppg., 7.8 rpg.)
C – #21 Isaiah Austin (10.6 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 16-12 (13-12 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 9-5 (W, 81-61, 2/16/2013)
In Waco: Tied 5-5 (W, 64-61, 3/2/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 64-61, 3/2/2013 (Waco, Texas)
Weber vs. Baylor: 2-0 (1-0 on the road)
Drew vs. K-State: 5-9 (2-3 at home)
Weber vs. Drew: Weber leads 6-1 (1-0 on the road)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 85, 7/7 Kansas 82 (OT)
Game 24 * Bramlage Coliseum * February 10, 2014
Freshman Marcus Foster scored a game-high 20 points, as Kansas State pulled off an 85-82 win against No. 7/7 Kansas in overtime on Monday before a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum. The win was the first for the Wildcats in the series since an 84-68 victory at home on Feb. 14, 2011, while it represented the 100th win over a ranked team in school history and the second against a ranked opponent in three days. A very close game throughout, neither team had a lead reach double digits as there were 20 lead changes and 10 ties. After seeing a 9-point lead evaporate in the final 1:53 of regulation, Foster gave the Wildcats the lead for good by converting on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 3:20 left. The team built the lead to as many as six by converting on its final four free throws. Senior Will Spradling added 15 points to go with team-highs in rebounding, assists and steals.
• K-State (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) will look to snap a 4-game road losing streak this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas to face Baylor (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The squad will play 3 of its next 4 games on the road to finish off the month of February.
• K-State and Baylor will be meeting for the 1st time after the ‘Cats have already completed home-and-home series with Kansas, West Virginia and Texas. The Wildcats host the Bears in regular season finale on March 8.
• The teams will be meeting for the 29th time on Saturday with K-State holding a 16-12 advantage in the series, including a 13-12 edge in the Big 12 era. The series is tied at 5-all in games played in Waco with the Wildcats winning 4 of the last 6, including 3 in a row by a grand total of 6 points.
• K-State is 4-6 away from the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum, including 1-4 in true road contests. The 4-game road losing streak is the longest since dropping 5 in a row during the 2007-08 season.
• In contrast, K-State holds a 13-game homecourt winning streak, which ties for the 2nd-longest streak in Bramlage Coliseum history and is the longest since winning 14 in a row from Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012.
• K-State will enter Saturday with momentum after earning consecutive wins over Top 15 foes for just the 3rd time in school history, including a 74-57 win over No. 15 Texas and an 85-82 overtime win over No. 7 Kansas.
• K-State head coach Bruce Weber (44) is 1 win shy of tying Lon Kruger (45) for the most wins by a coach in his 1st 2 seasons in school history.
• K-State is one of the fewest teams to boast 6 Top 35 RPI wins, including wins over No.1 Kansas, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 32 George Washington. The Wildcats have an NCAA RPI of 36 and a rating of 27 in Sagarin and 40 in ESPN BPI.
• K-State ranks in the Top 35 nationally in scoring defense (62.7 ppg., 21st), field goal percentage defense (39.9, 33rd) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.7, 17th). The Wildcats have held 14 opponents to its season-low in points, including 12 to 60 points or less.
• K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 11 of the last 15 games, including 7 times in Big 12 play.
• 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 3 players - Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson and Shane Southwell - are averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: BAYLOR (15-9, 3-8 Big 12)
• Baylor (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) snapped a 2-game skid with a dominate performance in a 91-58 win at TCU on Wednesday... The Bears have split their last 4 league games, including a 76-70 win at Oklahoma State on Feb. 1, after dropping 5 in a row from Jan. 15-28... The squad had an impressive non-conference season, posting a 12-1 record, with wins over Colorado, Dayton and Kentucky.
• Baylor is 9-4 at home this season with all 4 losses coming in Big 12 play to Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Kansas.
• Baylor is averaging 75.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting, including 40.7 percent from 3-point range, to go with 38.6 rebounds, 15.5 assists, 5.3 blocks and 5.3 steals per game, while allowing 68.3 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage and rebounding margin (+7.8), while is 2nd in offensive rebounds (12.4) and 3rd in scoring defense and blocked shots... The team is 5th in field goal percentage and 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 3 in double figures led by senior Cory Jefferson’s 12.3 points per game, and shooting better than 40 percent from the field... Jefferson is shooting 51.7 percent from the field to go with a team-high 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in a team-best 27 minutes per game... Fellow senior Brady Heslip, who ranks 1st in the Big 12 in both 3-point field goals made per game (3.3) and percentage (48.4), averages 11.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting... Sophomore Isaiah Austin also averages in double figures at 10.7 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting to go with 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game... Junior Kenny Chery ranks 1st on the team in assists at 4.7 per game to go with 9.8 points per outing... Sophomore Rico Gathers averages a near double-double with 8.0 points on 48 percent shooting to go with 7.6 rebounds per game and a team-best 0.9 steals per contest.
• Heslip knocked down a 8 of Baylor’s 16 3-pointers in the win at TCU to lead five players in double figures with a game-high 24 points... Gathers posted a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Austin added 14 points.
• Baylor is led by 11th-year coach Scott Drew, who has a 193-147 record in his tenure. He has transformed the program from single-digit win totals his first 3 seasons to 20 or more 5 times in the last 6 seasons, including 2 Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2012. Overall, he has a 213-158 mark in his 12th season as head coach, which includes one year at Valparaiso (2002-03).
• Scott Drew is 5-9 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 2-3 mark at home.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 29th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 16-12.
• 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 near even in the Big 12 era with K-State holding a 13-12 edge, including an 11-11 mark 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 8 meetings.
• K-State has won 4 of the last 6 meetings with Baylor in Waco, including 3 in a row by a combined 6 points.
• K-State won both regular-season meetings in 2013, as the Wildcats won 81-61 in Manhattan on Feb. 16 before a 64-61 win on Rodney McGruder’s buzzer-beater on March 2 in Waco... The Wildcats averaged 72.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting, including 42.9 from 3-point range, in the 2 meetings, while the Bears averaged 61 points on 42.3 percent shooting.
• Departed sophomore Angel Rodriguez averaged a team-high 17.5 points in the 2 meetings with Baylor last season to go with a team-high 9.0 assists per game... Rodney McGruder (14.0 ppg.) and current senior Shane Southwell (13.0 ppg.) both averaged in double figures, while graduated senior Jordan Henriquez averaged 9.0 points and a team-best 9.5 rebounds.
• In addition, 6 other Wildcats return who played against Baylor, including Thomas Gipson (5.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.), Will Spradling (3.5 ppg., 0.5 rpg.), Shawn Meyer (2.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.), Omari Lawrence (1.5 ppg., 0.5 rpg.), D.J. Johnson (1.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.) and Nino Williams (0.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.)... Southwell and Spradling started both games.
• Spradling has averaged 6.3 points in 6 career games vs. Baylor on 28.9 percent shooting, including 21.7 percent from 3-point range... He has knocked down 11-of-11 from the free throw line in those 6 meetings.
• 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.
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Saturday’s game will be the 6th road game, following a 65-47 win at TCU on Jan. 7, an 86-60 loss at Kansas on Jan. 11, a 67-64 loss at Texas on Jan. 21, an 81-75 loss at No. 16 Iowa State on Jan. 25 and an 81-71 loss at West Virginia on Feb. 1.
• K-State has posted a 40-35 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 32-31 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 8-7 under head coach Bruce Weber in true road games, including 7-7 in Big 12 play.
• K-State has tallied a winning road record 3 times in the last 4 seasons with a composite 24-14 mark in that span.
• K-State’s road record of late has been stark in comparison to its road futility from 1996 to 2006. During that 10-year stretch, the Wildcats were a combined 18-89 on the road, including 10-70 in Big 12 play. Four times (1996-97, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02) the team lost more than 10 road contests in a season and went winless on the road in Big 12 play on four occasions.
• K-State is 4-6 away from home this season with neutral site games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (1-2), Wichita Wildcat Classic (1-0) vs. Gonzaga and Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival (1-0) vs. Tulane to go with its 5 true road games.
IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
• K-State has been one of the better teams in the country in February over the last 5 seasons, boasting an impressive 34-8 mark, including 7-win campaigns in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13. The team is 9-2 under Bruce Weber in the second month.
• K-State has a 19-3 mark at home in February since 2009 with its losses coming to Kansas (2009, 2012) and Iowa State (2012).
• K-State is 15-5 on the road in February over the last 6 seasons.
• Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 41-17 in February with a winning record in each of the last 5 seasons.
• K-State finished January with a 5-3 mark, as the school clinched its 6th winnng record in the month in the last 8 seasons.
• K-State also had a stellar December, as the Wildcats posted a 7-0 mark... It was the fifth perfect December in school history.
KANSAS POSTGAME NOTES
• The win snapped a 6-game losing streak to Kansas and was the 1st since an 84-68 victory at home on Feb. 14, 2011.
• The win was the 1st for head coach Bruce Weber over Kansas in his tenure as he has now defeated every team in the Big 12.
• The win represented the 100th all-time win against a ranked team, including its 40th against a Top 10 opponent.
• The win marked the 22nd time in school history that an unranked K-State team has defeated a Top 10 opponent.
• K-State has now won 9 of its last 12 meetings against ranked teams on its home court, including 4 wins this season.
• It was the 1st overtime game of the Bruce Weber era and the 1st since a 79-68 win over North Florida on Dec. 11, 2011.
• The win snapped a 4-game losing streak to Kansas in overtime and the 1st overtime win in the series since a 64-61 victory in Lawrence on Feb. 24, 1968... It was the 1st overtime win at home in the series since a 33-32 victory on Feb. 11, 1937.
• K-State has scored 70 or more points in 11 of the last 15 games, including 7 times in Big 12 play.
• K-State connected on 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field, including a season-high 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range... It marked the 3rd time that the team has shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc, including 2nd game in a row.
• K-State continues to share the ball at a high rate, dishing out 19 assists (most allowed by Kansas) on 30 field goals made.
• K-State’s bench had a season-high 30 points, which marked the 10th time that the reserves have accounted for 20+ points.
• Freshman Marcus Foster recorded a game-high 20 points on 5-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range... It marked the 19th time that Foster has scored in double figures, including the 5th time with 20 or more points.
• Senior Will Spradling had a very efficient game, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range to go with team-highs for rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (3)... He has now scored in double figures in 42 career games.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (62.7 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.7) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (39.9)... In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in scoring defense (68.4 ppg.) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (40.3) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.8).
• K-State ranks in the Top 35 in all 3 categories, placing 17th in 3-point field goal percentage defense and 21st in scoring defense.
• The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 23 opponents to its season-low in points, including to 60 or less on 12 occasions... 13 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 16 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State has held 28 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 26-2 record in those games.
• If you take out games vs. Georgetown, Kansas (twice), Iowa State and West Virginia (allowed average of 84 ppg.), K-State is holding its 19 other opponents to 57.1 points per game on 37 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent from 3-point range.
• 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.
• Texas Tech was held to its second-lowest point total (58) and its lowest field goal percentage (33.9).
• 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 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.
• 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).
• George Washington was held to 22 points under its scoring average of 77.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting.
• 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.
• 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).
• 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 is averaging 69.2 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting, including 32.8 percent from 3-point range... Although the team ranks 8th in field goal percentage and 9th in scoring offense in the Big 12, the squad ranks 4th in assists (15.3 apg.).
• K-State has scored 70+ points in 14 games this season, including 11 times in the last 15 games... During that 15-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 71.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting, including 36.3 percent from 3-point range.
• K-State ranks 2nd in field goal percentage (46.2) and 4th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.6) 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 75 and 74 points, respectively, in 3 other contests.
• K-State is 27-3 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 12-2 this season.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63.1 percent (368 of 583) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (62.6) and Baylor (60.1) - has an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.
• K-State has an assist on 70 percent of its field goals in 12 games, including a season-best 85.7 percent vs. Troy (12/15).
• K-State bench has made an impact with reserves accounting for 20+ points in 10 games, including 4 times in Big 12 play.
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 12 of 17 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 16 opponents, including 15 in the last 20 games.
• To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-5 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-4 this season, while just 11-10 in the last two seasons and 5-3 this year when being out-rebounded.
• With its relatively small team, Bruce Weber has emphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least 4 players posting at least 4 rebounds in 12 of 17 wins, including at least 5 players with 4+ rebounds in 9 games.
• K-State posted a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), including 23 offensive boards... It was most rebounds since 54 vs. North Florida (11/18/2012) and the most offensive boards since 24 vs. George Washington (12/8/2012).
• 7 players have led in rebounding, including 12 times by Thomas Gipson, 5 by D.J. Johnson, 4 by Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu, 2 by Shane Southwell and Nino Williams and one by Will Spradling.
• Gipson and Iwundu have both posted two double-doubles on the season with Gipson collecting 6 in his career.
• The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 12.4 per game with Gipson ranking 10th with 2.2 per game.
SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
• Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking 1st in assists (3.1 apg.) and blocks (1.0 bpg.), 2nd in rebounding (4.7 rpg.) and steals (0.9 spg.) and 3rd in scoring (10.4 ppg.) and minutes (27.9 mpg.).
• Southwell has been the leader in blocks 13 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 4 times and rebounding 2 times.
• 11 times he has scored in double figures with a career-high 21 points vs. George Washington (12/31)... He recorded his first 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 ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 7th), blocked shots (10th) and assists (11th).
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
• Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first 2 games... He is averaging 11.6 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (57.3) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (13), field goals (102) and 3rd in free throws (51).
• Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 12 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (13).
• Gipson posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 points at Texas (1/21).
• 251 of 253 points have been scored in the last 19 games, including 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and LBSU (11/24), 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) and 24 at Texas (1/21).
• Gipson earned his career 6th double-double vs. Oklahoma State (1/4) with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 10 points.
• Due to his off-season weight loss, Gipson has played 30+ minutes 10 times... Prior to this year, he had only done that twice.
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
• Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful team, having played in 125 games with 96 starts... He ranks 1st in steals (31) and minutes (29.4), 2nd in 3-pointers (39) and assists (64), 4th in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and field goals (58).
• Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 9 categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (482) and minutes (3,412), 6th in 3-pointers (172), assists (300) and steals (114), 7th in games (125), starts (96) and free throw percentage (81.2) and 9th in wins (89).
• Spradling, who had a 15 points vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, now ranks 27th on the school’s scoring chart with 968 points.
• Spradling is averaging 11.7 points in the last 6 games on 60.5 percent shooting (23-of-38), including 60 percent (15-of-25) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 32.5 minutes per game.
• 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 has chance to become the 4th Wildcat with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen... He is 32 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.
• Spradling ranks 5th in the Big 12 in steals (1.3), 8th in 3-point field goals (1.6) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage.
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 (15.0 ppg.), field goals (123), 3-point field goals (54) and double-digit scoring games (19)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.3), 7th in 3-point field goal percentage (38.8) and 12th in scoring and field goal percentage.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 19 games (8 in Big 12 play) and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 13 times.
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 21 of 24 games... He has 2+ treys in 16 games and 4+ treys in 6 contests with a season-best 5 vs. Texas (2/8)... He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25).
• 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.
• In all, Foster has 5 games of 20 or more points this season with 4 of those coming in the last 5 games.
• Foster’s points are 6th on the freshman chart, while 3-point field goal percentage (2nd) and field goals (7th) are in the Top 10.
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 14 times in 24 games, including 12 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 14 occasions and in rebounding 5 times... They have also combined for 26 double-digit scoring games.
• The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points 11 times, including Texas (42), OSU (34), Iowa State (33), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), ORU (33), Oklahoma (32), West Virginia (32), Ole Miss (31), Tulane (30) and Kansas (30) and 20+ points in 6 others.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 23 of the last 24 games, while Thomas (21.3) and Johnson (14.1) are averaging more than 14 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 first career game, posting team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado (11/8).
• Iwundu had his 2nd double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds... He is 1 of 24 players in the Big 12 with multiple double-doubles, including 5 freshmen... He posted season-highs for assists (8) and steals (3) vs. Texas (2/8).
• 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 13 games played with a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
• The 4 freshmen have accounted for 654 points (an average of 27.3 points per game) on 40.8 percent shooting (219-of-537) with 72 of the team’s 143 3-pointers to go with 255 rebounds, 169 assists and 55 steals in a combined 1,824 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
• Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.0 points in the last 15 games.
• During this 15-game span, Williams is shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the free throw line.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 4 of the last 11 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11),10 points vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14) and 13 points vs. Texas Tech (1/28).
• K-State boasts an 8-2 record in games in which Williams scores in double figures, including 3-1 this season.
• Williams has been solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 11-of-13 opportunities… He hit the game-clinching free throws in wins vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (3 in a row in last 13 seconds) and No. 25 Oklahoma (4 straight in last 23 seconds).
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