TROY (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt)
AT KANSAS STATE (6-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Sunday, Dec. 15 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 5:10 p.m. CT
FSN Kansas City
Ben Boyle (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
DirecTV 671 (HD 671-1) >> Dish 418
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Matt Walters (analyst)
Sirius 111/XM 190
Stats - pressbox.kstatesports.com
Audio - kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$15 (bench), $25 (chairbacks)
Wildcat4Pack: $50 | $10 (12+group)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 1-0
vs. Sun Belt: K-State leads 13-0 (8-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 1-0 (W, 64-60, 11/16/2001)
In Troy: n/a
Last Meeting: K-State, 64-60, 11/16/2001 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Troy: 0-1 (L, 69-77, 11/23/2000, Laie, Hawai’i)
Weber vs. Cunningham: First meeting
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (6-3)
G - #55 Will Spradling (7.6 ppg., 2.8 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (14.4 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (10.1 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.4 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (12.1 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
G - #1 Antoine Myers (13.6 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
G - #11 Hunter Williams (10.1 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
G - #12 J.C. Bonny (6.1 ppg., 1.3 rpg.)
F - #25 Kevin Thomas (12.9 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)
F - #33 Westley Hinton (8.9 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 64, South Dakota 62
Game 9 * Bramlage Coliseum * December 10, 2013
Marcus Foster and Shane Southwell combined for 35 points on Tuesday night, as Kansas State used a late rally to survive 64-62 against South Dakota. Foster posted a team-high 18 points, including a season-tying four 3-pointers, to pace the Wildcats, who have won four in a row. Southwell’s 3-pointer with 4:54 to play gave K-State the lead for good and spurred a 7-2 run that extended the lead to 63-59 with 1:29 remaining. However, the Wildcats made things interesting, as they missed five straight free throws in the last minute to give the Coyotes’ opportunities. Leading 63-60 with four seconds remaining, head coach Bruce Weber opted to foul South Dakota and junior Brandon Bos responded by knocking down both free throws to cut the deficit to just one with three seconds left. Gipson was fouled on the inbounds and was able to hit 1-of-2 for the final margin.
GAME 10 - QUICK HITTERS
· Kansas State (6-3) concludes its four-game homestand on Sunday, as the Wildcats play host to Sun Belt Conference foe Troy (4-3) at 5 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The contest is the second game of a doubleheader, as the women’s team plays UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m.
· K-State has a 63-3 (.955) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 61-2 (.968) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 52 of its last 53 non-conference home games. The three losses have come to DePaul (2007), Oregon (2007) and Northern Colorado.
· K-State has won 33 consecutive home games in the month of December dating back to 2004. The last home loss in the month came to Rutgers (76-66) on Dec. 28, 2004. Overall, the team is 43-8 (.843) in December since 2006, including 9-1 under head coach Bruce Weber.
· The Wildcats own a four-game winning streak, while they have won five consecutive home games since losing the opener to Northern Colorado. It was the first season-opening loss since 2003 (a 10-game streak) and its first in a home opener since 1993 (a 19-game streak).
· K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (61.2 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.0), while is fifth in field goal percentage
· defense (40.5). The Wildcats have held seven of their last eight opponents to under their scoring average, including five to 60 points or less.
· During the current winning streak, K-State is holding foes to 53 points on 35.9 percent shooting, including 24.4 percent from 3-point range, while holding a +11.8 rebounding advantage (43.8-32).
· Freshman Marcus Foster and senior Shane Southwell combined for 35 points, as K-State was able to outlast South Dakota, 64-62, on Tuesday night. The team out-rebounded its fifth straight opponent and converted 18 offensive rebounds into a season-tying 19 second-chance points. The Wildcats were also able to turn 18 Coyote turnovers into 15 points.
· Junior Thomas Gipson has been stellar of late, averaging a team-best 16.2 points on 62 percent shooting with 7.2 rebounds per game in the last five games. He has scored 81 of 85 points during this span. He has scored in double figures in five straight games for the first time in his career.
· Freshman Marcus Foster ranks ninth in the Big 12 with a team-leading 14.4 points per game. He has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games. His 130 points are the most by a freshman in his first nine games since Michael Beasley (225) in 2007-08.
THE OPPONENT: TROY (4-3)
· Troy (4-3) enters Sunday’s game on a two-game winning streak after knocking off Alcorn State, 73-70, in double overtime and Alabama State, 85-69, last week. The squad hasn’t played since the Alabama State win on Dec. 7 due to semester exams. The Trojans are 4-0 at home and 0-3 on the road (Ole Miss, UAB and Central Arkansas) this season.
· K-State and Troy have two common opponents in Ole Miss and Central Arkansas. The Trojans lost to both opponents, including 69-54 at Ole Miss on Nov. 8 and 60-53 at Central Arkansas on Nov. 26. The Wildcats are 2-0 against those foes.
· Troy is averaging 73.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting, including 27.5 percent from 3-point range, to go with 37.3 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 7.1 steals and 2.7 blocks per game, while allowing 68.6 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting.
· The Trojans have a well-balanced offense with seven players averaging six or more points per game, including three in double figures. Senior Antoine Myers paces the squad in scoring at 13.6 points per game on a team-best 57.9 percent shooting, while junior Kevin Thomas averages a near double-double with 12.9 points on 57.6 percent shooting and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game. Myers and senior Hunter Williams lead the team in assists at 3.7 per outing.
· Myers and Thomas led the way with 19 points each in the win over Alabama State on Dec. 7.
· Head coach Phil Cunningham is 4-3 in his first season at Troy. He spent the 2012-13 season at Western Kentucky, where he helped the Hilltoppers to a 20-16 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament after a 12-year stint at Mississippi State.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
· This will be the second meeting between the two schools with K-State posting a 64-60 win at home on Nov. 16, 2001.
· Head coach Bruce Weber is 0-1 vs. Troy after dropping a 77-69 decision to the Trojans on Dec. 23, 2000 at the Yahoo! Sports Invitational in Laie, Hawai’i while head coach at Southern Illinois.
· K-State is 13-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference, including an 8-0 mark at home.
SOUTH DAKOTA POSTGAME NOTES
· K-State is now 9-0 vs. South Dakota and 20-0 vs. current members of the Summit League, including 19-0 at home.
· K-State has now held seven of nine opponents to below 65 points this season.
· K-State out-rebounded South Dakota, 39-32, marking the fifth straight game the Wildcats have out-rebounded their opponent... The team also corralled 18 offensive boards, converting those into a season-tying 19 second-chance points.
· K-State forced South Dakota into 18 turnovers, scoring 15 points off those miscues... The team has scored double-digit points off of turnovers in seven games this season, including four in a row.
· K-State had 16 points from its bench, including nine by senior guard Omari Lawrence.
· Freshman Marcus Foster scored in double figures for the eighth consecutive game with a game-tying 18 points... He also led the team in scoring for the fourth time with a season-tying 4 3-pointers... He added team-highs for assists (4) and steals (3).
· Senior Shane Southwell scored 17 points on 7-of-14 field goals to go with 6 rebounds in 35 minutes... He has now scored in double figures 18 times in his career, including five times this season.
· Junior Thomas Gipson continued his strong play of late, finishing with 13 points and a team-high 8 rebounds... He has now scored in double figures in five consecutive games and 27 times in his career.
· Omari Lawrence provided much needed energy with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in a career-best 29 minutes.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
· K-State ranks among the leaders in defense in the Big 12, placing first in scoring defense (61.2 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.0) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (40.5). 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 eight 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 eight 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 eight other opponents to 57.6 points per game on 37.6 percent shooting, including 24.1 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 15.3 turnovers per game.
· K-State held Ole Miss to a season-low 58 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range on Dec. 5, while 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. The 58 points were nearly 24 points below their season average. The Rebels scored 105 points in overtime in its Dec. 8 loss to No. 14 Oregon, including 39 points (school-record 10 3-pointers) from Henderson.
· 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 4-game winning streak has been its rebounding, where the team has held a +47 edge (175-128) on the glass. The Wildcats have 63 offensive rebounds (15.8 orpg.) and 56 second-chance points (14 ppg.) in that span.
· With its relatively small team, Bruce Weber has emphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least four players posting at least 4 rebounds in each win, including six players with 4+ rebounds in the last two games.
· K-State is now 25-2 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its opponent, including 5-1 this season.
· The Wildcats have out-rebounded six of nine opponents this season, including five consecutive games where they hold a +51 edge (207-156) on the glass. The team is averaging 41.4 rebounds in the last five 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 three times by Thomas Gipson and twice by Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Johnson and Shane Southwell. Gipson, Iwundu and Johnson have each tallied double-digit boards.
· K-State ranks sixth in the Big 12 in rebounding at 38.0 per game and rebounding margin at +2.3.
· The Wildcats rank second in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 13.9 per game, while three players - Gipson (8th - 2.6), Johnson (9th - 2.4) and Iwundu (13th - 2.0) - rank among the league’s Top 15 in offensive 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 12.1 points on a team-best 58.2 percent shooting with 5.6 rebounds in 22.4 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.
· 81 of his 85 points this season have been scored in the last five games after posting a team-high 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and Long Beach State (11/24), 17 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), 15 vs. Ole Miss (12/5) and 13 vs. South Dakota (12/10). During this five-game span, he is averaging 16.2 points on 62 percent shooting to go with 7.2 rebounds in 26 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 five 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 14.4 points per game on 37.3 percent shooting, including 35.6 percent from 3-point range. He also leads the team in field goals (41), 3-point field goals (21) free throws (27) and minutes (31.4). He ranks among the Big 12’s Top 10 in four categories and Top 15 in five total, including 5th in 3-point field goals (2.3) and minutes, 9th in scoring, 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.6) and 12th in free throw percentage (77.1). He is one of two Big 12 freshmen (along with Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins) to rank in the Top 10 in scoring.
· Foster has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games, while he has led the team in scoring four 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 eight straight games, including a season-best four on three occasions.
· Foster became just the 17th true freshmen 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 six times in nine games, including four times by Foster.
· Foster and Iwundu have started together in eight of the last nine games, while Johnson is averaging 19 minutes off the bench (tops among players with zero starts). The trio rank first (Foster), fourth (Iwundu) and sixth (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 game, 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. He has been key in the last two games, averaging 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 20 minutes per game.
· Three freshmen have accounted for 233 points (an average of 25.9 points per game) on 37 percent shooting (72-of-195) with 28 of the team’s 44 3-pointers to go with 107 rebounds, 49 assists and 22 steals in a combined 658 minutes.
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
· Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful K-State team, having played in 110 games with 81 starts to go with 841 points, 261 assists and 94 steals. He ranks first on the team in assists (25) and steals (11), second in 3-pointers (11), third in minutes (29.0) and fourth in scoring (7.6 ppg.), field goals (19) and free throws (19).
· Spradling already ranks among the school’s Top 10 in five career categories, including 7th in free throw percentage (81.9), eighth in 3-point field goals (144) and minutes played (2,968), ninth in games started (81) and 10th in steals (94).
· Spradling has chance to become the fourth Wildcat with 1,000 points, 250 assists and 100 steals, joining Steve Henson, Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen. He has 261 assists in his career, while he is 159 points short of 1,000 and six steals short of 100.
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 (5.7 rpg.), assists (2.8 apg.) and blocks (0.9 bpg.), second in minutes (29.2 mpg.) and third in scoring (10.1 ppg.).
· Southwell has been the assist leader in three games, rebounding leader twice and scoring leader once.
· Four 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 104 career games.
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 averaging 19.7 points on 57 percent shooting for the top-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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