K-State Looks To Stay Hot At Home Versus Iowa State

By: K-State Sports Information
By: K-State Sports Information
State (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) will open the month of March in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum, as the Wildcats welcome No. 15/17 Iowa State (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) for a 6pm tip.

Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber calls out a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against TCU, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas State won 67-54. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

GAME 29

15/17 IOWA STATE (22-5, 10-5 Big 12)

AT KANSAS STATE (19-9, 9-6 Big 12)

Saturday, March 1 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 6 p.m. CT

TELEVISION

ESPNU

Anish Shroff (play-by-play) >> Tim Welsh (analyst)

Randy Heritage (producer)

WatchESPN Link: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1656067/Mens-College-Basketball-Iowa-State-vs-Kansas-State

RADIO

K-State Sports Network

Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)

Sirius 93/XM 191

INTERNET

Tanner Barth (host) >> Clent Stewart, Schyler Thomas (analysts)

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LIVE STATS/AUDIO

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TICKETS

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(800) 221.CATS

$50 (bench), $65 (chairbacks)

COACHES

Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)

Overall: 359-172 (16th year)

at K-State: 46-17 (2nd year)

vs. Iowa State: 2-2 (1-0 at home)

Iowa State: Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State ’95)

Overall: 84-44 (4th year)

at Iowa State: 84-44 (4th year)

vs. K-State: 5-4 (1-2 on the road)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State (19-9, 9-6 Big 12)

G – #55 Will Spradling (8.1 ppg., 2.9 apg.)

G - #2 Marcus Foster (15.3 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)

G - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.7 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

F - #11 Nino Williams (6.4 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)

F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)

Iowa State (22-5, 10-5 Big 12)

G - #11 Monte Morris (6.3 ppg., 3.7 apg.)

G - #50 DeAndre Kane (16.3 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)

F - #3 Melvin Ejim (18.4 ppg., 8.3 rpg.)

F - #22 Dustin Hogue (10.8 ppg., 8.5 rpg.)

F - #31 Georges Niang (16.8 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES

Overall: K-State leads 135-81 (Tied 18-18 in Big 12 era)

In Manhattan: K-State leads 78-25 (W, 79-70, 2/9/2013)

In Ames: K-State leads 50-47 (L, 75-81, 1/25/2014)

Last Meeting: Iowa State, 81-75, 1/25/2014 (Ames, Iowa)

Weber vs. Iowa State: 2-2 (1-0 at home)

Hoiberg vs. K-State: 5-4 (1-2 on the road)

Weber vs. Hoiberg: Hoiberg leads 2-1 (0-1 on the road)

LAST GAME SUMMARY

Kansas State 60, Texas Tech 56

Game 28 * United Spirit Arena * February 25, 2014

Freshman Marcus Foster led four Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 17 points, as K-State snapped a six-game road skid on Tuesday night with a 60-56 win at Texas Tech. Down 38-29 with just over 13 minutes to play, the squad used a 25-9 run over an eight minute span to take a 54-47 lead with 4:34 left in the contest. However, the Red Raiders used a 9-0 run to regain the lead with 1:19 remaining at 56-54. Freshman Wesley Iwundu converted on a 3-point play with 55 seconds to give the Wildcats the lead for good before a pair of defensive stops closed out the game. Iwundu scored 12 points and snagged a team-tying 5 rebounds, while senior Will Spradling and junior Thomas Gipson each chipped in 10 points. Spradling became the 25th player in school history to register 1,000 career points with his 3-pointer from the corner with 4:34 remaining.

GAME 29 - QUICK HITTERS

· K-State (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) will open the month of March in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum, as the Wildcats welcome No. 15/17 Iowa State (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) for a 6 p.m. CT tip on ESPNU. The team finishes the regular season with 2 of its last 3 games at home, including the finale vs. Baylor (18-10, 6-9 Big 12) on Saturday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. CT.

· With 3 games remaining in the regular season, K-State sits in a tie for 4th place with Oklahoma (20-8, 9-6 Big 12) in the Big 12 standings, just 1 game behind the 2nd-place trio of Iowa State and Texas (21-7, 10-5 Big 12) and 2 games ahead of 6th place West Virginia (15-13, 7-8 Big 12).

· K-State will attempt to win its 20th game of the season for its school-record 8th consecutive season on Saturday, while also attempting to post double-digit conference wins for the 5th straight year. The Wildcats are averaging 23.3 wins and 10.4 conference wins per season since 2006-07.

· K-State has won 9 of its last 12 meetings vs. ranked teams on its home court, including wins over No. 6 Oklahoma State (74-71), No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66), No. 15 Texas (74-57) and No. 7 Kansas (85-82 OT) this season. Overall, the team has 27 wins over Top 25 teams in Bramlage Coliseum.

· K-State enters Saturday’s game with a 14-game homecourt winning streak, which ties 2 others for the longest streak in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum. The other 14-game streaks came from Feb. 17, 2009 to Jan. 18, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012. The Wildcats have not won won than 14 straight at a home venue since winning 20 in a row at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 28, 1981 to Jan. 30, 1982.

· 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 38 and a rating of 36 in Sagarin and 44 in ESPN BPI.

· K-State ranks in the Top 40 and tops in the Big 12 in scoring defense (63.8 ppg., 39th), field goal percentage defense (40.2, 38th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.4, 5th). The Wildcats have held 14 foes to its season-low in points, including 14 to 60 points or less. In last 2 years, the team has held a Big 12-best 27 opponents to less than 60 points.

· 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: 15/17 IOWA STATE (22-5, 10-5 Big 12)

· No. 15/17 Iowa State (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) enters Saturday’s game on a 4-game winning streak on enacting revenge on West Virginia with an 83-66 victory on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost by 25 in Morgantown just 16 days prior and moved 14-1 at home this season... The squad has won 7 of the last 8 games since their loss to Kansas on Jan. 29.

· Iowa State is 8-4 away from home (including 3-4 in Big 12 play) with wins over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU.

· Iowa State is averaging a Big 12-best 83.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range, to go with 39 rebounds, 18.9 assists, 6.1 steals and 3.0 blocks per game, while allowing 73 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting. The team is averaging 79.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 77.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting.

· Iowa State ranks 1st in the Big 12 in scoring offense, 3-point field goals, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) and defensive rebounds (30.1), while is 2nd in scoring margin (+10.6). The team is 2nd in scoring offense in league-only games.

· Iowa State is one of the most prolific scoring teams with 7 players averaging better than 6 points per game, including 4 in double figures led by senior Melvin Ejim’s Big 12-best 18.4 points per game average... A favorite for Big 12 Player of the Year, Ejim connects on 52.4 percent shooting, including 34.4 percent from 3-point range, to go with 8.3 rebounds per game... Another awards candidate and favorite Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, senior DeAndre Kane paces the team in assists (5.9 apg.), steals (1.3 spg.) and minutes (33.5 mpg.) and is 2nd in scoring (16.3 ppg.) and 3rd in rebounding (6.7 rpg.)... Sophomore Georges Niang is 2nd in scoring at 16.8 points per game on nearly 50 percent shooting, while junior Dustin Hogue is tops in rebounding (8.5 rpg.) and 4th in scoring (10.8 ppg.) on a team-best 54.7 percent shooting.

· Iowa State has 7 players with double-digit 3-point field goals, including a team-best 45 by sophomore Naz Long.

· Iowa State is led by fourth-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, who has a 84-44 record and has led the Cyclones to consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament... One of the greatest point guards in Iowa State history, he led the school to 78 wins and 3 NCAA Tournaments during his playing career from 1991-95 playing for the late Johnny Orr and Tim Floyd.

· Fred Hoiberg is 5-4 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 1-2 mark on the road.

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES

· This will be the 217th meeting between the 2 schools with K-State leading the series, 135-81.

· The 2 teams have met at least twice a season since 1918 with the series dating back to a K-State win in Manhattan in 1909.

· K-State has a 78-25 record at home, including a 79-70 win last season. However, the teams have split the last 4 meetings.

· Iowa State holds a slight 19-18 advantage since the inception of the Big 12, including an 18-all tie in the regular season.The Wildcats have won 11 of the last 16 meetings, however, the Cyclones have won 5 of the last 8 in the series.

· Senior Will Spradling has averaged 9.6 points in 7 career games vs. Iowa State on 47.8 percent shooting, including 48.6 percent from 3-point range... He tied his career-high for the 6th time with 4 3-pointers vs. the Cyclones on Jan. 25, 2014.

NOTES FROM LAST MEETING: IOWA STATE 81, K-STATE 75

· Iowa State is 1 of 7 opponents to score 80 or more points against K-State... The Cyclones’ 46 1st-half points were the most by an opponent this season, while they became the 3rd team to shoot 60 percent from the field in a 1st half.

· Iowa State connected on an opponent-high 50 percent from 3-point field goal range, while its 9 treys were the 2nd-most.

· K-State lost for the 1st time this season when scoring more than 70 points and for just the 2nd time in the Bruce Weber era... The 75 points are the 4th-most scored by the Wildcats, who have posted 70+ points in 13 times in the last 19 games.

· K-State scored a season-high 22 points off of turnovers against Iowa State... It marked the 13th time in the Bruce Weber era that the Wildcats have topped 20 points off of turnovers, including the 2nd time this season (20 vs. Troy (12/15/13).

· For the 1st time this season, a freshman was the team leader in scoring, rebounding, assist and steals.

· K-State saw 3 players score in double figures, including Marcus Foster’s 1st 20-point game in Big 12 play and the 2nd this season (25, vs. Oral Roberts (11/13/13)... He has now scored in double figures in a team-high 23 games.

· Foster also set the freshman school-record for 3-pointers with 3... He has better than 3 treys in 12 games this season.

· Shane Southwell scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and 25th time in his career with 14 points.

· Will Spradling recorded double-digit points for a team-best 40th time in his career and 5th time this season with 12 points.

K-STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS

· K-State is 100-221 (.312) all-time against ranked teams, including a 58-159 (.267) mark against those in AP Top 15.

· K-State is 5-2 vs. Top 25 teams with wins coming against No. 21 Gonzaga (72-62), No. 6 OSU (74-71), No. 25 Oklahoma (72-66), No. 15 Texas (74-57) and No. 7 Kansas (85-82 OT) and losses at No. 18 Kansas (60-86) and No. 16 Iowa State (75-81).

· K-State is 3-11 all-time vs. the AP’s No. 15 team, snapping a 9-game losing streak with a 74-57 win vs. No. 15 Texas on Feb. 8.

AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY

· K-State has a 50-15 (.769) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 47-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.

· K-State is 31-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 15-1 in Big 12 play.

· With its current 7-0 record at home in Big 12 play, K-State needs wins against Iowa State and Baylor to become the 1st team to go unbeaten at home in league play since the 1974-75 team went 7-0 in Big Eight play.

· Last season, K-State went 8-1 at home in Big 12 play, which ranks as the most home conference wins in school history.

· K-State has guaranteed itself a winning home record in Big 12 play for the 8th consecutive season with its current 7-0 mark... Prior to 2006-07, the team had not posted a winning Big 12 home record since 2001-02 with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.

· With its win against West Virginia on Jan. 18, K-State has posted at least 10 wins at home for 13 straight seasons and 21 times in the 26-year history of Bramlage Coliseum... The team is 315-98 at Bramlage Coliseum, including 121-79 in conference play.

· K-State has a 114-18 (.864) overall record at home since the 2006-07 season.

IN THE MONTH OF MARCH

· K-State has a 21-19 record in the month of March over the last 7 seasons, including an 8-2 mark a home during that span.

· K-State has won 3 straight in March at home with the last loss coming in overtime to Iowa State, 85-82, on March 6, 2010... However, among the 3 straight wins in the month is a 67-55 win over the Cyclones on March 5, 2011.

· K-State is 4-3 under head coach Bruce Weber in March, including a 1-0 record at home.

· K-State finished February with a winning record for the 6th straight season and is now 43-19 in the month since 2006-07.

· 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 5th perfect December in school history.

TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES

· K-State snapped a 6-game road losing streak in Tuesday’s 60-56 win at Texas Tech, which was the longest skid since dropping 16 in a row from Jan. 15, 2003 to Feb. 14, 2004... The team is now 5-8 away from home, including 2-6 in true road games.

· K-State now leads the series, 20-10, including a 7-7 mark in games played in Lubbock... The Wildcats have now won 9 in a row vs. the Red Raiders, including 4 straight at United Spirit Arena, and swept the season series for the 3rd consecutive sseason.

· With the win, K-State head coach Bruce Weber broke his tie with Lon Kruger for the most wins by a head coach in his 1st 2 seasons in school history with his 46th... Kruger coached the Wildcats from 1986-90.

· Senior Will Spradling became the 25th player in school history and the 1st since Rodney McGruder in 2012 to score 1,000 points in a career... He is now one of 4 players in school history with 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals.

· K-State held its 14th opponent to 60 points or less this year, as Texas Tech scored 56 points on 36.5 percent shooting, including 10 percent from 3-point range... The Wildcats are 13-0 this season when holding a foe to under 60 points.

· K-State tied its lowest output in Big 12 play at 60 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 30 percent from 3-point range.

· K-State posted season-lows for rebounds (24) and offensive rebounds (5) and bench points (4).

· K-State tallied a season-high 9 blocks vs. Texas Tech, which was the most since posting 11 vs. North Florida (12/11/2011).

· Freshman Marcus Foster scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-13 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range... It marked the 23rd time that he has scored in double figures, including the 12th time in Big 12 play.

· Freshman Wesley Iwundu scored in double figures for the 6th time, including the 3rd time in Big 12 play, with 12 points.

· Junior Thomas Gipson scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and 39th time in career with 10 points, while senior Will Spradling registered double-digit points for the 9th time this season and team-best 44th time in his career.

HOME VS. ROAD

· K-State has a stark contrast in its record at home and on the road, as the Wildcats boast a 14-1 record in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum (including 14 straight wins), but are just 5-8 away from home (including 2-6 in true road contests).

· K-State is averaging 71.3 points on 44 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3-point range, in its 15 home games, while its limiting its opponents to just 59.7 points on 37.6 percent shooting, including 24.5 percent from beyond the arc...

· During its 7 home Big 12 games, the Wildcats are averaging 73.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range, while holding its opponents to 63.3 points on 36 percent shooting, including 26.9 percent from 3.

· K-State is averaging 66.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting, including 32.2 percent from 3-point range, in its 13 games away from home, while allowing opponents to 68.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting, including 32.7 percent from beyond the arc...

· During its 8 true road games, the squad is averaging 67.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting, including 32.8 percent from 3-point range, while allowing opponents 73.9 points on 45 percent shooting, including 33.1 percent from 3.

· Freshman Marcus Foster is the leading scorer regardless of venue, but his home stats are markedly better, as he averages 16.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting, including 42.7 percent from 3-point range, in 15 games at Bramlage Coliseum and 17.0 points on 48.8 percent shooting, including 48.8 percent from beyond the arc, in the 7 Big 12 home games.

· Foster averages 14.4 points on 39.4 percent shooting, including 35.9 percent from 3-point range, in the 13 games away from home, including 16.3 points on 42 percent shooting, including 39.6 percent from beyond the arc, in 8 true road contests.

· Junior Thomas Gipson tends to play better away from home, averaging 12.8 points on 59.3 percent shooting with a team-best 5.5 rebounds in the 13 games away from home, including 13.5 points on 58.1 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds in the 8 true road games... He is averaging 10.5 points on 53.1 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds in the 15 home games.

WINNING WITH DEFENSE

· K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (63.8 ppg.), field goal percentage (40.2) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.4)... In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in field goal percentage (40.8) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.3) and 2nd in scoring defense (68.9 ppg.).

· K-State ranks in the Top 40 nationally in all 3 categories, placing 5th in 3-point field goal percentage defense, 38th in field goal percentage defense and 39th in scoring defense.

· The Wildcats have held 14 of their last 28 opponents to its season-low in points, including to 60 or less on 14 occasions... 15 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 19 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 6 games it has yielded 80+ points (Georgetown, Kansas, ISU, West Virginia, Baylor and Oklahoma), K-State is holding its 22 other opponents to 58 points per game on 37.2 percent shooting, including 24.6 percent from 3-point range.

· In 15 home games, K-State holding its opponents to 59.7 points on 37.6 percent shooting, including 24.5 percent from 3-point range... The team is holding its 7 Big 12 foes to 63.3 points on 36 percent shooting, including 28.4 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.

EFFICIENT OFFENSE

· K-State is averaging 69 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting, including 33.1 percent from 3-point range... Although, the Wildcats rank 8th in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage and 9th in scoring offense in the Big 12, the team is 3rd in assists (15.5 apg.)... The squad ranks 24th in assists per game, 28th in assists and 52nd in assist-to-turnover ratio.

· K-State has scored 70+ points in 16 games this season, including 13 times in the last 19 games.

· K-State ranks 3rd in field goal percentage (45.2) and 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.0) 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 73, 74 and 75 points, respectively, in 5 other contests.

· K-State is 27-5 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 12-4 this season.

· K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 64 percent (435 of 680) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only two other Big 12 schools - Iowa State (63.7) and Baylor (60.0) - have an assist on 60 percent or higher of its field goals.

· K-State ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in assists on made field goals in league play at 63.4 percent (237 of 374).

· 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 493 points or 17.6 per game.

· Reserves have accounted for 20+ points in 11 games, including a season-best 30 points vs. Kansas (2/10).

· 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 is averaging 16.8 points from its bench in Big 12 play, including 17.2 points in its 9 Big 12 wins.

· The bench has produced 9 double-digit scoring games this season, including 3 times each by Nino Williams (Texas Tech, at Kansas and Oklahoma State) and Nigel Johnson (Charlotte, Tulane and Oklahoma) and once each by Wesley Iwundu (Northern Colorado), Omari Lawrence (Long Beach State) and Thomas Gipson (Long Beach 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 includes 4 double-digit scoring games, including 15 vs. OSU (1/4).

· Lawrence has averaged 4.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 15.8 minutes per game in the last 9 outings.

· D.J. Johnson has averaged 5.2 points on 66.7 percent shooting with 3.5 rebounds in 16 minutes per game in last 6 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 19 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 17 opponents, including 16 in the last 24 games.

· To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 33-5 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 13-4 this season, while just 12-12 in the last two seasons and 6-5 this year when being out-rebounded.

· 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 13 times by Thomas Gipson, 5 by Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Johnson and Nino Williams, 4 by Marcus Foster, 2 by Shane Southwell and 1 by Will Spradling.

· Gipson has 3 double-doubles (vs. LBSU, Oklahoma State and TCU) on the season (and 7 in career), while Iwundu has 2.

· The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds at 12.3 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 blocks (1.0 bpg.), 2nd in rebounding (4.5 rpg.), assists (2.9 apg.) and steals (0.8 spg.) and 3rd in scoring (9.8 ppg.) and minutes (27.2 mpg.).

· 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 121 games, and was the 1st miss since the George Washington game in 2012.

· Southwell now ties for 9th in career games played (121), while he is 8 assists shy of breaking into career Top 10.

· Southwell ranks 3rd on the team on season play hard chart with 157 points, including a team-high 94 deflections/blocks.

· 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 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 ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in blocked shots (10th) and assists (11th).

EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING

· Senior Will Spradling brings tons of experience to a youthful team, having played in 129 games with 100 starts... He ranks 1st in assists (80), steals (36) and minutes (30.4), 2nd in 3-pointers (46) and 4th in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and field goals (70).

· Spradling ranks in the Top 10 in 10 career categories in school history, including 3rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.07), 4th in minutes (3,557), 3-point attempts (505) and steals (119), 5th in games played (129) and 3-pointers (179), 6th in starts (100), assists (316) and free throw percentage (81.0) and 9th in wins (91)... He is the 9th player to tally at least 90 wins in a career.

· Spradling and fellow senior Shane Southwell have compiled a 91-39 mark in their career, including 43-24 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.

· With 5 assists vs. No. 7/7 Kansas, Spradling became the 6th Wildcat (1st since Jacob Pullen) to tally 300 assists in a career... The 5 others include Henson (582), Pullen (455), Clent Stewart (395), Tyrone Adams (323) and Rolando Blackman (320).

· Spradling is averaging 10.3 points in the last 10 games (since at Texas) on 49.3 percent shooting (35-of-71), including 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from 3-point range... He is also averaging 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.0 minutes per game.

· Spradling ranks 6th in the Big 12 in steals (1.3), 10th in 3-point field goals (1.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.2) and 13th in assists (2.9)... He also ranks 5th in Big 12-only games in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4), 6th in steals (1.3), 8th in 3-point field goals made (1.9) and 9th in 3-point field goal percentage (40.0).

· Spradling was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team for 2nd straight year in 2014.

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 11.7 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (56.5) and rebounding (6.2 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).

· Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, double-digit scoring games (17), field goals (118) and free throws (67) and 3rd in blocks (11).

· Gipson has led the team in scoring 8 times and a team-best 13 times in rebounding... He also leads in charges taken (13).

· Gipson ranks 1st in rebounding (6.5 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (11.8 ppg.) and field goal percentage (54.0) 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).

· 299 of 301 points have been scored in the last 23 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 7th double-double vs. TCU (2/19) with team-highs in both points (16) and rebounds (11).

· Gipson ranks 1st on the team on the season play hard chart with 181 points, including a team-high 56 offensive rebounds.

· 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 (15.3 ppg.), field goals (147), 3-point field goals (66) and double-digit scoring games (23)... He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.5), 12th in scoring and 14th in field goal percentage.

· In Big 12 play, Foster is averaging a team-best 16.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting, including 43.8 percent from 3-point range, with 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.6 minutes per game... In Big 12-only games, he is 4th in 3-point field goal percentage, 5th in 3-point field goals (2.6), 9th in field goal percentage, 11th in scoring, 12th in assists and 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio.

· Foster has scored in double figures in 23 games (12 in Big 12 play) and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 15 times.

· In all, Foster has 6 games of 20 or more points this season with 5 of those coming in the last 9 games (all in Big 12 play).

· Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 25 of 28 games... He has 2+ treys in 20 games and 4+ treys in 7 contests with a season-best 5 vs. Texas (2/8)... He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25).

· During the month of February, Foster averaged 20.9 points on 50 percent shooting, including 48.9 percent from 3-point range, and 74.1 percent from the free throw line to go with averages of 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game.

· 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.

· Foster already ranks in the freshman Top 10 in 10 categories, including 1st in 3-pointers, 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage, 6th in points, field goals, field goals attempted and minutes, 8th in free throws and assists and 9th in free throw percentage.

· Foster has started in all 28 games this season and if that trend continues the rest of the season he would be the 5th freshmen to accomplish the feat, joining Michael Beasley (33), Clent Stewart (29), Norris Coleman (28) and Bill Walker (28).

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 16 times in 28 games, including 14 times by Foster... They have also led the team in assists on 16 occasions and in rebounding 6 times... They have also combined for 32 double-digit scoring games.

· The freshmen have accounted for 40+ points 2 times (OU - 43 and Texas - 42), 30+ points in 11 others (OSU - 34, ISU - 33, Charlotte - 33, Gonzaga - 33, Texas Tech - 33, ORU - 33, OU - 32, WVU - 32, Ole Miss - 31, Tulane - 30 and Kansas - 30).

· Foster and Iwundu have started together in 27 of the last 28 games, while Thomas (19.3) and Johnson (13.2) 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 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 has scored in double figures 6 times, including 3 times 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).

· 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 16 games played with a season-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).

· The 4 freshmen have accounted for 763 points (an average of 27.3 points per game) on 40.5 percent shooting (255-of-630) with 89 of the team’s 168 3-pointers to go with 285 rebounds, 209 assists and 62 steals in a combined 2,119 minutes.

WILLIAMS AN IMPACT AS A STARTER AND RESERVE

· Junior Nino Williams earned just his 5th start of the season Tuesday at Texas Tech (2/25), posting 7 points and team-tying 5 rebounds... He had a career-high 20 points and 8 rebounds at Baylor (2/15), while he had 11 points vs. TCU (2/19).

· Williams is averaging 10.8 points on 54.5 percent shooting with 5.8 rebounds in his last 4 starts in 26.8 minutes per game.

· Prior to the start, Williams had become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 7.0 points in the last 15 games.

· During this 19-game span, Williams is averaging 7.8 points on 52.8 percent shooting and 76.6 percent from charity stripe.

· K-State boasts a 9-3 record in games in which Williams scores in double figures, including 4-2 this season.

· Williams has scored in double figures in 6 of the last 15 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 12-of-14 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: AT OKLAHOMA STATE (18-10, 6-9 Big 12)

Monday, March 3 >> Gallagher-Iba Arena >> Stillwater, Okla. >> 8 p.m. CT >> ESPN


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