Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson slams against TCU's Hudson Price (21) and Brandon Parrish (11) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
TEXAS TECH (10-10, 2-5 Big 12)
AT rv/rv KANSAS STATE (14-6, 4-3 Big 12)
Tuesday, Jan. 28 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 7 p.m. CT
Big 12 Network
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) >> Rich Zvosec (analyst)
KMCI (Kansas City)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 93/XM 191
Brian Smoller (host) >> Schyler Thomas/Clent Stewart (analyst)
Stats – www.kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio – www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$25 (bench), $40 (chairbacks)
12+ group: $15
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 354-169 (16th year)
at K-State: 41-14 (2nd year)
vs. Texas Tech: 3-0
Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (High Point ’73)
Overall: 521-236 (23rd year)
at Texas Tech: 10-10 (1st year)
vs. Kansas State: 0-0
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (14-6, 4-3 Big 12)
G - #55 Will Spradling (7.3 ppg., 2.6 apg.)
G - #2 Marcus Foster (14.0 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
G - #1 Shane Southwell (11.7 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.9 ppg., 4.5 rpg.)
F - #42 Thomas Gipson (12.1 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
Texas Tech (10-10, 2-5 Big 12)
G - #14 Robert Turner (10.1 ppg., 2.8 apg.)
G - #20 Toddrick Gotcher (7.3 ppg., 2.6 rpg.)
F - #30 Jaye Crockett (14.3 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
F - #32 Jordan Tolbert (12.0 ppg., 6.4 rpg.)
F - #11 Dejan Kravic (6.7 ppg., 4.5 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 18-12 (Texas Tech leads 13-12 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 11-3 (W, 75-55, 2/25/2013)
In Lubbock: Texas Tech leads 7-6 (W, 68-59, 2/5/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 75-55, 2/25/2013 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Texas Tech: 3-0 (1-0 at home)
Smith vs. K-State: 0-0
Weber vs. Smith: Weber leads 6-3 (3-1 at home)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
16/17 Iowa State 81, 22/rv Kansas State 75
Game 20 * Hilton Coliseum * January 25, 2014
No. 22 Kansas State rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to tie it twice down the stretch, however, No. 16 Iowa State held off those surges to stop a 3-game losing streak with an 81-75 win at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday. Down 46-34 at the half, the Wildcats opened the second off with a 16-4 run to tie the game at 50-all with 13:11 to play. After the Cyclones responded with another run to pull back ahead at 60-53, the squad used a 13-6 spurt to tie it at 66-all with 5 minutes remaining. The Wildcats would have a chance to tie with 31 seconds left, but senior Melvin Ejim blocked senior Shane Southwell’s trey to stave off the comeback. Freshman Marcus Foster led three players in double figures with his first career 20-point game in Big 12 play and second overall this season, while Southwell (14) and senior Will Spradling (12) also registered double figures.
· K-State (14-6, 4-3 Big 12) returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats play host Texas Tech (10-10, 2-5 Big 12) at 7 p.m. on the Big 12 Network. The squad will play 3 of their next 4 games at home, including ranked foes Texas and Kansas.
· Tuesday’s contest will be the 31st meeting between the schools with K-State leading 18-12 since the first game in 1955. However, Texas Tech holds a 13-12 edge in games played in the Big 12 era with the series tied 11-all in the regular season. The Wildcats have won 7 straight in the series, including 4 in a row at Bramlage Coliseum.
· K-State is coming off its second straight road defeat, as No. 16/17 Iowa State held off a late rally for an 81-75 win on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.
· It marked the first time since November that the squad has lost consecutive games with back-to-back setbacks at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
· K-State dropped out of the The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after appearing for the 2nd time in 3 weeks on Jan. 20. The Wildcats have been ranked at least once each of the last 5 seasons, which is the longest stretch since earning a national ranking in 6 consecutive seasons from 1972-78.
· K-State has been strong at home since 2006-07, posting an 115-19 (.858) record and a 46-15 (.754) in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are 27-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 11-1 in Big 12 play.
· K-State joins Kansas as the schools in the country to boast 4 Top 35 RPI wins this season. The Wildcats have defeated No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Oklahoma, No. 26 Gonzaga and No. 34 George Washington. The team has an NCAA RPI of 39 and is 1 of 6 Big 12 schools in the Top 50.
· K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense (61.3 ppg., 19th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.9, 9th). The Wildcats have held 16 of their last 19 opponents to under their scoring average, including 10 to 60 points or less.
· After struggling early, the K-State offense is starting to come to form, as the Wildcats have scored 70+ points in 8 of the last 11 games, including 4 times in the first 7 Big 12 games. The team is averaging 70.5 points in this span on 44.2 percent shooting, including 36 percent from long range.
· The Wildcats have shown balance with 7 players leading the team in scoring and assists and 6 in rebounding. 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: TEXAS TECH (10-10, 2-5 Big 12)
· Texas Tech (10-10, 2-5 Big 12) enters Tuesday’s game on a 2-game skid after dropping a road game at West Virginia (81-87) and a home game to No. 25 Oklahoma (65-74). The Red Raiders won 7 of its first 10 games before a stretch of 5 losses in its next 6 games. However, the squad has rebounded to split each of its last 4 games, including wins over Baylor and TCU.
· Texas Tech is 1-5 on the road (including 1-2 in Big 12 play) with a 60-49 win over TCU on Jan. 18.
· Texas Tech is averaging 73.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting, including 33.9 percent from 3-point range, to go with 34.2 rebounds, 12.4 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.3 blocks per game, while allowing 69.8 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting. The team is averaging 71.4 points on 46 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 73 points on 44.5 percent shooting.
· Texas Tech ranks 1st in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (74.9) and rebounding defense (30.0), while is 4th in field goal percentage and rebounding margin (+3.2) and 5th in blocked shots.
· Texas Tech has 8 players hitting at 70 percent or better from the free throw line, including all 5 probable starters.
· Texas Tech has 6 players averaging better than 6 points per game, including 3 in double figures. Senior Jaye Crockett paces 3 players in double figures with a team-high 14.3 points on 56 percent shooting to go with 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in a team-best 28.9 minutes per game. Junior Jordan Tolbert is tops in rebounding at 6.4 per game to go with a 12 points per game average on a team-high 58.3 percent shooting. Junior transfer Robert Turner also averages in double figures at 10.1 points per game to go with a team-best 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Sophomore Dusty Hannahs adds 8.9 points per game with a team-high 32 3-point field goals and knocks down an impressive 93 percent (40-of-43) of his free throws.
· Texas Tech is led by first-year head coach Tubby Smith, who has a 521-236 record in his 23rd season in his head coaching career. He has led four schools - Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota - to the NCAA Tournament, including a NCAA title in his first season at Kentucky in 1997-98. He has 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in 22 seasons, including 9 trips to the Sweet 16.
· This will be Tubby Smith’s first meeting with Kansas State in his coaching career.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
· This will be the 31st meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 18-12.
· K-State actually leads the series, 18-10, if you remove 2 forfeited Texas Tech wins from the 1996-97 season.
· K-State won 7 of the first 8 games in the series dating back to the first meeting on Dec. 6, 1955... The two teams played 4 home-and-home series prior to the Big 12 era, including 1955-56, 1965-66, 1974-75 and 1985-86.
· K-State holds an 11-3 mark at home in the series, including a 7-3 mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
· Texas Tech actually leads the series, 13-12, in the Big 12 era with an 11-11 mark in regular-season meetings.
· K-State has won 8 of the last 10 meetings, including a current streak of 7 straight wins dating back to 2009... The Wildcats have won these 7 games by an average margin of 19.3 points per game.
· K-State won both meetings in 2013, including 68-59 in Lubbock on Feb. 5 and 75-55 on Feb. 25... The Wildcats averaged 71.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting, including 30.6 percent from 3-point range, in the 2 meetings, while the Red Raiders averaged 57 points on 44.9 percent shooting, including 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. K-State held a 79-40 rebounding advantage.
· Current junior Thomas Gipson led 3 Wildcats in double figures in the 2 meetings with Texas Tech in 2013, as he averaged 16 points on 66.7 percent shooting with 6.5 rebounds per game. Angel Rodriguez (14.5 ppg.) and Rodney McGruder (14.0 ppg.) also averaged in double figures. McGruder led all players with 8.0 rebounds per game.
· In addition, 7 other Wildcats return who played against Texas Tech, including Will Spradling (7.0 ppg., 3.5 rpg.), Nino Williams (5.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg.), Shane Southwell (5.5 ppg., 5.5 rpg.), Omari Lawrence (2.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.), D.J. Johnson (0.0 ppg., 1.5 rpg.), Ryan Schultz (0.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.) and Shawn Meyer (0.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.).
· Gipson has averaged 11.3 points in 4 career games vs. Texas Tech on 65.4 percent shooting with 5.8 rebounds per game.
WE MEET AGAIN
· Head coaches Bruce Weber and Tubby Smith have a long history with one another, having faced off against each other 9 times during their stints at Illinois and Minnesota. Weber holds a 6-3 advantage in those meetings from 2007-12.
AT HOME IN CONFERENCE PLAY
· K-State has a 46-15 (.754) record at home in Big 12 play since 2006-07 with a 44-10 mark vs. teams other than Kansas.
· K-State is 27-2 at home under head coach Bruce Weber, including 11-1 in Big 12 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 tallied a winning home record in Big 12 play in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to 2006-07, the Wildcats had not posted a winning Big 12 home record since the 2001-02 season with four consecutive seasons of 4-4.
· With its win against West Virginia, 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 311-98 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum, including 118-79 in conference play.
· K-State has a 115-19 (.858) overall record at home since the 2006-07 season.
TRYING TO FINISH JANUARY OFF STRONG
· K-State is trying to finish off the month off strong, which includes Top 25 wins over No. 6/6 Oklahoma State and No. 25/rv Oklahoma. The team is 9-5 under head coach Bruce Weber in the first month of the year, including 4-3 in 2014.
· With a win against Texas Tech, K-State can clinch its 6th winning record in the month in the last 8 seasons.
· Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 38-25 in January. In comparison, the team was 27-49 in the month from 1996-2006.
· K-State’s impressive January mark came on the heels of stellar December, in which, the Wildcats posted a perfect 7-0 mark. It was just the fifth perfect December in school history, following 1947 (9-0), 1993 (9-0), 1998 (6-0) and 2009 (7-0).
· K-State wrapped up non-conference with a 10-3 record, posting eight consecutive wins and seven straight wins at home.
· K-State totaled 10 wins in non-conference play for the eighth consecutive season in 2013 with a composite 81-18 record.
· K-State has a 65-3 record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 63-2 mark during the regular season. The squad has won 54 of its last 55 non-conference home games.
· K-State was a stellar 13-1 in non-conference games in 2009-10, while the squad won 12 games each in 2008-09 and 2010-11, 11 games each in 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 10 in 2007-08 and 2013-14.
IOWA STATE POSTGAME NOTES
· K-State dropped consecutive games for the 1st time since losing to Charlotte and Georgetown at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 21-22, 2013. It marked the 1st time the Wildcats have lost 2 in a row in Big 12 play since on Jan. 22 and 26, 2013.
· K-State still leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 135-81, while Iowa State owns a 19-18 edge in Big 12 era.
· Iowa State became just the 3rd opponent 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 posted opponent-highs for 3-point field goals (9) and 3-point field goal percentage (50.0)... After the Cyclones connected on 72.7 percent (8-of-11) in the 1st half, the Wildcats held them to just 14.3 percent (1-of-7) in the 2nd half.
· K-State lost for the 1st time this season when scoring more than 70 points and for just the second time in the Bruce Weber era... The 75 points were the 3rd-most scored by the Wildcats, who have posted 70+ points in 8 times in the last 11 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).
· K-State lost for just the 3rd time this season when out-rebounding an opponent.
· 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 16 games.
· Foster also set the freshman school-record for 3-pointers (44) with 3... He has better than 3 treys in 7 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.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
· K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (61.3 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.9). The Wildcats also place 4th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (40.3).
· In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in scoring defense (67.7 ppg.) and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (31.0).
· The Wildcats have held 13 of their last 19 opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on 10 occasions. 11 foes have been held below 40 percent shooting, while 15 have shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range.
· K-State has held 26 opponents to 60 points or less under Bruce Weber with an impressive 24-2 record in those games.
· If you take out games vs. Georgetown, Kansas and Iowa State, K-State is holding its 17 other opponents to 57 points per game on 37.4 percent shooting, including 24.6 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 13.7 turnovers per game.
· During the team’s 10-game winning streak from Nov. 24 to Jan. 7, K-State held its opponents to just 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting, including 24 percent from 3-point range, while posting a +9.1 rebounding margin (40.4-31.3).
· 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 Bulldogs 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 68.2 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting, including 32.1 percent from 3-point range... Although the team ranks 9th in all 3 categories in the Big 12, the squad ranks 4th in assists per game (15.0 apg.).
· K-State has scored 70+ points in 11 games this season, including 8 times in the last 11 games... During that 11-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 70.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range.
· 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 twice and 75 and 74 points, respectively, in two other contests.
· K-State is 25-2 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 10-1 this season.
· K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63.4 percent (300 of 473) of its made field goals this season... In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (61.8) - 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 10 games, including a season-best 85.7 percent vs. Troy (12/15).
· K-State averaged 69.1 points on 43 percent shooting, including 33 percent from beyond the arc, during its 10-game winning streak... The team had an assist on 66.4 percent (162 of 244) of its field goals during its winning streak.
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 14 wins this season... Overall, the Wildcats have out-rebounded 15 opponents, including 14 in the last 16 games.
· To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-4 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-3 this season, while just 8-11 in the last two seasons and 2-4 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 four players posting at least 4 rebounds in 12 of 14 wins, including at least five players with 4+ rebounds in 8 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).
· 6 Wildcats have led in rebounding, including 10 times by Thomas Gipson, 4 by D.J. Johnson, 3 by Marcus Foster , Wesley Iwundu and Nino Williams and 2 by Shane Southwell. Gipson, Iwundu and Johnson have each tallied double-digit boards.
· 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 13.1 per game with Gipson ranking 9th with 2.3 per game.
SOUTHWELL CONTRIBUTING IN MANY WAYS
· Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways to contribute in nearly every way, ranking first in assists (3.2 apg.), blocks (1.1 bpg.) and minutes (29.0 mpg.), second in rebounding (4.9 rpg.) and steals (1.0 spg.) and third in scoring (11.7 ppg.).
· Southwell is the only player in the Big 12 to lead his team in assists, blocks and minutes.
· Southwell has been the leader in blocks 12 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 has scored in double figures 11 times in the last 18 games, including 9 times in the last 13 outings.
· Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (8th), assists (10th) and blocked shots (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 12.1 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (58.4) and rebounding (6.2 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
· Gipson is also 2nd in scoring, field goals (87), free throw percentage (72.9) and blocked shots (9).
· Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 10 times in rebounding.
· Gipson leads the way in field goal percentage (56.1) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.) and is second in scoring (13.0 ppg.) in Big 12-only games. He ranks 1st in the Big 12 in field goal percentage, 14th in rebounding and 19th in scoring in league-only contests.
· Gipson posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 at Texas (1/21).
· 213 of his 217 points have been scored in the last 16 games, including games of 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), 20 vs. West Virginia (1/14) and 24 at Texas (1/21).
· Gipson has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 16 games, including a career-best stretch of 5 consecutive games.
· Gipson earned his career 6th double-double vs. Oklahoma State (1/4) with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 10 points. It was his second of the season after posting a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Long Beach State (11/24).
EXPERIENCE BIG FOR SPRADLING
· Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal of experience to a youthful team, having played in 121 games with 92 starts. He ranks 1st in steals (22), 2nd in 3-pointers (30), assists (51) and minutes (28.6), 4th in scoring (7.3 ppg.) and field goals (42).
· Spradling ranks in the school’s Top 10 in 8 career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (467), 6th in 3-pointers (163) and minutes (3,278), 7th in assists (287) and free throw percentage (80.9), 8th in starts (92) and 9th in steals (104). He cracked the Top 10 for games played with his 121st at Iowa State, joining Rolando Blackman and Clent Stewart in a tie for 9th place.
· 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 is 82 points short of 1,000 after posting above those totals in assists and steals.
FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
· Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 14.0 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting, including 36.7 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (94), 3-pointers (44) and double-digit scoring games (16). He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.2), 9th in 3-point field goal percentage and 14th in scoring.
· Foster has scored in double figures in 16 of 20 games, including a streak of 10 consecutive games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 21. The streak started in the second game vs. Oral Roberts (11/13). He has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 9 times.
· Foster posted his 2nd career 20-point game and 1st in Big 12 play with 20 at Iowa State (1/25). His season-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) were the most by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M (3/14/2008).
· Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 18 of 20 games, including a season-best 4 on 5 occasions. He broke the freshman school record for 3-pointers at Iowa State (1/25), passing Brian Henson’s mark of 42 set during the 1991-92 season.
· Foster’s current point total of 280 is 10th on the freshman chart, while his 3-point field goal percentage (36.7) mark is 7th.
· Foster was named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (CBSSports.com/USBWA) and Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 6 after averaging 16 points in wins over George Washington and No. 6/6 Oklahoma State.
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 11 times in 20 games, including 9 times by Foster. They have also led the team assists on 11 occasions and in rebounding 5 times. They have also combined for 22 double-digit scoring games.
· Foster and Iwundu have started together in 19 of the last 20 games, while Thomas (24.2) and Johnson (13.7) are averaging more than 13 minutes off the bench. They rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
· The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points in 8 games, including Oklahoma State (34), Iowa State (33), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), Oral Roberts (33), Oklahoma (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30) and 20+ points in 6 other contests.
· The Iowa State game marked the 1st time this season that a freshman was the leader in scoring, rebounding, assist and steals.
· 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 both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Northern Colorado.
· Iwundu had his 2nd double-double vs. Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He is 1 of 19 players in the Big 12 with multiple double-doubles, including 3 freshmen. He scored in double figures for the 4th time with 11 points vs. Oklahoma (1/14).
· 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 in 6 times in 9 games played with a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18).
· The four freshmen have accounted for 534 points (an average of 26.7 points per game) on 39.1 percent shooting (175-of-448) with 62 of the team’s 121 3-pointers to go with 227 rebounds, 132 assists and 47 steals in a combined 1,522 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
· Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 6.5 points in the last 11 games.
· During this 11-game span, Williams is shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
· Williams has scored in double figures in 3 of the last 7 games, including 15 points vs. No. 6/6 Oklahoma State (1/4), a team-leading 12 points vs. No. 18/20 Kansas (1/11) and a near double-double of 10 points and 9 rebounds vs. No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14).
· Williams has solid from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes, knocking down 9-of-11 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 WEST VIRGINIA (11-9, 3-4 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 1 >> WVU Coliseum >> Morgantown, W.Va. >> 12:30 p.m. CT >> Big 12 Network