K-State Continues Homestand With Oral Roberts Wednesday

By: K-State Sports Information
By: K-State Sports Information

Game 2

ORAL ROBERTS (1-0, 0-0 Southland)

AT KANSAS STATE (0-1, 0-0 Big 12)

Wednesday, November 13 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 7:10 p.m. CT

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PROBABLE STARTERS

Kansas State (0-1)

#55 Will Spradling (8.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)

#2 Marcus Foster (8.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

#12 Omari Lawrence (3.0 ppg., 2.0 ppg.)

#11 Nino Williams (6.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)

#50 D.J. Johnson (12.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)

Oral Roberts (1-0)

#12 D.J. Jackson (11.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.)

#15 Obi Emegano (19.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)

#24 Korey Billbury (13.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg.)

#5 Brandon Conley (7.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.)

#11 Shawn Glover (16.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)

INSIDE THE SERIES

Overall: Series Tied at 2-2

vs. Southland: K-State leads 10-3 (10-0 at home)

In Manhattan: K-State leads 2-0 (last meeting: 11/29/1983)

In Tulsa: Oral Roberts leads 2-0 (last meeting: 1/3/1985)

Current Streak: Oral Roberts, 1

Last Meeting: Oral Roberts won 86-71 in Tulsa (1/3/1985)

Weber vs. Sutton: First meeting

QUICK HITTERS

· Kansas State continues its four-game homestand to start the 2013-14 season on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play host to Southland Conference member Oral Roberts (1-0) at 7:10 p.m. CT at Bramlage Coliseum.

· Wednesday’s contest will be the first of two games in a five-day span for the Wildcats, who hosts Long Beach State (1-0) on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT before heading to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off for three games.

· K-State is coming off a 60-58 loss to Northern Colorado on Friday night, which was the school’s first season-opening loss since 2003 (snapping a 10-game winning streak) and its first in a home opener since a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993 (stopping a 19-game winning streak).

· The loss also snapped the Wildcats’ 47-game non-conference winning streak at Bramlage Coliseum, which dated back to an overtime loss to No. 17 Oregon (80-77) on Nov. 29, 2007. Since 2006-07, the school is 101-18 (.849) in the building, including a 43-15 (.741) vs. Big 12 foes.

· The last time K-State lost a opener was in 2002 when the team dropped a 73-64 decision to BYU at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

· The home-opening loss was just the second in the 25-year history of Bramlage Coliseum (20-2) and the first in nearly 20 years (1993).

· K-State has not started a season 0-2 since 2002-03 when the Wildcats dropped consecutive games to BYU and Toledo at the Paradise Jam.

· The last time K-State lost a home opener (1993) the squad responded with six straight wins at Bramlage Coliseum, including a 63-54 win over Texas A&M in the second game of the season on Dec. 1, 1993.

· K-State struggled shooting the ball vs. Northern Colorado, connecting on just 33.9 percent (21-of-52) from the field, including 10.5 percent (2-of-19) from 3-point range, and 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the free throw line. It was the lowest field goal percentage in a game since shooting 33.3 (16-of-47) vs. Gonzaga in the Battle of Seattle on Dec. 15, 2012.

· The 58 points were the fewest in a season opener since scoring 48 at No. 18 Alabama on Nov. 16, 1994, while it was the fewest in a home opener since tallying 52 vs. Rockhurst on Dec. 1, 1947. It is the second-fewest points in a season opener in the shot clock era (1985-86).

· Freshman Wesley Iwundu became the third true freshman to tally a double-double in his first career game with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northern Colorado. The other freshmen to accomplish the feat were Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007).

THE OPPONENT: ORAL ROBERTS (1-0)

· Oral Roberts returns five lettermen, including two starters, from a team that posted a 20-15 overall record and third-place finish in the Southland Conference with a 13-5 mark. The Golden Eagles advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, where they defeated UT Arlington (84-76) and UC Irvine (76-62) before falling at Weber State (83-74).

· ORU is coming off a 74-68 win at Tulsa on Sunday in the season opener. The squad connected on just 38.6 percent (including 14.3 percent from 3-point range) against the Golden Hurricane, but scored 16 second-chance points on 17 offensive rebounds and held a +17 edge (45-28) on the glass. Sophomore Obi Emegano led four players in double figures with a game-high 19 points (which included a 13-of-14 effort from the free throw line), while senior Shawn Glover scored 16 points.

· Emegano sat out 2012-13 after transferring from Western Illinois, while Glover was the team’s leading scorer (14.4 ppg.) a year ago after transferring from Utah. The squad lost two all-conference performers in Warren Niles and Damen Bell-Holter.

· Another returning starter - Korey Billbury (6.1 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) - had 13 points and eight rebounds in opener at Tulsa.

· Head coach Scott Sutton has a 271-170 overall record in his 15th season at the helm, which includes seven 20-win seasons and five postseason appearances. He is the son of legendary and Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton (804 wins at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and San Francisco) and the brother of former OSU head coach Sean Sutton (2006-08).

BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES

· Wednesday’s contest will mark the fifth meeting between K-State and Oral Roberts on the hardwood and the first since 1985.

· Each school has won twice in the series with each claiming the contest on their home court. K-State won the first meeting, 75-64, in Manhattan on Dec. 8, 1977 then another home matchup, 82-74, on Nov. 29, 1983. Oral Roberts claimed its two home games on Nov. 29, 1978 (61-55) and the last meeting on Jan. 3, 1985 (86-71).

· K-State is 10-3 all-time against Southland Conference schools, including a 10-0 mark at home. The last meeting with a member of the Southland Conference came in the second game of last season against Lamar - a 79-55 win on Nov. 12, 2012. Ironically, the win over Lamar also came against the son of a legendary coach in Pat Knight (son of Bob Knight). This will be the first of two meetings with Southland members this season, as the Wildcats host Central Arkansas on Dec. 1.

ORAL ROBERTS-KANSAS STATE CONNECTIONS

· The Oral Roberts’ roster includes two area players in starter D.J. Jackson (Kansas City) and reserve Jorden Kaufman (Andover). Jackson, who prepped at Archbishop O’Hara, scored 11 points in the opener with Tulsa.

· ORU’s Shawn Glover and K-State’s Thomas Gipson share the same high school (Cedar Hill). The two played together in 2008-09 when Glover (senior) and Gipson (sophomore) helped the Longhorns to a 35-4 record and the 2009 Class 5A state final.

· ORU assistant coach Sean Sutton previously served on the staff at Oklahoma State, first as an assistant coach (1993-2006) for his legendary father then as head coach (2006-08). Sutton posted a 1-1 record vs. K-State as a head coach.

NORTHERN COLORADO POSTGAME NOTES

· K-State lost its first season opener since a 73-64 setback to BYU at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 23, 2002, snapping a 10-game winning streak... The Wildcats also saw the end of their 19-game winning streak in home openers, which dated back to a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993... It marked just the second loss in an opener at Bramlage Coliseum.

· K-State is now 85-25 all-time in season openers dating back to the first season in 1903, including 73-9 at home.

· The loss also snapped the Wildcats’ 47-game winning streak in non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum, which dated back to an 80-77 overtime loss to No. 17 Oregon on Nov. 29, 2007. Since the 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 101-18 (.849) in the building, including a 43-15 mark vs. Big 12 opponents. The 101 wins are the fourth-most among Big 12 schools.

· Head coach Bruce Weber dropped to 14-2 in season openers in his coaching career, including 14-1 in home openers. Prior to UNC, his last setback in an opener came in his first season (1998-99) at SIU, a 65-62 setback at Murray State.

· K-State shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59), including 10.5 percent (2-of-19) from 3-point range, and was out-rebounded 49-40 on the glass... The Wildcats knocked down just 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the free throw line... It marked the lowest field goal percentage since 33.3 percent (16-of-48) against Gonzaga on Dec. 15, 2012... The 10.5 percent shooting from 3-point range was the lowest since 8.3 percent against Texas on Jan. 18, 2010... It marked the 14th time the squad was out-rebounded under Weber.

· Freshman Wesley Iwundu was one of two players in double figures with a team-high 14 points to go with a team-best 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of action off the bench... Sophomore D.J. Johnson had a near double-double with a career-high 12 points to go with a career-tying nine rebounds in 36 minutes... The 36 minutes of action was nearly double his previous high.

· Iwundu became just the third true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) in school history to post a double-double in his first game, joining Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007).

· Senior Shane Southwell dished out a career-high eight assists, which are the most assists in a season opener since Larry Reid had nine vs. Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 18, 2000. Southwell also added seven points and four rebounds in 32 minutes.

· The starting lineup consisted of senior Will Spradling, freshman Marcus Foster, senior Omari Lawrence, junior Nino Williams and sophomore D.J. Johnson... It marked the first career starts for Foster, Lawrence and Johnson... Spradling has now started 67 of the last 69 games, while Williams earned his 12th start (previous 11 came in 2012-13)... Foster became the 17th true freshman to start an opener since 1973-74, including the eighth since 2003-04.

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