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)
22/rv KANSAS STATE (14-5, 4-2 Big 12)
AT 16/17 IOWA STATE (14-3, 2-3 Big 12)
Saturday, Jan. 25 >> Hilton Coliseum (14,356) >>
Ames, Iowa >> 12:30 p.m. CT
Big 12 Network
Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) >> Chris Piper (analyst)
KMCI (Kansas City)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 137/XM 192
Stats – www.kstatesports.com/gametracker
Audio – www.kstatesports.com/allaccess/
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 354-168 (16th year)
at K-State: 41-13 (2nd year)
vs. Iowa State: 2-1
Iowa State: Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State ’95)
Overall: 76-42 (4th year)
at Iowa State: 76-42 (4th year)
vs. Kansas State: 4-4
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (14-5, 4-2 Big 12)
G – #55 Will Sprading (7.0 ppg., 2.5 apg.)
G – #2 Marcus Foster (13.7 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
G – #1 Shane Southwell (11.6 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F – #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.9 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)
F – #42 Thomas Gipson (12.5 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12)
G - #50 DeAndre Kane (16.7 ppg., 7.2 rpg.)
G - #15 Naz Long (7.9 ppg., 1.8 rpg.)
F - #3 Melvin Ejim (17.7 ppg., 7.1 rpg.)
F - #22 Dustin Hogue (12.2 ppg., 9.1 rpg.)
F - #31 Georges Niang (15.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 135-80 (18-17 in Big 12 era)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 78-25 (W, 79-70, 2/9/2013)
In Ames: K-State leads 50-46 (L, 67-73, 1/26/2013)
Last Meeting: K-State, 79-70, 2/9/2013 (Manhattan, Kan.)
Weber vs. Iowa State: 2-1 (0-1 on the road)
Hoiberg vs. K-State: 4-4 (3-2 at home)
Weber vs. Hoiberg: 1-1 (Hoiberg leads 1-0 at home)
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Texas 67, 22/rv Kansas State 64
Game 19 * Erwin Center * January 21, 2014
Jonathan Holmes’ 3-pointer at the buzzer from the corner lifted Texas to 67-64 win over No. 22 K-State on Tuesday at the Erwin Center. The dramatic shot came just after senior Shane Southwell tied the game at 64-all on a floater in the lane with 5 seconds left. The Longhorns brought the ball up and quickly called timeout to set up the last play. It was a close game throughout with teams battling through 20 lead changes and 11 ties. Texas held the largest lead at 6 points. The loss spoiled a sensation effort from junior Thomas Gipson, who poured in a career-high 24 points on 10-of-18 field goals to go along with 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It marked the second consecutive 20-point game for Gipson - a first for the Texas native. Southwell also notched double figures with 13 points, while freshman Marcus Foster and senior Will Spradling each scored 8 points.
• No. 22 K-State (14-5, 4-2 Big 12) continues its 2-game road swing on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa to face No. 16/17 Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network. The coaching staff will wear sneakers to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
• K-State lost in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, as Jonathan Holmes’ 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Texas a 67-64 win at the Erwin Center to snap a 3-game losing skid to the Wildcats. It marked the 1st time the school has lost in a buzzer-beater since losing on a lay-up to Iowa in 2008.
• Saturday’s game will be the 216th meeting between the schools with K-State leading 135-80 since the first game in 1909 and 18-17 during the Big 12 era. It will mark the 1st meeting when both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 poll. The Wildcats have lost their last 2 games in Ames.
• K-State jumped back into The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday at No. 22 with 221 points, marking the 2nd time in the last 3 weeks that the team has appeared in the AP Top 25. 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 is 257-99 (.722) as a ranked team in The Associated Press poll, including 3-3 (.500) as the No. 22 team with the last time coming in 2012. The team has a 78-55 (.586) all-time record as a ranked team on the road.
• K-State joins Kansas as the schools in the country to boast 4 Top 25 RPI wins this season. The Wildcats have defeated No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 22 George Washington and No. 23 Gonzaga. The team has an NCAA RPI of 34 and is 1 of 7 Big 12 schools in the Top 50.
• K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 15 nationally in scoring defense (60.3 ppg., 11th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7, 6th). The Wildcats have held 15 of their last 18 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 7 of the last 10 games, including 3 times in the first 5 Big 12 games. The team is averaging 70.1 points in this span on 44.4 percent shooting, including 35.4 percent from long range.
• The Wildcats have shown balance across the board with seven players leading the team in scoring and assists and six in rebounding. Nine players have at least one double-figure scoring game, while three players - Foster, Gipson and Southwell - are averaging in double figures.
THE OPPONENT: 16/17 IOWA STATE (14-3, 2-3 Big 12)
• Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) enters Saturday’s game on a 3-game skid after dropping a pair of road games at Oklahoma (82-87) and Texas (76-86) sandwiched between a home loss to a surging Kansas (70-77) squad. The Cyclones started the season with 14 consecutive wins, including 2 straight to start Big 12 play, and jumped into the nation’s Top 10 before its recent losing streak. The team has had a week off since its 86-76 loss at Texas on Jan. 18.
• Iowa State is 8-1 at home (including 1-1 in Big 12 play) with wins over Michigan, Iowa and Baylor.
• Iowa State is averaging a Big 12-best 85.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting, including 34.3 percent from 3-point range, to go with 39.9 rebounds, 18.2 assists, 6.2 steals and 2.8 blocks per game, while allowing 70.3 points per game on 40 percent shooting. The team is averaging 77.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting in Big 12 play and allowing 76.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting.
• Iowa State ranks 1st in the Big 12 in scoring offense, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) and defensive rebounds (30.1), while is 2nd in scoring margin (+14.8) and rebounding. The team is 4th 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 17.7 points per game average. Ejim connects on 51.9 percent shooting, including 35.5 percent from 3-point range to go with 7.1 rebounds per game. A candidate for the prestigious Wooden Award, senior transfer DeAndre Kane paces the team in assists (5.8 apg.), steals (1.6 spg.) and minutes (32.0 mpg.) and is second in scoring (16.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.2 rpg.). He is also connecting on better than 50 percent from the field, including 35 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore Georges Niang is third in scoring at 15.2 points per game, while junior transfer Dustin Hogue is tops in rebounding (9.1 rpg.) and fourth in scoring (12.2 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 34 by sophomore Naz Long.
• Iowa State is led by fourth-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, who has a 76-42 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 4-4 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 3-2 mark at home.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
• This will be the 216th meeting between the two schools with K-State leading the series, 135-80.
• The two teams have met at least twice a season since 1918 with the series dating back to a K-State win in Manhattan in 1909.
• Saturday’s game will mark the 1st time both teams have met when both are ranked in the AP Top 25.
• K-State holds a 50-46 lead in the series in games played in Ames, but have dropped 2 straight at Hilton Coliseum.
• K-State’s last win at Hilton Coliseum came by a score of 86-85 on Feb. 5, 2011.
• The series is tied at 18-all since the inception of the Big 12 with K-State holding a slight 18-17 edge in the regular season. The Wildcats have won 11 of the last 15 meetings, however, the Cyclones have won 4 of the last 7 in the series.
• The teams split 2 meetings in 2013 with Iowa State posting a 73-67 win in Ames on Jan. 26 and K-State earning a 79-70 win in Manhattan on Feb. 9. The Wildcats averaged 73 points on 50.9 percent shooting, including 43.2 percent from 3-point range, in the 2 meetings, while the Cyclones averaged 71.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting, including 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.
• Departed senior Rodney McGruder averaged a team-high 17.5 points in the 2 meetings with Iowa State last season to go with a team-high 5.0 rebounds per game. Angel Rodriguez (14.5 ppg.) and current junior Thomas Gipson (10.0 ppg.) both averaged in double figures, while Gipson and senior Shane Southwell were second in rebounding at 3.5 per game.
• Gipson connected on a team-best 72.7 percent (8-of-11) in 2 games vs. Iowa State last season.
• In addition, 5 other Wildcats return who played against Iowa State, including Southwell (9.5 ppg., 3.5 rpg.), Will Spradling (9.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg.), Nino Williams (2.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg.), D.J. Johnson (2.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg.) and Omari Lawrence (0.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.). Southwell and Spradling started both games, while Gipson, Lawrence, Johnson and Williams played in both games.
• Spradling has averaged 9.2 points in 6 career games vs. Iowa State on 45 percent shooting, including 44.8 percent from 3-point range... He tied his career-high for the 5th time with 4 3-pointers vs. the Cyclones on Jan. 26, 2013.
ON THE ROAD IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Saturday’s game will be the Wildcats’ 4th road game of the season, following a 65-47 win at TCU on Jan. 7, an 86-60 loss at Kansas on Jan. 11 and a 67-64 loss at Texas on Jan. 21. The loss at Texas was the 1st at the Erwin Center since 2012.
• K-State has posted a 40-33 record in true road games since 2006-07, including a 32-29 mark in Big 12 road contests.
• K-State is 8-5 under head coach Bruce Weber in road games, including 7-5 in Big 12 play.
• K-State has tallied a winning road record 3 times in the last 4 seasons with a composite 24-14 mark in that span.
• K-State’s road success of late has been stark in comparison to its road futility from 1996 to 2006. During that 10-year stretch, the Wildcats were a combined 18-89 on the road, including 10-70 in Big 12 play. Four times (1996-97, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02) the team lost more than 10 road contests in a season and went winless on the road in Big 12 play on four occasions.
• K-State is 4-4 away from home this season with neutral site games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (1-2), Wichita Wildcat Classic (1-0) vs. Gonzaga and Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival (1-0) vs. Tulane to go with its 3 true road games.
BUILDING A SOLID JANUARY
• K-State has built a solid 4-2 mark in January, including Top 25 wins over Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The team is now 9-4 under head coach Bruce Weber in the first month of the year.
• Since 2006-07 season, the Wildcats are 38-24 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.
TEXAS POSTGAME NOTES
• K-State dropped its second in a 4-game stretch with its last-second 67-64 setback at Texas.
• The buzzer-beater was the first since losing on a lay-up with 1 second remaining to Iowa, 65-63, on Nov. 29, 2008 at the Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Overall, it was the 17th last-second loss since the 1976-77 season.
• K-State still leads the all-time series with Texas, 16-11, while the series is tied at 11-all since the inception of the Big 12. Since 2008, the Wildcats have won 7 of the last 11 meetings, including 3 of the last 5 at the Erwin Center.
• After scoring better than 70 points in 7 of its last 10 games, K-State was held to just 64 points on 42.6 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range... The 64 points were the fewest since scoring 60 at Kansas (1/11).
• Despite the loss, K-State held Texas to 67 points on 45.6 percent shooting, including 25 percent from 3-point range... It was more than 11 points below its scoring average of 78.3 points per game.
• K-State lost for just the 2nd time this season when out-rebounding an opponent and scoring more points in the paint.
• Texas made the most of its second-chance opportunities, scoring 15 points on 14 offensive rebounds.
• K-State saw 2 players score in double figures, including a second straight 20-point game for Thomas Gipson. Gipson is the 1st Wildcat to record 20-point game in back-to-back games since Rodney McGruder last season.
• Thomas Gipson posted a career-high 24 points on 10-of-18 field goals and 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line... Gipson is the 1st Wildcat with 10 or more field goals in a game since Rodney McGruder had 10 vs. Texas (3/14/13)... He has now scored in double figures 11 times in the last 15 games... It marked his 3rd career 20-point game and his 2nd in Big 12 play.
• Shane Southwell scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and 24th time in his career with 13 points.
• Marcus Foster scored 8 points on 3-of-12 field goals, marking the 4th time in 19 games he has not reached double-digits.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
• K-State ranks among the Big 12 leaders in defense, placing 1st in scoring defense (60.3 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7). The Wildcats also place 2nd in the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (39.9).
• In Big 12 play, K-State is 1st in scoring defense (65.5 ppg.) and 3rd in field goal (40.6) and 3-point percentage defense (27.6).
• The Wildcats have held 13 of their last 18 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 and No. 18/20 Kansas, 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 67.8 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting, including 31.5 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 (14.9 apg.).
• K-State has scored 70+ points in 10 games this season, including 7 times in the last 10 games... During that 10-game span, the Wildcats are averaging 70.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting, including 35.4 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 74 points in another game.
• K-State is 25-1 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 70 or more points, including 10-0 this season.
• K-State has an assist on a Big 12-best 63.4 percent (283 of 446) of its made field goals this season. In fact, only one other Big 12 school - Iowa State (61.6) - 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 of 19 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 14 opponents, including 13 of the last 15 games.
• To demonstrate how important rebounding is to its success, K-State is 32-2 under Bruce Weber when out-rebounding its foes, including 12-1 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 and Nino Williams and 2 by Wesley Iwundu, 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 8th 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 (28.8 mpg.), second in rebounding (4.8 rpg.) and steals (1.1 spg.) and third in scoring (11.6 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 11 times, steals 8 times, assists 6 times, scoring 4 times and rebounding 2 times.
• 10 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 10 times in the last 17 games, including 8 times in the last 12 outings.
• Southwell ranks in the Big 12’s Top 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (6th), assists (10th), blocked shots (13th) and steals (15th).
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 12.5 points per game on team-bests in field goal percentage (59.9) and rebounding (6.2 rpg.) since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
• Gipson is also 1st in free throw percentage (72.9) and 2nd in scoring, field goals (85) and blocked shots (9).
• Gipson ranks 1st in the Big 12 in field goal percentage, 8th in offensive rebounds (2.4) and 19th in scoring.
• Gipson has led the team in scoring 7 times and a team-best 10 times in rebounding.
• Gipson leads the way in scoring (14.5 ppg.), field goal percentage (59.3) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.) in Big 12-only games. He ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in field goal percentage, 10th in scoring, 13th in rebounding and 15th in free throw percentage.
• Gipson has posted consecutive 20-point games for the 1st time in his career, including a career-high 24 at Texas (1/21).
• 209 of his 213 points have been scored in the last 15 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 15 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 K-State team, having played in 120 games with 91 starts to go with 906 points, 284 assists and 104 steals. He ranks 1st on the team in steals (21), 2nd in 3-pointers (26), assists (48) and minutes (28.4), 5th in scoring (7.0 ppg.), field goals (38) and free throws (31).
• Spradling ranks in the school’s Top 10 in 7 career categories, including 5th in 3-point attempts (461), 6th in 3-pointers (159), 7th in assists (284), minutes (3,246) and free throw percentage (80.9), 8th in starts (91) and 9th in steals (104). He will crack the Top 10 for games played with his next game, joining Rolando Blackman and Clent Stewart in 10th with his 121st.
• 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 94 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 13.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting, including 36.6 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (87), 3-pointers (41) and double-digit scoring games (15). He ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals (2.2), 9th in 3-point field goal percentage and 13th in scoring.
• Foster has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 18 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 8 times.
• Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 17 of 19 games, including a season-best 4 on 5 occasions. His 41 3-pointers this season are the 2nd-most by a freshmen in school history and within 1 of tying Brian Henson’s record of 42 during 1991-92.
• 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.
• Foster scored a season-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), which was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M (3/14/2008). He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since Thomas Gipson in 2011.
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 10 times in 19 games, including 8 times by Foster. They have also led the team assists on 10 occasions and in rebounding 4 times. They have also combined for 21 double-digit scoring games.
• Foster and Iwundu have started together in 18 of the last 19 games, while Thomas (24.8) and Johnson (14.2) are averaging more than 14 minutes off the bench. They rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in minute producers among all reserves.
• The freshmen have accounted for 30+ points in 7 games, including Oklahoma State (34), Charlotte (33), Gonzaga (33), Oral Roberts (33), Oklahoma (32), Ole Miss (31) and Tulane (30) and 20+ points in 6 other contests.
• 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 added a team-best 8 assists vs. West Virginia (1/18), while he had a season-best 9 points at Kansas (1/11).
• The four freshmen have accounted for 501 points (an average of 26.3 points per game) on 39 percent shooting (163-of-418) with 59 of the team’s 112 3-pointers to go with 212 rebounds, 124 assists and 44 steals in a combined 1,445 minutes.
WILLIAMS AN IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
• Junior Nino Williams has become a significant presence off the bench, averaging 6.8 points in the last 10 games.
• During this 10-game span, Williams is shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.
• Williams has scored in double figures in 3 of the last 6 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: TEXAS TECH (10-9, 2-4 Big 12)
Tuesday, Jan. 28 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >>
7 p.m. >> Big 12 Network