OLE MISS (6-0, 0-0 SEC)
AT KANSAS STATE (4-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Big 12-SEC Challenge
Thursday, Dec. 5 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan. >> 8:05 p.m. CT
Dave Fleming (play-by-play) >> Miles Simon (analyst)
Michael Molinari (producer)
K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) >> Stan Weber (analyst)
Sirius 91/XM 91
Stats - pressbox.kstatesports.com
Audio - kstatesports.com/allaccess/
$25 (bench), $40 (chairbacks)
Wildcat4Pack: $75 | $15 (12+group)
Kansas State (4-3)
#55 Will Spradling (8.7 ppg., 3.4 apg.)
#2 Marcus Foster (13.9 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
#1 Shane Southwell (9.4 ppg., 5.4 rpg.)
#25 Wesley Iwundu (6.9 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
#42 Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
Ole Miss (6-0)
#3 Derrick Millinghaus (15.3 ppg., 2.5 apg.)
#32 Jarvis Summers (15.7 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
#1 Martavious Newby (3.8 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
#34 Aaron Jones (6.0 ppg., 7.3 rpg.)
#4 Demarco Cox (8.5 ppg., 8.2 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: Ole Miss leads 3-0
vs. SEC: K-State leads 157-144 (82-48 at home)
In Manhattan: Ole Miss leads 1-0 (W, 67-65, 11/24/2001)
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 1-0 (W, 60-46, 12/5/2000)
Last Meeting: Ole Miss, 86-74, 11/20/2009 (San Juan, P.R.)
Weber vs. Ole Miss: 0-1 (L, 66-70, 12/21/2000)
Weber vs. Kennedy: First meeting
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 87, Central Arkansas 54
Game 7 * Bramlage Coliseum * December 1, 2013
Senior Shane Southwell led a balanced effort with a career-tying 19 points, as K-State opened its four-game homestand with an 87-54 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday. Southwell led three Wildats in double figures, as he knocked down 8-of-14 field goals in 25 minutes. Junior Thomas Gipson continued his torrid pace of late with 17 points of 7-of-13 field goals in 17 minutes of action, while freshman Marcus Foster extended his streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games to six with 10 points. Sophomore D.J. Johnson nearly had his first double-double with a game-high 10 points and eight points. The squad posted season-highs for points (87), field goals (31), assists (17), rebounds (52), offensive rebounds (23), points in the paint (42) and second-chance points (19). In all, a season-high 11 players produced points, including the first by Jack Karapetyan.
GAME 8 - QUICK HITTERS
· Kansas State (4-3) continues its homestand on Thursday, as the Wildcats play host to Ole Miss (6-0) at 8 p.m. in the inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge at Bramlage Coliseum. The squad has five home games in the month of December to go with neutral site games in Wichita and Brooklyn.
· This will be first challenge event for the Big 12 since a four-year series with the Pac-10 from 2007-10, where K-State went 2-2. The Wildcats lost a home-and-home series with Oregon in 2007 and 2008 before sweeping a home-and-home series with Washington State in 2009 and 2010.
· Thursday’s game will be the fourth vs. Ole Miss on the hardwood with the Rebels winning the previous three meetings (2000, 2001 and 2009). This will be the second meeting in Bramlage Coliseum and the first since a 67-65 win by Ole Miss on Nov. 24, 2001. K-State has met at least one SEC team in each of the last five years, posting a 3-2 record.
· The Wildcats have three consecutive home games since dropping the season opener to Northern Colorado on Nov. 8. It was the first season-opening loss since 2003 (snapping a 10-game streak) and its first in a home opener since 1993 (stopping a 19-game streak).
· K-State has a 61-3 (.953) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 59-2 (.967) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 50 of its last 51 non-conference home games. The three losses have come to DePaul (2007), Oregon (2007) and Northern Colorado.
· The Wildcats are coming off their best all-around effort on Sunday vs. Central Arkansas, as Shane Southwell led three players in double figures with a career-tying 19 points. The squad posted season-highs in points, field goals (31), assists (17), rebounds (52), offensive rebounds (23), points in the paint (42) and second-chance points (19).
· K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (61.6 ppg.), while the squad is second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.1) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.7). The Wildcats have held five of their last six opponents to under their scoring average, including 38 by LBSU.
· Junior Thomas Gipson has been stellar of late, averaging 17.7 points on 60 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds per game in the last three games. He has scored 53 of his 57 points this season during this span.
· Freshman Marcus Foster contines to pace K-State in scoring at 13.9 points per game. His 97 points are the most by a freshman in his first seven games since Michael Beasley (187) in 2007-08.
THE OPPONENT: OLE MISS (6-0)
· Ole Miss enters Thursday’s game with an perfect 6-0 mark after winning the Barclays Center Classic with wins over Georgia Tech (77-67) and Penn State (79-76) on Nov. 29 and 30. This will be the team’s second road game after a 72-70 victory at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 16. The Rebels are averaging 82 points on 44.3 percent shooting, including 39.1 percent from 3-point range, to go with 41.8 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 7.8 steals and 8.3 blocks per game, while allowing 66.5 points per game on 38.1 percent shooting. The squad paces the SEC in 3-point field goals (8.7), 3-point field goal percentage, blocks and assist-to-turnover ratio.
· The Rebels have a diverse offense with seven players averaging five or more points per game led by trio of Jarvis Summers (15.7 ppg.), Derrick Millinghaus (15.3 ppg.) and Marshall Henderson (15.2 ppg.), who are all averaging better than 15 points per game. Barclays Center Classic MVP Demarco Cox paces the squad in rebounding (8.2 rpg.), while fellow starter Aaron Jones is tops in blocks (3.0 bpg.) to go with 7.3 rebounds per game. Summers is first in assists at 3.5 per outing.
· Head coach Andy Kennedy is the winningest coach in school history with a 158-87 mark in his eighth season. He is 179-100 in his ninth season overall as a head coach, serving an interim coach at Cincinnati during the 2005-06 season.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
· This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools with Ole Miss winning the previous three contests. The Rebels swept a home-and-home series in 2000 and 2001, posting a 60-46 victory in Oxford on Dec. 5, 2000 and a 67-65 win in Manhattan on Nov. 24, 2001. Ole Miss also won the last meeting, 86-74, on Nov. 20, 2009 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
· Head coach Bruce Weber is 0-1 vs. Ole Miss, as his Southern Illinois squad lost 70-66 at Laie, Hawaii on Dec. 21, 2000.
· K-State is 157-144 all-time against current members of the SEC, including an 82-48 mark at home. This will mark the sixth consecutive season that the Wildcats have faced a team from the SEC, posting a 3-2 mark in those previous five meetings. The school lost to Kentucky, 74-72, at the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 28, 2008, swept a two-game neutral series from Alabama (Dothan, Ala. and Kansas City) in 2009 and 2011 and split a two-game neutral series (Miami and Kansas City) with Florida in 2010 and 2012 in the last five years. Last season, the Wildcats upset No. 8/9 Florida, 67-61, on Dec. 22, 2012 at the Sprint Center.
· The two teams nearly met in the NCAA Tournament in March 2013, as Ole Miss defeated Wisconsin before the Wildcats lost to La Salle at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The Explorers then knocked off the Rebels to advance to the Sweet 16.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
· K-State ranks among the leaders in defense in the Big 12, placing first in scoring defense (61.6 ppg.), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.1) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.7). The team also ranks among the Top 35 nationally in scoring defense (24th) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (32nd).
· The Wildcats have held five of the last six opponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on four occasions. Four opponents have been held below 40 percent shooting, while six have shot less than 31 percent from 3-point range.
· If you take out the 90-point effort by Georgetown, the team is holding its six other opponents to 56.8 points per game on 35.8 percent shooting, including 24.8 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 15.2 turnovers per game.
· Long Beach State’s 38 points tied for the fifth-fewest by an opponent in K-State’s modern era, which dates to the 1946-47 season. It was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov. 13, 2012. The 38 points were also the fewest allowed by a Wildcat team in a game away from Manhattan, surpassing the 39 scored by Nebraska in Lincoln on March 7, 1984.
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
· Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first three games. He is averaging 11.4 points on 55 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game since returning vs. Long Beach State on Nov. 17.
· Gipson was the leading scorer (12.7 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.) during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, as he connected on 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line in three games.
· 53 of his 57 points this season have been scored in the last three games after posting a team-high 18 points vs. Georgetown (11/22) and Long Beach State (11/24) and 17 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1). During this three-game span, he is averaging 17.7 points on 60 percent (21-of-35) shooting from the field to go with 7.3 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. He became the first upperclassmen to lead the team in scoring (vs. Georgetown) as a freshman led in the first four games.
· Gipson earned his fifth double-double vs. Long Beach State (11/24) with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 field goals and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double since his 14-point, 12-rebound effort vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 18, 2012.
FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
· Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start to his career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 13.9 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (30), 3-point field goals (15) and free throws (22). He ranks among the Big 12’s Top 15 in four categories, including fourth in free throw percentage (81.5), sixth in 3-point field goals (2.1), eighth in minutes (30.0) and 11th in scoring. He is one of two Big 12 freshmen in the Top 15 in scoring.
· His 97 points through seven games are the most by K-State freshman since Michael Beasley totaled 187 in 2007-08.
· Foster has scored in double figures in six consecutive games, while he has led the team in scoring twice.
· His 42 combined points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and Long Beach State (11/17) were the most in back-to-back games by a Wildcat freshman since Michael Beasley scored 46 against USC and Wisconsin in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
· He scored a game-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), hitting on 9-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. It was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 14, 2008. He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since teammate Thomas Gipson in 2011.
FRESHMEN A BIG PART
· The freshmen trio of Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in the first four games, marking the first time a freshman has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first four games of 2007-08.
· Iwundu became just the third Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career, joining Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007). Iwundu was one of two players in double figures against Northern Colorado with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench.
· Johnson came off the bench to post a team-high 14 points vs. Charlotte to go with six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.
· Three freshmen have accounted for 177 points (an average of 25.3 points per game) on 38.8 percent shooting (54-of-139) with 21 of the team’s 34 3-pointers to go with 79 rebounds, 34 assists and 15 steals in a combined 496 minutes.
UP NEXT: SOUTH DAKOTA
Tuesday, Dec. 10 * Bramlage Coliseum * 7 p.m. * FSN Kansas City