9/10 Kansas State (24-5, 13-3 Big 12) vs. TCU (10-19, 1-15 Big 12)
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 * 7:05 p.m. CT
Manhattan, Kan. * Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Television: Big 12 Network (ESPN Full Court)
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play); Rich Zvosec (analyst)
Channels: KMCI (Kansas City), KMTW (Wichita), KSNT (Topeka)
Internet: www.ESPN3.com and WatchESPN
Radio: K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play); Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113/XM 194 (home broadcast)
Live Stats: http://www.kstatesports.com/multimedia/ksu-gt-live-stats.html
Live Audio: http://www.k-statesports.com/allaccess (free)
Twitter Updates: twitter.com/kstate_gameday
vs. Big 12: K-State trails 449-452 (246-162 at home)
vs. TCU: K-State leads 4-2 (2-1 at home)
Last Meeting: K-State won 67-54 (1/16/2013 in Fort Worth)
9/10 Kansas State (24-5, 13-3 Big 12)
Head coach: Bruce Weber (Wisconsin-Milwaukee ‘78)
School Record: 24-5 (1st season) * Career Record: 337-160 (15th season) * vs. TCU: 1-0
TCU (10-19, 1-15 Big 12)
Head coach: Trent Johnson (Boise State ‘86)
School Record: 10-19 (1st season) * Career Record: 236-204 (14th season) * vs. K-State: 0-1
No. 9/10 Kansas State (24-5, 13-3 Big 12) will celebrate the accomplishments of its three-man senior class on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats conclude their home schedule by hosting TCU (10-19, 1-15 Big 12) at 7 p.m. The trio of seniors Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving and Rodney McGruder - already the winningest senior class in school history with 98 victories - will be honored in pre-game ceremonies, along with four senior managers. The game will be broadcast regionally on the Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosec (analyst) on the call. After its thrilling 64-61 win at Baylor on Saturday, K-State remains in a tie for first place with No. 4/3 Kansas (25-4) with a 13-3 league record, just one game ahead of No. 13/14 Oklahoma State (22-6), which sits in third place with a 12-4 mark, with two games left in the regular season. All three teams have already clinched a bye to the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, which is set for March 13-16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The win over the Bears not only kept the Wildcats in the Big 12 title race, it made Bruce Weber the winningest first-year head coach in school history, eclipsing Bob Huggins’ 23 wins in 2006-07, and helped the school post 13 league victories for just the third time in school history (first since 1960-61) and the first time in the Big 12 era. K-State will look to wrap up the home schedule on a high note, as a win against TCU would tie the 2008-09 and 2010-11 teams for the most wins (16) at Bramlage Coliseum and the 2010-11 squad for the highest home winning percentage (16-1, .941) in school history.
Tuesday’s contest will be the seventh of eight games on the Big 12 Network. The league television package can be seen locally on KMCI-TV in Kansas City, KMTW-TV in Wichita and KSNT-TV in Topeka. The game can also seen in the Big 12 region on KTXA-TV in Dallas, KTVI-TV in St. Louis, KOCB-TV in Oklahoma City, KMYT-TV in Tulsa, WOI-TV in Des Moines, KPTM-TV in Omaha, KUBE-TV in Houston and KCWX-TV in San Antonio. All games on the Big 12 Network can be found on ESPN Full Court as well as ESPN3.com.
K-State owns a 9-0 record against Texas-based schools (Baylor, Lamar, TCU, Texas, Texas Southern, Texas Tech) in 2012-13 with one more try remaining in the regular season against TCU on Tuesday. The Wildcats have won these nine games by an average of 15 points, including sweeps of Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech. In its seven Big 12 games, K-State has won games by 13, 26, nine, 20, 12, 20 and two points over Texas schools, including a 67-54 win over TCU on Jan. 16.
K-STATE IN THE POLLS
K-State moved four spots to No. 9 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and three spots to No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll on Monday. It marked the 11th straight week that the Wildcats have been ranked in the AP poll and ninth consecutive week the team has been ranked in both polls. The No. 9 ranking is the highest in the AP poll since placing No. 6 on Dec. 13, 2010, while it is the first time this season that the team has been in both polls’ Top 10. K-State is 253-94 (.729) all-time as a ranked team.
TCU (10-19, 1-15 Big 12) enters Tuesday’s game on a seven-game losing streak after dropping a 72-63 decision at Texas Tech on Saturday. The Horned Frogs are averaging 54 points on 39.6 percent shooting, including 29.6 percent from 3-point range, while holding opponents to 61.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson leads the team in five categories, including scoring (11.6 ppg.), 3-pointers (47), assists (3.3 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.).
Head coach Trent Johnson has a 236-204 record in his 14th season as a coach, including a 10-19 mark in his first season at TCU.
LAST MEETING: 16/18 KANSAS STATE 67, TCU 54 [JAN. 16, 2013]
Rodney McGruder collected a game-high 21 points, as No. 16/18 K-State earned a 67-54 win over TCU in the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 16 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Wildcats climbed out of an early 10-5 deficit with an 8-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way. The team connected on 48.2 percent from the field, including a season-best 52.9 percent from 3-point range, and posted 20 points off of 12 TCU turnovers. Fellow seniors Jordan Henriquez and Martavious Irving both scored eight points.
This will be seventh meeting between K-State and TCU with the Wildcats holding a 4-2 lead in a series that dates back to 1947. The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings, while they have won two of the three meetings in Manhattan.
QUICKLY ON KANSAS STATE
--Kansas State’s 24 wins tie five other teams for the fifth-most in a single-season in school history with only four others posting 25 or more wins. The 24-5 start ties the 2009-10 squad for the second-best start in school history after 29 games and trails the 1950-51 team (25-4) for the best start. It is the 26th 20-win season in school history, including a school-record seventh consecutive 20-win season. The 13 wins in Big 12 play are the most since the league’s inception and just the third time (1958-59 and 1960-61) in school history that a team has posted at least 13 league wins and the first time in more than 50 years. The Wildcats now have 10+ wins in conference play six times in the last seven seasons. Four of the five losses have been to teams (Gonzaga, Kansas and Michigan) ranked No. 1 in either the AP or the Coaches’ poll at some point this year. The team won double-digit non-conference games for the seventh straight season, including its first regular-season Top 10 non-conference win (No. 8 Florida) since 1981.
--Bruce Weber’s 24-5 record is the second-best start by a first-year K-State head coach in its 109-year history with only Zora Clevenger (15-2, 1916-17) posting a mark. Weber’s 24 wins are the most by a first-year head coach, while he is just the fourth to win 20 games in his first year, joining Bob Huggins (23, 2006-07), Frank Martin (21, 2007-08) and Lon Kruger (20, 1986-87). His eight-game winning streak (Dec. 18, 2012-Jan. 19, 2013) was the second-longest by a first-year head coach and the longest since Clevenger’s 1916-17 squad ended the year with 13 straight wins. His 13 Big 12 wins are also the most by first-year head coach.
--K-State is enjoying an outstanding 2012-13 athletics season, as the Wildcats have one of the best records (49-22, .690) among BCS schools when combining its football and men’s and women’s basketball teams. The school, which won the Big 12 title in football in 2012 for just the second time, is one of 29 teams (along with Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State) with 45+ combined wins among its three major sports. Only twice in Big 12 history (Oklahoma, 2004-05 and Texas, 2005-06) has a school won the conference title in both football and men’s basketball in the same academic year, while K-State is one of three schools (Florida and Louisville) to finish in the Top 15 in football (12th) and currently rank in Top 15 in men’s basketball.
--K-State has built a solid resume, as the Wildcats boast a No. 18 RPI in the latest ESPN rankings. The team is one of six Big 12 schools in the Top 65 of the RPI, including Kansas (4), Oklahoma (22), Oklahoma State (27), Iowa State (53) and Baylor (61).
--The three-man senior class of Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving and Rodney McGruder became the winningest class in school history on Monday vs. Texas Tech, earning its 98th victory. The trio currently boasts a 98-35 (.737) record during their careers, which is two more than the 2011-12 class (Victor Ojeleye and Jamar Samuels) for the most wins by a class. They are the fourth straight class to tally 90 or more wins in their career, while they are attempting to become just the second in school history (1989-90) to advance to the NCAA Tournament in four straight seasons. The three seniors will all finish in Top 10 of the career games played list, as McGruder (129) is third, Irving (124) is fifth and Henriquez (120) is tied for ninth.
--17 of K-State’s 28 games have been at home (including a home game vs. No. 8/9 Florida in Kansas City’s Sprint Center), where the Wildcats have won 17 of their last 18 home games, including 16 of 17 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Texas Tech win on Feb. 25 gave the school 300 victories in the arena’s 25-year history, while a win against TCU would tie the 2008-09 and 2010-11 teams for the most home wins (16) and the 2010-11 squad for the highest home winning percentage (16-1, .941) in school history. The team’s 12-game home winning streak and 11-game streak at Bramlage ended in a loss to No. 3/2 Kansas on Jan. 22.
--K-State is 7-2 in road games this season, winning at George Washington (65-62), West Virginia (65-64), TCU (67-54), Oklahoma (52-50), Texas Tech (68-59), Texas (81-69) and Baylor (64-61) to go with losses at Iowa State (73-67) and Kansas (83-62). The seven road wins tie the 2009-10 team for the most in the Big 12 era and the most since the 1987-88 squad won eight, while the six in league play also tie the 2009-10 team for the most in the Big 12 era. The loss at ISU snapped the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak in road games, including five-game streak in Big 12 play, which dated back to last season and was the longest since 2010. The Wildcats have improved their play on the road in the Big 12, posting a 30-26 record over the past seven seasons (which began in 2006-07) after winning just 10 of 80 road games in the league’s first 10 years (1997-2006).
--K-State received its first national ranking of the season on Dec. 24, appearing at No. 25 in the AP Top 25, and earned its best ranking at No. 9 on Monday. The No. 9 ranking is the highest since checking in at No. 6 on Dec. 13, 2010. The Wildcats are also a season-best No. 10 in the latest USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, which marked the ninth straight week the team has been ranked in both polls. The Wildcats have a 253-94 (.729) record as a ranked team since first being ranked in 1949-50.
--K-State concluded February with a 7-1 mark, tying Oklahoma State for the best record in the Big 12, and continued its trend of playing well in the month in the last five years, where the Wildcats are 32-7 (.821) since 2008-09, including 17-3 at home.
--K-State ranks in the Top 50 in six categories, including 12th in assists, 17th in assist-to-turnover ratio, 28th in offensive rebounds, 32nd in scoring defense, 37th in scoring margin and 48th in turnover margin. The team places first in the Big 12 in scoring defense, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and rebounding defense, second in turnover margin and offensive rebounds and third in 3-point field goals and 3-point field goal percentage. In Big 12-only games, the Wildcats rank first in scoring defense, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, rebounding defense, assists, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.
--The Feb. 18 meeting with West Virginia marked the 12th time K-State has faced a former head coach (Tex Winter, Lon Kruger and Bob Huggins) with the Wildcats winning five (including four this season) of those occurrences. Prior to 2013, the last victory over a former coach came in a 95-80 win over Kruger’s UNLV squad on Dec. 12, 2009. K-State lost twice to Winter (Washington in 1971 and LBSU in 1978), while the Wildcats are now 4-4 vs. Kruger and 2-1 vs. Huggins (2011, 2013). Interestingly enough, the Wildcats are 6-0 vs. coaches prior to them coming to K-State, going 1-0 vs. Winter at Marquette (1953), 3-0 vs. Jack Hartman at Southern Illinois (1964, 1968 and 1969), 1-0 vs. Kruger at Texas-Pan American (1986) and 1-0 vs. Huggins at Akron (1988).
--The 67-61 win over No. 8/9 Florida in the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic on Dec. 22 was the first regular-season, non-conference Top 10 victory since knocking off No. 8 Minnesota at home, 62-52, on Dec. 21, 1981. Overall, it was the 12th non-conference Top 10 win (and first since defeating No. 3 Purdue, 73-70, in the 1988 NCAA Tournament), including the seventh in the regular season.
--K-State had a tremendous semester in the classroom, as the team had a cumulative 2.839 GPA (the highest in 12 years) during the Fall 2012 semester. A program-best eight players - Adrian Diaz, Rodney McGruder, Angel Rodriguez, Brian Rohleder, Ryan Schultz, Shane Southwell, Will Spradling and Nino Williams - were named to the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll on Jan. 9. McGruder (first team) and Spradling (second team) were selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Teams.
Up Next: AT 13/14 OKLAHOMA STATE (22-6, 12-4 Big 12)
K-State concludes the regular season on Saturday with a trip to No. 13/14 Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) at 12:30 p.m.