OKLAHOMA STATE (18-9, 7-7 Big 12)
AT KANSAS STATE (17-10, 6-8 Big 12)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 >> 6:05 p.m. >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan.
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· Tim Welsh (analyst)
· Steve Kurtenbach (producer)
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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 409-219/19th season
At K-State: 96-64/5th season
vs. Oklahoma State: 8-4 (4-0 at home)
Oklahoma State: Brad Underwood (Oklahoma State ‘86)
Overall: 107-23/4th season
At Oklahoma State: 18-9/1st season
vs. Kansas State: 0-1 (0-0 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (17-10, 6-8 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (12.3 ppg., 4.3 apg.)
G: #5 Barry Brown (12.3 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (12.6 ppg., 6.2 rpg.)
F: #32 Dean Wade (9.8 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)
F: #4 D.J. Johnson (11.4 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)
Oklahoma State (18-9, 7-7 Big 12)
G: #1 Jawun Evans (18.2 ppg., 5.9 apg.)
G: #13 Phil Forte (13.8 ppg., 2.4 rpg.)
F: #23 Leyton Hammonds (7.3 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
F: #30 Jeffrey Carroll (17.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg.)
F: #41 Mitchell Solomon (5.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg.)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 79-52 (series began in 1922)
In Big 12 era: Oklahoma State leads 17-12 (5-7 on the road)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 39-15 (last meeting – 1/23/2016)
Current Streak: K-State, 2
Last Meeting: K-State, 96-88, in Stillwater, Okla., on 1/18/2017
Weber vs. Oklahoma State: 8-4 (4-0 at home)
Weber vs. Underwood: 1-0 (0-0 at home)
GAME 28 – QUICK HITTERS
· Kansas State (17-10, 6-8 Big 12) returns home on Wednesday, as the Wildcats welcome former player and coach Brad Underwood and his Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-9, 7-7 Big 12) to Bramlage Coliseum for an 8 p.m., tip on ESPNU with Clay Matvik and Tim Welsh on the call.
· Underwood played two seasons at K-State (1984-86) for the legendary Jack Hartman then returned in 2006 for a 6-year run on the coaching staffs of head coaches Bob Huggins and Frank Martin, where he helped the Wildcats to a 140-66 (.680) record and 6 postseason appearances.
· With just 4 regular-season games remaining, K-State continues to jockey for both Big 12 Championship seeding and postseason opportunities, as the Wildcats are one of 8 Big 12 schools with at least 17 wins. The team sits at No. 33 in the ESPN BPI and No. 57 in the NCAA RPI rankings.
· K-State leads the series with Oklahoma State, 79-52, and is looking to sweep the season series for the first time since 2012 after posting its first win at Gallagher-Iba Arena in 5 years with a 96-88 victory on Jan. 18.
· K-State snapped a 3-game losing streak on Saturday with a last-second 64-61 win at Texas, as senior D.J. Johnson was able to collect sophomore Kamau Stokes’ miss and hoist up the decisive shot before being fouled by Kendal Yancy with 1.3 seconds remaining. The win helped the team sweep the season series from the Longhorns for the first time since 2013.
· The win gave K-State 6 victories away from home, including 5 true road wins and 3 Big 12 road wins, which is the most in all 3 categories since the 2012-13 season when the team posted 10 victories away from home, 7 true road wins and 6 road wins in league play.
· Defense has been a key element in the Wildcats’ success, as the team moved to 12-0 when holding an opponent to 65 points or less, including 4-0 in Big 12 play. K-State is holding foes to just 61 points in its 17 wins, including 67.3 points in its 6 Big 12 victories.
· K-State is now 83-24 under head coach Bruce Weber when holding an opponent to 69 points or less, including 14-2 this season.
· Senior Wesley Iwundu led the Wildcats in 3 categories against Texas with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He has registered double-digit points in a career-best 10 straight games. Sophomores Barry Brown (15) and Kamau Stokes also added double figures, as Stokes ran his double-digit scoring streak to 17 games, the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen rattled off 20 consecutive double-figure scoring games in 2010-11.
· The Wildcats are 11-4 at home venues this season, including 10-4 at Bramlage Coliseum. The team has lost 3 straight at home and are looking to snap its longest home skid since dropping 5 in a row in 2000.
THE OPPONENT: OKLAHOMA STATE (18-9, 7-7 BIG 12)
· Oklahoma State enters Wednesday’s game with an 18-9 record and a 7-7 mark in Big 12 play after sweeping rival Oklahoma on Saturday for the first time since 2004… The Cowboys have won 8 of their last 9 games, including 3 straight.
· OSU is 8-5 away from home, including 6-4 in true road games and 4-3 in Big 12 road tilts.
· The Cowboys are averaging 86.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range, on the season with 36.6 rebounds, 14.7 assists, 8.2 steals and 3.1 blocks per game… They are allowing foes 77.7 points per game on 47 percent shooting, including 34.6 percent from beyond the arc… The team is shooting a Big 12-best 77.3 percent from the free throw line.
· OSU possesses 3 of the Top 15 scorers in the Big 12, including sophomore Jawun Evans (18.2 ppg./2nd), junior Jeffrey Carroll (17.7 ppg./3rd) and senior Phil Forte (13.8 ppg./11th)… All 3 are in the Top 15 in free throw percentage led by Forte’s league-best 94.9 percentage… Evans is 2nd in both assists (5.8 apg.) and steals (2.0 spg.), while Forte is 2nd in 3-point field goals made (2.7) and Carroll is 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage (44.6) and 4th in field goal percentage (54.5) .
· Oklahoma State is led by first-year head coach Brad Underwood, who has a 107-23 overall record in his 4th season… He led Stephen F. Austin to an impressive 89-14 record and 3 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2013-16.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
· This will be the 132nd meeting between the schools with K-State holding a 79-52 advantage in a series that dates to 1922.
· OSU leads the series, 17-12, in the Big 12 era, including 17-9 mark in regular-season meetings.
· K-State has a 39-15 record at home in the series, including wins each of the last 5 meetings.
· Since losing 11 of its first 13 meetings with the start of Big 12 play in 1997, the Wildcats have posted a 10-6 record against the Cowboys since 2010, including a 5-1 record at home… K-State has not swept the season series since the 2011-12 season.
LAST MEETING: K-STATE 96, OKLAHOMA STATE 88
· Sophomore Barry Brown paced a potent Kansas State offense with a career-best 22 points, as the Wildcats earned their first win at Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2012 with a 96-88 win over Oklahoma State on Jan. 18 in front of 6,673 fans.
· The 96 points were the most scored in a Big 12 road game in school history and the most since posting 101 in an overtime win at Oklahoma on March 2, 1991… Overall, the point total was the ninth-most recorded by the Wildcats in a road contest.
· The Wildcats took the lead for good after a 3-point play from D.J. Johnson with 13:49 remaining… The Cowboys would close to within 80-76 at the 5:02 mark, however, a Brown layup just 30 seconds later ignited a 10-3 run to close out the victory.
· Brown paced five players in double figures with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 field goals, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, while Johnson added 18 points, 6 rebounds and a game-high 3 blocks… Wesley Iwundu finished with 15 points, a game-tying 8 rebounds and a career-best 8 assists… Kamau Stokes (12) and Xavier Sneed (11) also reached double figures.
‘CATS FACE ANOTHER FORMER WILDCAT
· Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood is one of 9 former K-State players or coaches who currently serve as head coach at the Division I level (13 when including Division II) and one of 6 current head coaches who played for the Wildcats.
· The list of Division I head coaches includes Oregon’s Dana Altman (assistant coach from 1986-89; head coach from 1990-94), UC Riverside’s Dennis Cutts (assistant from 2005-06), Georgia’s Mark Fox (assistant from 1994-2000), UTSA’s Steve Henson (player from 1986-90), West Virginia’s Bob Huggins (head coach from 2006-07), SMU’s Tim Jankovich (player from 1979-82; assistant from 1984-86), Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger (player from 1971-74; assistant from 1978-82; head coach from 1986-90) and South Carolina’s Frank Martin (assistant from 2006-07; head coach from 2007-12) and Underwood.
· Underwood is one of 4 current Division I coaches who played for K-State, along with Henson, Jankovich and Kruger.
· This will be the first of 2 meetings with a former K-State player as the Wildcats travel to Norman, Okla., on Saturday to face Kruger for the second time… The Wildcats are 3-1 against former players and/or coaches this season.
· Underwood’s staff also includes a number of K-State ties, including assistant Lamont Evans, who spent 4 years in a variety of roles at K-State from 2008-12, and video coordinator Patrick Schulte, who was a 3-year manager at K-State from 2010-13.
HOME SWEET HOME
· K-State has a 150-32 (.824) record at Bramlage Coliseum over the past 10 seasons, including 65-27 (.707) mark in Big 12 play.
· K-State has a 351-112 record (.758) at Bramlage Coliseum, which are the 2nd-most wins behind the 378 at Ahearn Field House.
· The Wildcats have posted double-digit wins at Bramlage Coliseum for 16 consecutive seasons and 24 times in the 29-year history of the arena… The team is 11-4 in home venues this season, including 10-4 at Bramlage Coliseum.
· Head coach Bruce Weber is 66-16 (.805) at Bramlage Coliseum, including 30-13 (.698) vs. Big 12 opponents.
CATS EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
· K-State is averaging 73.8 points on 47 percent shooting (697-of-1482) and 37.3 percent from 3-point range (199-of-533), through 27 games with assists on 61 percent of its made field goals (423/697) and a +2.7 turnover margin.
· The current 73.8 points per game scoring average is the highest since the 2009-10 team averaged 79.7 points per game, while the 47.0 field goal percentage is the highest since the 1988-89 team connected on 48.4 percent and the 37.3 3-point field goal percentage is the highest since the 2010-11 team connected on 37.6 percent from long range.
· K-State’s 9 games of 80 or more points equals the entire total of such games from 2015-16 and are the most since the Wildcats scored 80 or more points 11 times in 2010-11… The 9 games are double the totals from 2013-14 (4) and 2014-15 (4).
· K-State has shot 50 percent or better 11 times this season, including on 6 occasions in Big 12 play… The Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better against Omaha (11/15), Hampton (11/20), Green Bay (11/30), Saint Louis (12/3), Prairie View A&M (12/6), Kansas (1/3), Oklahoma (1/7), Texas Tech (1/10), Oklahoma State (1/18), West Virginia (1/21) and Texas (2/18).
· The 11 games of 50 percent or better field goal shooting is the highest since doing it in 13 games in 1988-89.
· K-State has connected on at least 50 percent of its field goals in at least one half of 20 games this season, including hitting the mark in both halves against Hampton (11/20), Green Bay (11/30), Prairie View A&M (12/6), Oklahoma (1/7) and OSU (1/18).
· K-State has totaled at least 14 assists in 20 of 27 games this season, including 20 or more 6 times… The Wildcats dished out 20 or more assists in 3 consecutive games (vs. Green Bay, Saint Louis and Prairie View A&M) for first time since 2010-11.
· The Wildcats have also performed well offensively in Big 12 play, averaging 72.6 points in Big 12 play on 45.8 percent shooting (348-of-760), including 36.4 percent (99-of-272) from long range, with assists on 61 percent of its field goals (208/348) and a +2.7 turnover margin… It is the highest scoring average in Big 12 play since averaging 76.8 points in 2009-10.
OFFENSIVE BALANCE HAS BEEN KEY
· Four of 5 starters are averaging in double figures led by senior Wesley Iwundu (12.6 ppg.), sophomore Kamau Stokes (12.3 ppg.) and sophomore Barry Brown (12.3 ppg.), while the Wildcats are the only Big 12 school to have 6 players averaging 8 or more points… 6 different players have led in scoring, including a team-best 7 times by Brown and 6 by Iwundu.
· K-State was the only Big 12 team to have all 5 starters averaging double figures until sophomore Dean Wade dropped to 9.9 points per game after the Iowa State game on Jan. 21, while all 5 usual starters are averaging double figures in Big 12 play.
· All 5 starters scored in double figures vs. No. 7/8 West Virginia (1/21) for the 6th time under Bruce Weber, including the 4th time this season and 3rd time in Big 12 play, while a season-high 6 scored double digits in the win over Colorado State (12/17).
· All 5 starters scored in double figures in consecutive Big 12 games at No. 3/2 Kansas (1/3) and Oklahoma (1/7) for the first time since at least the 2005-06 season… Starters connected on 52.2 percent in the games against the Jayhawks and Sooners.
· At least 4 Wildcats have scored in double figures in 17 of 27 games, including at least 3 in 25 games… In all, 8 players have at least 1 double-digit scoring game with 6 having at least 12 double-digit scoring games led by Stokes’ 22.
· Nine Wildcats are shooting 45 percent or better from the field, including 3 of 5 starters… The starters are shooting a combined 46.8 percent from the field (552-of-1179), including 36.4 percent (141-of-387) from 3-point range, this season.
· In all, starters are responsible for 78 percent of the team’s 1,992 points and 697 made field goals, 71 percent of the 199 made 3-pointers and 81 percent of the 423 assists… They also own 93 of the 105 double-digit scoring games.
IMPROVEMENT FROM LONG RANGE
· One of the focal points for K-State in the offseason was to make improvement from 3-point range, where the Wildcats finished 10th in the Big 12 in both 3-point field goal percentage (30.0) and 3-point field goals made per game (5.30).
· K-State is shooting 37.3 percent (199-of-533) from 3-point range and is averaging 7.4 3-point field goals per game.
· K-State ranks 82nd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage… The team is 5th in both makes and percentage in the Big 12.
· K-State needs just 1 more triple to total 200 3-pointers in a season for the first time since 2012-13.
· K-State has at least 7 3-pointers in 19 games, including double digits vs. Western Illinois (11/11), Hampton (11/15) and Prairie View A&M (12/6) and Texas Tech (1/10)… The Wildcats have at least 6 treys in 14 of their 17 wins this season.
· 11 Wildcats have at least one 3-pointer, including 5 with 20 or more treys (Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown, Xavier Sneed, Dean Wade and Wesley Iwundu)… Stokes ranks in the Big 12’s Top 10 in 3-pointers per game (8th) and percentage (9th).
· K-State has made at least one 3-pointer in 299 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season.
· K-State has put up some impressive defensive numbers under head coach Bruce Weber, leading the Big 12 in scoring defense twice in the past 5 seasons (60.4 ppg., in 2012-13; 65.4 ppg., in 2013-14).
· Since Weber’s arrival in 2012-13, the Wildcats lead the Big 12 in scoring defense at 64.8 points per game (10,366).
· K-State ranks 16th in steals (8.3), 26th in turnovers forced (15.9) and 60th in scoring defense (67.1)… The Wildcats are 2nd in the Big 12 in steals, 3rd in scoring defense and 6th in field goal percentage defense.
· The Wildcats are 12-0 this season when holding an opponent to 65 points or less, including 4-0 in Big 12 play.
· K-State is 83-24 under Bruce Weber when holding an opponent to 69 points or less and 13-40 when allowing 70 or more.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS
· K-State ranks among the national leaders in steals (8.3 apg./16th) and turnovers forced (15.9/26th).
· The current 8.3 steals per game average is on pace to be the 4th-best average in school history and the highest since 1994-95.
· K-State posted double-digit steals for the 8th time with 11 against TCU, including on the 5th occasion in Big 12 play… The team ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in steals in all games, including 3rd in league-only games with 121 through 14 games.
· The Wildcats have forced double figure turnovers in 25 games, including 20 or more turnovers 5 times, with a season-high 25 vs. Robert Morris (11/22) and 23 vs. West Virginia (1/21)… The team has forced double-digit turnovers in 20 of the last 21 games.
· K-State is averaging 16.7 points per game off of turnovers, including 16.1 points per game in Big 12 play, and have outscored opponents, 453-346… The team has scored at least 12 points off turnovers in 24 games, including a season-high 26 vs. Omaha.
· Seven times the team has scored 20 or more points off turnovers, including at OSU (1/18), West Virginia (1/21) and TCU (2/1).
· K-State has scored more than 2,000 points (2,372) off of turnovers under Bruce Weber, an average of 14.8 points per game.
PLAYING HARD IS A SKILL
· One of the things that K-State has prided itself in under head coach Bruce Weber has been its ability to play harder than its opponents… Nothing is more valuable to Weber in this regard as the Wayne McClain Play Hart Chart, which is named in honor of the longtime Illinois high school coach and Wildcats’ former director of development who passed away on Oct. 15, 2014.
· The chart, which is kept for both teams by graduate assistants and team managers, is a point system based on the elements of playing hard, including deflections/blocks, steals, dives, loose balls, offensive rebounds and charges (+2).
· K-State has won the Play Hard Chart in 20 of 27 games (including 10 of 14 Big 12 games) by a combined score of 1026-847.
· Senior D.J. Johnson leads the team with 165 points on the Play Hard Chart, while sophomore Dean Wade is not far behind with 148 points… Johnson and Wade have won the individual game chart a team-high 7 times… The starters rank in the Top 5 on the Play Hard chart, as Barry Brown (143), Wesley Iwundu (136) and Kamau Stokes (124) round out Top 5.
IWUNDU IN ELITE COMPANY
· Senior Wesley Iwundu became the first Wildcat in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career in the win against No. 7/8 West Virginia (1/21)… He needed 7 rebounds to reach the milestone, grabbing 9 against the Mountaineers after reaching 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals earlier this season.
· Only Rolando Blackman recorded more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career, as steals were not kept.
· Iwundu became the 27th Wildcat and the 4th under head coach Bruce Weber to eclipse 1,000 career points at OSU (1/18)… His current total of 1,132 points ranks 16th on the all-time list after passing Willie Murrell (1,112, 1962-64) against ISU.
· Iwundu is one of 27 players to tally 500 career rebounds, while he is one of just 7 to dish out more than 300 career assists.
· Iwundu on track to record the most career starts, as he is just 3 away from passing the all-time mark of 118 set by first by Ed Nealy (1978-82) and then by Steve Henson (1987-90)… He also now ranks tied for 10th in games played with 124.
· Iwundu already ranks in the career Top 10 in starts (116/3rd), assists (339/4th), steals (118/5th) and minutes (3,472/6th).
· Senior Wesley Iwundu is the only Big 12 player to rank in the league’s Top 20 in scoring, rebounding and assists, while he joins West Virginia’s Jevon Carter, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Iowa State’s Monte Morris as the only Big 12 players to rank in the Top 20 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in league play.
· Iwundu ranks among the Top 20 in 7 Big 12 categories, including scoring (18th), rebounding (11th), field goal percentage (12th), free throw percentage (12th), assists (11th), assist-to-turnover ratio (14th) and defensive rebounds (6th).
· Iwundu ranks 1st in scoring (12.6 ppg.) and rebounding (6.2 rpg.), 2nd in assists (3.5 apg.) and 3rd in steals (1.2 spg.).
· Iwundu has scored in double figures 59 times in his career, including 20 this season (with a career-best 10 in a row).
· Iwundu collected his 8th career double-double (3rd this season) with 16 points and career-best 13 rebounds vs. Iowa State.
· Iwundu ranks 1st in rebounding (7.1 rpg.) and 2nd in scoring (13.3 ppg.), assists (3.8 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.) in Big 12 games.
· Iwundu ranks in 8 Big 12 categories in league-play, including scoring (18th), rebounding (7th), field goal percentage (8th), assists (11th), free throw percentage (15th), steals (12th), assist-to-turnover ratio (11th) and defensive rebounds (5th).
FORCE IN THE MIDDLE
· Senior D.J. Johnson has been a vital cog for the Wildcats, averaging 11.4 points on a Big 12-best 61.7 percent shooting (116-of-188) with 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game… He has double figures in 16 games, including 3 20-point games.
· Johnson has been a starter in all 17 wins, including hitting the game-winner against Texas (2/18), while K-State has struggled without him in the lineup, losing to both West Virginia (2/11) and Iowa State (2/15) as recovered from an ankle injury.
· Johnson leads the Big 12 in overall field goal percentage (61.7/116-of-188) and is 2nd in Big 12-only games (59.1/55-of-93), while he is in the league’s overall Top 15 in blocks (4th), offensive rebounds (11th) and rebounding (15th).
· His career 59.0 field goal percentage ranks 2nd in school history after shooting a school-record 60.8 percent as a junior.
· Johnson posted his 5th career 20-point game (3rd this year) with 20 points vs. No. 1/1 Baylor (1/14) on 9-of-13 field goals.
· Johnson tallied his 3rd career double-double, including his 2nd this season, at Colorado State (12/17) with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds… All 3 career double-doubles have come on road (at Texas Tech (3/5/16 and at Saint Louis (12/6/16).
· His 40 blocked shots have already surpassed his total from 2015-16 (29), while his 98 career blocks rank 7th in school history.
· Dating back to the win over No. 1 Oklahoma last season, Johnson is averaging 11.9 points on 60.3 percent shooting (165-of-273) in the last 37 games with 6.1 rebounds per game… He has 23 double-digit scoring in those games with 3 double-doubles.
STOKES ON POINT
· Sophomore Kamau Stokes return from injury has been one of the biggest storylines to K-State’s season.
· After starting 20 of the first 21 games of his freshman season, Stokes went down with a season-ending knee injury against Ole Miss on Jan. 30, 2016, requiring him to miss the final 12 games of the season.
· Stokes has built on his success during the team’s European Tour this summer to start all 27 games and average team-bests in 3-point field goals (52), assists (4.3 apg.), minutes (33.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) and 2nd in scoring (12.3 ppg.).
· Stokes ranks among the Big 12’s Top 15 in 5 categories, including 4th in minutes (33.1), 6th in assists (4.3), 8th in 3-point field goals (1.9), 9th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.1) and 11th in free throw percentage (75.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6).
· Stokes has scored in double figures a team-best 22 times, including in 17 consecutive games, with a season-high 21 vs. TCU… During that 17-game span, he is averaging 13.9 points on 38 percent shooting, including 38.6 percent from 3-point range.
· Stokes’ 17-game streak of double-digit scoring is the longest since Jacob Pullen did it 20 consecutive games in 2010-11.
· Stokes ranks 1st on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg.), 3-pointers (30), assists (4.45 apg.) and minutes (35.0) in Big 12 play.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER
· Sophomore Barry Brown has elevated his game to become more than just a scoring threat for the Wildcats, as he ranks among the national leaders in steals, placing 10th nationally in steals per game (2.37) and 9th in total steals (64).
· Brown’s 64 steals already ranks 4th on the single-season steals list and are within striking distance of the school record of 67 set by Jacob Pullen in 2009-10… His 104 career steals are also within 5 of cracking the Top 10 list.
· Brown’s 64 steals rank 2nd in the Big 12 (Jevon Carter has 78), while his 36 in league play also rank 2nd to Carter (37).
· Brown has at least 2 steals in 21 games, including a career-best 5 vs. Hampton (11/20), TCU (2/1) and West Virginia (2/11).
STARTING TO REGAIN FORM?
· Sophomore Barry Brown hopes that the back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts against Iowa State (2/15) and Texas (2/18) help to regain his shooting touch after a recent 4-game slump… He is averaging 18 points on 62.5 percent shooting in the last 2 games after averaging just 6.8 points on 25.8 percent shooting, including 11.1 percent from 3-point range, from Feb. 1-11.
· Brown has led in scoring a team-best 7 times, including a career-high 22 points at Oklahoma State and 21 vs. Iowa State.
· Brown is averaging a team-best 12.6 points in 17 wins on 44.4 percent shooting, including 37.3 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 11.9 points in the 10 losses on 39.4 percent shooting, including 25.6 percent from beyond the arc.
· No player may be more important to the Wildcats’ success than sophomore Dean Wade, who has 10 double-digit scoring games (53 percent shooting) in the 17 wins compared to just 4 double-digit scoring games (44.8 percent) in the 10 losses.
· Wade has scored in double figures in 30 career games (14 this season) with K-State posting a 23-7 mark in those contests.
· Wade ranks 5th on the team in scoring (9.6 ppg.) on 50 percent shooting, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range, to go with 3rd-best rebounding averaging (4.7 rpg.)… He is averaging 10.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting in Big 12 games.
· Wade registered his 3rd career 20-point game, including his 2nd consecutive against No. 3/2 Kansas (2/6), going 8-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes.
SUPER SUB TO STARTER
· Freshman Xavier Sneed has provided a big boost to the Wildcats this season, averaging 8.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting (72-of-158), including 36.8 percent (35-of-95) from 3-point range, to go with 2.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game.
· Sneed started in place of the injured D.J. Johnson vs. West Virginia (2/11) and Iowa State (2/15), totaling 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting vs. the Mountaineers in 20 minutes and 7 points and 5 rebounds vs. the Cyclones in a season-best 31 minutes.
· Sneed has scored in double figures 12 times, including 5 in the last 10 Big 12 games with a season-best 19 vs. TCU (2/1).
· K-State is 8-4 when Sneed scores in double figures, while he is responsible for 12 of the bench’s 14 double-digit games.
WEBER TOPS 400 CAREER WINS
· Head coach Bruce Weber recently reached a coaching milestone, as he earned his 400th career win in the Wildcats’ victory over Prairie View A&M, 74-55, on Dec. 6… He became the 131st Division I head coach to accomplish the feat, including the 51st active coach… He is the 4th current Big 12 coach to win 400 games, joining Bob Huggins, Bill Self and Lon Kruger.
· Weber currently ranks 5th on the school’s all-time wins list with 96 victories after passing Lon Kruger (81, 1986-90), Jim Wooldridge (83, 2000-06), Tom Asbury (85, 1994-2000) and Charles Corsaut (89, 1923-33) earlier this season… His 96 wins now trail all-time wins leader Jack Hartman (295), Tex Winter (261), Jack Gardner (146) and Frank Martin (117).
· Interesting note, Weber is one of several K-State head coaches to earn milestones this season… Football coach Bill Snyder won his 200th game (all at K-State) vs. Kansas on Nov. 26, while volleyball coach Suzie Fritz won her 300th match (all at K-State) vs. Mississippi State on Sept. 9 and women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie won his 500th game at Omaha on Dec. 4.
BEASLEY, McGRUDER MAKE NBA OPENING DAY ROSTERS
· K-State had two former players on opening day NBA rosters, as Michael Beasley (Milwaukee Bucks) and Rodney McGruder (Miami HEAT) debut for their respective teams on Oct. 26… McGruder earned his first career start vs. Atlanta on Nov. 15.
· K-State is one of six Big 12 teams with multiple NBA players, joining Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas… It marked the first time multiple Wildcats have been on NBA teams since Beasley (Miami), Bill Walker (Miami) and Cartier Martin (Detroit) all played in the league during the 2014-15 season.
· Beasley, who is entering his ninth NBA season, played the final 20 games of the 2015-16 season with the Houston Rockets after a stint with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association… He was traded to the Bucks in September.
· McGruder, who is entering his first season in the NBA, signed a free-agent contract with the HEAT in July and was able to snag with the final spots on the team’s 15-man roster… He helped the HEAT’s D-League team (Sioux Falls Skyforce) to D-League title.
BOOZER NAMED TO COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
· Two-time All-American Bob Boozer was among 8 individuals announced on March 22 to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame… He was posthumously inducted on Friday, Nov. 18 as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center.
· Considered one of the most decorated players in K-State history, Boozer was a first team All-American in both 1958 and 1959 and he averaged a double-double for his 77-game career with 21.9 points on 44 percent shooting with 10.7 rebounds per game. He is one of only two players (Willie Murrell) in school history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a career.
PAIR OF FRESHMEN TO MISS 2016-17 SEASON
· Freshmen Cartier Diarra and James Love III are expected to miss the 2016-17 season after going down with injuries.
· Diarra went down with a knee injury in a practice in early July and underwent surgery on July 13.
· Love broke his foot in a practice in late October and underwent surgery on Nov. 5.
· Diarra averaged a double-double of 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game his senior season at West Florence High School en route to earning Class 4A All-State honors from the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA)… Love averaged 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a senior at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.
‘CATS ANNOUNCE THE SIGNINGS OF McGUIRL, SHADD & STOCKARD
· Head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of high school standouts Mike McGuirl (Ellington, Conn./East Catholic), Nigel Shadd (Chandler, Ariz./Tri-City Christian Academy) and Levi Stockard III (St. Louis, Mo./Vashon) on Nov. 11.
· The trio went a combined 72-8 during their respective junior seasons in 2015-16 with two state titles… They have a combined four state championships in their careers.
· A 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard McGuirl averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in 2015-16… He was First Team Class L All-State and selected to FAB 15 All-Courant Team.
· A 6-foot-9, 238-pound forward Shadd averaged 18.5 points on 69.3 percent shooting with 14 rebounds and 3.9 blocks… Twice named to Canyon Athletic Association All-State Teams.
· A 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward Stockard averaged 10 points on 94.7 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks… Named to Class 4 All-State Team as a junior.
‘CATS JUMP START SEASON WITH EUROPEAN TRIP
· K-State was able to get a jump start on its preparations for the 2016-17 with a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland from August 8-19… Aside from the cultural experience of visiting historic landmarks in both countries, the Wildcats were able to play five games against various club, select and national teams and posted a 3-2 record.
· K-State defeated BC Silute (97-80) on August 11, the Italian Select (90-55) on August 13 and BBC Lausanne (68-47) on August 18 with losses to LCC University (75-82) on August 10 and the Kosovo National Team (74-85) on August 16.
· The Wildcats averaged 80.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting (152-of-349) with 45.4 rebounds, 11.8 steals and 11.6 assists per game… Sophomore Kamau Stokes led the way in scoring at 10.8 points per game to go with a team-best 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per outing… Stokes had a tour-high 20 points in the loss to the Kosovo National Team.
· Freshman Xavier Sneed, who scored in double figures in the first four contests, also averaged double figures at 10.4 points per game to go with 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game… Sophomore Dean Wade averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while senior D.J. Johnson led the way in rebounding at 6.8 per outing to go with an 8.0 points per game average on 69.6 percent shooting… Five other players averaged better than 5 points per game (Barry Brown (7.6 ppg.), Carlbe Ervin II (6.8 ppg.), Isaiah Maurice (6.2 ppg.), Brian Patrick (6.2 ppg.) and Wesley Iwundu (5.4 ppg.).
UP NEXT: AT OKLAHOMA (9-17, 3-11 Big 12)
· K-State begins a 2-game road swing on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma (9-17, 3-11 Big 12) at 5 p.m., CT on ESPNU. Tickets are available for as low as $10 through the Oklahoma Ticket Office by calling (800) 456.4668 or online at www.SoonerSports.com.