Game Preview // 15/14 K-State, Iowa State Battle in Big 12 Semifinals on Friday

15/14 KANSAS STATE (25-7) vs. IOWA STATE (21-11)
Friday, March 15, 2019 >> 6 p.m. CT >> Sprint Center (18,972) >> Kansas City, Mo.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Semifinals

  • Bob Wischusen (play-by-play)
  • Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
  • Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
  • Scott Gustafson (producer)

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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 463-242/21st season
At K-State: 150-87/7th season
vs. Iowa State: 6-9 (0-1 at neutral sites)
Iowa State: Steve Prohm (Alabama ’97)
Overall: 185-81/8th Year
At ISU: 81-52/4th Year
vs. Kansas State: 5-3 (0-0 at neutral sites)
Kansas State (25-7, 14-4 Big 12)
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown, Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Iowa State (21-11, 9-9 Big 12)
G: #1 Nick Weiler-Babb
G: #3 Marial Shayok
G: #22 Tyrese Haliburton
G: #11 Talen Horton-Tucker
F: #12 Michael Jacobson
Overall: 36-41
Big 12 Championship: 15-22
As a No. 1 seed: 4-0 (last time: 1977)
Semifinals: 2-4
In Kansas City: 34-35
At Sprint Center: 8-10
Overall: K-State leads 140-88
Current Streak: Iowa State, 1
At Big 12 Championship: Iowa State leads 2-0
In Kansas City: Iowa State leads 9-7
At Sprint Center: Iowa State leads 2-0
Last Meeting: L, 64-78, 2/16/19
Weber vs. Prohm: 3-5 (0-0 at neutral sites)

  • No. 15/14 Kansas State (25-7, 14-4 Big 12) advances to the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship for the third consecutive season, as the Wildcats will take on No. 5 seed Iowa State (21-11, 9-9 Big 12) on Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The two teams split their two regular season meetings with each team winning on the other’s home court, as K-State earned a 58-57 win at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 12 and ISU posted a 78-64 win at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 16. The game will tip at 6 p.m., CT on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Holly Rowe (reporter) on the call.
  • K-State is the tournament’s No. 1 seed for the first time in the Big 12 era and the first time since being the top-seed in the inaugural Big Eight Championship in 1977. Following the 70-61 quarterfinal win over TCU on Thursday, the Wildcats are now 36-41 (.468) in the Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to its inception in 1977, including a 15-22 (.405) mark in the Big 12 era. The school is now 4-0 as a No. 1 seed in the Big Eight/12 Championship. The team is 2-2 all-time against the Cyclones (last appearance in 2014) at the Championship (including 0-2 in the Big 12 era).      
  • The two teams split their two regular season meetings with wins on the other’s home court for the first time since 2010. In the first meeting on Jan. 12, K-State used a driving lay-up from senior Barry Brown, Jr., with 4 seconds remaining to earn a 58-57 win to post consecutive wins at Hilton Coliseum for the first time since 2010 and 2011. Iowa State returned the favor on Feb. 16, as the Cyclones hit 14 3-pointers to end the Wildcats’ 9-game Big 12 winning streak with a 78-64 victory at Bramlage Coliseum. Overall, K-State holds a 140-88 advantage in a series that dates to 1909, while Iowa State holds a 25-23 edge since the start of Big 12 play. The Cyclones have won both meetings with the Wildcats at the Big 12 Championship in 2004 and 2014.
  • Led by four players in double figures, including a game-high 19 points from junior Xavier Sneed, K-State took down TCU for the third time this season, 70-61, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship on Thursday at the Sprint Center. With the win, the Wildcats reached 25 wins for the seventh time in program history, including the first time in consecutive seasons. K-State moved to 13-1 this season when four or more players scored in double figures, as Sneed was joined by seniors Barry Brown, Jr. (12) and Kamau Stokes (11) and junior Makol Mawien (10).   
  • Defense continues to carry the Wildcats, as they are holding opponents to 59.1 points (a Big 12-best 59.6 points in league games) on 41.4 percent shooting, including 31.3 percent from 3-point range. K-State has held 18 of 32 opponents (9 Big 12 foes) to 60 points or less with two eclipsing 70. The team ranks among the Top 50 in a number of defensive categories, including fourth in scoring defense, 56th in field goal percentage defense, 36th in 3-point field goal percentage defense and 30th in turnover margin (+3.2). The Wildcats are averaging 17.4 points off 14.8 opponent turnovers, including 16.9 points on 13.9 opponent turnovers in Big 12 play.


  • K-State is 36-41 all-time in the Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to its inception in 1977, including a 15-22 mark in the 22-year history of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats have won two championships (1977, 1980), while they have advanced to the finals on five other occasions (1978, 1981, 1993, 2010 and 2013), including twice in the Big 12 era. Overall, K-State is 34-35 when the championship is held in Kansas City.
  • This will mark the second time that K-State has been the No. 1 seed at the championship and the first time since winning the inaugural Big Eight Tournament in 1977. The Wildcats are 4-0 as the top-seed, defeating No. 8 seed Iowa State (97-62), No. 4 Kansas (80-67) and No. 2 Missouri (72-67) to go along with Thursday’s 70-61 win over TCU.
  • The Wildcats have now earned a bye to the quarterfinals in the Big 12 Championship 11 times (2007-14, 2017-19). Last season, as the tournament’s No. 4 seed, the team defeated No. 5 seed TCU, 66-64, in overtime before losing to top-seed Kansas, 83-67 in the semifinals. 
  • K-State is 6-5 all-time (2-4 in the Big 12 era) vs. the No. 5 at the league championship with 11 appearances coming in 1978, 1979, 1987, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2018. The team has won their last meeting with the No. 5 seed, knocking off TCU, 66-64, in overtime in 2018.
  • The Wildcats are 2-4 in the quarterfinals, including consecutive losses to West Virginia (2017) and Kansas (2018).
  • Head coach Bruce Weber is 6-6 in the Big 12 Championship, including 1-2 in the semifinals.
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