Game Preview // 18/18 K-State Concludes Road Trip at Texas Tuesday

GAME 24
18/18 KANSAS STATE (18-5, 8-2 Big 12) at TEXAS (14-10, 6-5 Big 12)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 >> 8:05 p.m. CT >> Erwin Center (16,540) >> Austin, Texas
 
TELEVISION
ESPN2 / ESPN3

  • Jon Sciambi (play-by-play)
  • Chris Spatola (analyst)
  • Joe McCoy (producer)

 
RADIO
K-State Sports Network

 
Listen Online: TuneIn.com [free] // www.kstatesports.com/watch [free]
Satellite Radio: XM 387 / Internet 978
 
LIVE STATS
www.texassports.com
texas.statbroadcast.com [media only]
 
TICKETS
www.texassports.com/tickets
(512) 471-3333
Single Game: $7-$45 (various levels)
 
COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 456-240/21st season
At K-State: 143-85/7th season
vs. Texas: 8-6 (3-3 on the road)
 
Texas: Shaka Smart (Kenyon College ’99)
Overall: 227-116/10th season
At Texas: 64-60/4th season
vs. Kansas State: 3-4 (1-2 at home)
 
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (18-5, 8-2 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown, Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
               
Texas (14-10, 6-5 Big 12)
G: #2 Matt Coleman III
G: #12 Kerwin Roach II
G: #55 Elijah Mitrou-Long
F: #21 Dylan Osetkowski
F: #10 Jaxson Hayes
 
SERIES HISTORY
Overall: K-State leads 21-16
Current Streak: Texas, 1
In Austin: Texas leads 9-8
At Erwin Center: Texas leads 9-7
Last Meeting: L, 47-67, 1/2/19
Weber vs. Smart: 4-3 (2-1 on the road)
 
OPENING TIP

  • No. 18/18 Kansas State (18-5, 8-2 Big 12) concludes its brief 2-game road swing on Tuesday with a trip to Austin, Texas to take on a surging Texas (14-10, 6-5 Big 12) team at the Frank Erwin Center. The Wildcats jumped into the Top 25 for the first time since a 6-week stay ended on Dec. 10, 2018. The game will tip at 8:05 p.m., CT on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Chris Spatola (analyst) on the call.
  • K-State enters Tuesday’s game in first place in the Big 12, just a game and half ahead of the second-place trio of No. 15/15 Texas Tech (19-5, 7-4 Big 12), No. 23/22 Iowa State (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) and No. 14/14 Kansas (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) and two games ahead of Baylor (15-8, 6-4 Big 12). Seven Big 12 schools have at least 5 league wins, as all teams have moved past the midway point of the 18-game schedule. 
  • Senior Kamau Stokes paced four Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 20 points, as K-State extended its Big 12 winning streak to 8 games with a 70-63 win over Baylor on Saturday at the Ferrell Center. The 8-game conference winning streak is the longest by a K-State team in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in 45 seasons since the Wildcats won 11 consecutive league games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974. Stokes, who notched his ninth career 20-point game, was joined in double figures by fellow seniors Barry Brown, Jr. (13) and Dean Wade (12) and sophomore Cartier Diarra (10), as the Wildcats moved to 8-1 this season when four or more players register double digits.
  • Down 48-41 with under 10 minutes to play, K-State ended the game on a 29-15 run, including a pivotal 21-5 spurt ignited by a 3-pointer from Diarra, to earn its fifth consecutive win over the Bears, including its third in a row at the Ferrell Center. The Wildcats did most of their offensive damage from 3-point range, knocking down 6 of 9 triples in the second half, including 3 in the last 6:11 of the contest.       
  • Texas is one of the Big 12’s hottest teams, winning 3 of its last 4 games, including back-to-back home victories over No. 13/14 Kansas (73-63) and Baylor (84-72). The Longhorns have one of the more balanced teams with 4 players averaging in double figures led by senior Kerwin Roach II, who is averaging 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Others averaging in double figures include Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate Jaxson Hayes (10.5 ppg.), sophomore Matt Coleman III (10.1 ppg.) and senior Dylan Osetkowski (10.0 ppg.). 
  • K-State and Texas will meet for the 37th time in its respective histories on Tuesday with the Wildcats holding a 21-16 advantage in a series that dates to 1971. The Longhorns hold a narrow 9-8 edge in games played at home. The series is tied 16-all in the Big 12 era with the teams splitting each of the last 10 meetings. Texas won the first meeting, 67-47, in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 2, as the Longhorns broke open a tight game by shooting 60.9 percent in the second half. The Wildcats, which was led by junior Makol Mawien’s 13 points, were without senior starters Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes, who both missed the game due to injuries. 
  • K-State, which has relied on its defense most of the season, has shown some offensive improvement in the last 3 games, averaging 73 points on 45.1 percent shooting (74-164), including 44.3 percent (35-of-79) from 3-point range, with 53 assists on 74 made field goals.

 
NOTES ON TEXAS

  • Texas (14-10, 6-5 Big 12) has been one of the Big 12’s hottest teams with wins in 3 of its last 4 games, including back-to-back victories over Baylor (84-72) and at West Virginia (75-53). The Longhorns broke open a tight game with the Mountaineers, connecting on 53.1 percent in the second half to sweep the season series. Freshman Courtney Ramey led the way with a game-high 19 points, while senior Kerwin Roach II added 14 points.
  • Texas is averaging 72.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting, including 33.4 percent from 3-point range, to go with 35.2 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.2 blocks per game, while allowing 66.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting, including 34.7 percent from 3-point range. The team is connecting on 70.0 percent from the free throw line.
  • Texas is averaging 68.5 points in Big 12 play on 44.3 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range, while allowing 63.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting, including 35.1 percent from 3-point range.
  • One of the most balanced teams in the Big 12, the Longhorns are led by Roach, who paces four players in double figures at 14.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting, including 35.8 percent from 3-point range, to go with 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals. Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate Jaxson Hayes averages 10.5 points on a Big 12-best 75.2 percent shooting to go with 5.2 rebounds and a team-best 2.4 blocks per game, while sophomore Matt Coleman III (10.1 ppg.) and senior Dylan Osetkowski (10.0 ppg.) also average double digits. Osetkowski averages a team-best 8.0 rebounds.
  • Texas is led by fourth-year head coach Shaka Smart, who has posted a 64-60 (.516) record, which includes 2 trips to the NCAA Tournament. He is 227-116 (.662) in his 10th season as a head coach.

 
SERIES HISTORY

  • K-State and Texas will meet for the 38th time in their histories with the Wildcats holding a 21-16 advantage in a series that dates to 1971. The Longhorns are 9-8 all-time in games played at home. The series is tied 16-16 since the start of Big 12 play with Texas holding a 9-6 edge at home.
  • Texas snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 67-47 win over K-State in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 2 in Manhattan. Sophomore Jase Febres came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points on 8-of-10 field goals, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range, for the Longhorns, which broke open a tight 25-22 edge by scoring 42 points on 60.9 percent shooting in the second half. Junior Makol Mawien led the Wildcats with 13 points, as seniors Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes did not play due to injuries.
  • Wade has averaged a team-best 11.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting in 6 career games against Texas, while senior Barry Brown, Jr., has averaged 11.0 points on 40.6 percent shooting in 7 games.
  • Head coach Bruce Weber is 8-6 all-time against Texas, including a 3-3 mark on the road, while he is 4-3 against head coach Shaka Smart.

 
ON THE ROAD

  • K-State has a 57-129 (.307) all-time record on the road since the start of Big 12 play in 1997. However, the Wildcats have been considerably better on the road since the 2006-07 season, having posted a 45-58 (.437) record away from home after going 10-70 (.125) from 1997-2006. The team is 28-44 (.389) under Bruce Weber on the road, including 22-35 (.386) in the Big 12.
  • K-State has a 4-4 record away from home this season, including a 4-1 mark in Big 12 play. The Wildcats lost at No. 11/11 Texas Tech to start Big 12 play, but has since recorded consecutive Top 25 road wins at No. 20/21 Iowa State (58-57) and No. 20/19 Oklahoma (74-61) to go with victories over Oklahoma State (75-57) and Baylor (70-63).

 
LAST TIME OUT: K-STATE 70, BAYLOR 63

  • Senior Kamau Stokes paced four Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 20 points, as K-State extended its Big 12 winning streak to eight games with a 70-63 victory over Baylor on Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.
  • The 8-game conference winning streak is the longest by a K-State team in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in 45 seasons since the Wildcats won 11 consecutive conference games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974 in the old Big Eight Conference.
  • Down 48-41 with 9:50 remaining, K-State ended the game on a 29-15 run, including a pivotal 21-5 spurt ignited by a 3-pointer from sophomore Cartier Diarra, to earn its fifth consecutive win over Baylor, including its third in a row at the Ferrell Center.
  • The Wildcats, which shot just 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field, did most of their offensive damage from 3-point range, knocking down 6 of 9 triples in the second half, including 3 in the last 6:11 of the contest. The team now has 35 made 3-point field goals in the last 3 games on 44.3 percent shooting (35-of-79) with assists on 33 of the 35 triples. 
  • Stokes was among four players to score in double figures, as he and fellow seniors Barry Brown, Jr. (13) and Dean Wade (12) combined to score 45 of the Wildcats’ 70 points. Stokes went 5-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and 7-of-7 from free throw line in 36 minutes. It marked his ninth career 20-point game, including his second this season.
  • Brown, who has now scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games, became the school’s all-time leader in consecutive games played (128) with his 106th straight start, breaking his tie with Steve Henson (127, 1987-90). He finished with 13 points on 4-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, to go with a game-high 6 assist and 3 rebounds. Wade, who has now scored in double figures in 7 straight games, chipped in 12 points on 4-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws to go with a team-tying 7 rebounds.
  • Diarra, who scored all 10 of his points during the pivotal 29-15 run to end the game, enjoyed a solid all-around game against Baylor with 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 assists in 29 minutes off the bench.

 
‘CATS HAVE BEEN STELLAR ON DEFENSE UNDER WEBER

  • K-State has put up some impressive defensive numbers under head coach Bruce Weber, leading the Big 12 in scoring defense twice in the last 6 years (60.4 ppg., in 2012-13 and 65.4 ppg., in 2013-14). 
  • K-State is holding opponents to 59.3 points on 41.2 percent shooting, including 31.4 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 15.3 turnovers per game. The Wildcats rank 4th in scoring defense, 33rd in turnover margin (+3.3), 53rd in 3-point field goal percentage defense and 56th in field goal percentage defense. The team leads the Big 12 in turnover margin (+3.3) and steals (7.6), while is second in scoring defense, rebounding defense (31.6) and turnovers forced and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense.
  • K-State has held 13 of 23 opponents to 60 points or less this season with one eclipsing 70. The squad has now held 82 opponents to 60 points or less in Weber’s tenure, boasting a 74-8 mark in those contests.
  • K-State has held its opponents to an average of 15.3 points per game under their scoring average, including 15.5 points in Big 12 play. Eight foes have been held to 20 or more points under their average, including Penn (35.3), Tulsa (28.8), Texas Tech (26.6), Southern Miss (26.2), Vanderbilt (25.6), TCU (25.4), Iowa State (24.3) and Eastern Kentucky (20.3).
  • In Big 12 play, K-State is allowing a league-best 60.4 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting, including 35.6 percent from 3-point range, while forcing opponents into 14.9 turnovers per game and scoring an average of 16.9 points off those turnovers. The Wildcats have held four league foes (Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State) to less 60 points.
  • In the 58-45 win over No. 14/13 Texas Tech on Jan. 22, the Wildcat defense lived up to their billing, holding the Red Raiders to their lowest point total (45) under head coach Chris Beard and the lowest since scoring 44 in a loss against Loyola Chicago on Dec. 22, 2014. The team was held to a season-low 32.7 field goal percentage (16-of-49), including just 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from 3-point range.
  • The 45 points were the fewest surrendered a conference opponent under Weber and the fewest since holding No. 23 Texas Tech to 44 points on January 11, 2003. The Wildcats have held 3 of the last 5 opponents (Iowa State, TCU and Texas Tech) to its season-low in points.

 
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS

  • More than a quarter of K-State’s total points (400/1511) this season have come off opponent turnovers, as the Wildcats are averaging 17.4 points off 15.3 opponent turnovers per game. The team ranks 33rd in turnover margin (+3.3), 53rd in turnovers forced (15.3) and 67th in steals (7.6).
  • The Wildcats scored 20 or more points off turnovers in 9 games, including a season-high 25 in the come-from-behind 71-69 win over West Virginia (1/9/19) and at Texas A&M (1/26/19). They have also put up 20 points or more off opponent turnovers against Kennesaw State (20), Denver (23), Eastern Kentucky (24), Penn (22), Marquette (22), TCU (21) and Kansas (22).
  • K-State has scored more than 3,000 points (3,500) off turnovers during Weber’s tenure, an average of 15.3 points per game. In 2017-18, the Wildcats averaged 17.3 points off turnovers, outscoring opponents, 639-423.
  • A year ago, K-State ranked eighth nationally in total steals (294) and 18th in steals per game (7.9), while the school was one of just 5 nationally (Georgia State, Nicholls State, Purdue and Stephen F. Austin) with three players (Barry Brown, Jr., Dean Wade and Xavier Sneed) with 40 or more steals.
  • Led by all-time steals leader Barry Brown, Jr., who recently broke the record with 211st steal against Vanderbilt (12/22/18), the Wildcats have 3 other players with 100 or more steals, including Kamau Stokes (122), Xavier Sneed (120) and Dean Wade (112). Stokes is ranked sixth and Sneed is eighth in career steals, while Wade could also join the career Top 10. Brown currently ranks seventh in Big 12 history with 233 career steals, which is 14 shy of Kansas’ Russell Robinson (2004-08) for sixth place.

 
IMPROVED REBOUNDING

  • One of the big emphasis in the off-season was rebounding, as the Wildcats finished 10th in the Big 12 in every rebounding categories, including overall rebounding (30.7), offensive rebounds (8.2), defensive rebounds (22.5) and rebounding margin (-3.4). The 30.7 rebounding average was the lowest by a K-State team since averaging just 30.0 per game in 1984-85.
  • K-State is averaging 34.4 rebounds per game, which ranks last in the Big 12, to go with averages of 9.9 offensive (eighth) and 24.6 defensive (eighth) rebounds per game. On the positive side, the Wildcats are allowing opponents 31.6 rebounds per game (second in the Big 12) and hold a Big 12-best 76.1 defensive rebounding percentage.
  • K-State has out-rebounded 15 of 23 opponents, including 6 in 10 Big 12 games. In comparison, the Wildcats out-rebounded just 10 opponents in 2017-18 in 37 games, including 4 Big 12 foes.
  • K-State added one of the top rebounders in the community college ranks in junior Austin Trice, as he is averaging 3.1 rebounds per game in just 8.6 minutes game. Trice ranked among the Top 10 in 4 rebounding categories in the community college ranks in 2017-18, including 4th in average (12.1 rpg.).
  • In addition to Trice, the entire team has collectively elevated their efforts in rebounding this season, including Dean Wade (6.2 to 6.8 rpg.), Xavier Sneed (5.1 to 5.5 rpg.), Makol Mawien (3.4 to 4.3 rpg.), Barry Brown, Jr., (3.1 to 4.1 rpg.) and Cartier Diarra (2.5 to 3.2 rpg.).

 
OFFENSE STILL STRUGGLING BUT IMPROVEMENT

  • K-State is averaging a Big 12-low 65.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting (543-of-1276), including 32.9 percent (158-of-480) from 3-point range, and 65.6 percent (267-of-407) from the free throw line. The Wildcats rank 324th among 351 Division I teams in scoring offense, 271st in field goal percentage, 252nd in 3-point field goal percentage and 320th in free throw percentage.
  • In the Big 12, K-State ranks ninth in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage and 10th in scoring offense and free throw percentage.
  • The Wildcats have scored 70 or more points on just 8 occasions, while they have only connected on 45 percent from the field in 9 games and 40 percent or better from the 3-point line on 6 occasions.
  • In Big 12 play, K-State is averaging 64.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting, including 36.1 percent from 3-point range, and 67.8 percent from the line. The Wildcats rank 10th in scoring offense, fifth in 3-point field goal percentage, seventh in field goal percentage and eighth in free throw percentage
  • The struggles from the 3 are particularly noticeable after a record-setting 2017-18 season from 3-point range, in which, the Wildcats set single-season marks for makes (254) and attempts (745). Five different players posted 30 or more 3-point field goals led by Xavier Sneed’s 65 makes.
  • There has been offensive improvement in the last 3 games, as K-State is averaging 73 points on 45.1 percent (74-of-164) shooting, including 44.3 percent (35-of-79) from 3-point range, with 53 assists on the 74 made field goals. In addition, there has been assists on 33 of the 35 made 3-pointers.

 
‘CATS HAVE FIRST 8-GAME LEAGUE WIN STREAK IN BIG 12 ERA

  • Since starting Big 12 play 0-2 for the first time since 2011, K-State has rattled off 8 consecutive victories, which started with the come-from-behind win over West Virginia (71-69) and includes four Top 25 wins (at No. 20/21 Iowa State (58-57) and No. 20/19 Oklahoma (74-61) and at home over No. 14/13 Texas Tech (58-45) and No. 13/14 Kansas (74-67), along with wins over TCU (65-55), Oklahoma State (75-57) and Baylor (70-63). It is the longest win streak in Big 12 play in school history and the longest regular-season conference win streak since winning 11 in a row from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974.
  • During the win streak, K-State is averaging 68.1 points on 45 percent (189-of-420) shooting, including 38.8 percent (69-of-178) from 3-point range, to go with 70.5 percent (98-of-139) from the line, while averaging 14.5 assists and just 10.8 turnovers per game. In losing the first 2 Big 12 games, the team averaged just 52 points on 33 percent (36-of-109), including 24.4 percent (10-of-41) from 3-point range, with 12.5 turnovers per game. 
  • On the defensive end, the Wildcats are allowing 59.2 points in the win streak on 42.6 percent (173-of-406) shooting, including 33.5 percent (58-of-173) from 3-point range, while averaging 17.5 points off 14.9 opponent turnovers. In those first 2 Big 12 games, the team allowed 65 points on 46.5 percent (40-of-86), including 43.5 percent (20-of-46) from 3-point range.
  • During the win streak, senior Barry Brown, Jr., has averaged a team-best 18.9 points on 52.4 percent (55-of-105) shooting, which includes 3 20-point performances, while fellow senior Dean Wade, who has played in 7of the 8 games, is averaging 14.1 points on 50 percent (34-of-68) shooting. Four other players (Kamau Stokes, Xavier Sneed, Cartier Diarra, Mike McGuirl and Makol Mawien) are averaging between 4.9 and 9.8 points per game. Brown averaged just 12.0 points in the first 2 Big 12 games.

 
BETTER WITH DEAN WADE

  • It’s stating the obvious that K-State is a better team when the Wildcats have their Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Dean Wade on the floor. The team is 14-3 this season with Wade, who missed 6 games from Dec. 19 to Jan. 9 with a foot injury, in the lineup and just 4-2 with him out of it. 
  • K-State is averaging 67.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting, including 33.5 percent from 3-point range, in the 17 games with Wade in the lineup, while the team is averaging just 59.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting, including 31.1 percent from 3-point range, in the 6 games without him.
  • Three Wildcats (Barry Brown, Jr., Dean Wade and Xavier Sneed) are averaging in double figures in the 17 games with Wade in the lineup, while three other players (Kamau Stokes, Makol Mawien and Cartier Diarra) are averaging betwen 5.8 and 9.2 points per game. In comparison, only two Wildcats (Brown/15.3 ppg., and Stokes/13.8 ppg.) are averaging in double figures in the 6 games without Wade.

 
NEAR HISTORIC NIGHT FROM 3

  • K-State showed its potential from long range, as the Wildcats connected on 16 3-point field goals — the second-most triples in school history — to propel themselves past Oklahoma State, 75-57, on Feb. 2.
  • The 16 made 3-point field goals were the most-ever in a conference game and the most since the Wildcats connected on a school-record 23 against Fresno State on March 24, 1994. Eight different Wildcats had at least one 3-pointer, including a career-tying 5 by senior Barry Brown, Jr.
  • The 75 points were a high in Big 12 play, as K-State connected on 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field, including 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from 3-point range. It marked the fourth time this season that the Wildcats have hit 50 percent or better from the field, including just the second time from 3-point range, and had 19 assists on 26 made field goals.
  • The 26 made 3-point field goals in the games against OSU and No. 13/14 Kansas (2/5/19) were the most in a 2-game stretch since knocking down 32 against Fresno State (23) and Vanderbilt on March 24 and 28, 1994.

 
OFFENSIVE BALANCE KEY TO SUCCESS

  • Much like 2017-18, balance has been key to K-State’s offensive success this season, as four players (Barry Brown, Jr., Dean Wade, Xavier Sneed and Kamau Stokes) are averaging in double figures.
  • Five different players (Wade, Brown, Sneed, Stokes and Makol Mawien) have led the Wildcats in scoring, while 7 players have at least one double-digit scoring game, including 19 by Brown, 15 by Wade, 12 by Stokes, 11 by Sneed, 7 by Cartier Diarra, 6 by Mawien and 1 by Mike McGuirl.
  • Since Weber took over in 2012-13, K-State has posted a 60-19 (.760) record when four or more players score in double figures, including an 8-1 mark in 2018-19. The Wildcats are 12-4 when Mawien scores in double digits, while the team is 13-4 (5-2 in 2018-19) when Diarra reaches double-digits.

 
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS

  • Although it ended in a loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 26, K-State enjoyed a success non-conference season, posting a 10-3 (.769) mark which included a 7-0 mark at home venues (Bramlage Coliseum and the Sprint Center. It marked the fourth consecutive season with at least 10 non-conference wins.
  • K-State has posted a 140-36 (.795) record in non-conference play since the 2006-07 season, which includes a 105-6 (.946) mark at home venues. The team has registered double-digit non-conference wins in 12 of the last 13 years, averaging 10.8 non-conference wins in that stretch, and went a program-best 13-1 in non-conference play during the 2009-10 season.
  • Since going 7-6 in non-conference in 2014-15, which included back-to-back losses to Texas Southern and Georgia, the Wildcats has won double-digit non-conference games each of the past four seasons and is 40-9 (.816) in non-conference play since 2015-16.
  • K-State has a 105-6 (.946) record at home venues (includes home games played at Bramlage Coliseum, INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita and the Sprint Center in Kansas City) in non-conference play dating back to the 2006-07 season, including a 96-5 (.950) mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
  • The Wildcats have won 92 of their last 96 non-conference home games, including a 29-game winning streak at Bramlage Coliseum. The last home non-conference loss came against Georgia, 50-46, on Dec. 31, 2014.

 
HISTORIC COMEBACK

  • K-State overcame its largest deficit ever when senior Barry Brown, Jr., laid in the go-ahead bucket with 29 seconds left to cap a 50-point second half by the Wildcats in a 71-69 defeat of West Virginia (1/9/19).
  • K-State trailed by as many as 21 points a little more than a minute into the second half before a 17-0 run cut the deficit to 42-38 with 13:07 left. A 4-point play by junior Xavier Sneed gave the Wildcats their first lead with 2:30 remaining before the Mountaineers regained the advantage, 69-68, on a Lamont West free throw a minute later. In the final 60 seconds, Brown put the Wildcats ahead 70-69 with a layup with 29 seconds remaining. 
  • West Virginia missed a shot in the paint with 5 seconds and Sneed came down with the rebound and was sent to the line, where he hit one free throw. The Mountaineers were unable to get a final shot up at the buzzer.
  • Brown led K-State behind a season-high 29 points on 9-of-14 field goals and a 10-of-12 effort from the line to go with a career-tying 6 steals. It was his highest point total since scoring 34 points at Baylor on Jan. 22, 2018. In the process, he became the ninth Wildcat to eclipse 1,500 career points.
  • Brown was joined in double figures by a career night from sophomore Mike McGuirl, who scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while senior Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed added 12 and 10 points, respectively. It was McGuirl’s second career double-digit scoring game and his first since the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
  • K-State scored its 50 points after halftime on 62.1 percent (18-of-29) shooting, including 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range, compared to just 21 in the first half on 29.2 percent (7-of-24) shooting, including 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from long range. In addition, the Wildcats scored 25 points off 17 Mountaineers turnovers, while only turning the ball over 6 times.
  • It marked the second time this season that K-State had rallied from a double-digit deficit at home, as the Wildcats came from 16 points down to defeat Southern Miss, 55-51, on Dec. 19 at home. Senior Kamau Stokes scored 16 of his season-high 18 points in the second half.
  • K-State went on a 24-2 run over 8:08 in the second half to take over the game, as the Wildcats held the Golden Eagles scoreless for 5:24 during the span. The run came after scoring a season-low 19 points in the first half, the fewest points in any half since scoring 15 vs. TCU on Feb. 15, 2015.

 
BROWN, WADE BACK-TO-BACK BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  • Seniors Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade became the first Wildcats since 2013 to capture Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks, as the duo has helped the squad to 4 consecutive victories.
  • Brown earned his first-ever Big 12 Player of the Week honor on Jan. 14, as he averaged 26 points on 52.9 percent shooting (18-of-34), including a pair of game-winners, in K-State’s victories over West Virginia and No. 20/21 Iowa State, while Wade averaged 18 points and 3.5 assists in the wins over No. 20/19 Oklahoma and TCU this past week.
  • Brown helped K-State engineer a school-record 21-point comeback in the victory over the Mountaineers. He scored a season-high 29 points on 9-of-14 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws to go with a career-tying 6 steals, 1 assist, 1 block and 1 rebound in 38 minutes. He scored a game-high 23 points in the win over the Cyclones, including game-winner with 4 seconds left.
  • Just 2 games removed from missing 6 games due to injury, Wade earned just his second 20-point game of the season with 20 points on 8-of-14 field goals in the Wildcats’ first win at Oklahoma since 2015, while he added 16 points and a game-high 6 assists in the victory over TCU.

 
BROWN AMONG CAREER LEADERS

  • Senior Barry Brown, Jr., registered a significant milestone in the win over Vanderbilt (12/22/18), becoming the school’s all-time steals leader with 3 against the Commodores to eclipse Jacob Pullen (210, 2007-11). Brown now has 233 career steals in 128 games played. 
  • Brown’s 233 career steals currently rank seventh in Big 12 history, trailing Kansas’ Russell Robinson (247; 2004-08) for sixth place by 14 steals. Brown also ranks fourth among active Division I players in career steals, trailing just   Washington’s Matisse Thybulle (284), Oregon’s Ehab Amin (257) and Purdue Fort Wayne’s John Koncher (256).
  • Brown places among several career offensive records, including 5th in field goals attempted (1,390), 6th in double-digit scoring games (82), field goals (580) and 3-point field goals attempted (499), 7th in scoring (1,636), 8th in 3-point field goals made (162), 9th in assists (319) and 10th in free throw attempted (450).
  • Brown also ranks among the leaders in games played, as his streak of 128 consecutive game played is now the school record, breaking his tie with Steve Henson (127; 1986-90), while his 106 straight starts ranks second (just 12 shy of Henson’s school record). He has a chance to top the school record of 135 games played, which is held by Jacob Pullen and Rodney McGruder.
  • Brown ranks second in minutes (4,075) in school history, needing 399 to pass Steve Henson (4,474; 1987-90). He became the second Wildcat to eclipse 4,000 minutes as well as the 19th player to do so in the Big 12 era with his 40-minute performance vs. No. 13/14 Kansas (2/5/19).

 
SENIOR CLASS HAS 4,000+ POINTS

  • With 20 points against George Mason (12/29/18), senior Kamau Stokes became the 30th player to post 1,000 points and joined fellow seniors Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade in achieving the milestone. The trio became the first class in school history to each top 1,000 career points in a career. 
  • The trio have accounted for 4,166 points in their respective careers, which currently ranks tops among all Power 6 Conferences and ninth nationally among Division I, trailing South Dakota State (4,814/Mike Daum, David Jenkins, Skyler Flatten), Lipscomb (4,547/Garrison Mathews, Rob Marberry, Nate Moran), Wofford (4,538, Fletcher Magee, Cameron Jackson, Nathan Hoover), Campbell (4,524/Chris Clemons, Andrew Eudy, Marcus Burk), Marshall (4,498/Jon Elmore, C.J. Burks, Rondale Watson), Georgia Southern (4,386/Tookie Brown, Ike Smith, Montae Glenn), Buffalo (4,186/C.J. Massinburg, Nick Perkins, Jeremy Harris) and College of Charleston (4,171/Jarrell Brantley, Grant Riller, Marquise Pointer).
  • Brown (1,636 points) and Wade (1,425 points) each eclipsed the 1,000-point mark as juniors and currently rank 7th and 10th, respectively, on the all-time scoring list, while Stokes ranks 20th with 1,105 points.

 
STOKES AMONG THE BEST ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS

  • Just like Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade, Kamau Stokes ranks among the all-time leaders in several categories, including 4th in assists (383) and 3-point field goals attempted (526), 6th in steals (122), 7th in 3-point field goals (181), while he is near the Top 10 in minutes (3,236).
  • Needing just 17 assists, Stokes could become just the third Wildcat in school history to eclipse 400 assists, joining all-time leader Steve Henson (582; 1986-90) and Jacob Pullen (455; 2007-11).

 
DON’T FORGET SNEED

  • With all the attention paid to the three seniors, the accomplishments of junior Xavier Sneed have somehow been overlooked. The St. Louis native enjoyed a career best year in 2017-18, averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 31.4 minutes per game while starting all 37 games.
  • Since missing the opener with Kennesaw State (11/9), Sneed has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 22 games, including a season-high 18 points on 6-of-9 field goals in the win over TCU (1/19).
  • Sneed collected his second career double-double and first of the season at Tulsa (12/8/18), posting a team-best 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. He has grabbed 5 or more rebounds in 12 games, including double-digit boards twice with a season-high 14 vs. Southern Miss (12/19).

 
WELCOME GOODNEWS

  • K-State got some unexpected “good news” on New Year’s Eve when recent signee Goodnews Kpegeol joined the team and filled the 13th and final scholarship for the reminder of the 2018-19 season.
  • An NCAA qualifier prior to enrolling at TaylorMade Academy in Pensacola, Florida for the 2018-19, Kpegeol is immediately eligible after enrolling for the spring semester and has been cleared to play by the NCAA. He is expected to redshirt the reminder of the season.
  • A 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard from St. Paul, Minnesota, Kpegeol spent the first half of the 2018-19 season as a postgraduate at TaylorMade after finishing his four-year prep career at North High School. He led the Polars to the Class 4A State Tournament for the first time in 17 years as a sophomore in 2015-16 before the school to a 22-5 record with a 15-1 mark in conference play as a senior in 2017-18. He averaged a team-best 18.2 points in 19 games played as a senior, which included nine 20-point games.

 
K-STATE WINS PARADISE JAM; FIRST TITLE SINCE 2011

  • Included in K-State’s 6-0 start to the season was a 3-game sweep to win the 19th annual U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Nov. 16-19, as the Wildcats knocked off Eastern Kentucky (95-68), Penn (64-48) and Missouri (82-67).
  • The tournament championship marked the 14th in school history and the first since winning the 2011 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawai’i. It was also the sixth career tournament title for head coach Bruce Weber and his first with the Wildcats.
  • Senior Dean Wade was named the tournament’s most valuable player after averaging 17.3 points on 61.8 percent (21-of-34) shooting with 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games, including a team-high 21 points in the title game against the Tigers, while fellow senior Barry Brown, Jr., was one of five players selected as Paradise Jam Tournament All-Stars.

 
MORE ABOUT K-STATE

  • The Wildcats return 10 lettermen, including six players (Barry Brown, Jr., Cartier Diarra, Makol Mawien, Xavier Sneed, Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade) that combined to start all 37 games a season ago, for a team that posted a 25-12 overall record (10-8 in Big 12 play) and advanced to the Elite Eight for the 12th time in school history and the first time since 2010.
  • It marked just the sixth 25-win campaign in school history, including the second under head coach Bruce Weber, while the school advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six seasons and 30th time overall.
  • K-State returns 185 combined starts from 2017-18, which is the most of any Division I team in the country, and ahead of other schools which return all of its starts, including George Mason (165), Iowa (165), Lipscomb (165) and North Florida (165).
  • K-State returns 93.2 percent (2,452 of 2,630 points) of its offense from 2017-18, which ranks 11th among Division I teams (trailing George Mason, Harvard, Wofford, Washington, Brown, Iowa, Wisconsin, UC Irvine, Syracuse and St. Francis). The Wildcats also returns more than 90 percent of their field goals made (869/92.7%), 3-point field goals made (232/91.3%), free throws made (482/96%), assists (476/93.3%) and steals (266/90.5%) as well as 80 or better percent of their minutes (6,558/85%), rebounds (905/80%) and blocks (98/89%).
  • K-State returns seven of its top-8 scorers from last season, including three with double-digit averages [Wade (16.2 ppg.), Brown (15.9 ppg.) and Sneed (11.1 ppg.). Other returners include Kamau Stokes (9.0 ppg.), Cartier Diarra (7.1 ppg.), Makol Mawien (6.8 ppg.) and Mike McGuirl (3.3 ppg.). The Wildcats return their individual leader in scoring (Wade), rebounding (Wade), assists (Brown), steals (Brown) and blocks (Mawien).

 
‘CATS EARN PRESEASON RANKINGS

  • K-State opened the 2018-19 season in the Top 15 in both major polls, as the Wildcats earned a No. 11 ranking in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll to go with a No. 12 ranking in the preseason Associated Press poll.
  • It marks the first time that K-State has started with preseason rankings in both polls since the 2010-11 campaign when the school opened at No. 3 in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.
  • K-State appeared in the Preseason AP poll for the 17th time in school history, while it was the highest preseason ranking since starting the 2010-11 campaign at No. 3. It was also the 12th time debuting in the AP Top 15 (1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1961-62, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1975-76 and 2010-11).
  • The Wildcats have received several preseason rankings, including No. 11 by NBCSports.com, Yahoo! Sports, Street & Smith’s, Lindy’s and Athlon, No. 12 by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, USA Today, Stadium, No. 13 by The Athletic, Blue Ribbon Yearbook and No. 14 by SI.com. 
  • K-State was one of four Big 12 teams to place in both Top 25 polls, as Kansas was the unanimous No. 1 team. West Virginia was No. 13 in both polls, while TCU was ranked No. 20 (Coaches) and No. 21 (AP), respectively.

 
‘CATS PICKED SECOND IN BIG 12 PLAY; WADE NAMED PRESEASON POY

  • K-State was picked to finish second by the league coaches in the annual Big 12 Preseason poll released on Oct. 19, as the Wildcats received 72 points and two first-place votes. Kansas was selected first, while West Virginia, TCU and Texas rounded out the Top 5.
  • The second-place selection was the second-highest by a K-State team in the history of the poll, following the 2010-11 team which was picked to finish first with 119 points. In fact, the Wildcats have been picked to finish fifth or better on just six other occasions in the poll, including fourth in 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2014-15 and fifth in 2006-07, 2012-13 and 2013-14.
  • Senior Dean Wade became just the second Wildcat to ever be selected the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year by the league coaches, while Wade and Barry Brown, Jr., were both named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. The duo was joined on the team by Kansas’ Dedric Lawson, Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton and West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate.
  • Wade’s selection marked the second time that a K-State player has been named the preseason Player of the Year and the first since Jacob Pullen in 2010-11. It also was just the second time that two Wildcats appeared on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, following Pullen and Curtis Kelly in 2010-11. Wade and Brown are just the sixth and seventh players in school history to earn recognition to the Preseason All-Big 12 (since 1996-97), following Manny Dies in 1998-99, Kelly and Pullen in 2010-11, Rodney McGruder in 2012-13 and Marcus Foster in 2014-15.

 
NEXT UP: 23/22 IOWA STATE (18-6, 7-4 Big 12)

  • K-State returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats play host to 23/22 Iowa State (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) at 3 p.m. The Wildcats won the first matchup, 58-57, at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 12.
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