Game Preview // K-State Begins Road Swing at No. 20/21 Iowa State Saturday

GAME 16
KANSAS STATE (11-4, 1-2 Big 12) at 20/21 IOWA STATE (12-3, 2-1 Big 12)
Saturday, January 12, 2019 >> 11:01 a.m. CT >> Hilton Coliseum (14,384) >> Ames, Iowa
 
TELEVISION
ESPN2

  • Chuckie Kempf (play-by-play)
  • Robbie Hummel (analyst)
  • Eric Swaringen (producer)

 
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COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 449-239/21st season
At K-State: 136-84/7th season
vs Iowa State: 5-8 (1-5 on the road)
 
Iowa State: Steve Prohm (Alabama ’97)
Overall: 176-73/8th season
At Iowa State: 72-44/4th season
vs. Kansas State: 4-2 (2-1 at home)
 
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (11-4, 1-2 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G: #5 Barry Brown, Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #14 Makol Mawien
               
Iowa State (12-3, 2-1 Big 12)
G: #1 Nick Weiler-Babb
G: #3 Marial Shayok
G: #22 Tyrese Haliburton
G: #11 Talen Horton-Tucker
F: #12 Michael Jacobson
 
SERIES HISTORY
Overall: K-State leads 139-87
Current Streak: K-State, 2
In Ames               : K-State leads 51-50
At Hilton Coliseum: Iowa State leads 27-20
Last Meeting: W, 78-66, 2/17/18
Weber vs. Prohm: 2-4 (1-2 on the road)
 
OPENING TIP

  • Kansas State (11-4, 1-2 Big 12) begins a 2-game road swing on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa to take on No. 20/21 Iowa State (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) at Hilton Coliseum. The game will tip at 11 a.m., CT on ESPN2 with Chuckie Kempf (play-by-play) and Robbie Hummel (analyst) on the call.
  • K-State is still looking for its first road victory of the season after falling to 0-3 with last Saturday’s 63-57 loss at No. 11/11 Texas Tech. The Wildcats dropped back-to-back-games at Marquette and Tulsa in early December prior to the loss in Lubbock and have lost 5 straight on the road dating to last season. The team ended a 6-game losing streak at Hilton Coliseum with a 91-75 win in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 2017. The Cyclones are 8-0 at home this season.
  • Iowa State enters Saturday’s game with the Big 12’s best scoring offense at 81.3 points while connecting on 48.4 percent from the field, including 36.2 percent from 3-point range. The Cyclones are also first in 3-point field goals per game (8.9) and free throw percentage (73.0) and are second in scoring margin (+16.3), field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. They are led by possible Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Marial Shayok, who averages a Big 12-best 20.1 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting, while three others (Michael Jacobson, Lindell Wigginton and Talen Horton-Tucker) also average double digits.
  • This will be the 227th meeting between K-State and Iowa State with the Wildcats holding a 139-87 advantage, including a 51-50 edge in games played in Ames. The Cyclones have a slight 24-22 lead since the start of Big 12 play with wins in 6 of the last 7 meetings at Hilton Coliseum. K-State snapped a 2-game losing streak in the series by sweeping both regular season meetings, including a 91-75 victory in the Big 12 opener in the last meeting in Ames on Dec. 29, 2017.
  • K-State ended a 2-game losing streak on Wednesday night by staging the largest comeback in school history, as the Wildcats rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to knock off West Virginia, 71-69. After scoring 21 points on 29.2 percent shooting in the first half, the team erupted for 50 points on 62.1 percent shooting, including 63.6 percent, in the second half, as senior Barry Brown, Jr., scored 20 of his game-high 29 points after halftime. In all, the squad led for just 56 seconds in ending a 4-game losing streak to the Mountaineers. The 21-point comeback surpassed the previous high of 18 which came against Missouri in the finals of the first-ever Big Eight Tournament on March 4, 1977 when K-State rallied for a 72-67 overtime win. It marked the second time this season that the Wildcats have rallied from a second-half deficit after trailing by 16 in the 55-51 win over Southern Miss on Dec. 19.
  • Brown collected his 18th career 20-point game with a game-high 29 points against West Virginia en route to becoming the ninth Wildcat and the first since Rodney McGruder in 2013 to eclipse 1,500 career points. Brown was joined in double figures by three other players (Mike McGuirl, Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed), as the Wildcats moved to 58-19 (.753) under coach Bruce Weber when four or more players scored in double figures. McGuirl scored a career-high 18 points, as he registered double figures for the first time since scoring 17 against Creighton in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

 
NOTES ON IOWA STATE

  • No. 20/21 Iowa State (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) saw its 5-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night, as Baylor held on for a 73-70 victory at the Ferrell Center after leading by 8 points at halftime. Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Marial Shayok led the way with 19 points. The Cyclones opened Big 12 play with wins at Oklahoma State (69-63) and to Kansas (77-60).
  • Iowa State returns 6 lettermen, including 4 starters, from a squad that finished 13-18 overall, including 4-14 in the Big 12, in 2017-18.
  • Iowa State is averaging a Big 12-best 81.3 points on 48.4 percent shooting, including 36.2 percent from 3-point range, to go with 36.3 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.6 blocks per game, while allowing 65 points on 40.7 percent shooting, including 31.7 percent from 3-point range. The team is connecting on a Big 12-best 73 percent from the free throw line.
  • Shayok paces four Cyclones in double figures at a Big 12-leading 20.1 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting, including 38.7 percent from 3-point range, to go with 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. He leads six players, including 3 with 20 or more, with double-digit 3-point field goals with 29. Fellow transfer Michael Jacobson averages 13.9 points on 60.9 percent shooting with a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore Lindell Wigginton, who is coming back from a foot injury after playing in 5 games, is averaging 12.8 points, while Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate Talen Horton-Tucker is averaging 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Senior Nick Weiler-Babb and freshman Tyrese Haliburton are both averaging better than 8.6 points per game and have combined for 123 assists, while Haliburton also has 27 treys.   
  • Iowa State is led by fourth-year head coach Steve Prohm, who has posted a 72-44 (.621) mark while guiding the school to 2 NCAA Tournaments. He has a 176-73 (.707) record in his eighth season as a head coach, which includes a stint at Murray State (2011-15).

 
SERIES HISTORY

  • K-State and Iowa State will meet for the 227th time in their histories on Saturday with the Wildcats holding a 139-87 advantage, including a 51-50 mark in Ames. The two schools have met at least once every season since 1914 with the 226 meetings the third-most in school history, trailing just Kansas (289) and Missouri (237), while the 139 wins are the most.
  • Iowa State holds a slight 24-22 advantage in the Big 12 era with 6 wins in the last 10 meetings. K-State snapped a 4-game losing streak in the series with a season sweep in 2017-18, earning a 91-75 win at Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 29, 2017 and a 78-66 win at home on Feb. 17, 2018.
  • Last season, Dean Wade became the school’s first 30-point scorer since 2014 with a career-high 34 points, as he led a trio of scorers to score 20 or more points in the Wildcats’ first win at Hilton Coliseum since 2011 with a 91-75 victory. Wade was joined by teammates Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown, Jr., who scored 23 and 21 points, respectively, and accounted for 78 of the team’s 91 points. They became the first trio to register 20-point games in the same game since Jacob Pullen (28), Denis Clemente (25) and Curtis Kelly (21) did it against Xavier in the 2010 NCAA West Regional Semifinal.
  • Head coach Bruce Weber is 5-8 all-time against Iowa State, including a 1-5 mark on the road, while Weber is 2-4 against head coach Steve Prohm.
  • Senior Dean Wade has had the most success against Iowa State in his career, averaging 14.3 points on 53.1 percent shooting in 6 career games, while fellow seniors Barry Brown, Jr., and Kamau Stokes have averaged 13.5 and 12.6 points per game, respectively, in their careers vs. the Cyclones. 

 
LAST TIME OUT: K-STATE 71, WEST VIRGINIA 69

  • Kansas State overcame its largest deficit ever when senior Barry Brown, Jr., laid in the go-ahead bucket with 29 seconds remaining to cap a 50-point second half by the Wildcats in a 71-69 defeat of West Virginia in front of 9,590 roaring fans at Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.
  • 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 18th career 20-point game, including his third this season, while 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.
  • The victory snapped K-State’s 4-game losing streak to West Virginia, while giving the Wildcats their first Big 12 win of the season. It was just the second victory in the series against the Mountaineers since 2014.

 
OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES

  • K-State is averaging a Big 12-low 65.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting (359-of-848), including 31 percent (91-of-294) from 3-point range, and 62.5 percent (175-of-280) from the free throw line. The Wildcats rank 325th among 351 Division I teams in scoring offense, 277th in field goal percentage, 304th in 3-point field goal percentage and 338th in free throw percentage.
  • In the Big 12, K-State ranks ninth in 3-point field goal percentage and 10th in scoring offense, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
  • The Wildcats have scored 70 or more points on just 6 occasions, including a season-high 95 points in the win over Eastern Kentucky (11/16/18), while they have only connected on 45 percent from the field in 5 games and 40 percent or better from the 3-point line on 3 occasions.
  • With a fully healthy roster in the first 9 games, K-State was averaging 69.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting, including 30.9 percent from 3-point range. However, since losing senior and leading scorer Dean Wade to injury against Georgia State (12/15/18), the squad is averaging just 59.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting, including 31.1 percent from long range. In this 6-game span, the Wildcats have eclipsed the 70-point barrier just once and have shot 45 percent from the field twice.

 
3-POINT WOES

  • K-State struggled from the 3-point line this season, connecting on just 31 percent (91-of-294) of its attempts from long range and averaging just 6.1 makes per game. The Wildcats rank 304th in 3-point field goal percentage, 282nd in 3-pointers attempted and 306th in 3-pointers per game.
  • Senior Kamau Stokes, who has knocked down 16 treys in his last 6 games played, leads all Wildcats with 25 made 3-pointers this season, while junior Xavier Sneed is second with 23. Senior Barry Brown, Jr., is the only other Wildcat with double-digit 3-pointers with 15.
  • This comes on the heels of a record-setting 2017-18 season from 3-point range, in which, the Wildcats set both single-season marks for makes (254) and attempts (745), while five different players posted 30 or more 3-point field goals led by Xavier Sneed’s 65 makes.
  • Stokes (165/7th) and Brown (146/10th) rank among the school’s career Top 10 in 3-point field goals made (and attempted), while Sneed (126) and Wade (111) also have 100 makes in their careers from long range.

 
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 11 by Brown, 10 by Stokes, 9 by Sneed, 8 by Wade, 6 by Mawien and 3 by sophomore Cartier Diarra.
  • Since Weber took over in 2012-13, K-State has posted a 58-19 (.750) record when four or more players score in double figures, including a 6-1 mark in 2018-19. The Wildcats are 12-4 when Mawien scores in double digits, while the team is 10-3 (8-2 in 2017-18) when Diarra reaches double-digits.

 
IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK

  • Senior Kamau Stokes scored 16 of his season-high 18 points in the second half, as K-State overcame a 16-point deficit to top Southern Miss, 55-51, at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 19.
  • The 16-point deficit overcome for victory tied for the fourth-largest in school history, including the largest since coming from 16 points down to defeat New Mexico on Nov. 23, 2005. It was the largest second-half deficit overcome for victory since trailing 57-41 at La Salle on Jan. 5, 1994. 
  • 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.
  • Stokes went 6-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and was joined in double digits by fellow senior Barry Brown, Jr., who scored 15 points. Junior Xavier Sneed pulled down a career-high 14 boards to lead all players and give the Wildcats a 38-32 edge on the glass.
  • As a team, K-State shot 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from the field, which included a great disparity from the first to second halves. The Wildcats hit on a season-low 30.8 percent (8-of-26) in the first half then made a season-best 66.7 percent (12-of-18) in the second half. Southern Miss was held to 51 points on 31.7 percent shooting, including 21.2 from 3-point range.

 
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS

  • 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.
  • K-State has posted a 140-35 (.800) record in non-conference play since the 2006-07 season, which includes a 10-2 (.818) mark in 2018-19. The team has registered double-digit non-conference wins in 12 of the last 13 years, averaging 10.8 non-conference wins in that span, 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 three seasons and is 40-8 (.833) in non-conference play since 2015-16. It is during this span that the school has won 29 consecutive non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum.

 
 ‘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). Last season, the Wildcats held opponents to 67 points on 42.5 percent shooting.
  • K-State is holding opponents to 59.5 points on 40.1 percent shooting, including 30.6 percent from 3-point range, while forcing opponents into 15.4 turnovers per game. The Wildcats rank 7th in scoring defense, 57th in 3-point field goal defense and 48rd in field goal percentage defense. The team ranks second in scoring defense, third in rebounding defense (32.1) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense and turnovers forced in the Big 12.
  • K-State has held 9 of 15 opponents to 60 points or less this season with one eclipsing 70. The squad has now held 78 opponents to 60 points or less in Weber’s tenure, boasting a 70-8 mark (losses to Kansas in 2012, Northern Colorado and Kentucky in 2013, Texas Southern and Georgia in 2014, Texas and Oklahoma State in 2016, West Virginia in 2017 and Tulsa in 2018).
  • Prior to allowing Texas to score 67 points on Jan. 2, K-State had held each of its last 5 opponents to 54.6 points on 37.1 percent (99-of-267) shooting, including 25 percent (32-of-128) from 3-point range. It marked just the third time since the inception of the shot clock in 1985-86 that the Wildcats held 5 straight opponents below 60 points and the first time since a 5-game stretch from Dec. 11, 2008 to Jan. 3, 2009.
  • K-State has a 115-31 (.792) record under Weber when holding a foe to 69 points or less and a 21-53 (.288) when allowing 70 or more points.

 
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS

  • Nearly a third of K-State’s total points (260/984) this season have come off turnovers, as the Wildcats are averaging 17.3 points off 15.4 opponent
  • mistakes per game. The team ranks 44th nationally in turnover margin (+3.3), 73rd in turnovers forced (15.4) and 88th in steals (7.5).
  • The Wildcats scored 20 or more points off opponent turnovers in 6 of 15 games, including a season-high 25 in the come-from-behind victory over West Virginia (1/9/19). They have also put up 20 points or more off opponent turnovers against Kennesaw State (20), Denver (23), Eastern Kentucky (24), Penn (22) and Marquette (22).
  • K-State has scored more than 3,000 points (3,360) off turnovers during Weber’s tenure, an average of 15.2 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 (112), Xavier Sneed (109) and Dean Wade (105). Stokes now ranks 10th in career steals, while Sneed and Wade could also join the career Top 10.

 
GAME OF RUNS

  • K-State’s use of runs have been particularly effective this season, as the Wildcats have totaled 34 runs of at least 7 or more points, including 21 runs of 10 or more points. The team posted five such runs in the win over Georgia State (12/15/18), including runs of 8-0, 16-4, 13-2, 12-0 and 9-1, while they produced the biggest run (24-2) in the comeback win over Southern Miss (12/19/18), which was the largest comeback before the West Virginia game. The team had a 17-0 run to close the gap against the Mountaineers.
  • The Paradise Jam was a tournament of runs for K-State, as the Wildcats put together decisive runs, particularly at the end of the first half, en route to double-digit wins against Eastern Kentucky (11/16/18), Penn (11/18/18) and Missouri (11/19/18) in the title game.
  • K-State had runs of 12-2 and 20-6 against EKU to take control, while the Wildcats erupted for a 17-2 run right before halftime against Penn then had another 14-4 run to break it back open after the Quakers had closed to within 6 points. Against Missouri, the squad scored 20 of the next 22 points after a 27-all tie then used a 10-4 spurt to push the lead back out to 19 points.
  • In addition, K-State used a 21-7 to jump out ahead of Vanderbilt (12/22/18) en route to building a 22-point lead in the second half, while the Wildcats broke open a tight game against George Mason (12/29/18) with a 20-2 run to head into halftime up 36-16. Neither team led in the contests.

 
WADE OUT FOR UNDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME DUE TO INJURY

  • Senior Dean Wade went down with a foot injury in the second half of the win over Georgia State (12/15/18) and will be out for an undetermined period of time. The timetable depends on the rehab process. So far, Wade has missed 6 games (Southern Miss, Vanderbilt, George Mason, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia).
  • Although a different injury, Wade has been through the injury process before, as he was injured in the second half of the quarterfinal game with TCU (3/8/18) in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, which caused him to miss the semifinal game with No. 9 Kansas (3/9/18) and most of the NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight.

 
NEW STEALS LEADER BROWN CLOSING IN ON SEVERAL OTHER CAREER MARKS

  • 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 214 career steals in 119 games played. 
  • Brown places among several career offensive records, including 7th in field goals made (531) and attempted (1,290) and 3-pointers attempted (455), 8th in double-digit scoring games (74), 9th in scoring (1,503) and 10th in 3-point field goals made (146) and assists (289). He is closing in on the Top 10 in free throws made (295) and attempted (419).
  • Brown also ranks among the leaders in games played, as his streak of 120 consecutive games and 98 straight starts both rank fourth in school history. He is also third in career minutes played (3,786), needing 689 to pass Steve Henson (4,474; 1987-90). He has a chance to eclipse the school record of 135 set by Jacob Pullen (2007-11) and Rodney McGruder (2009-13).

 
STOKES ECLIPSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS

  • With his 20-point effort against George Mason (12/29/18), senior Kamau Stokes become the 30th player in school history to post 1,000 in a career and join fellow seniors Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade in achieving the milestone. The trio became the first senior class in school history to each top 1,000 career points in a career. 
  • Brown (1,503 points) and Wade (1,309 points) each eclipsed the mark as juniors and currently rank 9th and 12th, respectively, on the all-time scoring list, while Stokes ranks 25th with 1,031 points.
  • Stokes already ranks in the career Top 10 for both 3-point field goals made (165/7th) and attempted (479/6th), while he ranks fifth with 352 assists and is one of just eight players in school history with 300 or more assists.

 
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. He was named to the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament team after averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against Kentucky and Loyola Chicago.
  • Since missing the opener with Kennesaw State (11/9), Sneed has scored in double figures in 9 of the last 14 games, including a season-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting against Eastern Kentucky (11/16/18).
  • 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 tallied at least 9 rebounds in 4 of the last 8 games.

 
WELCOME GOODNEWS

  • K-State got some unexpected “good news” on New Year’s Eve when recent signee Goodnews Kpegeol (KAH-pay-GUL) 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 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: AT 20/21 IOWA STATE (12-2, 2-0 BIG 12)

  • K-State begins a stretch of back-to-back road games on Saturday with a trip to Ames, Iowa to face a surging Iowa State team (12-2, 0-2 Big 12), which jumped into both Top 25 polls after knocking off No. 5/6 Kansas. The Wildcats snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Cyclones in Ames last season with a 91-75 victory on Dec. 29, 2017.
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