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K-State Plays 21/15 Gonzaga in Wichita Wildcat Classic Saturday



21/15 GONZAGA (10-1, 0-0 West Coast)

AT KANSAS STATE (7-3, 0-0 Big 12)

Wichita Wildcat Classic

Saturday, Dec. 21 >> INTRUST Bank Arena (14,362)>> Wichita, Kan. >> 2:32 p.m. CT




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Kansas State (7-3)

G - #55 Will Spradling (8.2 ppg., 2.6 apg.)

G - #2 Marcus Foster (14.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)

G - #1 Shane Southwell (9.8 ppg., 5.6 rpg.)

F - #25 Wesley Iwundu (6.4 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)

F - #42 Thomas Gipson (11.8 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)


Gonzaga (10-1)

G - #11 David Stockton (5.8 ppg., 4.9 apg.)

G - #4 Kevin Pangos (18.7 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)

G - #5 Gary Bell, Jr. (14.5 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)

F - #35 Sam Dower, Jr. (14.6 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)

C - #24 Przemek Karnowski (9.8 ppg., 8.1 rpg.)



Overall: K-State leads 2-1

vs. West Coast: K-State leads 13-7 (1-2 at neutral sites)

In Manhattan: K-State leads 1-0 (W, 66-64, 3/22/1994)

In Spokane: n/a

Last Meeting: Gonzaga, 68-52, 12/15/2012 (Seattle, Wash.)

Weber vs. Gonzaga: Weber leads 3-2 (last meeting:12/15/2012)

Weber vs. Few: Weber leads 3-2 (last meeting: 12/15/2012)



Kansas State 72, Troy 43

Game 10  n  Bramlage Coliseum  n December 15, 2013

Senior Will Spradling and freshman Marcus Foster each scored14 points, as K-State used a balanced attack to post a 72-43 win over Troy onSunday to wrap up a four-game homestand. With the win, the Wildcats ran theirwinning streak to a season-best five games, while they have won six consecutivehome games since losing the opener. Spradling and Foster were among 11 Wildcatsto score in the game, including walk-ons Brian Rohleder and Ryan Schultz.K-State turned in another stellar effort on the defensive end, holding Troy toa season-low 43 points on 36.2 percent shooting, including 15.8 percent from3-point range. The Wildcats forced the Trojans into 16 turnovers, scoring 20points off those miscues, and held a 44-27 advantage on the glass, including 17offensive rebounds. The squad also scored 30 points in the paint and got 22from its bench.



  • Kansas State (7-3) will make the 2-hour trek toWichita on Saturday, as the Wildcats will play No. 21/15 Gonzaga (10-1) in theWichita Wildcat Classic at INTRUST Bank Arena (14,362) at 2:30 p.m. CT.
  • Saturday's game will be a rematch of the StateFarm Battle in Seattle  won 68-52 by No. 14/14 Gonzaga on Dec. 15, 2012 atKeyArena. This game completes a two-year agreement between the two schools.
  • This will be the fourth meeting between the twoschools and third in the last four seasons. The Wildcats are 2-1 against theBulldogs, including a 66-64 win at home in the Postseason NIT on March 22, 1994and an 81-64 victory in the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center on Nov. 22, 2010.
  • K-State will be playing in Wichita for the 21sttime in school history, which includes 15 games vs. state foe Wichita State andfour in the NCAA Tournament at Levitt Arena. The school is 8-12 in thosecontests with the last win coming against the Shockers, 79-66, on Dec. 7, 2002.
  • It will be the second match-up in the 4-year-oldINTRUST Bank Arena after dropping a dramatic 85-80 double-overtime game tocurrent Big 12 foe West Virginia before a sold-out crowd of 15,004 on Dec. 8,2011.
  • The Wildcats will face their first rankedopponent of the season, as the school enters Saturday with a 95-219 recordall-time vs. ranked teams. The squad is 0-3 all-time vs. teams ranked 21st inthe Associated Press poll.
  • K-State owns a season-best five-game winningstreak, while the team has won six consecutive home games since losing theopener to Northern Colorado. It was the first season-opening loss since 2003 (a10-game streak) and its first in a home opener since 1993 (a 19-game streak).
  • During the current 5-game winning streak, theWildcats are holding foes to 51.0 points on 36 percent shooting, including 22.7percent from 3-point range, while holding a +12.8 rebounding advantage(43.8-31.0).
  • K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks in the Top 10nationally in scoring defense (59.4 ppg., 9th) and 3-point field goalpercentage defense (24.9, 4th). The Wildcats have held eight of their last nineopponents to under their scoring average, including six to 60 points or less.
  • Freshman Marcus Foster ranks in the Top 10 infour Big 12 categories, including a team-leading 14.4 points per game. He isone of two freshmen (KU's Andrew Wiggins) to rank in the Big 12's Top 10 inscoring. He has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games. His currentaverage is the second-best by a K-State freshmen in the last 15 seasons.



  • No. 21/15 Gonzaga (10-1) enters Saturday's gameon a six-game winning streak after dispatching of South Alabama, 68-59, in its last outing on Dec. 14 in the Battle in Seattle. The Bulldogs' lone losscame to Dayton, 84-79, in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. 
  • Gonzaga is averaging 87.5 points on 52.6 percentshooting, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range, to go with 37.4 rebounds,15.8 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.6 blocks per game, while allowing 70.7 pointsper game on 40.5 percent shooting.
  • The Bulldogs rank among the nation's Top 5 infield goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and total 3-point field goalsmade (100), while they are 11th nationally in scoring offense and 13th inscoring margin (+16.7).
  • All-American candidate Kevin Pangos paces threeGonzaga players in double figures at 18.7 points per game, while connecting on47.4 percent from both the field and from 3-point range. Sam Dower averages14.6 points on a team-best 60.4 percent shooting to go with 7.4 rebounds pergame, while Gary Bell, Jr. averages 14.5 points on 54.5 percent shooting. DavidStockton leads in assists at 4.9 per outing, while Przemek Karnowski is theleading rebounder at 8.1 per game.
  • The winningest active Division I head coach,Mark Few is 384-94 (.803) in his 15th season at Gonzaga. Few has led theBulldogs to at least 23 wins in each season to go with 12 West Coast Conferenceregular season championships and 10 tournament titles.



  • This will be the fourth all-time meeting betweenK-State and Gonzaga and the third in the last four seasons. The Wildcats are2-1 vs. the Bulldogs, winning 66-64 at home in the Postseason NIT on March 22,1994 and 81-64 in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center onNov. 22, 2010 before dropping a 68-52 decision in the State Farm Battle inSeattle on Dec. 15, 2012.
  • Gonzaga blew open a one-point game at halftimelast season to post a 68-52 win over K-State. The Bulldogs held the Wildcats to33.3 percent shooting from the field, including 27.3 percent in the secondhalf. Kelly Olynyk led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-13 field goals,while Angel Rodriguez was lone Wildcat in double figures with 14 points. Otherreturners to score included Will Spradling (8), Shane Southwell (7), D.J.Johnson (4), Omari Lawrence (4) and Nino Williams (2).
  • Head coach Bruce Weber is 3-2 vs. Gonzaga,including 2-2 at neutral sites. His Illinois team posted wins in 2004 (89-72)in Indianapolis, 2010 (73-61) in Seattle and 2011 (82-75) in Champaign, whilehis losses came in 2010 (85-83) in Chicago and last season. This marks thefifth consecutive season that a Weber-coached team has met the Bulldogs.
  • K-State is 13-7 all-time against current membersof the West Coast Conference, including a 7-2 mark at neutral sites.



  • K-State improved to 64-3 at home innon-conference play dating back to the 2006-07 season... The Wildcats have nowwon 53 of their last 54 non-conference home games... The team has won 34consecutive home games in December since 2004.
  • K-State has now held eight of 10 opponents tobelow 65 points this season, including Troy to a season-low 43 points on 36.2percent shooting, including 15.8 percent from 3-point range. The 43 points werethe second-fewest allowed this season.
  • K-State out-rebounded Troy, 44-27, marking thesixth straight game the Wildcats have out-rebounded their opponent.
  • K-State forced Troy into 16 turnovers, scoring aseason-high 20 points off those miscues... The team has scored double-digitpoints off of turnovers in eight games this season, including five in a row,and averaging 13.2 points off turnovers this season.
  • K-State recorded a season-high 24 assists on 28field goals made... It was the most assists since posting 28 vs. TCU (3/5/13).
  • K-State had 22 points from its bench with sixreserves posting at least one field goal make led by Nino Williams' 7 points.
  • Freshman Marcus Foster scored in double figuresfor the ninth consecutive game with a game-tying 14 points in just 20 minutesof action... He also led the team in scoring for a team-leading fifth time.
  • Senior Will Spradling scored a season-best 14points to go with a career-tying 4 3-point field goals... It marked theteam-best 38th time he has scored in double figures, including the third timethis season.



  • K-State ranks among the leaders in defense inthe Big 12, placing first in scoring defense (59.4 ppg.) and 3-point field goalpercentage defense (24.9) and tied for fourth in field goal percentage defense(40.1). The team also ranks among the Top 10 in 3-point field goal percentagedefense (4th) and scoring defense (9th).
  • The Wildcats have held seven of the last nineopponents to its season low in points, including to 60 or less on fiveoccasions.  Six opponents have been held below 40 percent shooting, whilenine have shot less than 31 percent from 3-point range.
  • If you take out the 90-point effort byGeorgetown, the team is holding its nine other opponents to 56 points per gameon 37.5 percent shooting, including 23.1 percent from 3-point range, whileforcing 15.3 turnovers per game.
  • K-State held Ole Miss to a season-low 58 pointson 37.9 percent shooting, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range on Dec. 5,while reigning SEC scoring champion Marshall Henderson was held to just 13points on 4-of-18 field goals.
  • Long Beach State's 38 points on Nov. 24 tied forthe fifth-fewest by an opponent in K-State's modern era, which dates to the1946-47 season. It was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov.13, 2012. n  K-State has held 22 opponents to 60 points or less underBruce Weber with an impressive 20-2 record in those games.



  • A big key for K-State during its 5-game winningstreak has been its rebounding, where the team has held a +64 edge (219-155) onthe glass. The Wildcats have 80 offensive rebounds (16.0 orpg.) and 68 second-chancepoints (13.6 ppg.) in that span.
  • With its relatively small team, Bruce Weber hasemphasized team rebounding and the Wildcats have responded with at least fourplayers posting at least 4 rebounds in each win, including at least fiveplayers with 4+ rebounds in the last three games.
  • K-State is now 26-2 under Bruce Weber whenout-rebounding its opponent, including 6-1 this season.
  • The Wildcats have out-rebounded seven of 10opponents this season, including six consecutive games where they hold a +68 edge(251-183) on the glass. The team is averaging 41.8 rebounds in the last sixgames.
  • K-State posted a season-high 52 rebounds vs.Central Arkansas (12/1), including 23 offensive boards. It was most reboundssince 54 vs. North Florida (11/18/2012) and the most offensive boards since 24vs. George Washington (12/8/2012).
  • Five different Wildcats have led the team inrebounding, including four times by Thomas Gipson, three times by D.J. Johnsonand twice by Wesley Iwundu and Shane Southwell.  Gipson, Iwundu andJohnson have each tallied double-digit boards.
  • K-State ties for fifth in the Big 12 inrebounding at 38.1 per game and rebounding margin at +3.8.
  • The Wildcats rank second in the Big 12 inoffensive rebounds at 14.2 per game, while three players - Gipson (5th - 2.6),Johnson (9th - 2.5) and Iwundu (12th - 2.1) - rank among the league's Top 15 inoffensive boards.



  • Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return toform after an injury sidelined him for the first three games. He is averaging11.8 points on a team-best 58.1 percent shooting with 5.8 rebounds in 22.4minutes per game since returning vs. LBSU (11/17).
  • Gipson was the leading scorer (12.7 ppg.) andrebounder (5.3 rpg.) during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, as he connected on 62.5percent (15-of-24) from the field and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throwline in three games.
  • 90 of his 94 points this season have been scoredin the last six games after posting a team-high 18 points vs. Georgetown(11/22) and Long Beach State (11/24), 17 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1), 15 vs.Ole Miss (12/5) and 13 vs. South Dakota (12/10). During this six-game span, heis averaging 15 points on 61.4 percent shooting to go with 7.2 rebounds in 25.3minutes per game. He became the first upperclassmen to lead the team in scoring(vs. Georgetown) as a freshman led in the first four games.
  • Gipson has scored in double figures in five ofthe last six games, which marks the longest such stretch in his career.
  • Gipson earned his fifth double-double vs. LongBeach State (11/24)  with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 field goals and10 rebounds. It was his first double-double since his 14-point, 12-reboundeffort vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 18, 2012.



  • Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start tohis career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 14.4 points per game on 38percent shooting, including 34.9 percent from 3-point range. He also leads theteam in field goals (46), 3-point field goals (22) free throws (30) and minutes(30.3). He ranks among the Big 12's Top 10 in four categories and Top 15 infive total, including 5th in 3-point field goals (2.2) and free throwpercentage (78.9), 6th in minutes, 9th in scoring and 11th in 3-point fieldgoal percentage (34.9). He is one of two Big 12 freshmen (along with Kansas'Andrew Wiggins) to rank in the Top 10 in scoring.
  • Foster has scored in double figures in nineconsecutive games, while he has led the team in scoring five times.
  • His 42 combined points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13)and Long Beach State (11/17) were the most in back-to-back games by a Wildcatfreshman since Michael Beasley scored 46 against USC and Wisconsin in the 2008NCAA Tournament.
  • Foster scored a game-high 25 points vs. OralRoberts (11/13), hitting on 9-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-pointrange. It was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs.Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 14, 2008. He isthe first freshman to post a 20-point game since teammate Thomas Gipson in2011.
  • Foster has knocked down at least one 3-pointerin nine straight games, including a season-best four on three occasions.
  • Foster became just the 17th true freshmen tostart an opener since 1973-74, including the eighth since 2003-04.



  • The freshmen trio of Marcus Foster, WesleyIwundu and Nigel Johnson combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in the firstfour games, marking the first time a freshman has done that since MichaelBeasley did it the first four games of 2007-08. Overall, the freshmen havepaced the team in scoring seven times in 10 games, including five times byFoster.
  • Foster and Iwundu have started together in nineof the last 10 games, while Johnson is averaging 18.5 minutes off the bench(tops among players with zero starts). The trio rank first (Foster), fourth(Iwundu) and sixth (Johnson) in minutes played.
  • The freshmen accounted for 31 of the team's 61points vs. Ole Miss (12/5) to go with 20 of the 43 rebounds and seven of the 12assists, while combining to play 97 minutes. Foster (38) and Iwundu (37) playedseason-high in minutes vs. the Rebels.
  • Iwundu became just the third Wildcat truefreshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in hisfirst career game, joining Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007).Iwundu was one of two players in double figures against Northern Colorado(11/8) with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes offthe bench.
  • Iwundu registered his second double-double vs.Ole Miss (12/5) with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He is one of sevenplayers in the Big 12 this time with multiple double-doubles, including twofreshmen (West Virginia's Devin Williams).
  • Johnson came off the bench to post a team-high14 points vs. Charlotte to go with six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.He has been key in the last three games, averaging 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds,3.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 18 minutes per game.
  • Three freshmen have accounted for 258 points (anaverage of 25.8 points per game) on 38 percent shooting (81-of-213) with 30 ofthe team's 52 3-pointers to go with 116 rebounds, 57 assists and 25 steals in acombined 713 minutes.



  • Senior Will Spradling brings a great deal ofexperience to a youthful K-State team, having played in 111 games with 82starts to go with 855 points, 262 assists and 94 steals. He ranks first on theteam in steals (11), second in 3-pointers (15) and assists (26), third inminutes (28.7) and fourth in scoring (8.2 ppg.), field goals (24) and freethrows (19).
  • Spradling already ranks among the school's Top10 in five career categories, including 7th in free throw percentage (81.9) and3-point field goals (148), 8th in minutes played (2,994), ninth in gamesstarted (82) and 10th in steals (94).
  • Spradling has chance to become the fourthWildcat with 1,000 points, 250 assists and 100 steals, joining Steve Henson,Askia Jones and Jacob Pullen. He has 262 assists in his career, while he is 145points short of 1,000 and six steals short of 100.



  • Senior Shane Southwell is finding ways tocontribute in nearly every way for K-State in 2012-13, ranking first on theteam in assists (3.2 apg.) and blocks (0.9 bpg.), second in rebounding (5.6rpg.) and minutes (28.9 mpg.) and third in scoring (9.8 ppg.).
  • Southwell has been the assist leader in fourthgames, rebounding leader twice and scoring leader once.
  • Four times he has scored in double figures witha career-tying 19 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1).
  • Southwell is one of 22 players in school history(along with Will Spradling) with 200 or more assists in a career, while he addsmore than 500 points, 300 rebounds, 60 steals and 50 blocks in 105 careergames.



  • Head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing ofTre Harris (Edwardsville, Ill./Fishburne Military) and Stephen Hurt(Murfreesboro, Tenn./Northwest Florida State Junior College) on Nov. 13.
  • A 6-foot-10, 275-pound forward, Hurt was theAtlantic Sun Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 reboundsin 2012-13 before transferring to Northwest Florida State College. He was namedFlorida Junior College Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 11.2 pointson 63.6 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes in two games. 
  • A 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard, Harris isaveraging 19.7 points on 57 percent shooting for the top-ranked FishburneMilitary Prep in Waynesboro, Va. He finished No. 4 on the Edwardsville HighSchool scoring list with 1,460 points.


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