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January 21, 2013

A Closer Look At The Kansas State Wildcats

The first Sunflower Showdown of the 2012-13 season couldn't be any bigger. No. 4 ranked Kansas and No. 16/18 ranked Kansas State enter Tuesday's in-state with unblemished recoreds in Big 12 play.

Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State: The Facts

Located in Manhattan, Kan., with an enrollment of 23,566, Kansas State is 15-2 (4-0 Big 12) on the season and has won eight-straight games. The Wildcats are coached by Bruce Weber who is 15-2 in his first season at KSU and 328-157 in his 15th season overall. Kansas State is 11-0 at home this season after its 69-60 win against Oklahoma Saturday (1/19).

The Wildcats average 69.3 points and give up 57.3 for a +12.0 scoring margin. KSU leads the Big 12 in rebounding defense (32.1), turnover margin (+2.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). Kansas State also ranks second in the league in scoring defense (57.3), three-point field goal percentage defense (27.4), rebound margin (+6.8) and assists (16.1).

Kansas State is a deep team, which has 11 players who average 11-plus minutes per game. Senior G Rodney McGruder leads Kansas State in scoring at 15.5 points per game, which is third in the Big 12. His 20 steals are a team-best and he is tied for the team lead with 26 three-pointers made along with junior G Will Spradling.

Spradling averages 8.6 points per game and is second on the team with 54 assists. He is making 85.4 percent of his free throws and leads the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.0. Sophomore G Angel Rodriguez is second behind Spradling in the conference with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rodriguez leads the Wildcats with 69 assists and is second on the KSU team in scoring at 9.2 points per contest and with 19 steals.

Junior G Shane Southwell has started eight games and averages 7.4 points per outing. Sophomore F Thomas Gipson rounds out the KSU starters. He averages 7.1 points per game and leads KSU in rebounding with a 5.9 average. Senior F Jordan Henriquez has a team-high 31 blocked shots in 2012-13 to complement his 5.1 scoring and 4.8 rebound averages.

Other KSU regulars include sophomore F Adrian Diaz (4.2 ppg), senior G Martavious Irving (4.1 ppg), freshman F D.J. Johnson (3.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and junior G Omari Lawrence (2.7 ppg).

Kansas vs. Kansas State: The Series

Kansas has won 44 of the last 47 meetings with Kansas State dating back to the 1994 season. The Jayhawks have won nine of the last 10 match-ups and hold a 183-91 all-time series advantage over the Wildcats, which dates back to 1907. In Manhattan, Kan., Kansas is 74-45 all-time against K-State, including 22-2 in Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats have won two of the last five meetings with the Jayhawks at Bramlage. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 29-3 in regular-season battles and 36-3 including Big 12 Championship meetings versus Kansas State.

Kansas head coach Bill Self if 19-3 all-time against Kansas State, including 18-3 while at KU. Bruce Weber is 0-1 against Kansas.

A closer look at the Kansas State Wildcats

#1 Shane Southwell: 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard (Jr.)

#3 Martavious Irving: 6-foot-1, 200-pound guard (Sr.)

#11 Nino Williams: 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard (So.)

#12 Omari Lawrence: 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard (Jr.)

#13 Angel Rodriguez: 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard (So.)

#20 Adrian Diaz: 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward (So.)

#21 Jordan Henriquez: 6-foot-11, 250-pound forward (Sr.)

#22 Rodney McGruder: 6-foot-4, 205-pounde guard (Sr.)

#24 Ryan Schultz: 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward (Jr., TR.)

#33 Brian Rohleder: 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard (So.)

#40 Shawn Meyer: 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard (So.)

#42 Thomas Gipson: 6-foot-7, 270-pound forward (So.)

#44 Michael Orris: 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard (Fr.)

#50 D.J. Johnson: 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward (Fr.)

#55 Will Spradling: 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard (Jr.)


Kansas State Season Statistics

Record: 15-2

Home Record: 11-0

Away Record: 3-0

Neutral Record: 1-2

Big 12 Conference Record: 4-0

National Ranking: 16/18

Wins: Lamar (NIT Season Tip-Off Manhattan Regional), Alabama Huntsville (NIT Season Tip-Off Manhattan Regional), North Florida (NIT Season Tip-Off Manhattan Regional), North Florida (NIT Season Tip-Off Manhattan Regional), Delaware (NIT Season-Tip Off in Madison Square Garden), USC Upstate, George Washington, Florida (Sprint Center), UMKC, South Dakota, Oklahoma State, @ West Virginia, @ TCU, Oklahoma

Losses: Michigan (NIT Season Tip-Off in Madison Square Garden), Gonzaga

Upcoming games: Kansas, @ Iowa State, Texas, @ Oklahoma, @ Texas Tech, Iowa State, @ Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, @ Texas, Texas Tech, @ Baylor, TCU, @ Oklahoma State


Scoring Leaders:

Rodney McGruder: 15.5

Angel Rodriguez: 9.2

Will Spradling: 8.6

Shane Southwell: 7.4

Thomas Gipson: 7.1


Rebounding Leaders:

Thomas Gipson: 5.9

Rodney McGruder: 5.2

Jordan Henriquez: 4.8

Nino Williams: 4.6


Assist Leaders:

Angel Rodriguez: 4.6

Will Spradling: 3.2

Shane Southwell: 2.3

Rodney McGruder: 2.1


Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Shane Southwell: 42-of-81 (51.9%)

Thomas Gipson: 41-of-90 (45.6%)

Nino Williams: 42-of-94 (44.7%)

Rodney McGruder: 104-of-235 (44.3%)

Will Spradling: 43-of-113 (38.1%)

Angel Rodriguez: 43-of-125 (34.4%)


3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Shane Southwell:16-of-33 (48.5%)

Rodney McGruder: 26-of-75 (34.7%)

Will Spradling: 26-of-75 (34.7%)

Angel Rodriguez: 20-of-62 (32.3%)


Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Will Spradling: 35-of-41 (85.4%)

Angel Rodriguez: 32-of-42 (76.2%)

Shane Southwell: 11-of-15 (73.3%)

Rodney McGruder: 30-of-41 (73.2%)

Thomas Gipson: 38-of-67 (56.7%)


Kansas State Offensive Averages:

Scoring: 1,178 (69.3 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +12.0

Field Goal %: 43 (428-of-993)

3-Point FG %: 35 (104-of-299)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 6.1

Free-throw %: 65 (218-of-336)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 12.8

Rebounds: 662 (38.9 per game)

Assists: 273 (16.1 per game)

Turnovers: 210 (12.4 per game)

Turnover Margin: +2.5

Steals: 120 (7.1 per game)

Blocks: 68 (4.0 per game)


Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 974 (57.3 PPG)

Field Goal %: 40 (356-of-898)

3-Point FG %: 27 (68-of-248)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 4.0

Free-throw %: 66 (194-of-295)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 11.4

Rebounds: 546 (32.1 per game)

Assists: 170 (10.0 per game)

Turnovers: 253 (14.9 per game)

Steals: 98 (5.8 per game)

Blocks: 64 (3.8 per game)


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