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February 11, 2013

A Closer Look At The Kansas State Wildcats

Losers of three straight games, Kansas plays host to Kansas State on Monday night.

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, No. 13/15 Kansas State is 19-4 (8-2 Big 12) on the season and has won four-straight games. The Wildcats are coached by Bruce Weber who is 19-4 in his first season at KSU and 332-159 in his 15th season overall. In 2012-13, Kansas State is 13-1 at home, 5-1 in road games and 1-2 on neutral courts.

The Wildcats average 68.8 points per game and give up 58.3 for a +10.4 scoring margin. KSU leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (58.3), rebounding defense (31.8), turnover margin (+2.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). Kansas State ranks second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (35.5) and assists (15.7).

Kansas State is a deep team, with 10 players who average 10-plus minutes per game. Senior guard Rodney McGruder leads Kansas State in scoring at 15.0 points per game, which is fourth in the Big 12. He is tied for the team lead with 35 three-point field goals made and is second on the squad with 25 steals. Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez leads the Big 12 with a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio while his 4.7 assists per game are a team best and fourth in the league.

Rodriguez's 27 steals lead all Wildcats and he is second on the KSU team in scoring at 9.9 points per contest. Junior guard Will Spradling is tied with McGruder with 35 three-pointers and averages 8.3 points per game. He is second on the team with 66 assists and is making 86.4 percent of his free throws. Junior guard Shane Southwell has started 14 games and averages 7.9 points per outing. Sophomore forward Thomas Gipson has 13 starts; he averages 7.8 points per game and leads KSU on the glass with a 5.5 rebound per game average, just ahead of McGruder's 5.3 rpg.

Senior forward Jordan Henriquez has a team-high 39 blocked shots in 2012-13 to complement his 4.7 scoring and 4.2 rebound averages. Other KSU regulars include sophomore forward Adrian Diaz (3.6 ppg), senior guard Martavious Irving (5.0 ppg), freshman forward D.J. Johnson (2.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and junior guard Omari Lawrence (2.6 ppg).

Kansas vs. Kansas State: The Series

This series between Kansas and Oklahoma dates back to 1920 when both schools were members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Kansas leads, 139-64. Since 2006, the Jayhawks have won 10-straight against the Sooners. Kansas is 49-40 against Oklahoma in games played in Norman, Okla., and holds a 17-15 edge in contests in Lloyd Noble Center. Kansas has won the last four meetings against OU in Lloyd Noble dating back to the 2007 season.

Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 18-4 against Oklahoma; 16-2 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 11-3 all-time against Oklahoma, including 11-1 while at KU. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger is 5-13 versus Kansas, including 0-3 while at OU.

Earlier this season, Kansas defeated Oklahoma 67-54 on Jan. 26 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU led 29-21 at halftime and was up by 15 points with just over five minutes to play. KU's Ben McLemore led all scorers with 18 points, while Jeff Withey just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. With the win, the Jayhawks improved to 18-1 on the season and 6-0 in conference play. OU's Amath M'Baye and Romero Osby each scored 12 points to pace the Sooners.

A closer look at the Oklahoma Sooners

#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 forward (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-pound guard (Sr.)

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

#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-foo-2, 180-pound guard (Jr.)

Kansas State Season Statistics

Record: 19-4

Home Record: 13-1

Away Record: 5-1

Neutral Record: 1-2

Big 12 Conference Record: 8-2

National Ranking: 13/15

Wins: North Dakota, Lamar, Alabama-Huntsville, North Florida, Delaware, USC Upstate, George Washington, Texas Southern, Florida, UMKC, South Dakota, Oklahoma State, @ West Virginia, @ TCU, Oklahoma, Texas, @ Oklahoma, @ Texas Tech, Iowa State

Losses: Michigan, Gonzaga, Kansas, @ Iowa State

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


Scoring Leaders:

Rodney McGruder: 15.0

Angel Rodriguez: 9.9

Will Spradling: 8.3

Shane Southwell: 7.9


Rebounding Leaders:

Thomas Gipson: 5.5

Rodney McGruder: 5.3

Jordan Henriquez: 4.2

Shane Southwell: 3.9


Assist Leaders:

Angel Rodriguez: 4.7

Will Spradling: 2.7

Shane Southwell: 2.6


Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Shane Southwell: 62-of-137 (45.3%)

Rodney McGruder: 131-of-295 (44.4%)

Will Spradling: 59-of-148 (39.9%)

Angel Rodriguez: 63-of-185 (34.1%)


3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Shane Southwell: 27-of-65 (41.5%)

Will Spradling: 35-of-96 (36.5%)

Rodney McGruder: 35-of-97 (36.1%)

Angel Rodriguez: 26-of-88 (29.5%)


Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Will Spradling: 86.4%)

Angel Rodriguez: 55-of-67 (82.1%)

Rodney McGruder: 47-of-64 (73.4%)

Thomas Gipson: 48-of-80 (60.0%)


Kansas State: A Look At The Numbers:

Scoring: 1,582 (68.8 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +10.4

Field Goal %: 43 (576-of-1,328)

3-Point FG %: 36 (148-of-417)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 6.4

Free-throw %: 67 (282-of-423)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 12.3

Rebounds: 850 (37.0 per game)

Rebounding Margin: +5.2

Assists: 361 (15.7 per game)

Turnovers: 271 (11.8 per game)

Turnover Margin: +2.7

Steals: 157 (6.8 per game)

Blocks: 85 (3.7 per game)


Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 1,342 (58.3 PPG)

Field Goal %: 41 (489-of-1,196)

3-Point FG %: 30 (103-of-344)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 4.5

Free-throw %: 66 (261-of-398)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 11.3

Rebounds: 731 (31.8 per game)

Assists: 233 (10.1 per game)

Turnovers: 332 (14.4 per game)

Steals: 123 (5.3 per game)

Blocks: 73 (3.2 per game)


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