On Saturday afternoon, No. 18/20 Kansas plays host to No. 25 Kansas State. Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Kansas State Wildcats.
A closer look at the Kansas State Wildcats
#1 Shane Southwell: 6-foot-7, 215-pound guard (Sr.)
#2 Marcus Foster: 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard (Fr.)
#3 Jack Karapetyan: 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward (Fr.)
#5 Jevon Thomas: 6-foot-0, 180-pound guard (Fr.)
#11 Nino Williams: 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward (Jr.)
#12 Omari Lawrence: 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard (Sr.)
#14 Justin Edwards: 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard (Jr.)
#21 Brandon Bolden: 6-foot-11, 210-pound forward (So.)
#23 Nigel Johnson: 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard (Fr.)
#24 Ryan Schultz: 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward (Sr.)
#25 Wesley Iwundu: 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward (Fr.)
#33 Brian Rohleder: 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard (RS So.)
#40 Shawn Meyer: 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard (Jr.)
#42 Thomas Gipson: 6-foot-7, 265-pound forward (Jr.)
#50 D.J. Johnson: 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward (So.)
#55 Will Spradling: 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard (Sr.)
Home Record: 8-1
Away Record: 1-0
Neutral Record: 3-2
Big 12 Conference Record: 2-0
National Ranking: 25
Wins: Oral Roberts, Long Beach State, Long Beach State (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Central Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Dakota, Troy, Gonazaga (INTRUST Bank Arena; Wichita, Kan.), Tulane (Barclays Center; Brooklyn, N.Y.), George Washington, Oklahoma State, @ TCU
Losses: Northern Colorado, Charlotte (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Georgetown (Puerto Rico)
Upcoming games: @ Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, @ Texas, @ Iowa State, Texas Tech, @ West Virginia, Texas, Kansas, @ Baylor, TCU, @ Oklahoma, @ Texas Tech, Iowa State, @ Oklahoma State, Baylor
Marcus Foster: 14.1
Thomas Gipson: 11.9
Shane Southwell: 10.8
Wesley Iwundu: 7.0
Will Spradling: 6.9
Thomas Gipson: 6.5
Shane Southwell: 5.0
Wesley: Iwundu: 4.4
Marcus Foster: 3.9
Will Spradling: 3.3
Jevon Thomas: 4.3
Shane Southwell: 3.3
Will Spradling: 2.5
Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:
Thomas Gipson: 60-of-101 (59.4%)
Wesley Iwundu: 30-of-68 (44.1%)
Shane Southwell: 59-of-148 (39.9%)
Marcus Foster: 69-of-175 (39.4%)
Nigel Johnson: 24-of-68 (35.3%)
Will Spradling: 30-of-90 (33.3%)
3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders
Marcus Foster: 33-of-90 (36.7%)
Will Spradling: 21-of-65 (32.3%)
Shane Southwell: 17-of-59 (28.8%)
Nigel Johnson: 11-of-40 (27.5%)
Free-throw Percentage Leaders:
Thomas Gipson: 35-of-47 (74.5%)
Marcus Foster: 41-of-56 (73.2%)
Wesley Iwundu: 44-of-64 (68.8%)
Will Spradling: 23-of-36 (63.9%)
Shane Southwell: 27-of-44 (61.4%)
Kansas State: A Look At The Numbers:
Scoring: 1,015 (67.7 PPG)
Scoring Margin: +9.7
Field Goal %: 42 (349-of-832)
3-Point FG %: 30 (87-of-286)
3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 5.8
Free-throw %: 64 (230-of-358)
Free-throws Made Per Game: 15.3
Rebounds: 571 (38.1 per game)
Rebounding Margin: +4.3
Assists: 225 (15.0 per game)
Turnovers: 181 (12.1 per game)
Turnover Margin: +1.7
Steals: 100 (6.7 per game)
Blocks: 42 (2.8 per game)
Scoring: 870 (58.0 PPG)
Field Goal %: 40 (299-of-762)
3-Point FG %: 25 (62-of-247)
3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 4.1
Free-throw %: 63 (210-of-332)
Free-throws Made Per Game: 14.0
Rebounds: 506 (33.7 per game)
Assists: 155 (10.3 per game)
Turnovers: 206 (13.7 per game)
Steals: 94 (6.3 per game)
Blocks: 57 (3.8 per game)
Odds and Ends: Oklahoma Sooners:
A closer look at the starting five:
#25 Wesley Iwundu: Started 14-of-15 games
#42 Thomas Gipson: Started 10-of-13 games
#1 Shane Southwell: Started 14-of-15 games
#2: Marcus Foster: Started all 15 games
#55 Will Spradling: Started all 15 games
A closer look at the reserves:
#23 Nigel Johnson: Appeared in all 15 games
#11 Nino Williams: Appeared in all 15 games with one start
# 5 Jevon Thomas: Appeared in four games (Eligible at semester)
#50 D.J. Johnson: Appeared in all 15 games with five starts
#12 Omari Lawrence: Appeared in all 15 games with one start
Kansas vs. Kansas State: Numbers breakdown
Record: Kansas (10-4; 1-0); Kansas State (12-3; 2-0)
Rankings: Kansas (18/20); Kansas State (25/RV)
Points/GM: Kansas (78.6); Kansas State (67.7)
Points Allowed/GM: Kansas (69.3); Kansas State (50.0)
FG%: Kansas (.496); Kansas State (.419)
Rebounds/GM: Kansas (38.3); Kansas State (38.1)
Assists/GM: Kansas (15.6); Kansas State (15.0)
Blocks/GM: Kansas (6.3); Kansas State: (2.8)
Steals/GM: Kansas (5.6); Kansas State: (6.7)
Kansas vs. Kansas State: The Series:
Kansas has won 47 of the last 50 meetings with Kansas State dating back to the 1994 season. KU has won 12 of the last 13 match-ups and holds a 186-91 all-time series advantage over K-State, which dates back to 1907. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, KU is 39-3 against KSU (31-3 in regular-season battles and 8-0 in the Big 12 Championship). Kansas is 43-18 versus KSU in Allen Fieldhouse and has won the last seven meetings in AFH. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 22-3 all-time against Kansas State, including 21-3 while at KU. Bruce Weber is 0-4 against Kansas. Last season Kansas and Kansas State tied for the Big 12 regular-season title with 14-4 conference records, yet the Jayhawks swept the Wildcats in head-to-head competition, including a 70-54 victory in the title game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
A Kansas Win Would….:
Improve KU to 11-4 on the season... Give Kansas its eighth-straight home conference- opening win and its 30th league home-opening victory in the last 31 seasons... Make Kansas 2-0 in conference play for the 10th time in the 11-year Bill Self era... Extend Kansas' win streak versus Kansas State to six-straight... Make the Kansas-Kansas State series 187-91 in favor of KU... Make KU 44-18 all-time against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse, including the last eight meetings... Make Bill Self 23-3 all-time against Kansas State, 311-63 while at Kansas and 518 169 overall... Make KU 2,112-816 all-time.
A Kansas Los Would….:
Drop Kansas to 10-5 on the season... End Kansas' seven-game home conference winning streak... Make KU 1-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2005-06... End Kansas' five-game win streak versus Kansas State... Make the Kansas-Kansas State series 186-92 in favor of the Jayhawks... End Kansas' seven-game win streak against K-State in Allen Fieldhouse... Make Bill Self 22-4 all-time against Kansas State, 310-64 in his 11th season at Kansas and 517-169 in his 21st season overall... Make KU 2,111-817 all-time
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Just a single bucket on Saturday would be enough for a milestone memory for senior F
Tarik Black as he enters the Kansas State matchup with 998 career points. Black scored 949 points for the University of Memphis before graduating in three seasons and moving to Lawrence for his last year of collegiate basketball. The last Jayhawk to reach 1,000 career points was 2012-13 senior Kevin Young who ended with 1,067 points (658 while at Loyola-Marymount and 409 while at KU in 2011-12 and 2012-13).
Kansas-Oklahoma: The Leftovers:
-- The win extended KU's conference-opening winning streak to 23 games dating back to the 1991 92 season.
-- KU's 90 points in the win are the most points scored in a road-Big 12 opener in the Bill Self era. The last time Kansas chalked up 90+ points in a conference-opening road game was a 97-85 win at Colorado (1/5/02).
-- KU went 4-for-9 from three-point range in the first half, marking the third time this season that the Jayhawks have had four threes by halftime and the first since the UTEP game (11/30/13).
-- Kansas shot 64.3 percent (18-for-28) in the first half, the fifth time this season that the Jayhawks shot 60 percent or better in a half.
-- Freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr.(24) and sophomore F Perry Ellis (22) makes three different games this season that multiple Jayhawks have scored 20 or more points (vs. Duke; vs. Toledo).
-- Oklahoma's 22 rebounds were the first time the Jayhawks have held an opponent to fewer than 25 rebounds since Texas Tech grabbed 21 on March 14, 2013.
-- The Jayhawks saw three or more players score in double figures for the 13th time this year.
-- Selden went on to tie his career-high with 15 points in the first half and broke it when he scored KU's first basket of the second half. He ended with 24 points, the second-highest scoring output by a Jayhawk this season (Andrew Wiggins, 26 vs. Florida). He became the fourth different player to surpass the 20-point plateau in 2013-14.
-- Selden's five makes from behind the arc are the most by a Jayhawk since Ben McLemore went 6-for-6 against Iowa State almost one year ago (1/9/13).
-- Prior to Wednesday's contest, sophomore F Perry Ellis had scored just two points in each of his games against the Sooners - a stark contrast to his double-double effort on Wednesday. He cranked out 20+ points for the fifth time this season along with his second double-double of the year, third of his career.
-- Freshman G Conner Frankamp checked in for the first time since the Georgetown game (12/21/13) and hit his first three-pointer since the Towson game (11/22/13). His five points tied a career-high.
-- Junior G Naadir Tharpe scored 17 points with one turnover, giving him 52 points and seven turnovers in his last four games.
-- Sophomore F Jamari Traylor racked up five points, five rebounds and two blocks in his 22 minutes, giving him multiple blocks in five games this season.
-- Freshman G Andrew Wiggins scored nine points, just his second game not in double-digits this season. He tied his career-high with two blocks
-- Kansas has outrebounded 12 of its 14 opponents this season. KU has seven games with a +10 rebound advantage, including four of its last six contests (36-22 at Oklahoma, 44-28 vs. Toledo, 39-29 vs. Georgetown and 40-30 at Florida).
-- KU has held all but one opponent (Duke, 51.7) under 50 percent shooting this season, while the Jayhawks have shot 50 percent or better in nine games, including four of their last five contests and five of the last seven outings.
-- KU's bench has outscored its opponents' bench in 10 of 14 games this season. KU's reserves average 24.1 points per game, while its opponents are averaging 16.9 ppg.
-- Freshman G Andrew Wiggins (6) and sophomore F Perry Ellis (5) have led KU in scoring the most times in 2013-14.
-- Ellis has led the Jayhawks in rebounding in eight games, while freshman C Joel Embiid has five times.
-- Embiid leads KU with three double-doubles, which is tied for seventh in the Big 12, while Ellis has two and Wiggins one.
-- Embiid is 19-for-28 (67.9 percent) from the field in his last five games with 13.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg averages in that span. In addition, Embiid has 25 blocked shots in his last eight games for a 3.1 average in that period.