KANSAS STATE (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) vs. TEXAS (16-11, 6-8 Big 12)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 >> 8 p.m. CT >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >> Manhattan, Kan.
Tipoff for TP
The Student-Athlete Advisory Council will be collecting toilet paper, paper towels and trash bags for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter at its annual Tipoff for TP event.
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 432-231/20th season
At K-State: 119-76/6th season
vs. Texas: 7-5 (3-2 at home)
Texas: Shaka Smart (Kenyon College ’99)
Career Record: 210-102/9th season
Record at Texas: 47-46/3rd season
vs. Kansas State: 2-3 (1-1 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (19-8, 8-6 Big 12)
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G: #5 Barry Brown, Jr.
G: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12)
G: #2 Matt Coleman
G: #12 Kerwin Roach II
G: #13 Jase Febres
F: #21 Dylan Osetkowski
F: #4 Mo Bamba
Overall: K-State leads 20-15
In Manhattan: K-State leads 10-5
In Austin: Texas leads 9-8
Big 12 era: Tied 15-15
Active Streak: K-State, 3
Weber vs. Texas: 7-5 (3-2 at home)
Smart vs. K-State: 2-3 (1-1 on the road)
Weber vs. Smart: 3-2 (1-1 at home)
Kansas State (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) wraps up a two-game homestand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats play host to Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12) at 8 p.m., CT at Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has won three of its last four games, including a 78-66 win over Iowa State on Saturday to complete the season series for the first time since 2011, while Texas snapped a three-game skid with an impressive 77-66 win at No. 23/23 Oklahoma on Saturday. Wednesday’s game will air on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) on the call.
K-State will finish the regular season with a split of its last four games (two home and two road) beginning on Wednesday against Texas. The Wildcats begin a two-game road swing on Saturday at Oklahoma (16-11, 6-9 Big 12) before playing at TCU (18-9, 6-8 Big 12) on Wednesday, Feb. 27 then host red-hot Baylor (17-10, 7-7 Big 12) in the home finale on Saturday, March 3. The team is 12-3 at Bramlage Coliseum this season, including 4-3 in Big 12 play, and snapped a two-game losing streak in Saturday’s triumph over Iowa State. A win over the Longhorns would guarantee a winning home record in league play for the first time since going 7-2 in 2014-15.
K-State and Texas will meet for the second time in a 15-day span after all five starters scored in double figures in a 67-64 win at the Frank Erwin Center on Feb. 7. It marked the first time since the season opener against American (11/10/17) that all five starters posted double digits, as the Wildcats connected on 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field, including 50 percent or better in each half. Overall, the schools will be meeting for the 36th time in their histories, including the 31st time in the Big 12 era, with K-State owning a 20-15 advantage. The last five meetings have been decided by a grand total of 13 points (2.6 ppg.), while the last three matchups at Bramlage Coliseum have been decided by four points or less.
Junior Dean Wade flirted with a triple-double with a game-high 22 points, a career-best 9 assists and a game-tying 8 rebounds, as K-State used a strong second-half effort to defeat Iowa State, 78-66, on Saturday. Tied at 33-all at the half, the Wildcats opened the second half on a 21-6 run en route to building a 19-point lead with 11:45 to play and never trailed by less than double digits the rest of the way. The team connected on 51.7 percent (31-of-60) from the field, including 58.6 percent (17-of-29) after halftime. It marked the 14th time shooting 50 percent or better from the field this season, which is the most in a single season since doing it 19 times in 1987-88. K-State, which had averaged 55.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting in a five-game stretch from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, has scored 75 or more points in back-to-back games since doing it in three consecutive games from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2017.
Balanced scoring has been a key to K-State’s success under coach Bruce Weber, as the Wildcats are 51-18 (.739) when four or more players score in double figures, including 10-2 (.833) this season. The team is 6-0 when sophomore Makol Mawien registers double digits, while they are 7-2 when Diarra scores 10 or more points.
NOTES ON TEXAS
Texas enters Wednesday’s contest with a 16-11 overall record and a 6-8 mark in Big 12 play after posting a 77-66 win at No. 23/23 Oklahoma to snap a three-game slide and sweep the Sooners for the first time since 2011-12. The Longhorns hit on 54.5 percent from the field, including 63 percent in the second half, while holding the nation’s top-ranked offense team to 30.8 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent in the first half. Junior guard Dylan Osetkowski paced four players in double figures with 21 points on 9-of-17 field goals, while freshman phenom Mo Bamba corralled 18 rebounds to go with 10 points and 4 blocks. Junior guard Kerwin Roach II had 12 points, while freshman guard Matt Coleman added 10 points and 5 assists.
The Longhorns are averaging 72.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 31.4 percent from 3-point range, while they are allowing 67.9 points on 41.3 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from long range. The team is averaging 7.1 3-point field goals per game with eight players totaling at least 13 or more treys. They are also averaging 36.1 rebounds, 11.9 assists, 12.3 turnovers, 6.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game. Texas is one of the best defensive teams in the country, ranking 14th in blocked shots/game, 43rd in field goal percentage defense and 48th in 3-point field goal percentage. The team is shooting 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
Junior Dylan Osetkowski paces four players in double figures with a team-best 13.9 points per game average on 41.3 percent shooting and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Tulane transfer is also averaging 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Freshman Mo Bamba is averaging a double-double with 13.6 points on 53.8 percent shooting, with 11.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game. Bamba ranks second nationally in blocks, while he is ninth in rebounding and 12th in double-doubles (14). Junior Kerwin Roach II is also averaging double figures at 11.9 points on 48 percent shooting, while junior Eric Davis, Jr., and freshman Matt Coleman are averaging 9.0 and 8.9 points per game, respectively, with Davis leading the way with 40 3-point field goals. The team is without sophomore Andrew Jones, who was averaging 13.5 points, before being diagnosed with leukemia.
Texas is led by third-year head coach Shaka Smart, who has a 210-102 (.673) overall record in nine seasons as head coach, which includes an ultra-successful six-year tenure at VCU (2009-15) with five NCAA Tournament appearance and trip to the 2010 Final Four. Smart is 47-46 (.505) in his third season at Texas, which includes a trip to the NCAA Tournament in his first season in 2015-16.
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