Feb 29, 2020 6:54 AM

K-State hosts KU on Saturday

Posted Feb 29, 2020 6:54 AM

GAME 29

KANSAS STATE (9-19, 2-13 Big 12) vs. 1/1 KANSAS (25-3, 14-1 Big 12)

Saturday, February 29, 2020 // 12:36 p.m. CT // Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) // Manhattan, Kan.

RIVALRY GAME

Dillons Sunflower Showdown

K-State and Kansas will meet for the 293rd time on Saturday in a rivalry that dates to 1907. It is the sixth-most played rivalry and eighth-most played in NCAA Division I history.

TELEVISION

CBS Sports / CBS Sports App

  1. Brad Nessler (play-by-play)
  2. Jim Spanarkel (analyst)
  3. Evan Washburn (sideline reporter)
  4. Ryan Galvin (producer)

RADIO

K-State Sports Network

Flagships: // KMAN 1350 & WIBW 580

Online: TuneIn.com [free] / www.kstatesports.com/watch [free]

Satellite Radio: XM 386 / Internet 976

  1. Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
  2. Stan Weber (analyst)

Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)

Overall: 472-263/22nd season

At K-State: 159-108/8th season

vs. Kansas: 3-16 (3-4 at home)

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State ‘85)

Overall: 705-214/27th season

At Kansas: 498-109/17th season

vs. Kansas State: 30-6 (11-5 on the road)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State (9-19)

G: #2 Cartier Diarra

G: #00 Mike McGuirl

G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed

F: #11 Antonio Gordon

F: #14 Makol Mawien

Kansas (25-3)

G: #1 Devon Dotson

G: #0 Marcus Garrett

G: #4 Isaiah Moss

G: #30 Ochai Agbaji

C: #35 Udoka Azubuike

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Kansas leads 198-94

Current Streak: Kansas, 2

In Manhattan: Kansas leads 78-48

At Bramlage Coliseum: Kansas leads 26-5

Last Meeting: L, 60-81, 1/21/2020

Weber vs. Self: 4-17 (4-4 at home)

OPENING TIP

  1. Kansas State (9-19, 2-13 Big 12) continues one of its most challenging stretches in school history on Saturday, as the Wildcats will play host to No. 1/1 Kansas (25-3, 14-1 Big 12) in the 293rd edition of the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown at Bramlage Coliseum. Following its 85-66 loss at No. 2/2 Baylor on Tuesday night, K-State will play the No. 1 and No. 2 in consecutive games for just the second time in school history and the first time since losing to No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Michigan at the 1964 Final Four at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The Wildcats are just the fifth Division I team since 1996-97 to play the nation’s top two teams in the same week and the first since West Virginia in 2016. The game will tip at 12:36 p.m., CT on CBS with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter) on the call. This will be the first time CBS has called a Sunflower Showdown since a 69-62 Kansas win at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 17, 1998.
  2. K-State has 5 wins all-time (16 losses) against the nation’s No. 1 team in its history with 4 of those coming in Bramlage Coliseum (Missouri in 1990, Texas in 2010, Kansas in 2011 and Oklahoma in 2016). The other win came against top-ranked Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 17, 1994. The Wildcats have dropped the last 3 meetings with the No. 1 team, including a 73-67 loss to top-ranked Baylor on Feb. 3. This will be 10th meeting with a No. 1 Kansas team and the first since an 85-63 loss to the Jayhawks in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on March 11, 2016. The 5 wins over the No. 1 team are among 25 against Top 5 teams in school history, which includes 3 by head coach Bruce Weber (No. 1 Oklahoma in 2016, No. 2 Baylor in 2017 and No. 4 Oklahoma in 2018). Overall, Weber’s 27 wins over Top 25 teams are the most by any head coach in school history.
  3. K-State saw its losing streak hit 8 games on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats ran into a motivated Baylor team, who saw its Big 12 record 24-game winning streak end in its last outing on Feb. 22 against then No. 2/2 Kansas. The Bears connected on nearly 50 percent from the field, including 53.3 percent (16-of-30) in building a 26-point lead in the first half, to earn their first series sweep of the Wildcats since 2016.  Five Baylor players scored in double figures led by reserve Matthew Mayer’s game-tying 19 points, while junior Cartier Diarra led the Wildcats with 19 points on 7-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, while freshman DaJuan Gordon and junior Mike McGuirl added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
  4. Injuries have been a big part of K-State’s season, as 5 players have combined to miss 53 games, which has caused coach Bruce Weber to use 8 starting lineups. The 8 lineups are the most since using 11 in 2014-15 with at least one true freshman starting in 25 of 28 games, including rookies DaJuan Gordon and Montavious Murphy starting together 8 times, including in 7 of the last 10 games, and Antonio Gordon starting the last 2 games against Texas and No. 1/1 Baylor. The last time a pair of freshmen started together in more than one game came when Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade started the last 9 games of 2015-16.
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Three Wildcats named to Academic All-Big 12 teams
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Three Kansas State men’s basketball players were selected to Academic All-Big 12 Team on Thursday, including two on the First Team, as the league office announced its 34-member all-academic teams.

Senior Pierson McAtee and junior Cartier Diarra were named to the league’s 22-member first team, which consists of those student-athletes who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA. Junior Mike McGuirl was selected to the 12-member second team, which honors those with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.19.

Both McAtee and McGuirl repeated their academic accolades from a year ago, while Diarra received the honor for the first time in his career. McAtee was a first team selection for the third time, while McGuirl is a two-time honoree to the team after earning first team accolades in 2018-19. McGuirl (2018) was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team as true freshmen.

In head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure at K-State, he has now seen 16 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 honors a total of 23 times. The individual honors continue another solid academic year for the Wildcats, as all three selections were among nine players named to the Fall 2019 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league men’s basketball team consisted of 19 first team members combined with 13 on the second team.  First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team’s scheduled contests.  Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.  Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.