Mar 09, 2020 11:38 PM

K-State draws TCU in first round of Big 12 Tournament

Posted Mar 09, 2020 11:38 PM

[10] KANSAS STATE (10-21, 3-15 Big 12) vs. [7] TCU (16-15, 7-11 Big 12)

Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 // 8 p.m. CT // Sprint Center (18,972) // Kansas City, Mo.

TELEVISION

ESPNU / WatchESPN

  1. Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play)
  2. Chris Spatola (analyst)
  3. Kris Budden (sideline reporter)
  4. Andy Jacobson (producer)

RADIO

K-State Sports Network

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

Satellite Radio: Sirius 135 / XM 199

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

LIVE STATS

www.Big12Sports.com

TICKETS

www.sprintcenter.com

(816) 949.7100

Single Game: $195 (all-session)

COACHES

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

Overall: 473-265/22nd season

At K-State: 160-110/8th season

vs. TCU: 13-6 (2-1 at neutral sites)

TCU: Jamie Dixon (TCU ‘87)

Overall: 412-179/17th season

At TCU: 84-56/4th season

vs. Kansas State: 5-6 (1-2 at neutral sites)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State (10-21)

G: #2 Cartier Diarra

G: #00 Mike McGuirl

G: #03 DaJuan Gordon

G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed

F: #14 Makol Mawien

TCU (16-15)

G: #1 Desmond Bane

G: #2 Edric Dennis

G: #5 Jaire Grayer

G: #22 R.J. Nembhard

C: #21 Kevin Samuel

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

Overall: 35-41

Big 12 Championship: 15-23

As a No. 10 seed: 2-2 (last time: 2005)

First Round: 18-14

In Kansas City: 34-36

At Sprint Center: 8-11

Last Time: L, Iowa State, 59-63, 3/15/2019 (semifinals)

vs. TCU: 2-1 (last meeting: W, 70-61, 3/14/2019)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: K-State leads 16-8

Current Streak: TCU, 2

In Kansas City: K-State leads 2-1

At Sprint Center: K-State leads 2-1

Last Meeting: L, 57-68 [2/15/2020 in Fort Worth]

Weber vs. Dixon: Weber leads 6-5 [2-1 at neutral sites]

OPENING TIP

  1. Kansas State (10-21, 3-15 Big 12) will open play as the No. 10 seed in the 24th annual Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday night against No. 7 seed TCU (16-15, 7-11 Big 12) at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Horned Frogs won both regular season meetings with the Wildcats, first with a Kevin Samuel tip-in for a 59-57 win in Manhattan on Jan. 7 then a record-setting 3-point performance in a 68-57 win at home on Feb. 15. The game will follow the first game between No. 8 seed Oklahoma State (17-14, 7-11 Big 12) and No. 9 seed Iowa State (12-19, 5-13 Big 12) at around 8 p.m., CT on ESPNU with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play), Chris Spatola (analyst) and Kris Budden (reporter) on the call.
  2. K-State enters as the tournament’s No. 10 seed for just the third time in program history and the first time since 2005. The Wildcats are 35-41 (.461) all-time in the Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to its inception in 1977, including a 15-23 (.385) mark in the Big 12 era. The school is 2-2 as a No. 10 seed in the Big Eight/12 Championship, while it is 8-2 vs. the No. 7 seed. The team is 2-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs, including a 70-61 win in the quarterfinals last season. The two teams also met in 2015 (a 67-65 TCU win) and 2018 (a 66-64 K-State overtime win).   
  3. Senior Xavier Sneed enjoyed a storybook ending to his stellar career at Bramlage Coliseum, as he scored 26 of his career-high 31 points in a dominant first-half effort that propelled K-State past a short-handed Iowa State team, 79-63, to end a 10-game losing streak. The Wildcats led by as many as 24 points in the second half, including 19 at the half, in earning their first win since a 61-53 win over Oklahoma on Jan. 29. The team connected on 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the field, including 70 percent (21-of-30) from inside the 3-point line, for its highest field goal percentage since shooting 59.2 percent (29-of-49) in a win over 12/13 West Virginia on Jan. 18.  For Sneed, it was his first 30-point game of his career and the first by a Wildcat since Barry Brown, Jr., scored 34 points at Baylor on Jan. 22, 2018. 
  4. Close games have been the story for K-State this season, as 17 of its 31 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 16 by single digits. The Wildcats have lost 13 games by single digits (including 8 in Big 12 play) and 7 by 5 points or less. During its recent 10-game losing streak, the team lost 7 games by 10 points or less, including 6 by single digits. The 13 losses by single digits are the most in a single season since the 2002-03 team also lost 13 games by single digits. 
  5. Injuries have also been a big part of K-State’s season, as 4 players have combined to miss 57 games, which has caused coach Bruce Weber to use 10 different starting lineups. The 10 lineups are the most since using 11 in 2014-15 with at least one true freshman starting in 27 of 31 games, including rookies Montavious Murphy and DaJuan Gordon starting together in 7 Big 12 games. The last time a pair of freshmen started together more came when Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade started the last 9 games of the 2015-16 season.

Tom GIlbert

Director for Men's Basketball Communications - K-State Athletics

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Mar 09, 2020 11:38 PM
Kan. might let college athletes make money off their fame
The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. The school's athletics director says that if other schools have laws about endorsement deals and Kansas does not, KU would be "at a disadvantage." Erica Hunzinger / Kansas News Service

BY STEPHEN KORANDA, Kansas News Service

TOPEKA, Kansas — If Kansas lawmakers pass a bill allowing student-athletes to make money off endorsements, you might see the next five-star KU or K-State basketball recruits selling cars, shoes or soda.

Dozens of states, including Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, are thinking about changing the rules since the NCAA said in October that it will eventually allow student-athletes to be paid for their name, image and likeness. These bills are stopgaps, aimed at putting rules in place should there be a period of time before national rules are approved by the NCAA or Congress.

It’s a question that’s been problematic for the NCAA for years; in 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up an antitrust suit filed by a former UCLA basketball player. California took matters into its own hands last year with a law to let students profit off their likeness, though it doesn't take effect until 2023.

Currently, student-athletes are ruled ineligible if they make money on endorsements. Missouri U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has proposed a national rule that would have colleges directly pay athletes. The Kansas plan doesn’t go as far, instead allowing money from outside endorsement contracts.

Emporia State University President Allison Garrett urged Kansas lawmakers to approve the bill, but ultimately hopes it never has to take effect.

“This legislation in Kansas makes sense at this time,” Garrett said, “but the hope would be that there is that federal legislation.”

It’s a sort of begrudging endorsement from the schools. Kansas State University Athletic Director Gene Taylor wants to keep up the current system, in which student-athletes aren’t allowed outside endorsements deals.

“We would prefer no rules, honestly,” Taylor said. “Just let us continue that this scholarship is valuable enough. But that’s not the direction this is going, so we have to move forward.”

The colleges don’t want to be on the cutting edge, where they might run afoul of NCAA rules and trigger punishments from the league. But they also don’t want to be left behind if other states allow endorsement deals.

To walk that tightrope, Kansas’ bill includes a trigger: It would only legalize outside endorsement deals for student-athletes after 15 other states have similar laws.

Emporia State University President Allison Garrett (left), KU Director of Athletics Jeff Long (center) and Kansas State Athletics Director Gene Taylor testified in support of a bill that would allow student-athletes to be paid for endorsements. Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service

For schools in Kansas, the concern is that recruiting won’t be easy if other states allow athletes to make money but Kansas doesn’t.

“I think it gets very tough,” University of Kansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Without this bill passing, we would be placed at a disadvantage.”

The discussion comes at a time when KU is being investigated for potential NCAA recruiting violations. It’s based on federal court testimony in which Adidas representatives said they made payments to recruits. The school didn’t address the allegations during a legislative hearing in Topeka, but told the NCAA that the agents weren’t working on behalf of KU.

Garrett wants to see enough controls in a Kansas law so the endorsement deals aren’t used as part of recruiting.

Lawmakers could take action on the bill later this session or continue work next year, according to Republican Sen. Julia Lynn, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee.

Lynn said there are still a variety of details to work out, including how the endorsement deals would be taxed.

“Collegiate athletics is very complex. There are multiple layers there,” she said. “The money is really big in this issue.”

Republican Sen. Molly Baumgarnder wants to make sure there are enough protections in the bill, so athletes and their families know what they’re getting into with endorsement deals, especially when it comes to high school recruits.

“Agents are going to be flocking to high schools to try and enter into that contract,” Baumgarnder said. “How do the high school counselors, how do the high school coaches help that student that might be embarking on that next step?”

Smaller private schools, who aren’t major players in the recruiting game like KU, K-State and Wichita State are, are concerned about the types of endorsements that might be made available.

Some of the 20 schools in the Kansas Independent College Association have faith traditions that disapprove of alcohol and don’t allow it on campus.

But under the bill, the schools wouldn’t have any say in outside endorsement deals.

“A student-athlete could share his or her likeness with a beer company and the institution would have no power to limit such a contract,” KICA President Matt Lindsey told lawmakers.

Stephen Koranda is the Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service. You can follow him on Twitter @kprkoranda.