Kansas State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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Kansas State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
(13) Kansas State
(19-4, 5-3 away)
(5) Kansas
(19-4, 14-2 home)
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 11, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kansas State R McGruder 15.0 T Gipson 5.5 A Rodriguez 4.7
Kansas B McLemore 16.3 J Withey 8.2 E Johnson 4.7

No. 5 Kansas hosts No. 13 Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday. It gets started at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Jayhawks beat the Wildcats 59-55 on Jan. 22 and are 9-1 against them over the last four years.

Kansas is in second place in the Big 12 and just behind first place Kansas State with a chance to close in.

The Jayhawks were defeated by Oklahoma 72-66 on Feb. 9 despite 15 points from Ben McLemore. With 16.3 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Wildcats, Rodney McGruder put up 22 points and 5 assists in the 79-70 win over Iowa State on Feb. 9. His 15 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

There is a single key statistical area where Kansas can exploit Kansas State, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have an edge over the Wildcats, 7 per game to 3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Kansas State is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 39.5 percent and turnover percentage at 18.3 percent.

Kansas State StatSmack

  • The Kansas rebounding leader (Jeff Withey, 182 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Kansas State rebounding leader (Thomas Gipson, 120 rebounds).
  • Boom! Kansas defeated Kansas State by 4 points the last time they played (Jan 22, 2013).
  • Since 1998, Kansas has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Kansas State (23 vs. three).
  • The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey, 92 blocks) has more blocks than the Kansas State blocks leader (Jordan Henriquez, 37 blocks).
  • Ben McLemore is ranked 2nd in the Big 12 in points, 5th in the Big 12 in three-pointers, and 10th in the Big 12 in blocks.
  • Kansas has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Kansas State this season (seven vs. four).
  • Kansas has come back to win after being down at half against Kansas State four times since 1996.
  • Kansas is better under pressure, and has defeated Kansas State in three out of the last four games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Kansas has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (82.7 percent to 56.9 percent).
  • Kansas has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Kansas State (28 vs. six).
  • Kansas has more wins over the last 5 years than Kansas State (183 vs. 135).
K-State Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rodney McGruder 32 15 5 2 1 0 2
B- Angel Rodriguez 25 10 2 5 1 0 2
C+ Will Spradling 30 8 3 3 1 0 1
C+ Shane Southwell 23 8 4 3 1 0 1
C Thomas Gipson 19 7 5 0 1 0 2
C M. Irving 19 5 2 2 1 0 1
C J. Henriquez 15 5 4 0 0 2 1
C Nino Williams 15 5 4 1 0 0 1
D+ D.J. Johnson 11 3 3 0 0 1 0
D+ Adrian Diaz 10 4 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Omari Lawrence 10 2 2 1 1 0 1
D- Shawn Meyer 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D- Ryan Schultz 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Michael Orris 5 1 0 1 0 0 1
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 31 16 5 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 30 13 8 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Kevin Young 22 7 7 1 1 0 1
B Elijah Johnson 31 9 3 5 1 0 3
C Perry Ellis 14 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 18 6 2 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 3 0 1 1 1
C- Tyler Self 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Evan Manning 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Niko Roberts 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
C- A. White III 6 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Garrett 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
D Justin Wesley 4 1 1 0 0 0 1

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