Stage two of rivalry week for No. 2 Kansas continues at No. 11/13 Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN's College Gameday will be on location in Manhattan on Saturday for the game. Kansas opened rivalry week extending the nation's longest home court winning streak to 54 games with an 84-65 win against Border Showdown foe Missouri. KU is 19-1 on the season and the only school undefeated in Big 12 play at 5-0. Kansas State is 17-3 and 4-2 in conference play after its 76-74 win at Baylor Tuesday.
|Rank and Records||KU||KSU|
|Strength of Schedule||#15||#5|
|RPI Top 50||6-1||6-1|
Kansas is 5-0 in Big 12 play for the third-straight season. The Jayhawks average 84.9 points per game and give up 61.7 ppg for a Big 12-leading +23.3 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 84.4 points per game and holds a +17.2 scoring margin.
Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game and has scored 22 or more points in four of his last seven games. Collins leads the Big 12 Conference in free throw percentage at 87.3 percent and leads KU with 83 assists. Freshman guard Xavier Henry averages 14.1 points per game and leads the team with 42 three-pointers, two ahead of Collins, and 38 steals. He had a Kansas freshman record-tying seven steals against Baylor (Jan. 20).
Junior center Cole Aldrich is one of three Big 12 players to average a double-double with 11.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg this season. He has eight double-doubles on the year, including a DD in each of his last two games. Aldrich also leads the team in blocked shots at 3.6 per contest.
Sophomore forward Marcus Morris has really stepped up his game in his last five outings In that span he has averaged 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. For the season Morris averages 12.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
Junior guard Brady Morningstar has started each of the last three games and is scoring 5.2 points per game. He averages 3.4 assists and has a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ration. Sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor is scoring 6.9 points per game and is second on the team with 71 assists this season.
No. 11/13 Kansas State has won four of its last five games and is 17-3 on the season after its 76-74 win at No. 24 Baylor Tuesday. The Wildcats are 11-1 at home and have defeated four nationally-ranked teams this season, including a 71-62 win versus then-No. 1 Texas on Jan. 18. KSU averages 81.4 points per game and gives up 68.8 for a +12.6 scoring margin. K-State attacks the basket as it averages 33 free throws attempted per game compared to Kansas' 24.3 attempted. KSU leads the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with 15.8 per contest.
Junior guard Jacob Pullen leads K-State in scoring at 19.2 points per game which ranks second in the Big 12. He has a team-high 60 three-pointers and 30 steals. He is second on the squad with 69 assists.
Senior guard Denis Clemente leads the Wildcats with 82 assists to complement his 14.7 point scoring average. He is also second on the team with 39 three-point field goals made.
Sophomore forward Jamar Samuels, who comes off the bench, is scoring 11.8 points per outing and averages 5.0 rebounds, while junior forward Curtis Kelly is a starter who leads KSU with 6.4 rebounds per game and he averages 11.2 points.
Junior forward Dominique Sutton is second behind Kelly in rebounds at 5.6 rpg and scores 7.5 points per contest. Freshman guard Rodney McGruder (6.0 ppg, 3.1 ppg), freshman forward Wally Judge (3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg), freshman forward Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and senior center Luis Colon (2.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg) round out the nine Wildcats who average 11-plus minutes per game. Not far behind is freshman guard Martavious Irving (2.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg) who averages 9.8 minutes per contest.
Meet the Opposing Coach
Frank Martin is 60-27 in his third season as a head coach with all three years at Kansas State. In his two previous seasons, Martin guided the Wildcats to two 20-win seasons and two postseason appearances. In 2007-08, KSU was 21-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and last year the Wilcats went 22-12 and participated in the NIT. Martin was an assistant coach under Bob Huggins from 2004-06 at Cincinnati and 2006-07 at KSU. Martin took Huggins' place at K-State when Huggins returned to his alma mater at West Virginia. Martin is 1-3 against Kansas.
Kansas has won 38 of the last 40 meetings with Kansas State dating back to the 1994 season. The Jayhawks hold a 177-90 all-time series advantage over the Wildcats, including a 72-44 mark in games played in Manhattan and a 20-1 record in Bramlage Coliseum. Since 1984, Kansas is a mindboggling 25-1 in games played in Manhattan. K-State ended KU's 24-game win streak in its home court with an 84-75 victory in 2008 in Manhattan. The win also gave KU its first of three losses on its 2008 NCAA National Championship season. From Feb. 2, 1994, Kansas won 31 straight against Kansas State before the Wildcats halted the streak with a 59-55 victory in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 14, 2006. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU holds a 30-2 record against Kansas State - 24-2 in league play and 6-0 in Big 12 Championships. The Jayhawks won the first-ever meeting with K-State, 54-39, on Jan. 25, 1907, in Lawrence.
- Make Kansas 20-1 on the season, the same record it had during the 2007-08 NCAA National Championship season...
- Make Kansas 6-0 in conference play for second-straight season...
- Make the KU-KSU series 178-90 in favor of Kansas, including a 73-44 KU advantage in Manhattan match-ups and 21-1 in Bramlage Coliseum...
- Give Kansas a 31-2 record against Kansas State since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97...
- Make Kansas 7-1 in games played away from Allen Fieldhouse this season (5-1 in true road games and 2-0 in neutral contests)...
- Make Bill Self 189-41 while at Kansas, 396-146 overall and 14-2 all-time against Kansas State, 13-2 while at Kansas...
- Make Kansas 1,990-794 all-time.
- Cole Aldrich recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds. His 16 rebounds tied for the second-most by a Jayhawk this season. The double-double was also the 30th of the junior's career.
- Aldrich had 12 rebounds in the first half, which is the most by a Jayhawk in a single half since Wayne Simien also had 12 in the first half against UC-Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, 2003.
- Aldrich also recorded a season-high seven blocked shots, which were the most blocks by a Jayhawk since he had 10 against Dayton in the NCAA Tournament last season.
- With his seven blocked shots, Aldrich tied Jayhawk great Danny Manning for fifth-place on KU's alltime list with 200 blocks in his career.
- Kansas junior Tyrel Reed matched a career high with 14 points, including four three-point field goals, which matched a career high.
- Reed made 4-of-4 three-point attempts which was the best percentage with at least four attempts since Brady Morningstar made 4-of-4 against Kansas State on Feb. 14, 2009.
- Missouri shot 27.9 percent from the field, which was a season low for the Tigers.
- Sophomore Markieff Morris scored nine points and grabbed 11 boards. Both totals were his best since scoring 12 with 12 rebounds against La Salle on Dec. 12 of this season.
- As a team, Kansas pulled down 56 rebounds, which were the second most this season (61, vs. Alcorn State on Dec. 2). The 56 boards were the most by a Jayhawk team in a conference game since they pulled down 58 against Nebraska on Jan. 9, 2002.
- KU had a plus-28 rebounding advantage over the Tigers. This was the biggest rebounding differential in a Big 12 game for the Jayhawks since KU had a plus-30 rebound advantage against Texas Tech in 2008.
- Kansas has now held 15 of its 20 opponents this season to under 40 percent shooting from the field. KU has held 93 of its last 94 opponents to under 50 percent shooting.