Kansas State (27-6) Goes Up against Kansas (28-5) in Big 12 Championship

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Big 12 Conference Tourney



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  #11 Kansas State 16 38 54 +4.5
  #7 Kansas 24 46 70 -4.5
Sat, Mar 16 2013, 06:00 PM CDT

Sprint Center
Kansas City, MO
Attendance: 19,256
TV: ESPN

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Kansas State squares off against Kansas in the championship of the Big 12 Tournament at Sprint Center on Saturday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN. The Wildcats lost to the Jayhawks 83-62 on Feb. 11 and are 1-10 against them over the last four years.

In a 68-57 win over Oklahoma State on Mar. 15, Rodney McGruder put up 25 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats. He paces the team in points per game with 15.6, and rebounds per game with 5.4. For the Jayhawks, Perry Ellis finished with 23 points and six rebounds in the 88-73 win over Iowa State on Mar. 15. He is averaging 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. One category in which Kansas is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 53.4, ranking second in their conference (and 28th nationally).

StatSmack! Kansas State is better than Kansas
  • Rodney McGruder is ranked 6th in the Big 12 in points and 8th in the Big 12 in steals.
  • The Kansas State steals leader (Angel Rodriguez, 43 steals) has more steals than the Kansas steals leader (Travis Releford, 37 steals).
  • Property crime happens more often per capita in Lawrence so you better protect your valuables if you visit (when compared to Manhattan -- according to the FBI).
  • Kansas State has an average margin of victory of 8 over Kansas in 15 wins since 1980.
K-State Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Rodney McGruder 33 15 5 2 1 0 2
B Angel Rodriguez 27 12 2 5 2 0 2
B- Shane Southwell 25 8 4 3 1 0 1
C+ Will Spradling 29 8 3 3 1 0 1
C+ Thomas Gipson 19 8 5 0 0 0 2
C J. Henriquez 16 5 5 0 0 2 1
C M. Irving 20 5 2 2 1 0 1
C Nino Williams 13 5 3 1 0 0 1
C- D.J. Johnson 10 2 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Omari Lawrence 9 2 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Adrian Diaz 9 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Shawn Meyer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Michael Orris 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
D Ryan Schultz 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 32 16 5 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 14 9 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Elijah Johnson 31 10 3 5 1 0 3
B Kevin Young 23 8 7 1 1 1 1
C+ Perry Ellis 13 5 4 0 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 19 5 2 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 2 0 1 1 1
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ A. White III 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Self 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Niko Roberts 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0

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Big 12 Standings

OverallConf
1 Kansas 25-10 14-4
2 Oklahoma 23-10 12-6
3 Iowa State 28-8 11-7
3 Texas 24-11 11-7
 5Kansas State 20-13 10-8
6 Baylor 26-12 9-9
6 West Virginia 17-16 9-9
8 Oklahoma State 21-13 8-10
9 Texas Tech 14-18 6-12
10 TCU 9-22 0-18
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#21 Brandon Bolden So F 6-11 210
#14 Justin Edwards Jr G 6-4 195
#2 Marcus Foster Fr G 6-2 200
#42 Thomas Gipson Jr F 6-7 265
#25 Wesley Iwundu Fr F 6-7 195
#50 D.J. Johnson So F 6-9 250
#23 Nigel Johnson Fr G 6-1 180
#3 Jack Karapetyan Fr F 6-7 220
#12 Omari Lawrence Sr G 6-3 205
#40 Shawn Meyer Jr G 6-3 215
#33 Brian Rohleder So G 6-3 215
#24 Ryan Schultz Sr F 6-5 205
#1 Shane Southwell Sr G 6-7 215
#55 Will Spradling Sr G 6-2 185
#5 Jevon Thomas Fr G 6-0 180
#11 Nino Williams Jr F 6-5 220