18/18 KANSAS STATE (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) vs. 23/22 IOWA STATE (18-6, 7-4 Big 12)
Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT in Bramlage Coliseum (12,528), Manhattan, Kan.
ESPN2 / ESPN3
- Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play)
- Robbie Hummel (analyst)
- Brian Boyle (producer)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135 / XM 199 / Internet 953
(800) 221.CATS 
Single Game: $35 (bench & GA)/$75 (chairback)
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 457-240/21st season
At K-State: 144-85/7th season
- Iowa State: 6-8 (4-2 at home)
Iowa State: Steve Prohm (Alabama ’97)
Overall: 182-76/8th season
At Iowa State: 78-47/4th season
- Kansas State: 4-3 (2-1 on the road)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (19-5, 9-2 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown, Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Iowa State (18-6, 7-4 Big 12)
G: #1 Nick Weiler-Babb
G: #3 Marial Shayok
G: #11 Talen Horton-Tucker
G: #22 Tyrese Haliburton
F: #12 Michael Jacobson
Overall: K-State leads 140-87
Current Streak: K-State, 3
In Manhattan: K-State leads 81-27
At Bramlage Coliseum: K-State leads 21-9
Last Meeting: W, 58-57, 1/12/19
Weber vs. Prohm: 3-4 (1-2 at home)
- No. 18/18 Kansas State (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats face No. 23/22 Iowa State (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) in a battle of Big 12 title contenders. The team will meet as ranked foes for just the third time in the 228-game series, including the first time since 2014. The Wildcats jumped into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since a 6-week stay ended on Dec. 10, 2018, while the Cyclones have been ranked for most of the season, including each of the last 4 weeks. Saturday’s game will tip at 3:05 p.m., CT on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Robbie Hummel (analyst) on the call.
- K-State enters Saturday’s game in first place in the Big 12, just a game and a half ahead of the second-place duo of No. 15/15 Texas Tech (20-5, 8-4 Big 12) and No. 14/14 Kansas (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) and two games ahead of fourth-place tandem of No. 23/22 Iowa State and Baylor (16-8, 7-4 Big 12). Seven Big 12 schools have at least 5 league wins with between 6 and 7 games left in the regular season.
- K-State’s current 9-game conference winning streak is the longest by a Wildcat team in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in 45 seasons since the Wildcats won 11 consecutive league games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974. K-State is the 13th Big 12 team to win 9 straight league games since the league’s inception in 1997, including the 10th to do it within the regular season.
- K-State played perhaps its best offensive game of the season in Tuesday’s 71-64 win at Texas, as all five players scored in double figures en route to the team shooting 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the field, including 50 percent or better in each half. Down 39-31 with 1:37 remaining before halftime, the Wildcats combined for a 23-8 run between the two halves, including a 19-8 run to start the second half, to earn its third consecutive win over Texas at the Frank Erwin Center and even the season series at 1-1 after losing the Big 12 opener, 67-47, to the Longhorns on Jan. 2. Senior Barry Brown, Jr., and junior Xavier Sneed each scored a team-tying 16 points, as the Wildcats moved to 9-1 this season when four or more players register double digits.
- Iowa State has had a week off since dropping a 92-83 decision at home to TCU, which ended the Cyclones’ 4-game winning streak. The Cyclones have the Big 12’s top offense, leading the league in scoring offense (79.0 ppg.), field goal percentage (48.1), free throw percentage (73.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). The team has balance with 4 players averaging in double figures led by Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Marial Shayok, who ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.3 points per game.
- K-State and Iowa State will meet for the 228th time in its respective histories on Saturday with the Wildcats holding a 140-87 advantage in a series that dates to 1909. The series has been one of the most competitive since the start of Big 12 play with the Cyclones holding a 24-23 edge. K-State won the first meeting, 58-57, in dramatic fashion on Jan. 12 at Hilton Coliseum with Barry Brown, Jr.’s driving lay-up with 4 seconds left.
- K-State, which has relied on its defense most of the season, has shown some offensive improvement in the last 4 games, averaging 72.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting (102-of-215), including 44.8 percent (43-of-96) from 3-point range, with 70 assists on 102 made field goals.
NOTES ON 23/22 IOWA STATE
- No. 23/22 Iowa State (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) is coming off a 92-83 loss to TCU at home last Saturday, which snapped the Cyclones’ 4-game winning streak. Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Marial Shayok paced 4 players in double figures with game-high 24 points in the loss to the Horned Frogs, which was just the second at Hilton Coliseum this season. The squad is 4-3 away from home this season, including 3-2 in Big 12 play, which includes a 68-64 victory over Texas Tech that ended the Red Raiders’ homecourt winning streak.
- Iowa State is averaging a Big 12-best 79 points on 48.1 percent shooting, including 36.0 percent from 3-point range, to go with 35.6 rebounds, 16.0 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.6 blocks per game, while allowing 66.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting, including 32.5 percent from 3-point range. The team is connecting on 73.7 percent from the free throw line.
- Iowa State is averaging 73.2 points in Big 12 play on 44.7 percent shooting, including 36 percent from 3-point range, while allowing 68.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
- One of the most balanced teams in the Big 12, the Cyclones are led by Shayok, who paces four players in double figures at 19.3 points on 50 percent shooting, including 37.7 percent from 3-point range, to go with 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals. Sophomore Lindell Wigginton is averaging 12.6 points off the bench, while newcomers Michael Jacobson (12.2 ppg.) and Talen Horton-Tucker (12.0 ppg.) also average double figures.
- Iowa State is led by fourth-year head coach Steve Prohm, who has posted a 78-47 (.624) record, which includes 2 trips to the NCAA Tournament. He is 182-76 (.705) in his eighth season as a head coach.
- K-State and Iowa State will meet for the 228th time in their histories with the Wildcats holding a 140-87 advantage in a series that dates to 1909, including an 81-27 mark in games at home.
- K-State has won 3 straight in the series, including a dramatic 58-57 win at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 12, in which, senior Barry Brown, Jr., scored with 4 seconds left to left the Wildcats to their second straight win in Ames. Brown led all scorers with 23 points, while senior Kamau Stokes added 12 points.
- Brown has averaged a team-best 14.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting in 7 career games against Iowa State, while Stokes has averaged 12.5 points on 36.5 percent shooting in 6 career games against the Cyclones.
- Head coach Bruce Weber is 6-8 all-time against Iowa State, including a 4-2 mark at home, while he is 3-4 against head coach Steve Prohm.
HISTORY AT BRAMLAGE COLISEUM
- K-State has posted a 375-117 (.762) record at Bramlage Coliseum since its opening during the 1988-89 season. The 375 wins are the second-most at a home venue, trailing the 378 wins at Ahearn Field House (1950-88).
- K-State has registered a 175-37 (.826) record at home over the past 13 seasons, including a 76-32 (.704) mark in Big 12 play. The 175 wins rank fourth among all Big 12 schools in that span, while the 76 league victories at home rank third. In all, the program has earned double-digit victories in 26 of its 31 seasons in the arena, including a streak of 18 straight seasons.
- Head coach Bruce Weber has tallied a 91-21 (.813) record at Bramlage Coliseum since taking over at K-State. The 21 losses (18 of which have come in Big 12 play) have come by a total of 160 points or 7.6 points per game. He has a 41-18 (.695) record at home in Big 12 play.
LAST TIME OUT: 18/18 K-STATE 71, TEXAS 64
- No. 18/18 K-State ran its conference winning streak to 9 games, as all five starters scored in double figures in a 71-64 win over Texas on Tuesday night before 9,418 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.
- The 9-game conference winning streak is the longest by a K-State team in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in 45 seasons since the Wildcats won 11 consecutive conference games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974 in the old Big Eight Conference.
- Down 39-31 with 1:37 remaining before halftime, K-State combined for a 23-8 run between the two halves, including a 19-8 run to start the second half, to earn its third consecutive win over Texas at the Frank Erwin Center and even the season series at 1-1 after losing the Big 12 opener, 67-47, to the Longhorns on Jan. 2. It also ensures that the Wildcats will not be swept by a conference foe for the first time since robin-round play began in 2012.
- The Wildcats connected on 54.9 percent (28-of-51) of their field goals – the second-highest field goal percentage and the highest in Big 12 play this season – and shot better than 50 percent in both halves. The team had 17 assists on their 28 made field goals and turned the ball over just 9 times.
- Senior Barry Brown, Jr., and junior Xavier Sneed paced five starters in double figures with team-tying 16 points each, while seniors Dean Wade (12) and Kamau Stokes (11) and junior Makol Mawien (11) also posted double digits. It marked the first time this season that all 5 starters scored in double figures and the first time since the last visit to Texas on Feb. 7, 2018.
- Brown, who has now scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games, went 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free throw line to go with 5 rebounds, a game-high 3 steals and 2 assists. Sneed connected on 5-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to go with game-high 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Wade dished out a game-high 6 assists to go with his 12 points and 5 rebounds.
- After allowing the Longhorns to score 39 points on 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field in the first half, the Wildcats held them to just 25 points in the second half on just 30 percent (6-of-20) shooting.
NEXT UP: AT WEST VIRGINIA (10-14, 2-9 Big 12)
- K-State will begin a stretch of three consecutive appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on West Virginia (10-14, 2-9 Big 12) at 8 p.m., CT at the WVU Coliseum. K-State used a historic 21-point comeback to win the first meeting, 71-69, on Jan. 9 at home. The Wildcats have not won in Morgantown since Jan. 12, 2013.