9:00 PM ET, February 10, 2014
Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas
Tarik Black -- the one-year transfer from Memphis -- contributed 11 points off the bench and fellow reserve Jamari Taylor had seven as Kansas overcame Embiid's foul trouble."If you're going to pick three guys for who's the most valuable player, I would take Frank (Mason), Mari and Tarik," Self said. "They were great in the first half ... they were the main reason we had the lead."Given the hostile atmosphere when Kansas arrives at "The Little Apple" in Manhattan, Self knows his two young stars are in for a challenge from the Wildcats (16-7, 6-4), who are eager to add another quality win to their tournament resume and avenge an 86-60 thrashing absorbed at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 11."I'm sure that they're doing some things a little differently than they did the first game," Self said. "We know it will be a totally different game over there with the energy they get from their fans. It'll be a great test for our young kids to go over there and see how tough we are."Sometimes we can lose focus pretty easily, but this is one of those games where we can't do that. We need to be pretty intent the next 48 hours."Another quality freshman, Marcus Foster, played with plenty of intent for Kansas State on Saturday, scoring a season-high 34 points as the Wildcats avoided a fourth loss in five games with a 74-57 pounding of then-No. 15 Texas.Foster went 5 of 8 from 3-point range and made all eight of his shots from inside the arc as Kansas State improved to 29-2 at home under second-year coach Bruce Weber."The thing that I like is he has gotten a little better about being more patient, waiting for good shots, he is our go-to guy," Weber said of Foster, who is averaging a team-best 14.7 points. "As far as the perimeter, we have got to get him the ball but we need to know that if they are good defensively he has got to give it up."Foster was held in check in the loss at Kansas, totaling only seven points on 3-of-12 shooting. Wiggins had 22, Embiid had 11 and nine rebounds and fellow freshman Wayne Selden Jr. scored 20 for Kansas, which shot 65 percent while building a 45-28 halftime lead.Kansas State has won 12 straight at home after being stunned by Northern Colorado in its season opener, but Kansas dealt Weber his only Big 12 home loss last season.The Jayhawks have won six straight between the teams, 48 of the last 51 and lead the Sunflower State rivalry 187-91.
Kansas State Tops Kansas In OT
Kansas State Tops Kansas In OT
|Avg Points Allowed||69.7||64.9|
|Conference||Big 12||Big 12|
Andrew Wiggins was 0-for-3 in the first half, the second game this season Wiggins had not made a 1st-half field goal (Feb. 1 vs Texas).
Kansas allowed a season-high 85 points to Kansas State Monday, the second-most points the Wildcats have scored this season. The Jayhawks' defense performed well below its season averages.[+]
Kansas Defense, 2013-14
Andrew Wiggins was held without a field goal in the first half for the second time this season, not attempting a field goal in the paint until the second half. Wiggins was more aggressive after halftime, attempting seven shots from inside the paint.[+]
Andrew Wiggins Offense
Kansas State's Marcus Foster has scored at least 20 points in all three games to start February, a total Kansas' Andrew Wiggins hasn't reached in four games this month. -Andrew Wiggins in Feb: 4 games, 56 points, 16-51 FG, 31.4 FG pct, 3-12 3-pt FG -Marcus Foster in Feb: 3 games, 77 points, 28-42 FG, 66.7 FG pct, 10-17 3-pt FG[+]
Kansas had 8 points in the paint in the first half. The Jayhawks have averaged 37.5 points per game in the paint this season. In the first meeting between these teams, Kansas had 34 (86-60 win on Jan. 11). Andrew Wiggins did not attempt a shot in the paint in the first half (averaged 5.5 per game this season).
Kansas State scored 38 points in the paint Monday, tied for its third most in a game this season. The Wildcats made just five paint field goals in the first half, but shot 14-of-21 in the painted area after halftime. Kansas allowed 27.3 paint points per game entering tonight.[+]
Kansas State Paint Offense, Monday
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