Mar 03, 2020 9:25 PM

Kansas State plays at Oklahoma State Wednesday night

Posted Mar 03, 2020 9:25 PM

KANSAS STATE (9-20, 2-14 Big 12) at OKLAHOMA STATE (15-14, 5-11 Big 12)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 // 8:05 p.m. CT // Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) // Stillwater, Okla.

TELEVISION

ESPNU / WatchESPN

  1. Robert Ford (play-by-play)
  2. Tim Welsh (analyst)
  3. Greg Pike (producer)

RADIO

K-State Sports Network

Flagships: // KMAN 1350 & WIBW 580

Online: TuneIn.com [free] / www.kstatesports.com/watch [free]

Satellite Radio: XM 386 / Internet 976

  1. Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
  2. Stan Weber (analyst)

COACHES

Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)

Overall: 472-264/22nd season

At K-State: 159-109/8th season

vs. Oklahoma State: 11-6 (3-4 on the road)

Oklahoma State: Mike Boynton, Jr. (South Carolina ‘05)

Overall: 48-49/3rd season

At Oklahoma State: 48-49/3rd season

vs. Kansas State: 1-4 (0-2 at home)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State (9-20)

G: #2 Cartier Diarra

G: #00 Mike McGuirl

G: #03 DaJuan Gordon

G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed

F: #14 Makol Mawien

Oklahoma State (15-14)

G: #13 Isaac Likekele

G: #21 Lindy Waters III

G: #1 Jonathan Laurent

F: #12 Cameron McGriff

F: #14 Yor Anei

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: K-State leads 82-54

Current Streak: Oklahoma State, 1

In Stillwater: Oklahoma State leads 33-27

At Gallagher-Iba Arena: Oklahoma State leads 30-25

Last Meeting: L, 59-64, 2/11/2020 [Manhattan]

Weber vs. Boynton: 4-1 (2-0 on the road)

OPENING TIP

  1. Kansas State (9-20, 2-14 Big 12) begins the last week of the regular season with a trip to Oklahoma State (15-14, 5-11 Big 12), as the Wildcats travel to Stillwater, Okla., take on the Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday night. OSU won the first meeting, 64-59, in Manhattan on Feb. 11 to end a 4-game losing skid in the series and will be looking to sweep the regular-season series for the first time in the Big 12 round-robin era. The game will tip at 8:05 p.m., CT on ESPNU with Robert Ford (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) on the call.
  2. K-State saw its losing streak hit 9 games on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats battled No. 1/1 Kansas for the entire 40 minutes before falling 62-58 at Bramlage Coliseum. Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Devon Dotson scored a game-high 25 points, including 5 in a pivotal 8-0 run late in the second half, to push the Jayhawks winning streak to 14 games. Trailing by as many as 9 points in the first half, K-State used a 21-9 run, sandwiched between the last 4 minutes of the first half and the first 4 minutes of the second half, to take a 43-39 advantage with 15 to play. However, with the score knotted at 48-all with 7:23 to play, Kansas scored 8 consecutive points out of the media timeout to take control and sweep the season series.
  3. The loss was yet another disappointing one for the Wildcats, which has now lost 12 games by single digits (including 7 in Big 12 play) and 7 by 5 points or less. During the current 9-game skid, the team has lost 6 games by 10 points or less, including 5 by single digits. The 12 losses by single digits are the most in a single season since the 2002-03 team lost 13 games by single digits.
  4. After losses to No. 2/2 Baylor (66-85) and No. 1/1 Kansas (58-62), K-State played the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in consecutive games for just the second time in school history and the first time since losing to No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Michigan at the 1964 Final Four at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The Wildcats are just the fifth Division I team since 1996-97 to play the nation’s top two teams in the same week and the first since West Virginia in 2016.
  5. During the 9-game losing streak, K-State has allowed opponents to average 70 points on 47.2 percent shooting, including 37.8 percent from 3-point range, and 73.5 percent from the free throw line, while averaging just 60.9 points on 40.4 percent shooting, including 29 percent from long range, and 64 percent from the free throw line. The team is averaging 10.2 assists on 21.0 made field goals with 14.2 turnovers per game, while opponents are averaging 14 assists on 22.9 made field goals with 15.4 turnovers per game. Senior Xavier Sneed is averaging 12.8 points during that span, but is connecting on just 32.1 percent (34-of-106) from the field, including 26 percent (13-of-50) from 3-point range.  
  6. Injuries have been a big part of K-State’s season, as 4 players have combined to miss 53 games, which has caused coach Bruce Weber to use 9 starting lineups. The 9 lineups are the most since using 11 in 2014-15 with at least one true freshman starting in 26 of 29 games, including rookies DaJuan Gordon and Montavious Murphy starting together 8 times, including in 7 of the last 11 games, and Antonio Gordon starting the games against Texas (2/22/20) and No. 1/1 Baylor (2/25/20). The last time a pair of freshmen started together in more than one game came when Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade started the last 9 games of 2015-16.
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Mar 03, 2020 9:25 PM
K-State's Klanderman, Malone promoted on defensive staff
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State safeties coach Joe Klanderman has been promoted to defensive coordinator, while cornerbacks coach Van Malone has added the titles of assistant head coach and passing game coordinator, head coach Chris Klieman announced Monday.

Klanderman, who has coached all three levels of the defense during his career, will serve as a defensive coordinator for a second time after holding the position from 2007 to 2013 at his alma mater, Minnesota State. He will continue to tutor the Wildcat safeties, as Klieman will search for a new linebackers coach to replace Scottie Hazelton, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Michigan State.

“Joe is one of the best defensive coaches I have ever been around, and he is ready for this role,” Klieman said. “In addition to already having coordinator experience, Joe knows our defense as well as anyone, and it is important to continue to develop our players and keep them in our system. We appreciate what Scottie did for our program this past year and hate to see him leave, but we are excited about our future with Coach Klanderman and the rest of our defensive staff.”

Klanderman and Malone were vital parts of a defensive staff that helped the Wildcats rank first in the nation in third down defense at 28.0%, which was the best by K-State since at least 2003. The Wildcats also ranked 15th nationally in first down defense (224) and put together a No. 2 ranking in the Big 12 in pass defense (202.9 yards per game), their best ranking in the conference since in five seasons. Additionally, K-State allowed just 21.4 points per game in 2019, its best mark since 2003.

“Van is a veteran coach who has immediately had a big impact on our program and student-athletes,” Klieman said. “Not only is he one of the most respected defensive coaches in college football, but his experience, leadership and development of young men is unmatched.”

Under Klanderman’s guidance, Denzel Goolsby earned 2019 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors, the first Wildcat safety to do so since 2016.

“I’m so appreciative to have the opportunity to expand my role in something much bigger than myself,” Klanderman said. “We’re going to work tirelessly to put a product on the field that Wildcat fans can be proud of. We will continue to push ahead with what we did a year ago and expand upon the foundation that was laid last season.”

Klanderman came to Manhattan from North Dakota State after helping the Bison win four national titles in his five seasons on staff, which included a perfect 15-0 record in 2018. The NDSU defense was a major factor in its undefeated run as the Bison ranked first nationally with 23 interceptions, including six by safety Robbie Grimsley and five by safety James Hendricks.

Overall, the Bison ranked in the top five in scoring defense each of his five years on staff, including a No. 2 ranking in 2017 (11.6 points per game) and No. 3 spot in 2018 (12.6). His secondary has also helped NDSU rank in the top 11 in passing yards allowed in four of the five years, with a No. 3 national ranking in 2017 (147.9 yards per game).

Malone hit the ground running in 2019 by tutoring AJ Parker, a junior who picked up Honorable Mention All-Big 12 accolades despite missing the final five games of the year due to injury. At the time of his injury, Parker was tied for second in the Big 12 and 17th nationally in interceptions.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Malone said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled for Coach Klieman to give me these responsibilities, but I also understand the challenge that they hold. We came here to win championships – and it’s on the right trajectory – but we all have to be better and give more. This expanded role puts me in a great position to help us do that.”

Malone came to Manhattan after one year working as a defensive quality control coach at Mississippi State, helping the Bulldogs earn an 8-4 record and a No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense and a No. 3 mark in total defense.

Prior to Mississippi State, Malone was the defensive coordinator at SMU for three seasons, including the 2017 campaign when he was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National FBS Assistant Coach of the Year. That year, he tutored three All-AAC performers, including Justin Lawler, who was the conference’s leader in sacks.

Malone coached Lawler to his first All-AAC honor in 2016, a year he was joined on the list by cornerback Horace Richardson and safety Darrion Millines. Malone’s 2016 defense was statistically one of the 10 most improved in college football. The Mustangs ranked seventh nationally in interceptions per game and forced 26 turnovers overall. In fact, two of Malone’s three defenses finished in the top 20 in defensive turnovers.

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RYAN LACKEY

Assistant Athletics Director for Communications