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Scouting the Kansas State Wildcats

It will be a battle of contrasting styles when the Kansas State Wildcats (14-5, 4-2 Big 12) come to Ames Saturday for a battle with the Iowa State Cyclones (14-3, 2-3 Big 12). 

While Iowa State enters the game average over 85 points per game and finds themselves ranked sixth in the country in scoring offense, Kansas State sits at No. 295 in scoring only 67.8 points per game. 

The Wildcats got off to a slow start to the season by losing three of their first five games. Despite that slow start, Kansas State has picked up quality wins over at the time No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Oklahoma. 

The Wildcats are coming off of a hard-fought road loss to the Texas Longhorns in which Jonathan Holmes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to seal the win for the Longhorns. 

Kansas State has been led this season by 6-foot-2 freshman guard Marcus Foster. Foster is averaging 13.7 points per game, as well as, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He has also scored in double-figures of 15 of Kansas State’s 19 games this season. 

Another key piece of the Kansas State attack is 6-foot-7 junior forward Thomas Gipson. Gipson sat out the first two games of the season, including Kansas State’s season opening loss to Northern Colorado. Since returning, Gipson has averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 59.9 percent from the field. Gipson has scored over 20 points in each of Kansas State’s last two games.  

The Wildcats also get key contributions from senior forward Shane Southwell, who is averaging 11.6 points and is the team’s second leading rebounder with 4.8 boards per game.  

Rounding out the starting five for Kansas State is freshman forward Wesley Iwundu and senior guard Will Spradling. Iwundu comes into Saturday averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Spradling is averaging 7 points to go along with 2.5 assists per game. 

Kansas State enters the game as one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the Big 12. The Wildcats enter the game with 252 offensive rebounds for an average of 13.3 per game. 

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.