Sunflower Showdown set for Tuesday

(KU media release) The Kansas Jayhawks (17-5, 6-3) will make the 88-mile journey west to take on Kansas State (16-5, 6-2) for 2018-19's first leg of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Manhattan, Kansas. Tip-off from Bramlage Coliseum is set for 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

TIP-OFF
No. 11/12 Kansas (17-5, 6-3) hits the road for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown at Kansas State, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. (Central) on ESPN. Kansas is coming off a 73-69 win against No. 16/15 Texas Tech Feb. 2. Kansas State has won six-straight Big 12 games after its 75-57 victory at Oklahoma State on Feb. 2.

The KU at K-State game will be part of ESPN's annual college basketball/NBA crossover with announcers. Tuesday's game will feature Jon Sciambi, Stan Van Gundy and Chauncey Billups.

Kansas State and Baylor currently hold a half-game lead in the Big 12 race with 6-2 league records. Kansas and Iowa State are tied for second at 6-3.

KU leads the overall series with Kansas State, 196-93, including a 26-4 record in Bramlage Coliseum. KU has won the last eight matchups and since Feb. 12, 1994, Kansas has won 57 of the last 62 meetings with K-State.

Kansas is 37-5 in conference games decided by 10 points or less since 2016, including 5-2 this season.

With its win against Texas Tech (2/2), Kansas is 89-12 following a loss in the Bill Self era, including 4-1 this season. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 39-4 following a loss.

Redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson has posted four double-doubles in his last five games. Seven of his 15 double-doubles have been in Big 12 play. He is tied for second nationally with 15 double-doubles.

With his 25 points against Texas Tech (2/2), Dedric Lawson took over the Big 12 scoring lead at 19.5. Lawson also is tops in the conference in rebounds with 10.9 per game and he is the only player in the conference averaging a double-double.

Following his career-high 24 points at Texas (1/29), freshman G Ochai Agbaji recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech (2/2). His 24 points at UT marked the third-most points by a Jayhawk in his first collegiate start during the Bill Self era.

ABOUT KANSAS
No. 11/12 Kansas is 17-5 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 play after its 79-63 win against Texas Tech on Feb. 2. In all games, Kansas ranks in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring offense (second at 76.8), field goal percentage (second at 47.2), field goal percentage defense (third at 40.2), 3-point field goal percentage (third at 36.2) and steals (third at 7.2). KU has a +6.8 scoring margin and a +1.1 rebound margin. KU also averages 7.2 3-pointers made, 13.0 assists and 3.6 blocked shots per game.

After his 25 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech (2/2), redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson has four double-doubles in his last five games. A Wooden Award Midseason nominee, he has seven double-doubles in his last 10 games and a Big 12-leading 15 for the season, which is tied for second nationally. Dedric Lawson, a Sporting News Midseason All-America First Team selection, has scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season, including three of the last four contests. He leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.5 ppg and in rebounding at 10.9 rpg. He is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (11/12, 11/26, 12/26) and four-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17, 1/14, 1/28), Lawson leads KU with 26 blocked shots and his 1.2 blocks per game are fifth in the conference.
NCAA DI DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS
Rnk Player (School) Games Double-Doubles
1 Devontae Cacok (UNC-Willmington) 24 18
2 Dedric Lawson (Kansas) 22 15
t3 Mike Daum (South Dakota St.) 24 14
t3 Bruno Fernando (Maryland) 23 14
Through games played on Feb. 2, 2019
Against Texas Tech (2/2), senior G Lagerald Vick was 3-for-4 from 3-point range in scoring 13 points. Vick is second the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made at 3.0 and second in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.1. He is averaging 14.5 points per game which is ninth in the Big 12. He scored his 1,000th-career point at Baylor (1/2). Vick's 47.7 field goal percentage is 13th in the conference.

Freshman G Devon Dotson scored a career-high 20 points versus Texas Tech (2/2), which included a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point range. Dotson has 20 assists in his is last four games, including a career-high eight assists and no turnovers against Iowa State (1/21). Dotson ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assists at 3.4, eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5 and tied for seventh in steals at 1.5. Dotson averages 11.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He has led KU in assists three of the last four games and five of the last seven contests. Freshman G Quentin Grimes is second on the team with 28 3-pointers made this season and has made six treys in his last three games. Grimes averages 8.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest and has 40 assists for the season.

Sophomore G Marcus Garrett missed the Texas Tech (2/2) game due to a sprained ankle. He has 14 steals in his last five games played and ranks second in the Big 12 with 1.8 steals per contest. He has 10 games with multiple steals in 2018-19. Garrett has started his last eight games played and 13 for the season. He averages 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game and has 47 assists.

Freshman G Ochai Agbaji pulled his redshirt prior to the TCU game (1/9) and is coming off his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Tech (2/2). The Tech performance came after his first-career start at Texas (1/29), where he posted career highs in points with 24 on 8-of-10 shooting. In just eight games, Agbaji is averaging 22.5 minutes, 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor.

Other KU regulars include redshirt-sophomore G Charlie Moore (3.0 ppg, 12 3-pointers), redshirt-sophomore G K.J. Lawson (2.5 ppg), freshman F David McCormack (1.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and junior F Mitch Lightfoot (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg). Moore had a season-high six assists against Texas Tech (2/2). Lightfoot leads KU with five charges taken this season.

ABOUT KANSAS STATE
Located in Manhattan, Kansas, with an enrollment of 22,221, Kansas State is 16-5 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play after its 75-57 win at Oklahoma State (2/2). The Wildcats have won six straight conference games. K-State is coached by Bruce Weber who is 141-85 in his seventh season at KSU and 454-240 in his 21st season overall.

Kansas State leads the Big 12 in steals at 7.5 per game, defensive rebound percentage at 77.8 and is tied for the league lead in rebound defense at 31.6 with Baylor. The Wildcats also rank in the top three in the conference in scoring defense (second at 58.7), 3-point field goal percentage defense (third at 31.6), turnover margin (second at +3.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (third at 1.1). KSU has a 65.1 scoring average with a +6.4 scoring margin. The Wildcats also have a +3.3 rebound margin and average 6.6 3-point field goals, 13.7 assists and 2.1 blocked shots per game.

Senior G Barry Brown Jr. leads Kansas State in scoring at 15.3 points per game which is sixth in the Big 12. Brown leads the conference in steals at 2.0 and minutes played at 34.0 per contest. A preseason all-conference selection, Brown's 53 assists are second most on the team and he has made 27 3-pointers. Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Dean Wade is next in scoring at 14.3 points and he leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest in 15 games played. The senior forward has 41 assists and has made 14 3-pointers this season. Senior G Kamau Stokes is sixth in the Big 12 in assists at 3.5 dimes per game. He averages 9.9 points per game and has made a team-high 36 3-pointers in 2018-19. Junior F Xavier Sneed scores 9.6 points per game and he is second on the team with a 5.6 rebound average. He is also second among the Wildcats with 28 3-pointers made. Junior F Makol Mawien (6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) rounds out the K-State starters. Mawien leads the team with 12 blocked shots.

Other Kansas State regulars include sophomore G Cartier Diarra (5.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 18 steals, seven starts), sophomore G Mike McGuirl (3.3 ppg, 17 steals, two starts) and sophomore F Levi Stockard III (1.6 ppg).

THE SERIES
Kansas leads the overall series with Kansas State, 196-93, and has won the last eight matchups. Since Feb. 12, 1994, Kansas has won 57 of the last 62 meetings with K-State. This series started in 1907 and Kansas is 78-47 against Kansas State in games played in Manhattan, including a 26-4 record in Bramlage Coliseum. Beginning in 1984, Kansas is 32-3 versus K-State in Manhattan, yet the Wildcats have won two of the past five meetings in the Little Apple dating back to 2014.

Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, KU is 49-5 against KSU (39-5 in regular-season battles and 10-0 in the Big 12 Championship). Kansas head coach Bill Self is 32-5 all-time against K-State, including 31-5 while at KU. Bruce Weber is 2-14 against Kansas, all while at KSU. Expect a close game as three of the last five battles have been decided by three points or less and seven of the last 11 matchups have been single-digit outcomes.