No. 11 Basketball Travels To Play At Notre Dame Saturday At Noon


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NOTRE DAME, Ind (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won five of its last six and 10 of its last 12 games since a 105-73 win over NC State on January 13, travels to play at Notre Dame in its final regular season game of the 2020-21 season. A victory over the Fighting Irish would earn the Seminoles their second straight regular season ACC Championship. Since the 2000 ACC season only three programs Duke, North Carolina and Virginia) have won multiple ACC regular season championships in consecutive seasons. Florida State arrives at Notre Dame having defeated Boston College, 93-64, on Senior Night at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Wednesday night. Following Saturday’s game at Notre Dame, the Seminoles will travel to Greensboro, N.C. to play in the 68th Annual ACC Tournament (March 9-13) at the Greensboro Coliseum. Florida State will begin play in the tournament on Thursday, March 11 after earning the coveted double bye for the third consecutive season.

FLORIDA STATE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR BASKETBALL COACH LEONARD HAMILTON
Florida State University Vice President and Director of Athletics David Coburn announced on March 1 that Florida State has extended the contract with head basketball coach Leonard Hamilton through the 2024-25 season. “Coach Hamilton has done so much for this basketball program and this university that it is hard to express in words,” said Coburn. “What he does with his young men, both on and off the court, is truly remarkable. I know both the President and I regard him as a university treasure, and he is just now getting the national recognition he has deserved for so long. He embodies all the qualities that make a great leader, and we are proud and thrilled to have him as our coach as long as he wishes.” Hamilton’s student-athlete graduation rate of just over 95 percent at FSU will improve even more as eight members of his current team will earn degrees (seven as undergraduate degrees and one as a graduate degree) this spring. Two more players will earn graduate degrees in the summer of 2021. “I’ve known Coach Hamilton since he was hired in 2002 when I was chair of the FSU Board of Trustees,” said Florida State President John Thrasher. “He exemplifies the best of college basketball in terms of developing outstanding players and great citizens. His ability to perform his job at such a high level of excellence is appreciated by the Seminole faithful, and we’re thrilled Coach Hamilton will continue to lead our program.”

FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Notre Dame ranked No. 11 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and are the highest ranked team in the ACC for the second consecutive week. The Seminoles’ ranking in the AP poll is tied for their highest of the season and marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles have been ranked in the top 11 of the AP Poll.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Notre Dame and win the regular season championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles won the first regular season championship in school history with a 16-4 conference mark during the 2019-20 season;
…Defeat Notre Dame and gain a win over the Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Notre Dame by a 73-71 margin on March 4, 2020;
…Defeat Notre Dame and win its 12th ACC game of the season. It would mark the third consecutive year the Seminoles would have won at least 12 ACC games in a single season. Florida State was 13-5 in ACC play during the 2018-19 season and finished with a school record for ACC wins in a season with a 16-4 record in 2019-20.





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K-State travels to 10/13 West Virginia Saturday


MANHATTAN — Kansas State (7-18, 3-13 Big 12) plays its last road game this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on No. 10/13 West Virginia (16-6, 9-4 Big 12).

Tip is set for 3 p.m., CT at WVU Coliseum. Saturday’s game will air on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) on the call.

Saturday’s game continues a challenging stretch for the Wildcats, as the Mountaineers will represent the 12th ranked opponent, including the 10th in the last 12 games. WVU will be looking to sweep the series for the first time since 2018 after posting a 69-47 win in Manhattan on Jan. 23, while the Wildcats have just one win in their last 7 visits. 

OPENING TIP

●The 12 games against Top 25 foes represent the third-most in a single-season and only trail the 14 in 2015-16 and 13 in 2014-15. The stretch includes a school-record 5 consecutive Top 25 opponents (No. 23/22 Kansas, No. 13/11 Texas Tech, No. 13/13 Texas, No. 23/22 Oklahoma State and No. 23/24 Kansas) from Feb. 2-17. The Wildcats snapped a pair of losing streaks in Tuesday’s win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma, halting a 15-game skid against ranked foes and a 7-game drought against ranked teams at home. K-State is 120-272 all-time vs. ranked opponents, which includes a 2-9 mark vs. the AP’s No. 10 ranked squad. Head coach Bruce Weber has a school-record 27 wins vs. Top 25 opponents, including a school-best 10 vs. Top 10 foes.

●K-State collected its most impressive win of the season, as the Wildcats grinded out a 62-57 win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma on Tuesday night at home. It gave the squad consecutive wins for the first time since December, while snapping a 7-game skid at home. Mike McGuirl played arguably his most impactful game of the season on his Senior Night, rattling off 3 consecutive 3-pointers, starting at the 3:33 mark, to flip a 6-point deficit into a 3-point advantage with 2:14 to play. He finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting with a career-best 5 triples.

●Since scoring a season-low 2 points on 1-of-11 shooting in the 59-41 loss to No. 23/24 Kansas on Feb. 17, McGuirl has rebounded to average 17.5 points in the last 2 games on 48.1 percent shooting (13-of-27), including 50 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point range, to go with 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He led the team in points (16), rebounds (9) and assists (5) in the win over TCU on Feb. 20.

●Defense has played a pivotal role in the Wildcats’ recent success, as the team has held 3 straight opponents to less than 60 points, including 54 by TCU and 57 by No. 7/8 Oklahoma in the last 2 wins. During this 3-game span, K-State is holding foes to 56.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting, including 22.2 percent from 3-point range, while holding a +4.0 rebounding margin. The Wildcats have now held 101 opponents to 60 points or less during head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure, boasting a 91-10 (.900) record in those contests, including 6 this season with a 5-1 mark.

●Due to various issues this season, including injuries and COVID-related protocols, K-State has had to start 3 true freshmen (Davion Bradford, Selton Miguel and Nijel Pack) 14 games, including 11 of 16 Big 12 contests. The team has started at least 2 true freshmen in each of the last 19 games with Bradford and Pack each starting 21 games and Miguel starting 18. The Wildcats are one of 10 teams nationally to start at least 3 true freshmen in at least one game, while the 60 combined starts by true freshmen rank second nationally behind Kentucky’s 63 and just ahead of Washington State’s 58.

NOTES ON 10/13 WEST VIRGINIA (16-6, 9-4 Big 12)

●No. 10/13 West Virginia (16-6, 9-4 Big 12) has been one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 5 of the last 6 games, including a recent 2-game road sweep of No. 14/16 Texas (84-82) and TCU (74-66).

●West Virginia is averaging 77.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range, to go with 39.0 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 6.9 steals and 2.5 blocks per game, while allowing 72.1 points on 44 percent shooting, including 32.7 percent from 3-point range. They are connecting on 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The team is averaging 78.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting in Big 12 play, including 40.9 percent from 3-point, while is allowing 74.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting.

●The Mountaineers are one of more balanced teams in the Big 12 with four players averaging in double figures led by Miles McBride’s 16.0 points per game. McBride is connecting on 43 percent from the field, including 42.7 percent from 3-point range, to go with team-highs in assists (4.7 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.). Big man Derek Culver averages a double-double with 15.1 points and a Big 12-best 10.3 rebounds per game.

●West Virginia is led by Hall of Fame head coach Bob Huggins, who has posted an 897-378 (.704) record in 39 years of coaching. His 897 victories rank fourth among all active Division I head coaches and sixth all-time. He has a 307-167 (.648) mark in his 14th season with the Mountaineers.

SERIES HISTORY

●K-State and West Virginia will meet for the 21st time in their histories on Saturday with the Mountaineers owning a 12-8 advantage, including an 11-7 mark since the start of the Big 12.

●WVU has won 11 of the last 15 meetings with K-State, as the Mountaineers took advantage of a season-high 28 turnovers by the Wildcats to post a 69-47 in Manhattan on Jan. 23.

●West Virginia leads the series at home, 6-3, which includes a 66-57 win over K-State on Feb. 1, 2020 in the last meeting at the WVU Coliseum.

●Head coach Bruce Weber is 7-11 all-time against West Virginia, including a 2-6 mark on the road, while Weber is 9-11 vs. head coach Bob Huggins. Huggins is 12-7 all-time against K-State, including 6-2 mark at home.

LAST TIME OUT: K-STATE 62, 7/8 OKLAHOMA 57

●Senior Mike McGuirl scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, including a string of 3 consecutive 3-pointers with under 4 minutes to play, as K-State rallied to knock off No. 7/8 Oklahoma, 62-57, at Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night.

●With the Sooners leading 53-47 with 3:57 to play after sophomore De’Vion Harmon made 1 of 2 free throws, McGuirl went on a memorable run of 3 straight possessions with a 3-pointer, starting at the 3:33 mark to close to within 3. He tied it with his second triple 42 seconds later then gave the Wildcats the lead for good with his third with 2:14 to play. He finished the night 7-of-13 from the field, including a career-best 5 3-pointers.

●However, K-State’s defense was locked in, forcing Reaves to take an off-balanced 3-pointer that was eventual knocked out of bounds by the Sooners to give the possession to the Wildcats. Gordon was fouled with less than 2 seconds and calmly hit both free throws to close out the game, 62-57.

●K-State, which posted consecutive wins for the first time since December, has now beaten at least one Top 25 opponent in each of the last 15 seasons, including each of the nine seasons under head coach Bruce Weber. Weber now has 27 wins against Top 25 opponents in his tenure with seven coming against ranked Oklahoma teams. The victory was also the 10th by Weber against a Top 10 foe, enabling him to tie Hall of Fame head coach Fred “Tex” Winter for the most by any head coach in school history.

●The loss snapped Oklahoma’s 3-game winning streak, as the Sooners lost to the Wildcats for the ninth consecutive season at Bramlage Coliseum. They have not won in Manhattan since a 63-60 win in 2012.

●McGuirl was joined in double figures by freshman Davion Bradford (13) and Gordon, who collected his team-leading fourth double-double with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Nijel Pack added 9 points and dished out a career-high 9 assists in 38 minutes. It was the most assists by a true freshman since Marcus Foster had 10 against Baylor in 2014.

●Defense was once again key for the Wildcats, which held Oklahoma to 39.3 percent shooting (22-of-56), including 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from 3-point range, while scoring 15 points off 12 Sooner turnovers.

UP NEXT: IOWA STATE (2-17, 0-14 Big 12)

●K-State concludes the regular season with a rescheduled home game with Iowa State (2-17, 0-14 Big 12) on March 6 at 4 p.m., CT on Big 12 Now. The game was suppose to be played on January 13 but was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 74-65, in the Big 12 opener on Dec. 15, 2020 in Ames, Iowa.

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Game Preview // K-State Travels to 10/13 West Virginia Saturday


GAME 26
KANSAS STATE (7-18, 3-13 Big 12) vs. 10/13 WEST VIRGINIA (16-6, 9-4 Big 12)
Saturday, February 27, 2021 >> 3:05 p.m. CT >> WVU Coliseum (14,000) >> Morgantown, W.Va.
 
TELEVISION
ESPN2 / WatchESPN

  • Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play)
  • Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
  • Jeff Graham (producer)

 
RADIO
K-State Sports Network

Flagships: // KMAN 1350 & WIBW 580
XM 388 // Internet 978
Online: TuneIn.com [free] / www.kstatesports.com/watch [free]

 
LIVE STATS
www.WVUSports.com
wvu.statbroadcast.com [media only]
 
TICKETS
WVU Coliseum is open to approximately 20 percent capacity (2,800). Anyone entering the arena must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses and continue wearing them inside the arena at all times.
 
COACHES
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 481-283/23rd season
At K-State: 168-128/9th season
vs. West Virginia: 7-11 (2-6 on the road)
 
West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia ’77)
Overall: 897-378/39th season
Record at WVU: 307-167/14th season
vs. K-State: 12-7 (6-2 at home)
 
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (7-18)
G: #21 Nijel Pack
G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Selton Miguel
F: #11 Antonio Gordon
F: #21 Davion Bradford
 
West Virginia (16-6)
G: #4 Miles McBride
G: #22 Sean McNeil
F: #11 Emmitt Matthews, Jr.
F: #2 Jalen Bridges
F: #1 Derek Culver
 
SERIES HISTORY
Overall: West Virginia leads 12-8
Current Streak: West Virginia, 2
In Big 12 Play: West Virginia leads 11-7
In Morgantown: West Virginia leads 6-3
At WVU Coliseum: West Virginia leads 6-2
Last Meeting: L, 47-69 [1/23/21 at Manhattan, Kan.]
Weber vs. Huggins: 9-11 [2-6 on the road]
 
OPENING TIP

  • Kansas State (7-18, 3-13 Big 12) plays its last road game this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on No. 10/13 West Virginia (16-6, 9-4 Big 12) at 3 p.m., CT at WVU Coliseum. Saturday’s game continues a challenging stretch for the Wildcats, as the Mountaineers will represent the 12th ranked opponent, including the 10th in the last 12 games. WVU will be looking to sweep the series for the first time since 2018 after posting a 69-47 win in Manhattan on Jan. 23, while the Wildcats have just one win in their last 7 visits. Saturday’s game will air on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) on the call.
  • The 12 games against Top 25 foes represent the third-most in a single-season and only trail the 14 in 2015-16 and 13 in 2014-15. The stretch includes a school-record 5 consecutive Top 25 opponents (No. 23/22 Kansas, No. 13/11 Texas Tech, No. 13/13 Texas, No. 23/22 Oklahoma State and No. 23/24 Kansas) from Feb. 2-17. The Wildcats snapped a pair of losing streaks in Tuesday’s win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma, halting a 15-game skid against ranked foes and a 7-game drought against ranked teams at home. K-State is 120-272 all-time vs. ranked opponents, which includes a 2-9 mark vs. the AP’s No. 10 ranked squad. Head coach Bruce Weber has a school-record 27 wins vs. Top 25 opponents, including a school-best 10 vs. Top 10 foes.
  • K-State collected its most impressive win of the season, as the Wildcats grinded out a 62-57 win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma on Tuesday night at home. It gave the squad consecutive wins for the first time since December, while snapping a 7-game skid at home. Mike McGuirl played arguably his most impactful game of the season on his Senior Night, rattling off 3 consecutive 3-pointers, starting at the 3:33 mark, to flip a 6-point deficit into a 3-point advantage with 2:14 to play. He finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting with a career-best 5 triples.
  • Since scoring a season-low 2 points on 1-of-11 shooting in the 59-41 loss to No. 23/24 Kansas on Feb. 17, McGuirl has rebounded to average 17.5 points in the last 2 games on 48.1 percent shooting (13-of-27), including 50 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point range, to go with 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He led the team in points (16), rebounds (9) and assists (5) in the win over TCU on Feb. 20.
  • Defense has played a pivotal role in the Wildcats’ recent success, as the team has held 3 straight opponents to less than 60 points, including 54 by TCU and 57 by No. 7/8 Oklahoma in the last 2 wins. During this 3-game span, K-State is holding foes to 56.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting, including 22.2 percent from 3-point range, while holding a +4.0 rebounding margin. The Wildcats have now held 101 opponents to 60 points or less during head coach Bruce Weber‘s tenure, boasting a 91-10 (.900) record in those contests, including 6 this season with a 5-1 mark.
  • Due to various issues this season, including injuries and COVID-related protocols, K-State has had to start 3 true freshmen (Davion Bradford, Selton Miguel and Nijel Pack) 14 games, including 11 of 16 Big 12 contests. The team has started at least 2 true freshmen in each of the last 19 games with Bradford and Pack each starting 21 games and Miguel starting 18. The Wildcats are one of 10 teams nationally to start at least 3 true freshmen in at least one game, while the 60 combined starts by true freshmen rank second nationally behind Kentucky’s 63 and just ahead of Washington State’s 58.

 
NOTES ON 10/13 WEST VIRGINIA (16-6, 9-4 Big 12)

  • No. 10/13 West Virginia (16-6, 9-4 Big 12) has been one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 5 of the last 6 games, including a recent 2-game road sweep of No. 14/16 Texas (84-82) and TCU (74-66).  
  • West Virginia is averaging 77.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range, to go with 39.0 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 6.9 steals and 2.5 blocks per game, while allowing 72.1 points on 44 percent shooting, including 32.7 percent from 3-point range. They are connecting on 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The team is averaging 78.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting in Big 12 play, including 40.9 percent from 3-point, while is allowing 74.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting.
  • The Mountaineers are one of more balanced teams in the Big 12 with four players averaging in double figures led by Miles McBride’s 16.0 points per game. McBride is connecting on 43 percent from the field, including 42.7 percent from 3-point range, to go with team-highs in assists (4.7 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.). Big man Derek Culver averages a double-double with 15.1 points and a Big 12-best 10.3 rebounds per game.
  • West Virginia is led by Hall of Fame head coach Bob Huggins, who has posted an 897-378 (.704) record in 39 years of coaching. His 897 victories rank fourth among all active Division I head coaches and sixth all-time. He has a 307-167 (.648) mark in his 14th season with the Mountaineers.

 
SERIES HISTORY

  • K-State and West Virginia will meet for the 21st time in their histories on Saturday with the Mountaineers owning a 12-8 advantage, including an 11-7 mark since the start of the Big 12.  
  • WVU has won 11 of the last 15 meetings with K-State, as the Mountaineers took advantage of a season-high 28 turnovers by the Wildcats to post a 69-47 in Manhattan on Jan. 23.
  • West Virginia leads the series at home, 6-3, which includes a 66-57 win over K-State on Feb. 1, 2020 in the last meeting at the WVU Coliseum.
  • Head coach Bruce Weber is 7-11 all-time against West Virginia, including a 2-6 mark on the road, while Weber is 9-11 vs. head coach Bob Huggins. Huggins is 12-7 all-time against K-State, including 6-2 mark at home.

 
LAST TIME OUT: K-STATE 62, 7/8 OKLAHOMA 57

  • Senior Mike McGuirl scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, including a string of 3 consecutive 3-pointers with under 4 minutes to play, as K-State rallied to knock off No. 7/8 Oklahoma, 62-57, at Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night.
  • With the Sooners leading 53-47 with 3:57 to play after sophomore De’Vion Harmon made 1 of 2 free throws, McGuirl went on a memorable run of 3 straight possessions with a 3-pointer, starting at the 3:33 mark to close to within 3. He tied it with his second triple 42 seconds later then gave the Wildcats the lead for good with his third with 2:14 to play. He finished the night 7-of-13 from the field, including a career-best 5 3-pointers.
  • However, K-State’s defense was locked in, forcing Reaves to take an off-balanced 3-pointer that was eventual knocked out of bounds by the Sooners to give the possession to the Wildcats. Gordon was fouled with less than 2 seconds and calmly hit both free throws to close out the game, 62-57.
  • K-State, which posted consecutive wins for the first time since December, has now beaten at least one Top 25 opponent in each of the last 15 seasons, including each of the nine seasons under head coach Bruce Weber. Weber now has 27 wins against Top 25 opponents in his tenure with seven coming against ranked Oklahoma teams. The victory was also the 10th by Weber against a Top 10 foe, enabling him to tie Hall of Fame head coach Fred “Tex” Winter for the most by any head coach in school history.
  • The loss snapped Oklahoma’s 3-game winning streak, as the Sooners lost to the Wildcats for the ninth consecutive season at Bramlage Coliseum. They have not won in Manhattan since a 63-60 win in 2012.
  • McGuirl was joined in double figures by freshman Davion Bradford (13) and Gordon, who collected his team-leading fourth double-double with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Nijel Pack added 9 points and dished out a career-high 9 assists in 38 minutes. It was the most assists by a true freshman since Marcus Foster had 10 against Baylor in 2014.
  • Defense was once again key for the Wildcats, which held Oklahoma to 39.3 percent shooting (22-of-56), including 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from 3-point range, while scoring 15 points off 12 Sooner turnovers.

 
INJURIES, YOUTH DEFINE SEASON SO FAR FOR K-STATE 

  • Very few teams in the country have had to deal with the mixture of injuries, COVID-19 protocols and youth quite like K-State has in 2020-21. Already one of the country’s most inexperienced teams with just 4 returning lettermen (only 4 schools have fewer) and 11 underclassmen (only 6 schools have more), the Wildcats have seen 9 different players combined to miss 65 games this season, while senior Mike McGuirl is the only player to start all 25 games with 8 different starting lineups.

 
GAMES MISSED IN 2020-21 [65]

 

  • K-State is one of just 10 schools (Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, James Madison, Marist, Montana North Carolina, Sacred Heart and Washington State) to start at least 3 true freshmen in one game, while the 60 combined starts by Wildcat true freshmen rank second nationally to Kentucky’s 63 and just ahead of Washington State’s 58.

 
A SPECIAL FRESHMAN

  • Freshman Nijel Pack is off to an impressive start to his K-State career, as he ranks among team leaders in several categories, including scoring (12.1 ppg./1st), double-digit scoring games (13/2nd), field goals (93/2nd), 3-point field goals made (47/2nd), assists (82/2nd), steals (25/1st) and minutes per game (33.5/2nd). He is attempting to become the first true freshman to lead the Wildcats in scoring since Marcus Foster averaged 15.5 points during the 2013-14 season.
  • Before missing the Oklahoma State game on Jan. 9, Pack had started to hit his scoring groove, scoring in double figures in 3 of 4 games, including a then season-high 17 points at No. 18/19 Texas Tech (1/5/21). He returned to the court against No. 2/2 Baylor on Jan. 27 and has continued his stellar play, rattling off double-digit scoring games in 7 of the last 9 games.
  • It was during this stretch that Pack came up  with a special performance in K-State’s 68-61 loss to Texas A&M in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge Jan. 30, as the rookie scored a season-high 26 points on 9-of-16 field goals, including  8-of-14 from 3-point range, to go with 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in just his second game back from missing 4 games due to COVID-19 protocols. 
  • Dating back to the Big 12 opener with TCU on Jan. 2, Pack has scored in double figures 9 of the last 11 games. In this 11-game span, he is averaging 14.1 points on 40.3 percent (54-of-134) shooting, including 37.7 percent (29-of-77) from 3-point range, with 3.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
  • The 26-point effort was the most by a Wildcat true freshman since Marcus Foster scored 34 points vs. Texas on Feb. 8, 2014. The 8 3-pointers tie for the second-most in a game in school history and are the most-ever by a Wildcat freshman. His 8 treys are only surpassed by Askia Jones’ school-record 14 against Fresno State on March 24, 1994, while Steve Henson (vs. Iowa State on Feb. 17, 1990) and Cortez Groves (vs. Texas A&M on March 23, 2000) also had 8 treys in a game.
  • Pack ranks fourth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.24), as he has knocked down at least 3 triples in 9 games with a season-high 8 vs. Texas A&M (1/30/21). His 47 makes are the second-most by a true freshman in school history, while connecting on 37.3 percent from long range.
  • Pack has dished out 5 or more assists in 11 games, including a season-best 9 in the win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma on Tuesday. He ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a 2.05 assist/turnover ratio and is ninth in assists (9th/3.90).

 
McGUIRL DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES

  • Mike McGuirl is making the most of his senior season, as he is among the leaders in a number of categories, including first in total points (295), double-digit scoring games (17), field goals made (99) and attempted (274), 3-point field goals made (54) and attempted (162), assists (86) and minutes (34.3). He is second in scoring (11.8 ppg.) and steals (24).
  • McGuirl had a Senior Night to remember in Tuesday’s win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma, as he knocked down a career-best 5 3-pointers, including 3 in a row to help flip a 6-point deficit into a 3-point lead with 2:14 to play. He had 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, with 7 rebounds in 39 minutes.
  • McGuirl has led the team in scoring a team-best 10 times, while he has led in rebounding 3 times, in assists 11 times and in steals on 8 occasions. For the first time in his career, he led the team in scoring (16), rebounding (9) and assists (5) in the win over TCU (2/20/21).
  • McGuirl’s 17 double-digit scoring games have already surpassed his entire career total (10) that he had entering the 2020-21 season. He opened the year with his first career 20-point game vs. Drake on Nov. 25 with 22 points then equaled it vs. Fort Hays State (12/8/20). He has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 17 games, where he is averaging 11.6 points per game.
  • In addition to his scoring, McGuirl has also set up his teammates, dishing out a team-best 86 assists (to 65 turnovers). He has 9 games at least 5 assists this season, including a career-best 8 vs. Milwaukee (12/11/20).

 
MR. DO-EVERYTHING

  • Sophomore DaJuan Gordon has proved to be K-State’s Mr. Do Everything, as he is third on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game, while averaging 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He returned to the court against No. 23/24 Kansas on Feb. 17 after missing the last 4 games due to injury, scoring a team-high 12 points on 6-of-13 field goals.
  • Gordon is 1 of 4 guards to rank in the Big 12’s Top 15 in rebounding, as he is 13th with 5.6 per game, while he is 14th in defensive rebounds (4.2).
  • Gordon’s 4 double-doubles are the most by Big 12 guard and rank fifth among all Big 12 players. Gordon’s 4 career double-doubles have all come in the last 15 games played, including 3 in Big 12 play. He posted his first career double-double at Iowa State (12/15/20), scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He followed that with a 14-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Oklahoma State (1/9/21) before his latest in the win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma (2/23/21) with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 5 games, including in back-to-back contests vs. Jacksonville (12/21/20) and Omaha (12/29/20). He is the first Wildcat to post double-digit rebounds in back-to-back games since Wesley Iwundu in March 2017.
  • Gordon has scored in double figures in 11 games this season, including a career-best 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting vs. TCU (1/2/21). Eight of those 11 double-digit scoring games have come in the last 15 games.

 
AGORDON LEARNING HIS ROLE

  • Despite an up-and-down season, sophomore Antonio Gordon is starting to settle into his role. He is averaging 5.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting with a team-best 5.7 rebounds, including 6.9 points on 49.3 percent shooting with a team-best 6.3 rebounds in Big 12 play.
  • Gordon came off the bench with a big game against No. 2/2 Baylor (12/19/20) by collecting a career-high 23 points on 9-of-9 field goals. The 23 points tie for the eighth-most by reserve in a conference game.
  • Before missing Tuesday’s game with No. 7/8 Oklahoma, Gordon had started each of the previous 6 games, averaging 7.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting with 8.7 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. He collected his first double-double at No. 23/22 Oklahoma State on Feb. 13, posting a team-high 15 points to go with a career-best 14 rebounds.

 
MIGUEL ANOTHER ROOKIE HAVING A SOLID YEAR

  • A starter in 18 of the last 20 games, freshman Selton Miguel is having a solid freshman campaign, averaging 7.2 points on 33.1 percent shooting, including 7.3 points on 32.2 percent shooting in Big 12 play. He is third on the team in 3-pointers (19), fourth in steals (21) and fifth in scoring.
  • Miguel’s 7 double-digit scoring games have come in the last 21 outings, including a team-tying 17 points vs. Milwaukee (12/11/20) and No. 18/19 Texas Tech (1/5/21). He broke out of a recent slump in the win at TCU (2/20/21), scoring 9 points with 7 of the team’s last 11 points.
  • Miguel connected on a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds left to lift K-State to a 60-58 win over Omaha on Dec. 29.  It was the rookie’s first game-winner, as he capped his 11-point effort with his third trey of the game.

 
IMPRESSIVE YOUNG BIG MAN

  • When starting big man Kaosi Ezeagu went down early in the season, it gave freshman Davion Bradford an opportunity to display his skills and earn valuable experience. He is averaging 7.3 on a team-best 62.2 percent shooting (74-of-119) with 4.3 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.
  • Bradford has scored in double figures in 8 games thus far, including scoring a season-high 18 points vs. Milwaukee (12/11/20). He also played a major role in the win at Iowa State (12/15/20) with 14 points on 5-of-7 field goals and a 4-of-4 effort from the line. He has scored in double figures 7 times in Big 12 play, including team-high 14 points at No. 4/4 Texas (1/16/21).
  • Bradford has already shown the ability to finish at the rim, totaling a team-high 31 dunks through 25 games, which is nearly double the team-high of 17 posted by Makol Mawien in 32 games played in 2019-20 season.

 
IRON ‘CATS

  • Due to low numbers caused by injuries and COVID-19 protocols, K-State had just 8 available players – including 6 on scholarship – for its outing against Oklahoma State at home on Saturday, Jan. 9. To make the situation worse, sophomore Carlton Linguard, Jr., was on a minutes’ limit due to a back injury (playing just over 14 minutes), while freshman Davion Bradford ended up playing just over 12 minutes due to foul issues.
  • This caused the remaining 6 to play the bulk of the minutes, including walk-on Joe Petrakis logging a career-high 15 minutes of action.  Senior Mike McGuirl and junior Rudi Williams each played all 40 minutes, setting career-highs, while two others – sophomore DaJuan Gordon and freshmen Selton Miguel – each registered 39 minutes, also career-highs. All told, those 4 players were responsible for 158 of K-State’s 200 total minutes.
  • McGuirl and Williams are the first Wildcats to play all 40 minutes of a regulation game since Barry Brown, Jr., played all 40 against Baylor on March 2, 2019. It marked the first time two teammates played all 40 minutes in a regulation game in more than 30 years since Steve Henson and LaKeith Humphrey accomplished the feat against Oklahoma State in a 69-62 win at home on Feb. 5, 1989.

 
PETRAKIS EARNS SCHOLARSHIP

  • Sophomore walk-on Joe Petrakis earned a scholarship for the rest of the 2020-21 season prior to the game with No. 14/15 West Virginia on Jan. 23.
  • After redshirting in 2019-20, Petrakis took advantage of his opportunity with the loss numbers against Oklahoma State on Jan. 9, outscoring freshman All-American candidate Cade Cunningham (6 points to 5 points), while logging a career-high 15 minutes of action.
  • Petrakis, who redshirt his first season in 2019-20 after playing one season at Dodge City College, scored his first career points with 6:13 left in the first half and finished with a career-high 6 points on 2-of-5 field goals, including his first 3-pointer, to go with 2 rebounds.

 
MURPHY EXPECTED TO MISS SEASON

  • Sophomore Montavious Murphy has elected to have what is expected to be season-ending surgery to fix his ailing knee, which has caused him to miss 21 games this season. Murphy, who was the opening day starter vs. Drake (11/25/20), saw action in 4 games, including the first 3.
  • Murphy, who became just the fourth true freshman to start an opener under Bruce Weber in 2019-20, has now missed 34 games in his career due to injury, including the last 6 games of his freshman season.
  • Murphy had a solid freshman season in 2019-20, averaging 5.2 points on 40.7 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game.

 
UP NEXT: IOWA STATE (2-17, 0-14 Big 12)

  • K-State concludes the regular season with a rescheduled home game with Iowa State (2-17, 0-14 Big 12) on Saturday, March 6 at 4 p.m., CT on Big 12 Now. The game was suppose to be played on January 13 but was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 74-65, in the Big 12 opener on Dec. 15, 2020 in Ames, Iowa.



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Travel’s Covid-19 Blues Are Likely Here to Stay—‘People Will Go Out of Business’


The outlook for a rebound in travel this year has dimmed after the global pandemic ravaged the industry and hurt tourism-dependent economies, with travelers postponing plans amid vaccine delays and border restrictions.

Tourist destinations from Thailand to Iceland had been hoping Covid-19 vaccines would allow countries to reopen their borders and drive a much-needed recovery in 2021. Now, with vaccine rollouts delayed in some places and new virus strains appearing, it is looking more likely that international travel could be stalled for years.

After declaring that 2020 was the worst year for tourism on record, with one billion fewer international arrivals, the United Nations World Tourism Organization says prospects for a 2021 rebound have worsened. In October, 79% of experts polled by the agency believed a 2021 rebound was possible. Only 50% said they believed that in January, and some 41% didn’t think travel would reach pre-pandemic levels until 2024 or beyond.

James Sowane, who owns a transportation company catering to tourists in Fiji, called a staff meeting earlier this month and told employees to start looking for other jobs. He recently took advantage of a government-assistance program and had brought back some laid-off workers, optimistic that vaccines could spark a travel rebound as early as April.

But now Mr. Sowane doesn’t think tourists will return until next year, and he and his wife can’t afford to keep paying wages at their company, Pacific Destinations Fiji. He is borrowing from his bank to keep a few core employees.



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Women’s Basketball Travels to Marquette Friday Night


Villanova will travel to Milwaukee on Friday night to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles in a BIG EAST Conference contest. The Wildcats enter play 12-3 overall and 7-3 in conference action, while Marquette is 14-4 overall and 11-3 in league play. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m., eastern time and the game can be seen live on the Big East Digital Network.
 
Friday’s game between Villanova and Marquette will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. On Jan. 27 in a game played at Villanova, Marquette tallied a 95-77 win. Senior forward Brianna Herlihy and sophomore forward Maddy Siegrist each scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats, who put three players in double figures on the evening. Senior forward Sarah Mortensen chipped in with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Marquette was led in scoring by Selena Lott, who registered a double-double with 27 points and 11 assists. All five Golden Eagles starters scored in double figures.
 
The Villanova Wildcats put on an offensive clinic in the first half of Tuesday night’s win over Butler. In the game’s first 20 minutes, Villanova scored 67 points on 24-of-36 (.667) shooting, including a 16-of-26 (.615) effort from three-point range. The 67 points represent a school record for points in a half and the 16 threes set a school mark for triples in a half. Villanova used the first half offensive effort to lead 67-26 at intermission.  
 
The Wildcats enter play on Friday at Marquette having won five of their last six. The lone loss during the stretch was a 95-77 setback to Marquette on Jan. 27.  
 
Beginning with Friday’s trip to Milwaukee, Villanova will play three of its final four regular season games on the road, including the next three in a row. After playing at Marquette, the Wildcats play at Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 21, and at Providence on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Villanova will conclude the 2020-21 regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 28, when the Seton Hall Pirates visit the Finneran Pavilion.  The Wildcats are 5-1 in road games this season.
 
Over the last four games, Villanova is 50-of-115 from three-point range for 43.4 percent. After going 10-of-25 (40.0%) from three versus Marquette, the Wildcats were 14-of-33 (42.4%) from long distance at Butler, 9-of-21 versus Providence and 17-of-36 on Tuesday against Butler. The 17 threes against Butler represent a season-high performance. The Wildcats have had five games this year where they have made double digit threes. For the year, Villanova is 127-of-386 from long distance for 32.9 percent. 
 
Villanova is led in scoring and rebounding by Siegrist who is averaging 22.8 ppg. and 10.1 rpg. Two other Wildcats are averaging double figures, including Bridget Herlihy at 14.6 ppg., and Sarah Mortensen who is scoring 12.6 ppg.
 
 





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No. 17 Kentucky Travels to No. 2 South Carolina Sunday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – A whirlwind week for the No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team that has seen several postponements and travel issues due to the inclement weather across the southeast region of the nation, will hopefully find normalcy Sunday as the Wildcats travel to face No. 2 South Carolina for a 3 p.m. ET tip inside Colonial Life Arena.    
 
The game vs. South Carolina will be televised on ESPN with Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo on the call. The action can be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
 
Kentucky (15-5, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) started the weekend with a strong win Monday at Florida, scoring 88 points and hitting 53.7 percent from the field. The Wildcats then had to stay an extra night in Gainesville due to weather, before having their Thursday game with LSU postponed to Friday before it was eventually postponed again Thursday afternoon. The postponement has left Kentucky focusing squarely on the highly ranked Gamecocks as it enters the weekend.
 
In its last outing at Florida, Kentucky put together one of its best offensive performances of the year. UK scored 88 points in the game, which was its second-most points scored in an SEC game this season trailing only the 92 points UK scored in its double-overtime thriller at Mississippi State. The Wildcats shot 53.7 percent from the field in the game, which was its best shooting performance in an SEC game since Jan. 25, 2018 against Alabama. It was also UK’s best shooting performance in an SEC road game since Jan. 31, 2016 at Florida. The Wildcats had a 40-32 edge in paint points, which was the most paint points UK has scored in an SEC game this season. Kentucky is 6-0 this season when it shoots over 50 percent.
 
Rhyne Howard led the way for Kentucky, scoring 31 points with four 3s made, nine rebounds and two steals. The performance makes Howard the fourth player in school history to have at least six career 30-point games and the first player in school history to have three career 30-point games against SEC opponents. Howard now has 1,493 career points, which ranks her 11th all-time at UK, needing just nine more to reach the top 10 all-time in scoring. The native of Cleveland, Tennessee, is the only player in the SEC this season to lead her team in scoring, rebounding and assists as she averages 19.7 points per game with 7.2 rebounds per game and 64 assists. She also has hit a team-best 38 3-pointers and is second on the team with 67 steals.
 
Senior guard Chasity Patterson is averaging 13.1 points per game and is leading the team and the nation with 67 steals. Patterson also has 59 assists and has hit 28 3s. Sophomore forward Dre’una Edwards is averaging 10.6 points per game with 6.8 rebounds per game and a team-best 21 blocks.
 
South Carolina (17-3, 12-1 SEC) is coming off its first league loss of the season Thursday at top-25 ranked Tennessee. The Gamecocks led 37-25 at halftime but the Lady Vols scored 50 second-half points to come back and earn the 75-67 win. Sophomore center Aliyah Boston scored 17 points with 16 rebounds, adding a block in the game. Guards Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson each had 15 points and three rebounds with Henderson adding six assists.  
 
As a team, South Carolina is averaging 79.3 points per game while limiting teams to 60.1 points per game. The Gamecocks are averaging 44.9 percent from the field and 33.0 percent from 3. South Carolina has a +16.1 rebounding margin and are averaging 7.3 blocks per game.
 
Sunday will be the 69th all-time meeting between Kentucky and South Carolina in women’s basketball. The Gamecocks have won 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series. UK has lost three straight games to the Gamecocks. The Wildcats last win against SC was a 65-57 win in Columbia on Feb. 21, 2019. The Gamecocks lead the series 19-11 in games played in Columbia.
 
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
 





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Women’s Basketball Travels to Towson for Weekend Series on Saturday, Sunday


TOWSON, Md. – The Drexel University women’s basketball team (9-6, 6-4 CAA) will travel to Towson, Md. to take on the Tigers (11-4, 6-2 CAA) in a weekend series Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21. Both games will tip at 2 p.m from SECU Arena.
 
Drexel play-by-play announcer Ari Bluestein will have a free radio call. The game will also be streamed on FloHoops.
 
HISTORY
The Dragons have been a problem for the Tigers, having beaten them in 59 of the 80 total games. Drexel swept the Tigers in the 2019-20 season. In the second meeting, Washington hit a layup with 12.7 seconds left in the game to secure Drexel’s victory. Washington finished with 14 points; 12 points came in the second half. Nihill finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists. 
 
The Dragons’ last lost to the Tigers came in the 2019 CAA Championship game.
 
LAST WEEKEND
The Dragons played top-seeded Delaware in a weekend series. On Friday, Nihill scored a career-high 32 points at Delaware. She scored 13 of the team’s 26 first-half points before erupting for 19 points in the second half. Nihill also had four assists and four rebounds.
 
In Sunday’s senior day game at the DAC, Washington had a team-high 23 points, and Nihill finished with 14. Nihill also dished out a season-high seven assists and had five rebounds and four assists.
 
LEADING SCORERS
In conference play, Nihill leads the Dragons, averaging 18.3 points per game, followed by Washington (11.2) and Leonard (9.2) through 10 contests.
 
LAST SEASON
Drexel claimed a share of the CAA regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament with a 16-2 record a year ago and reached the 20-win plateau (23-7) for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
 
LOOKING AT THE OPPONENT
Towson has an 11-4 record in the 2020-21 season and a 6-2 mark in the CAA. The Tigers currently sit in second place in the conference with James Madison and Drexel right behind them. Last weekend, the Tigers traveled to Boston, Mass. to face Northeastern. The Tigers ended the weekend with a split which ended the Towson’s seven-game win streak. Towson averages 86.5 points per game while shooting .466 from the floor. #21 Kionna Jeter leads in scoring average with 25.0 points per game, followed by #4 Aleah Nelson (14.0) and #23 Shavonne Smith (13.5).
 



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