Campus Corner

Five more things about today’s K-State-vs.-KU game at Allen Fieldhouse

Updated: 2014-01-11T17:03:37Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— The first leg of the Sunflower Showdown is here. No. 18 Kansas will meet No. 25 Kansas State at 1 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse. As we wait for tipoff — and you check out The Star’s breakdown here — here are five more things to know about today’s matchup.

1. Andrew Wiggins’ production: Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins is in a bit of a minor offensive slump, shooting just 33 percent (19 of 58) over his last five games. But while the outside shots haven’t fallen, he has continued to be productive at the foul line. He has made 40 of his last 46 free throws, dating back seven games.

2. The Wildcats’ defense: Kansas State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing just 58.0 points per game. They also lead the Big 12 in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com, allowing .91 points per possession. That ranks 13th nationally — and 15 spots ahead of KU (0.94 points per possession).

3. The Allen Fieldhouse effect: In Kansas coach Bill Self’s 10 seasons, the Jayhawks are 9-1 in Big 12 home openers. The one loss came in a 59-55 loss to Kansas State on Jan. 14, 2006. Even better: Dating back to Larry Brown’s first season at KU in 1983-84, KU has won 29 of 30 conference home openers at Allen Fieldhouse.

4. Wayne Selden’s growth: KU freshman guard Wayne Selden had a career-high 24 points in KU’s road victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday. It continued a recent upswing for Selden, who had made just 12 three-pointers in 13 games entering the conference season. Selden made five of 10 from three-point range against Oklahoma and is now 10 for 21 from three-point range in his last five games.

5. K-State’s streak: The Wildcats enter Saturday on a 10-game winning streak, the longest of coach Bruce Weber’s short tenure. It ties for the ninth longest in school history, but K-State hasn’t won 11 straight games since the 1976-77 season.

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