The Monmouth Hawks travel to Manhatten (KS) to take on the Kansas State Wildcats has on Wednesday in a nonconference matchup. This is just the second all-time meeting between the programs with the only other matchup occurring in 2002, which Kansas State won.
Hawks continue road swingMonmouth is playing its third of five straight road games to start the season. After opening the season with a victory over Lehigh, Monmouth dropped a 94-74 decision at Hofstra on Saturday as the Pride shot 52.7% from the field and 50% from the 3-point line. Hawks leading scorer Deion Hammond struggled with his shot but still reached double-figures for a second consecutive game as he put up 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting (3-for-10 3-pointers). Ray Salnave, Nikkei Rutty, and Mustapha Traore contributed 10 points apiece.
Monmouth took 19 more shots than Hofstra did, but the Hawks only made 30 of their 74 (40.5%) attempts and just six of 24 (20%) from beyond the arc. Monmouth was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line while Hofstra was 27-for-35 as the Hawks were whistled for 26 fouls.
Monmouth is averaging 70 points a game as the Hawks are shooting 40.3% from the field and 32.6% from the 3-point line. They are averaging 10.5 offensive rebounds, 17 assists, and 13 turnovers. Defensively, Monmouth is allowing 78 points as their opponents are shooting 45% from the field and 48.6% from long distance. The Hawks are permitting 6.5 offensive rebounds and forcing 14.5 turnovers.
Kansas State searching for offenseKansas State is 2-0 for the sixth straight year under coach Bruce Weber and is back home after escaping UNLV with a 60-56 overtime victory. Xavier Sneed played the hero in the game despite injuring his ankle during the opening half. Trailing 23-16 at halftime, K-State went on a 19-10 run with Sneed contributing nine points, including a pair of three-pointers to take a 35-33 lead midway through the half. The game was a back-and-forth affair from there. UNLV tied the game at 48-48 with two free throws, and neither team would score again over the last 1:08 of regulation. Sneed scored four of his game-high 19 points over the final 28 seconds in the extra period, which included the game-winning jumper. Cartier Diarra added 12 points for the Wildcats. Kansas St. earned the win on the defensive end as the Wildcats held the Runnin' Rebels to 34.5% shooting from the floor, including 26.9% from long distance. K-State forced UNLV into 25 turnovers for the game, which they turned into 19 points. Offensively, the Wildcats struggled as they connected on 37.3% of their shots and 16.7% of their attempts from beyond the arc. The Wildcats did hit 12 of 13 shots from the free-throw line, but they turned the ball over 20 times.
Kansas State is averaging 63.5 points while shooting 40% from the floor and 22.7% from beyond the arc. The Wildcats are averaging 10 offensive rebounds, 13.5 assists, and 13 turnovers. Diarra (17.5 points, six assists, five rebounds) has scored in double-figures and doled out six assists in both games this year and 19 times, and now has scored in double-figures on 19 occasions. Sneed is second on the team in both scoring (14.5) and third in rebounding (5.5). Makol Mawein (8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Montavious Murphy are both averaging over six caroms a game.
Defensively, K-State is holding its opponents to 55.0 points a game and 31.8% from the field and 26.8% from long-distance. The Wildcats are allowing 12 offensive rebounds and are forcing 16.5 turnovers a contest.
- Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The following trends are courtesy of Covers.com:
- Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games