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Kansas State has three non-conference games prior to starting Big 12 Conference play on Jan. 10 against Oklahoma. The first of those is Tuesday against Wagner, followed by a game against Idaho State on Saturday and another with Chicago State on Jan. 5.

Kansas State has shown the ability to score early and often, as the Wildcats have totaled 877 points in their first 11 games, an average of almost 80 points per game.

The team has scored 70 or more points in nine of 11 games, including each of the last four contests. The squad has already posted two games of 90 or more points, including a 107-point output against Gardner-Webb, which ranks as the most in a non-conference game since 1994 and the highest point total since the Wildcats scored 111 against Missouri on Jan. 3, 1998.

The 877 points are the fourth-most through 11 games in school history, trailing just the 1997-98 (944), 1952-53 (898) and 1986-87 (892) and just ahead of the 1976-77 (872) squad.

In fact, this year's team joins four other squads as the only ones in Kansas State's 118-year history to score 800 or more points in the first 10 games. The Wildcats have scored 80 or more points in five of their first 11 games for just the fifth time in its history.

The Wildcat tri-leaders have been Jacob Pullen (14.4), Denis Clemente (12.2) and Jamar Samuels (10.2), but just a bucket shy of twin figures are Darren Kent (9.8) and Fred Brown (9.5).

K-State has shown the ability to play solid defense as well, holding its 10 opponents thus far to an average of 61.5 points per game. The Wildcats have held nine opponents to less than 70 points, including six to 60 points or less.

The 676 points yielded this season are for the third-fewest through 11 games in the last 25 seasons, trailing the 2005-06 (666) and 2004-05 (674) teams and just ahead of the 1993-94 (677) squad.

This Wildcat basketball team is off to its third straight 8-3 season. In the month of December, K-State has won 27 of its last 28 games played in the Christmas-month.

That includes a 15-game home-court winning streak.

The team's last loss at home in the month came to Rutgers, 76-66, on Dec. 28, 2004. It was the first December home loss since 2001.


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