2. Dean Wade racks up 20 points and 10 rebounds
One of the more underrated, versatile, and experienced players in the Big 12 is a member of Kansas State with senior standout forward Dean Wade. So far this season, Wade is one of the three Wildcats that is scoring in double figures. He’s second on the team in scoring and also one of Kansas State’s leader in rebounds.
All in all, Wade isn’t as efficiency so far this season as he was during his breakout 2017-18 campaign. His player efficiency rating dropped from a whopping 26.7 last season to a still impressive 24.3 in 2018-19. That player efficiency rating slots him among the very best in the Big 12.
Wade was missing in the first meeting between Texas basketball and Kansas due to a looming injury, but he should be good to go for this Feb. 12 battle on the Forty Acres. And, in each of the past four games Wade registered at least 12 points and six rebounds. A true breakthrough outing for Wade could see him post 20 points and 10 rebounds.
For Wade to reach that mark, he would have to be hot from beyond the arc. Wade does average less than 2.5 three-point attempts per game, and Kansas State doesn’t get that many offensive possessions each game in general. But, when Wade is on he can hit well over 50 percent of his looks from beyond the arc. He is also a 44 percent three-point shooter this season.