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Big Final Saturday of Hoops

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - What can the Wildcats do for an encore today as the men of Frank Martin entertain Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum, and the women of Deb Patterson travel to play Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse?

WHAT A WEEK:
K-State's men opened the week with a 75-70 victory over No. 8 Texas in Austin on Monday.
On Wednesday, the Wildcat women stunned No. 5 Texas A&M, 71-67.
THE REGULAR SEASON FINALE:
The Wildcat men (21-9, 9-6) entertain the last place Cyclones (16-14, 3-12) in a 12:30 p.m. tipoff in Bramlage Coliseum. While ISU is just 3-12 in league play, it is coming off a 95-90 mid-week win over Colorado, and six of those losses have been in OT or by five points or less. K-State has won nine of the last 10 in this series, but the loss came last year 85-82 in overtime spoiling the Wildcats' Senior Day.

"For a young team who I questioned their leadership early in the year, I could not be prouder of the leadership that those guys have given the younger kids over the last six or seven weeks," coach Frank Martin said of K-State's recent play.

In the first game this year, K-State won on a Jacob Pullen scramble lay-in with under two seconds left, 86-85. The Cyclones are winless on the road this year in Big 12 play and just 2-8 overall outside of Hilton Coliseum.

K-State's women (19-9, 9-6) will try to defeat Kansas for the 18th time in the last 20 games, but last year the Wildcats lost in Lawrence, 70-60. KU was ripped by Iowa State this week, 72-36, to fall to 6-10 in the league and 19-11 for the year. The loss ended a three-game KU win streak.

"The last game of the season is never my favorite time to play a rivalry game," said K-State coach Deb Patterson. "We had to do it a couple years ago when we clinched the Big 12 championship, but playing them in the last game is never by pick, but that's the reality of it. They've found their step and are playing to the level they're capable of. It's a rivalry game so it will be tough as nails."

On the key to the game, sophomore sharp-shooter Brittany Chambers said, "Whoever handles the emotions of the game will come out on top."

In the first game in Manhattan, K-State got 19 points from Taelor Karr and 18 more from Jalana Childs in a 65-60 victory.

WHO TO WATCH:
The seniors - Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly - will be playing for the final time in Bramlage Coliseum.  Pullen is on a five-game roll where he has averaged over 27 points per game. Only Michael Beasley and Askia Jones in K-State history have scored more points than Pullen over a five-game stretch. Kelly is coming off his best game of the year of 15 points and eight rebounds and five blocked shots against the Longhorns.

Of Kelly's recent play, Martin said, "He's playing with unbelievable energy and focus. That's been Curt's biggest two challenges. He loses focus at times, but that hasn't happened in these last two games."

Iowa State is led by Scott Christopherson, who carries a 14.1 scoring average and is second in 3-pointers made (2.9 per game) and percentage (46.2) in the Big 12. Diante Garrett of the Cyclones leads the Big 12 in assists with a 6.1 average.

Brittany Chambers threw in seven 3-pointers that led to a 35-point performance against Texas A&M on Wednesday. That tied for the fifth most points ever scored by a Wildcat in a single game. Jalana Childs is hour-to-hour as to whether she will play in the game after taking a nasty fall in the first minute of the game on Wednesday.

Kansas is paced by Carolyn Davis, who averages 18.6 points, fourth high in the Big 12, and 7.0 rebounds per game. She was held to five points and one rebound, plus fouled out, in the first game against K-State.

ON THE LINE:
K-State is in a two-way tie for third place with Texas A&M, but the Aggies own the tie-breaker for the Big 12 Championship by way of a regular season win over the 'Cats. If K-State wins, and A&M tops Texas Tech in College Station, the Aggies will be seeded No. 3 and K-State No. 4, respectively in the postseason tournament beginning Wednesday at Kansas City's Sprint Center. As a No. 4 seed, K-State would play at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Should the Wildcats win and the Aggies lose, K-State would be the No. 3 seed and play the 8:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

The Wildcat women are in a two-way tie for fourth with Iowa State, and one game back of third-place Oklahoma. Oklahoma plays at Texas Tech, but even with a loss, would hold the tie-breaker over K-State because of a regular season win. Iowa State plays at Missouri. If both K-State and ISU win, the Cyclones would own the No. 4 seed by way of a sweep of the Wildcats during the season. As a No. 5 seed, K-State would play the No. 12 seed - OSU or NU - on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Municipal Auditorium. Should K-State win and ISU lose, K-State would get the No. 4 seed and not play until Wednesday.

ON THE TUBE:
The K-State vs. Iowa State men's game will be on the Big 12 Network at 12:30 p.m.
The K-State vs. KU women's game will be on Fox Sports Net at 6:30 p.m.

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