K-State Continues Homestand vs. Idaho State
K-State Continues Homestand vs. Idaho State
Date: Saturday, January 3, 2008
Tipoff: 1:10 p.m. CT
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: First meeting
(K-State is 10-4 vs. Big Sky Conference)
Television: FOX Sports Kansas City/ESPN Full Court/ESPN360
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Max Leinwand (producer)
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 672, Dish Network 447
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 122
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)
Tickets: There are several Holiday Ticket Packs available by calling (800) 221-CATS or online at www.k-statesports.com.
Record: 9-3 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 30-15/1
School Record: 30-15/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Dec. 30, 2008
Defeated Wagner, 82-53
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 4-10 (1-0 Big Sky)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Joe O’Brien
Alma Mater: Monmouth, 77
Career Record: 29-46/3
School Record: 29-46/3
07-08 Record: 12-19 (8-8 Big Sky)
Last game: Jan. 1, 2009
SID: Frank Mercogliano
G - #0 Jacob Pullen (6-0, 200, So.)
G - #21 Denis Clemente (6-1, 175, Jr.)
F - #23 Dominique Sutton (6-5, 210, So.)
F - #42 Darren Kent (6-11, 230, Sr.)
F - #50 Luis
G - #1 Amorrow Morgan (6-5, 210, Jr.)
G - #2
G - #31 Matt Stucki (6-6, 210, Sr.)
F - #25 Chron Tatum (6-8, 220, Jr.)
C - #33 Deividas Busma (7-0, 240, Jr.)
K-State capped off the 2008 portion of its schedule on a four-game winning streak, as the Wildcats posted an 82-53 win over Wagner on Tuesday night. The team began the game on a 12-0 run and held the Seahawks without a field goal for the first 9:38 en route to registering leads of 24-2 and 37-8 in the first half. The squad connected on 53.7 percent from the field, including a season-best 62.5 percent in the first half, as well as 53.3 percent from 3-point range.
Sophomore Jacob Pullen led another balanced scoring effort, as five players scored seven or more points led by his 24 points. Fellow sophomore Dominique Sutton enjoyed a career night with highs in six categories, including points (21) and rebounds (10), en route to tallying his first career double-double. Junior Denis Clemente chipped in 15 points, a team-high four assists and a pair of steals.
Sutton became the sixth different Wildcat to post a 20-point outing this season. The incredibly balanced team has had seven different leading scorers, nine different assist leaders and six different leading rebounders. Right now, six players are averaging eight or more points, while five players are averaging five or more rebounds. There have been 41 double-digit scoring games by eight players. Of the eight players, six have done it five or more times this season.
The Wildcats have also been stout on the defense end, allowing just 60.8 points per game on 38.1 percent shooting. The team has held seven of its 12 opponents to 60 points or less, while holding its foes to below 40 percent shooting nine times. Each of the last four opponents have been held to 55 points or less, while allowing the quartet to shoot a combined 33.2 percent from the field. It is the fewest points allowed in a four-game stretch since the 1982-83 season.
The contest against
Fans will also be able to listen to the audio broadcast on the 29-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 122) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) on the call.
K-State is offering three Holiday Ticket Packs with special pricing on three men’s basketball games and one women’s game during this holiday season. For just $60, fans may purchase four tickets to any one of two men’s games including contests against
Cats in January
Last season, K-State posted its seventh perfect mark in the month of January and first since 1970 by turning in a 6-0 mark. The squad opened the month with an 85-25 win over Savannah State then earned five straight Big 12 wins against Oklahoma (84-82), No. 10 Texas A&M (75-54), Colorado (72-56), Iowa State (82-57) and No. 2 Kansas (84-75). The team also went undefeated in 1919 (4-0), 1951 (5-0), 1952 (5-0), 1958 (4-0), 1959 (6-0) and 1960 (6-0).
The 959 points are the fourth-most through 12 games in school history, trailing just the 1997-98 (1,008), 1952-53 (979) and 1986-87 (977) and just ahead of the 1976-77 (934) squad. In fact, this year’s team joins four other squads as the only ones in
Since Frank Martin’s arrival in 2007, K-State has shown the ability to score points, totaling two of the most prolific scoring teams in school history. Last year, the Wildcats set the school mark with 2,574 points, while also posting the second-most field goals attempted (2067) and the third-most field goals (916) and 3-point field goals made (210) as well as the third-highest scoring average (78.0). The 2,467 points in 2006-07 rank as the fourth-most in school history.
And Stellar Defense
K-State has shown the ability to play solid defense as well, holding its 12 opponents thus far to an average of 60.8 points per game. The Wildcats have held 10 opponents to less than 70 points, including seven to 60 points or less. In addition, the squad has held its last four opponents to 55 points or less for the first time since the 1982-83 team held Clemson (54), SMU (53), Southern Illinois (49) and Texas (43) from Dec. 28, 1982 to Jan. 8, 1983.
The 729 points yielded are the fewest through 12 games in the last 25 seasons and fewest since the 1984-85 team allowed just 699 points. The 75 points scored by
Unlike last season when consensus All-American Michael Beasley paced the squad at 26.2 points per game, the 2008-09 team has shown a lot more diversity with its scoring output thus far.
Through 12 games, all 13 players have tallied at least four points with 11 totaling double-digit points and six in triple digits. Two players - sophomore Jacob Pullen and junior Denis Clemente - are averaging in double figures led by Pullen’s 15.2 points per game. Six players are averaging eight or more points, including redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels (9.3 ppg.), sophomore Dominique Sutton (9.0 ppg), senior Darren Kent (9.0 ppg.) and sophomore Fred Brown (8.9 ppg.).
Since statistics became available during the 1950-51 season, there has been just six teams to have four players average in double figures with the last coming in 2004-05. Just one team - the 1955-56 squad - has had six players average eight or more points in a season.
There have already been seven different leading scorers in 12 games, including a league-best six players with 20-point outings. In all, there have been 41 double-digit scoring games with Pullen doing it a team-best eight times in 12 games. Eight players have scored in double figures with five of those players doing it at least five times.
Brown, Clemente and Pullen are the only players to repeat as leading scorer, as Brown had a team-high 21 points against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16 then tied Sutton with 14 points each against
Rebounding Still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
Through 12 games, K-State is averaging 40.2 rebounds, including a Big 12-best 16.3 on the offensive end, with five players averaging five or more boards per game. The team ranks among the best in the Big 12 in four rebounding categories, including first in rebounding defense (32.1) and rebounding margin (+8.2) and second in rebounds. Four players - Ron Anderson, Luis Colon Darren Kent and Dominique Sutton - have grabbed double-digit rebounds seven times with
Pressure is the Key
The core of Frank Martin’s coaching philosophy is pressure, whether its on offense or defense. His theory is the more pressure you apply on a team, the more difficult you make it for your opponent.
Pressure has been a big key for the Wildcats so far, as the team has scored 282 points (30 percent of their season total of 959 points) off 235 opponent turnovers. K-State has scored 20 or more points off opponent turnovers in nine of the team’s 12 games, including 30 or more points twice with a season-best 41 against Gardner-Webb. In its nine wins, the squad has outscored its foes, 226-104, in points off turnovers. In all, the Wildcats have forced six foes into 20 or more turnovers. The team is averaging 7.6 steals per contest with eight players grabbing at least five led by Jacob Pullen’s 24 steals.
After dominating the paint a year ago with the likes of Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, Kansas State’s strength has shifted to the backcourt where the Wildcats start two of the best at their positions in junior Denis Clemente and sophomore Jacob Pullen.
The duo, which has started all 12 games, have combined for 331 points on 41.3 percent shooting (117-of-283), including 36.4 percent from 3-point range (47-of-129), with 81 of the team’s 192 assists. Pullen ranks first on the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game on 40 percent shooting with team-highs in field goals made (62), 3-point field goals made (28), assists (47), steals (24) and minutes (347). Clemente is second in scoring at 12.4 points per game on 43 percent shooting, while is also second in assists (34), minutes (271) and free throw percentage (76.9) and third in 3-point field goals (19).
Ironically, the two have scored in double figures six times in the same game with a combined 36 points against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, 31 against both
Sutton Steals the Show
After getting a late start to his time at K-State, sophomore Dominique Sutton has become an all-around factor for the Wildcats this season. He is one of four players that have hit on 50 percent or better from the field, while he is second in steals (1.1 spg.) and third in rebounds (5.5 rpg.) and minutes (23.1 mpg.) and fourth in scoring (9.0 ppg.).
Sutton posted a career night against Wagner on Dec. 30, collecting a career-highs in six categories, including points (21), rebounds (10), field goals made (7), field goals attempted (11), free throws (6) and free throws attempted (8). He has scored in double figures five times and has grabbed six or more rebounds six times so far.
Samuels an Impact off Bench
An unknown but talented player, redshirt freshman forward Jamar Samuels has become an impact player off the bench for the Wildcats. Despite starting only one game this season, he is third in scoring at 9.3 points on 56.7 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks in 20.5 minutes per game. Samuels ranks second to Pullen (eight) in the number of double-figure scoring games with seven, including a season-high 20 points against Gardner-Webb.
Samuels scored in double figures in four consecutive games to start the season and has collected 10 or more points in three of the last six contests. He has five or more rebounds seven games, including a season-best eight on three occasions. Samuels was solid all-around in his first start against Centenary with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and a career-tying three blocks in 27 minutes.
One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.
Kent, who entered the year averaging 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in his career, has totaled a team-best three double-doubles so far this year. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16 before posting 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in a win at
A starter down low in the post, junior Luis Colon is starting to come into his own this season. He is averaging 6.3 points on a team-best 62.5 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. His 76 points are over half his entire total from his first two seasons, while his 63 rebounds are more than his entire total from 2007-08.
The Bengals are averaging 63.7 points through 14 games on 43.2 percent shooting, including 30.7 percent from 3-point range, with 32.6 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 5.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per game. The team averages over four 3-point field goals made per game.
The team is led by head coach Joe O’Brien, who is one of only three coaches to ever win three junior college national championships. He is 28-46 (.378) in his third season at
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Most November Wins
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The four-man recruiting class, which was ranked 16th nationally by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and 21st by Rivals.com, includes prep school standout Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon [
The headliner of this class, Wally Judge is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward originally from
Judge is in his second year at
A teammate of Judge at Arlington Country Day, Rodney McGruder is considered one of the best shooting guards in the country. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard is rated among the top players in the country, including the No. 89 overall prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 91 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. McGruder is also ranked among the top-35 at the position by a number of outlets, including No. 23 by Rivals.com and No. 31 by ESPN Scouts, Inc.
McGruder transferred to Arlington Country Day in the off-season from
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