'Cats Host Chicago State Monday
'Cats Host Chicago State Monday
Date: Monday, January 5, 2009
Tipoff: 7:10 p.m. CT
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: K-State leads 1-0 (K-State is 1-0 at home)
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 446
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 121
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: 10-3 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 31-15/1
School Record: 31-15/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 3, 2009
Defeated Idaho State, 83-57
SID: Tom Gilbert
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Benjy Taylor
Career Record: 19-24/2
School Record: 19-24/2
07-08 Record: 11-17
Last game: Jan. 3, 2009
SID: Corey Miggins
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 Mike Wilson (6-1, 205, Sr.)
G - #3 David
G - #23 John Cantrell (6-2, 175, Sr.)
F - #21 Carl Montgomery (6-7, 210, So.)
F - #34 Tawrence Walton (6-6, 195, Sr.)
K-State ran its winning streak to five games on Saturday, as the squad used another balanced scoring effort and stiflying defense to post an 83-57 win over
Redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels led a season-high five players in double figures with a game-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while sophomore Jacob Pullen totaled double-digit points for a team-best ninth time with 12 points. Junior Buchi Awaji and freshman Justin Werner each added 11 points, while sophomore Dominique Sutton had 10 points and tied the school single-game mark with eight steals.
The Wildcats have also been stout on the defense end, allowing just 60.5 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting. The team has held eight of its 13 opponents to 60 points or less, while holding its foes to below 40 percent shooting nine times. Each of the last five opponents have been held to 60 points or less for the first time since the first of five games of the 2005-06 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 121) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) on the call.
Season tickets are still available this season in a variety of ticket packages, which can be viewed online at www.k-statesports.com. There is still a holiday ticket special available for Monday’s game as fans can purchase four tickets to the game for just $60. The special plus single-game tickets are available at the Athletics Ticket Office, by calling (800) 221.CATS and online at www.k-statesports.com.
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 1,042 points are the fourth-most through 13 games in school history, trailing just the 1986-87 (1,091), 1997-98 (1,070) and 1952-53 (1,046) and just ahead of the 1976-77 (991) squad. It is the fourth fastest team in school history to collect 1,000 points in a season. 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 13 opponents thus far to an average of 60.5 points per game. The Wildcats have held 11 opponents to less than 70 points, including eight to 60 points or less. In addition, the squad has held its last five opponents to 60 points or less for the first time since the start of the 2005-06 season when they held the first six foes - Georgia Southern (58), New Mexico (56), Stephen F. Austin (54), Cal State Fullerton (59), Washington State (58) and Longwood - to 60 points or less.
The 786 points yielded are the fewest through 13 games in the last 25 seasons and fewest since the 1982-83 team allowed just 683 points. The 75 points scored by
This season, nine opponents have been held to below 40 percent shooting for the contest, while seven foes have been held to below 30 percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats set a low for opponent field goal percentage against Gardner-Webb, allowing just 30.8 percent.
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 13 games, all 13 players have tallied at least four points with 12 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 14.9 points per game. Six players are averaging eight or more points, including redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels (9.8 ppg.), sophomore Dominique Sutton (9.1 ppg), senior Darren Kent (8.9 ppg.) and sophomore Fred Brown (8.8 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 has already been seven different leading scorers in 13 games, including a league-best six players with 20-point outings. In all, there have been 46 double-digit scoring games with Pullen doing it a team-best nine times. Ten players have scored in double figures with five of those players doing it at least five times.
Clemente and Pullen have each led the Wildcats in scoring four times, while the duo joins Brown and Samuels as the only players to repeat as leading scorer. Clemente has led the team against Florida A&M,
Rebounding Still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
Through 12 games, K-State is averaging 40.4 rebounds, including a Big 12-best 16.4 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 offensive rebounds, rebounding defense (32.1) and rebounding margin (+8.5) 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 the offensive or defensive end of the floor. His theory is the more pressure you apply on a team, the more difficult you make it for your opponent. In other words, pressure causes breakdowns.
Pressure has been a big key for the Wildcats so far, as the team has scored 310 points (30 percent of their season total of 1042 points) off 254 opponent turnovers. The squad has also outscored its opponents 154-70 on fast-break opportunities.
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 12 of 13 games, have combined for 343 points on 41.4 percent shooting (119-of-287), including 37.1 percent from 3-point range (49-of-132), with 84 of the team’s 209 assists. Pullen ranks first on the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting with team-highs in field goals made (64), 3-point field goals made (30), assists (50), steals (25) and minutes (368). Clemente is second in scoring at 12.4 points per game on 43 percent shooting, while is also second in assists (34), minutes (298) 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 (1.6 spg.) and third in rebounds (5.3 rpg.) and minutes (23.1 mpg.) and fourth in scoring (9.1 ppg.).
Sutton tied the school single-game record for steals against
Samuels an Impact off the 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 9.8 points on 58.9 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 20.5 minutes per game. Samuels ranks second to Pullen (nine) in the number of double-figure scoring games with eight, including a season-high 20 points against Gardner-Webb. He scored in double figures in four consecutive games to start the season and has collected 10 or more points in four of the last seven contests. He has five or more rebounds seven times, 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.
A starter down low in the post, junior Luis Colon is starting to come into his own this season. He is averaging 5.8 points on 56.6 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds in 18.5 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 the 2007-08 season.
The high-flying Cougars are averaging 79.1 points through 15 games on 44.7 percent shooting, including 35.2 percent from 3-point range, with 36.2 rebounds, 15.2 assists, 10.1 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. The team averages over eight 3-point field goals per game.
The team is led by second-year head coach Benjy Taylor, who has posted a 19-24 overall mark at the helm. A
K-State and Wagner have met just once in their respective histories with the Wildcats posting a 73-36 win over the Cougars on Jan. 22, 2007. Cartier Martin came off the bench to score 25 points for the Wildcats, while Jason Bennett set a school-record with eight blocked shots in helping the team hold CSU to the second-fewest points in school history. K-State is 8-1 all-time against independent teams.
1-22-07 K-State 73-36
Closing out 2008 Strong
Most November Wins
Recruiting Class Praised
The four-man recruiting class that
Martin Inks Stellar Class
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
One of the top point guard prospects in the country, Nick Russell comes to K-State from
Russell helped Grace Prep to a 26-12 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in league play, as a junior in 2006-07. He helped the Lions to a runner-up finish at the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and
Jordan Henriquez comes to
The recruiting class will join a loaded