'Cats Open Big 12 play with Sooners
'Cats Open Big 12 play with Sooners
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tipoff: 12:47 p.m. CT
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)
Rich Zvosec (analyst)
Doc Carothers (producer)
Kevin Shank (director)
Channels: KMCI (
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 121
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Sold out
Record: 11-3 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 32-15/1
School Record: 32-15/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 5, 2009
Defeated Chicago State, 99-68
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 14-1 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 6/6
Coach: Jeff Capel
Alma Mater: Duke, 97
Career Record: 132-69/7
School Record: 53-28/3
07-08 Record: 23-12 (9-7 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 5, 2009
SID: Mike Houck
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 - #5 Tony Crocker (6-6, 206, Jr.)
G - #13 Willie Warren (6-4, 207, Fr.)
G - #20 Austin Johnson (6-3, 176, Sr.)
F - #23 Blake
F - #32
K-State ran its winning streak to a season-best six games on Monday, as the Wildcats again used its offensive prowess to earn a 99-68 win over
Sophomore guard Fred Brown led a season-high six players in double figures with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting, while senior Darren Kent grabbed his fourth double-double with 13 points and a career-tying 12 rebounds. The 26 points tied for the most by a player this season and most since sophomore Jacob Pullen had 26 against
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 Stan Weber (analyst) on the call.
Saturday’s game is sold out.
K-State in Conference Openers
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 1,141 points are the third-most through 14 games in school history, trailing just the 1986-87 (1,170) and 1997-98 (1,147) squads and just ahead of the 1952-53 (1,120) team. This year’s edition is the fourth fastest team in school history to collect 1,000 points in a season. The Wildcats have scored 80 or more points in eight of their first 14 games for just the third time in its history, which also includes the 1952-53 and 1986-87 teams.
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 14 opponents thus far to an average of 61.0 points per game. The Wildcats have held 12 foes to less than 70 points, including eight to 60 points or less. The team ranks among the best in the Big 12 in several categories, including first in 3-point field goal percentage (29.2), second in field goal percentage (37.9) and fourth in scoring defense. During its current streak, the squad has held its opponents to just 55.3 points on 34.6 percent shooting, including 26.5 percent from 3-point range, while forcing an average of 18.8 turnovers. The 854 points yielded are the fewest through 14 games in the last 25 seasons and fewest since the 1982-83 team allowed just 731 points. This year, 10 foes have been held to below 40 percent shooting, while eight have been held to below 30 percent from 3-point range.
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 14 games, all 12 players have totaled double-digit points with six scoring in triple digits. Three players - sophomore Jacob Pullen, junior Denis Clemente and sophomore Fred Brown - are averaging in double figures led by Pullen’s 14.7 points per game. Six players are averaging eight or more points, including freshman Jamar Samuels (9.8 ppg.), senior Darren Kent (9.2 ppg.) and sophomore Dominique Sutton (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 14 games, including a league-best six players with 20-point outings. In all, there have been 52 double-digit scoring games with Pullen doing it a team-best 10 times. Ten players have scored in double figures with six of those players doing it at least six 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 14 games, K-State is averaging 40.9 rebounds, including a Big 12-best 16.6 on the offensive end, with four 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 rebounds, offensive rebounds and margin (+8.5) and second in rebounding defense (32.4). Four players - Ron Anderson, Luis Colon, Darren Kent and Dominique Sutton - have grabbed double-digit rebounds eight 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 334 points (30 percent of their season total of 1141 points) off 270 opponent turnovers. The squad has also outscored its opponents 167-80 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 13 of 14 games, have combined for 364 points on 41.6 percent shooting (126-of-303), including 37.1 percent from 3-point range (53-of-143), with 92 of the team’s 223 assists. Pullen ranks first on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game on 40.2 percent shooting with team-highs in field goals made (68), 3-point field goals made (33), assists (52), steals (25) and minutes (394). Clemente is second in scoring at 12.2 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting, while is also second in assists (40), minutes (322) and free throw percentage (78.6) and third in 3-point field goals (20).
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
One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.
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 fourth in scoring at 9.8 points on 59 percent shooting with 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 19.9 minutes per game. Samuels ranks second in the number of double-figure scoring games with nine, including a season-high 20 points against Gardner-Webb. He scored in double figures in four consecutive games to start the year and has collected 10 or more points in five of the last eight contests. He has five or more rebounds eight times, including a season-best eight on three occasions. He was solid all-around in his first start against Centenary with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and a career-tying three blocks.
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 (1.5 spg.) and third in rebounds (5.2 rpg.) and minutes (22.5 mpg.) and sixth in scoring (8.9 ppg.). He has scored in double figures six times. Sutton tied the school single-game record for steals against
Brown from Outside
Sophomore Fred Brown has emerged as a dangerous threat from the outside for the Wildcats, as he paces the squad in 3-point field goal percentage (42.6) and is second in 3-point field goals (29). He has at least one 3-pointer in 11 of 14 games, including two or more on nine occasions. He ranks third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg.), field goals (50) and field goals attempted (116), while he is second among reserves in minutes (19.6 mpg.). Almost 60 percent of his made (29) and attempted field goals (68) have come beyond the arc. He has scored in double figures six times, including a pair of 20-point outings against SE Missouri State (21) and
The high-flying Sooners are averaging 81.7 points through 15 games on 47.8 percent shooting, including 34 percent from 3-point range, with 40.3 rebounds, 14.9 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.7 blocks per game. The team averages over seven 3-point field goals per game.
Oklahoma is led by preseason All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Blake Griffin, who ranks among the top-15 nationally in three categories, including scoring (22.1 ppg., 13th), rebounding (14.0 rpg., first) and field goal percentage (66.1, eighth). He is one of four players averaging nine or more points for the Sooners, including freshman phenom Willie Warren, who is second in scoring at 16.2 points per game on 50 percent shooting. Junior Tony Crocker is the other player in double figures at 10.7 points per game, while senior Taylor Griffin adds 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
The team is led by third-year head coach Jeff Capel, who has posted a 53-28 mark at the helm. The former Duke standout has a 132-69 overall record, which includes a four-year stint at VCU (2002-06).
Last 5 meetings:
3-3-07 K-State 72-61
1-12-08 K-State 84-82
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