K-State hits the road to face Missouri Saturday
K-State hits the road to face Missouri Saturday
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007
Mizzou Arena (15,061) in
Tipoff: 3:01 p.m. Central
(MU leads 60-40 in
TV: ESPN Plus
Talent: Fred White (Play-by-Play) and Jon Sundvold (Analyst)
Channels: KMCI (
Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates), Yahoo! Radio
Talent: Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) and Stan Weber (Analyst)
K-State returns to the road to face
Kansas State (10-6, 0-2 Big 12) hits the road for the third time this month on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Columbia, Mo., to face Missouri (11-4, 0-2 Big 12) at the Mizzou Arena beginning at 3 p.m. The team will be looking to snap a three-game winning streak and win for the fourth time in five tries against the Tigers, including the second time in three tries at the Mizzou Arena. K-State has won its third Big 12 game each of the past three seasons after starting league play 0-2. The Wildcats have not started 0-3 in conference play since 2001-02.
The game will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus (KMCI - Kansas City; KSAS - Wichita; KSNT - Topeka) with Fred White (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (color) calling the action. It will be the second of 12 regional broadcasts on the Big 12’s television package for the Wildcats. The audio broadcast can also be heard on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (or via the internet at http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/teams/kab) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) on the call.
A Quick Look at the Wildcats
No. Name PPG RPG
3 Lance Harris (G, 6-5, 205, Sr.) 9.8 3.6
5 Clent Stewart (G, 6-4, 190, Jr.) 4.8 1.8
15 David Hoskins (F, 6-5, 230, Jr.) 13.8 5.3
34 Akeem Wright (G, 6-6, 210, Sr.) 7.6 5.8
55 Jason Bennett (C, 7-3, 255, Fr.) 2.6 3.4
No. Name PPG RPG
2 Blake Young (G, 6-2, 190, Jr.) 6.6 2.1
14 Serge Afeli (F, 6-9, 235, Sr.) 1.9 1.9
20 Cartier Martin (F, 6-7, 225, Sr.) 14.1 3.6
23 Jermaine Maybank (G, 6-4, 180, Sr.) 2.7 2.5
42 Darren Kent (F, 6-10, 215, So.) 0.8 1.2
50 Luis Colon (C, 6-10, 275, Fr.) 3.1 2.3
*With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 0-2 in Big 12 Conference play for the fourth consecutive season... The team has not won either their first or second league contest since posting a 68-44 win over Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 11, 2003.
*Junior forward David Hoskins topped the 20-point barrier for the second time this season and the sixth time in his career with a team-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting against
Your Guess is as Good as Mine
In an effort to find the right combination, head coach Bob Huggins has started 10 different line-ups this season, including a different one in nine of the last 10 contests. He has used all types of positional line-ups from three guards (Stewart, Harris and Wright against
Although he has been
For his efforts, his hiring was dubbed the 2006 sports story of the year in the state of
*For the first time in the 19-year history of Bramlage Coliseum all available season ticket packages have been sold... Season tickets went from 6,500 in 2005-06 to 13,000 in 2006-07... The last time K-State could boast a sellout of season tickets was during the 1982-83 season when the Wildcats played in Ahearn Field House, while the previous high for season tickets in Bramlage Coliseum was 11,700 during the inaugural 1988-89 season.
*In addition to the season ticket sales, the school offered courtside seats for the first time in its history and sold out of the available 25 seats at $4,400 apiece with a waiting list... There are also plans in the works for loge boxes in the arena as well as other improvements, including a practice facility.
*Kansas State has or will play six nationally-televised games this season, including two as apart of ESPN’s “Big Monday” package and two on ABC Sports (both are firsts for the program)... It is the most nationally-televised games in a single-season for the Wildcats in school history.
*Kansas State attracted the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the country in November according to Scout.com, Rivals.com and Sports Illustrated... The class referred to as the greatest-ever for the school included consensus top 10 prospects Michael Beasley and Bill Walker.
Taking Advantage of Turnovers
One of the biggest factors in
The team scored 65 points off a combined 51 turnovers in back-to-back wins over
The current average of 17.1 turnovers forced per game is the highest by a Wildcat squad in nearly 13 years since Dana Altman’s final squad forced an average of 18.4 turnovers en route to a 20-14 overall record and the NIT Final Four.
Lift From The Bench
The most telling aspect of the recent bench play has been its diversity. The team has gotten significant scoring from 10 different players, while one player - senior Akeem Wright - earned a starting job after his impressive play off the bench. Senior Serge Afeli collected a career-high 14 points against
Hoskins Emerging As A Leader
One of the biggest reasons for
He began the tournament with 17 points against
Walker Out for Season with ACL Injury
Tests revealed on Jan. 8 that freshman forward Bill Walker has sustained a complete rupture of the anterior crucial ligament (ACL) in his left knee and he will be out for the remainder of the season, according to head coach Bob Huggins. Surgery has not yet been scheduled, but it is expected to take place in the next 7-14 days. The rehabilitation process will begin immediately following surgery and is expected to take between six and eight months.
The highly-touted freshman had averaged 11.3 points on 40.0 percent shooting (26-of-65) in six games this season with 4.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. His scoring and rebounding averages rank third on the team.
K-State to appear on “
In addition to its premiere on ABC Sports on Saturday, Jan. 13, the show involving K-State will also be broadcast on four other times, including Thursday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 4 a.m. on ESPNU. Created as an extension of Chase Card Services’ Freedom campaign, the series will offer fan unprecented access behind otherwise closed doors, capturing all aspects of the college basketball experience from practice and meetings to team travel and campus life. The series, which will consist of eight half-hour episodes, will also chronicle
K-State to play
Kansas State will play Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, as apart of a a four-year deal reached by the Big 12 and Pacific-10 Conferences on Jan. 11. The agreement between the conferences provides a series of 12 annual games, starting with the 2007-08 season. Other games set for next season include Oklahoma at USC (Nov. 29), Washington State at Baylor (Nov. 30), Iowa State at Oregon State (Nov. 30), Washington at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), Missouri at California (Dec. 1), Arizona State at Nebraska (Dec. 2), Stanford at Colorado (Dec. 2), Texas at UCLA (Dec. 2) and Texas A&M at Arizona (Dec. 2).
“This series of games with the Pac-10 will showcase some of the best college basketball in the country,” Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said. “Our two conferences annually produce highly rated teams and multiple NCAA Tournament teams. This series will provide quality match-ups that will help to build the strength of our teams’ non-conference schedules. We are excited to have the opportunity to do this with the Pac-10.”
The series will continue in 2008, with games slated for Dec. 4-7. The contests scheduled will be return games of the match-ups from 2007, but may not be scheduled for the same day. The games in the series in 2009 will be played Dec. 3-6, 2009, while matchups in 2010 will be played Dec. 2-5, 2010.
The Book on
The Tigers are averaging 78.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting with 36.5 rebounds and have a balanced scoring team with six players averaging six or more points and five connecting on 45 percent or better from the field. Big 12 Newcomer of the Year candidate Stefhon Hannah paces the squad in three categories, including scoring (16.0 ppg.), assists (4.8 apg.) and steals (3.6 spg.). The junior college transfer has connected on a team-best 85 field goals on 45.9 percent shooting from the field, including 41.9 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Matt Lawrence posts 12.2 points per game on 53 percent shooting to go with a team-best 44 3-point field goals on 51.2 percent shooting. Junior forward Marshall Brown averages 9.9 points on a team-best 53.6 percent shooting, while junior center Kalen Grimes adds 8.7 points per game to go with a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game.
This will be the 224th all-time meeting between
After giving up an average of 81 points in back-to-back losses to
The defensive effort is nothing new for the Wildcats this season. In the win over
Offense Taking Flight
Despite its struggles in the last three games, the
In doing so, the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 11 of their last 20 halves of basketball, including 60 percent or better in four times. Against
One of the biggest reasons for the Wildcats’ success this season has been the play of senior guard Akeem Wright. The Philadephia, Pa., native has averaged 7.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting to go with a team-high 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals in 25.3 minutes per game. Known more for his defensive prowess, Wright spent the summer working on his jumpshot to complete his all-around game. It has worked so far, as he is averging nearly two points higher (7.6 ppg. from 6.2 ppg.) and shooting nearly five percent higher (41.7 percent from 36.3 percent) than he did as a junior in 2005-06. Wright has scored in double figures in four games this season, including a career-high 18 points against Texas A&M on Jan. 6. He has also kept up his defensive effort, pacing the team in rebounds in four games this season.
During the last nine games, Wright has topped his season average five times with two double-digit efforts. He played perhaps in his best game of his career against Texas A&M on Jan. 6, as he posted a career-high 18 points on 8-of-15 field goals to go with a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and a career-best three steals.
The Martin of Old
Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at
He enters Saturday’s game against
After averaging just 5.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting in the first two games, Martin has seemed to return to his old shooting touch that made him a second team All-Big 12 selection a year ago. He has averaged 15.4 points in the last 14 games on 42.9 percent shooting to bring his season average to a team-best 14.1 points. Martin has scored in double figures in 10 games during the stretch, including five 20-point outputs. He began his current scoring streak by posting a career-high 28 points against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 18. Martin has also turned in 20-point efforts against
Harris Stepping Up His Game
Bob Huggins has always been a coach that has gotten the most out of his talent and senior guard Lance Harris has been a prime example of that influence. Harris has averaged 9.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting, including a team-best 40.0 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (26) and 3-point field goal percentage (40.0), while he is fourth in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding. Harris has scored in double figures in six contests, including three 20-point efforts. He opened the season with 22 points against William & Mary on Nov. 11 before posting a career-high 26 points against
Young Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
Junior guard Blake Young underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 11 at
At no surprise, freshman center Jason Bennett, the tallest player in school history at 7-foot-3, has made an immediate impact on the defensive end of the court with a freshman-school record 28 blocked shots this season, including a season record-tying six in a loss at
With his three-block effort against Kennesaw State, Bennett broke the freshman mark for blocks in a season (24) set by Shawn Rhodes in 1995-96 and now is just 32 away from eclipsing the school record of 59 set by Gerald Eaker in 1995-96. He has recorded a blocked shot in nine of 16 games this year, while his 2.00 per game average ranks him third in the Big 12. Bennett’s four blocks against William & Mary were the most since Dramane Diarra had his school-tying six against S. F. Austin, while it was the most by a true freshman since Travis Canby registered four against
*With its 72-56 win over
*Kansas State’s six-game winning streak was the longest for the program since the team collected eight consecutive victories to start the 2004-05 season (Nov. 19 to Dec. 21, 2004)... The streak is even more impressive when you consider that only three of the games came at home... It marked the first time since 1995 that the Wildcats have put together a winning streak of more than five games when half of the games have come away from home.
*Senior forward Cartier Martin was named the most valuable player of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic after averaging 16.8 points in four games... He scored a team-high 23 points against the Lobos... Junior David Hoskins was named to the Classic’s all-tournament team after averaging 15.8 points.
K-State to retire jersey of Blackman, Knostman
Kansas State Director of Athletics
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Blackman is one of just two players to earn first team All-America honors in consecutive seasons in Kansas State history and one of just three (joining fellow retirees Mike Evans and Lon Kruger) to be named Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1980). He is also just one of three players to earn first team all-conference honors three times (joining Bob Boozer and Mike Evans) in the program’s history. The school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,844 points, Blackman was the last Wildcat to be selected as a first team All-American when he was named to the Helms Foundation, The Sporting News, Converse Yearbook and John R. Wooden Award All-American squads as a senior in 1981.
The 6-foot-6 native of
Up Next: Baylor (10-5, 0-2 Big 12)
Baylor enters Saturday’s tilt against Texas Tech with a 10-5 overall record and 0-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Bears have already eclipsed their win total of the past two seasons of nine in 2004-05 and four in 2005-06. The team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with back-to-back defeats at the hands of
averages 10.4 points to go with a team-best 4.2 assists per game, while freshman guard Tweety Carter chips in 10.3 points along with a team-best 33 3-point field goals. Head coach Scott Drew has a 51-69 record in his fifth season as a head coach, including a 31-58 mark in his fourth season at Baylor.