K-State Travels to Play Kansas Tuesday

Game Information

Kansas State (11-4, 0-1 Big 12) vs. rv/rv Kansas (11-4, 0-0 Big 12)

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tipoff: 7 p.m. CT

Location: Lawrence, Kan.

Arena: Allen Fieldhouse (1955)

Capacity: 16,300

Series: Kansas leads 173-90
(Kansas is 79-35 at home)

Television: Big 12 Network/ESPN Full Court/ESPN360

Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)

Reid Gettys (analyst)

Casey Carter (producer)

Kevin Shank (director)

Channels: KMCI (Kansas City), KSNT (Topeka), KMTV (Wichita)

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      


Kansas State Wildcats

Record: 11-4 (0-1 Big 12)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--

Coach: Frank Martin

Alma Mater: Florida International, 93

Career Record: 32-16/1

School Record: 32-16/1

vs. Kansas: 1-1

07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)

Last game: Jan. 10, 2009

Lost to 6/6 Oklahoma, 61-53

SID: Tom Gilbert

Website: www.k-statesports.com


Kansas Jayhawks

Record: 11-4 (0-0 Big 12)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/rv

Coach: Bill Self

Alma Mater: Oklahoma State, 85

Career Record: 360-141/16

School Record: 153-36/6

vs. Kansas State: 11-2

07-08 Record: 37-3 (13-3 Big 12)

Last game: Jan. 10, 2009

Lost at 8/12 Michigan State, 75-62

SID: Chris Theisen

Website: www.kuathletics.com


Projected Starters

Kansas State (11-4, 0-1 Big 12)

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 Colon (6-10, 265, Jr.)

Kansas (11-4, 0-0) Big 12

G - #4 Sherron Collins (5-11, 200, Jr.)

G - #12 Brady Morningstar (6-3, 180, So.)

G - #15 Tyshawn Taylor (6-3, 180, Fr.)

F - #21 Markieff Morris (6-9, 232, Fr.)

C - #45 Cole Aldrich (6-11, 245. So.)

Game Preview

Kansas State (11-4, 0-1 Big 12) hits the road for the first time in over a month, as the Wildcats trek east to Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday to face Kansas (11-4) beginning at 7 p.m.  It will be the team’s third road contest of the season and their first since a 75-70 loss at Oregon on Dec. 7.  The Wildcats split their two meetings with the Jayhawks last season, including an 88-74 loss in Lawrence on March 1.  It will be the first of back-to-back road contests for the team, as they play at Nebraska (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) on Saturday. 

Kansas State saw its season-high six-game winning streak end on Saturday, as the sixth-ranked Sooners won a defensive slugfest, 61-53, before a sellout crowd at Bramlage Coliseum.  Both teams were held to season-lows for points, while the Wildcats were held to their fewest points since scoring 52 against Texas Tech on Jan. 8, 2007.  The loss ended the team’s 14-game winning streak in the month of January, including a nine-game streak at home, and also ended the team’s 11-game overall winning streak at Bramlage Coliseum.

Junior guard Denis Clemente led a season-low two Wildcats in double figures with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while sophomore guard Fred Brown followed his career-high 26-point effort against Chicago State on Monday with 12.  Clemente has led the team in scoring a team-high five times this season, while he tallied double figures for the eighth time.  Sophomore forward Ron Anderson paced the team in rebounding for the fourth time with seven rebounds and now has grabbed seven or more rebounds in five consecutive games.   

K-State remains the definition of balance with seven different leading scorers, eight different assist leaders and six different rebounding leaders.  Right now, six players are averaging eight or more points, while five players are averaging four or more rebounds.  There have been 54 double-digit scoring games by 10 players.  Of the 10 players, six have done it six or more times this season.  

The Wildcats have continued to show their presence on the defense end, allowing just 61.0 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting.  The team held Oklahoma to over 20 points under its season average and its lowest point total since its NCAA Tournament loss (48) to Louisville.  The squad has held eight of its 15 opponents to 60 points or less, while holding its foes to below 40 percent shooting nine times.  Each of the last seven opponents have been held under 70 points. 

The contest against Kansas will be televised on the newly-branded Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (analyst) calling the action.  Fans will also be able to watch the contest on the Full Court package as well as ESPN360.com.  More information on the Full Court package as well as ESPN360.com, can be found at http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncb/fullcourt/. It will the second of eight appearances on the Big 12 Network for the Wildcats this year.

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.

Ticket Information

Tuesday’s game is sold out.

K-State in Road League Openers

Kansas State has a 35-60 record in road openers in conference play since the formation of the Missouri Valley Conference in 1913.  The squad is 2-10 in road openers since the start of the Big 12.  It will mark the 14th time the Wildcats have opened league play at Kansas and the first time since dropping a 73-67 decision on Jan. 14, 2004.  The team is 4-9 against Kansas in road openers, including six straight losses.  The program will be looking to win back-to-back road openers since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.   

Cats in January

Kansas State is 360-300 (.545) all-time in the month of January, including wins in 18 of its last 28 games dating back to 2006.  The Wildcats saw their 14-game winning streak in January, including a nine-game homecourt winning streak, end with their 61-53 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday.  It was the first loss in the month since a 62-52 loss to Texas Tech on Jan. 8, 2007.

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).

Explosive Offense...

Kansas State has shown the ability to score early and often, as the Wildcats have totaled 1,194 points in their first 15 games, an average of nearly 80 points per game.  The team has scored 70 or more points in 12 of 15 games, including 80 or more points eight times.  The squad has posted three games of 90 or more points, including a 107-point output against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 14, which ranks as the most in a non-conference game since 1994 and the highest point total since the Wildcats scored 111 against Missouri on Jan. 3, 1998.  The three 90-point games are the most since the 1997-98 season.

The 1,194 points are the fourth-most through 15 games in school history, trailing just the 1986-87 (1,238), 1997-98 (1,209) and 1952-53 (1,204) squads and just ahead of the 1976-77 (1,129) 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 15 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 15 opponents thus far to an average of 61.0 points per game.  The Wildcats have held 13  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 defensive categories, including first in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.4), rebounding (41.1) and rebounding margin (+8.1), third in field goal percentage defense (38.2) and turnover margin (+5.4) and fourth in scoring defense.  During the last seven games, the squad has held its opponents to just 56.1 points on 35.7 percent shooting, including 27.0 percent from 3-point range, while forcing an average of 18.4 turnovers.  The 915 points yielded are the fewest through 15 games in the last 25 seasons and fewest since the 1982-83 team allowed just 786 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.  


Diverse Offense

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 15 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 14.3 points per game.  Six players are averaging eight or more points, including freshman Jamar Samuels (9.6 ppg.), senior Darren Kent (8.9 ppg.) and sophomore Dominique Sutton (8.5 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 15 games, including a league-best six players with 20-point outings.  In all, there have been 54 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 has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best five times, while Pullen (four), Brown and Samuels are the only other players to repeat as leading scorer.  Clemente has led the team against Florida A&M, Cleveland State, Oregon, Gardner-Webb and Oklahoma, while Pullen paced in three consecutive games against Oakland, Kentucky and Iowa then again against Wagner with 20-point outings.  Brown led in games against SE Missouri State, Emporia State and Chicago State, while Samuels did it against Gardner-Webb and IdahoState

Rebounding Still a Strength

Most critics wondered how Kansas State would replace two of the best Big 12 rebounders - Michael Beasley and Bill Walker - after the duo helped the program average 41.3 rebounds a year ago.  The duo plus departed seniors Clent Stewart and Blake Young averaged over 25 boards per game.  Despite their absence, rebounding continues to be a strength with seven players averaging at least two boards per game.

Through 15 games, K-State is averaging 41.1 rebounds, including a Big 12-best 16.8 on the offensive end, with five players averaging four 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 (+8.1) and third in rebounding defense (33.0).  Four players - Ron Anderson, Luis Colon, Darren Kent and Dominique Sutton - have grabbed double-digit rebounds eight times with Kent averaging a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. 

Kent has a team-leading four double-doubles thus far with 15 points and 12 rebounds against SE Missouri, 14 points and 10 rebounds against Cleveland State, 24 points and 10 rebounds against Centenary and 13 points and 12 rebounds against Chicago State.  Anderson, Colon and Sutton each have one with Anderson tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds against Emporia State, Colon grabbing his first one against Southern Miss with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Sutton capturing his first with 21 points and 10 rebounds against Wagner.


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 353 points (30 percent of their season total of 1,194 points) off 286 opponent turnovers.  The squad has also outscored its foes, 178-99, on fast-break opportunities.

Kansas State has scored 20 or more points off opponent turnovers in 11 of the team’s 15 games, including 30 or more points twice with a season-best 41 against Gardner-Webb.  In its 11 wins, the squad has outscored its foes, 278-120, in points off turnovers.  In all, the team has forced seven opponents into 20 or more turnovers.  The team is averaging 7.7 steals per contest with eight players grabbing at least five led by Jacob Pullen’s team-high 26 steals.

Dynamic Duo

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 14 of 15 games, have combined for 390 points on 40.7 percent shooting (135-of-332), including 35.6 percent from 3-point range (57-of-160), with 100 of the team’s 233 assists.  Pullen ranks first on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game on 38.8 percent shooting with team-highs in field goals made (71), 3-point field goals made (35), assists (57), steals (26) and minutes (424).  Clemente is second in scoring at 12.6 points per game on 43 percent shooting, while is also second in assists (43), minutes (355) and free throw percentage (78.8) and third in 3-point field goals (22).

Ironically, the two have scored in double figures six times in the same game with a combined 36 points against Florida A&M, 31 against both Cleveland State and Kentucky, 45 against Oakland, 34 against Gardner-Webb and 39 against Wagner.  Clemente has led the squad in scoring a team-best five times with a season-best 20 points against Gardner-Webb, while Pullen has done it four times (all 20-point outings) with a career-best 26 against Oakland.

Kent Stepping Up as a Senior

One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.  Kent, the team’s only senior, has been a force on the boards, ranking first with 6.3 rebounds per game.  He is also averaging 8.9 points on 39.6 percent shooting (38-of-96) to go with 1.2 assists and 0.7 blocks in 20.4 minutes per game.  Kent, who entered the season averaging 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in his career, has totaled a team-best four double-doubles this year.  He had 15 points and 12 rebounds against SE Missouri before posting 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds at Cleveland State.  He grabbed his third one on a career day against Centenary with career-best 24 points with 10 rebounds.  He turned in his fourth double-double against Chicago State with 13 points and a career-tying 12 rebounds.

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 fourth in scoring at 9.6 points on 60 percent shooting with 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 19.7 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 nine contests.  He has five or more rebounds nine 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 (5.1 rpg.) and minutes (22.3 mpg.) and sixth in scoring (8.5 ppg.).  He has scored in double figures six times.  Sutton tied the school single-game record for steals against Idaho State with eight, matching a mark set by Lynn Smith against South Dakota on Nov. 29, 1986 then followed by Elliot Hatcher against Wichita State on Jan. 2, 1996.  He also posted a career night against Wagner on Dec. 30, collecting highs in six categories, including points (21), rebounds (10), field goals (7), field goals attempted (11) and free throws (6).

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 (43.2) and is second in 3-point field goals (32).  He has at least one 3-pointer in 12 of 15 games, including two or more on 10 occasions.  He ranks third on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg.), field goals (54) and field goals attempted (128), while he is second among reserves in minutes (19.9 mpg.).  Almost 60 percent of his made (32) and attempted field goals (74) have come beyond the arc.  He has scored in double figures seven times, including a pair of 20-point outings against SE Missouri State (21) and Chicago State (26).


Kansas Update

Kansas enters Tuesday’s game with an 11-4 overall record after falling at No. 8/12 Michigan State, 75-62, to cap its non-conference season on Saturday.  The Jayhawks shot just 40 percent from the field, including 25 percent from 3-point range, against the Spartans and were out-rebounded 42-31.  Junior guard Sherron Collins led all scorers with 25 points and game-high 8 assists, while sophomore forward Cole Aldrich added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.  The team is 10-0 this season at Allen Fieldhouse, including wins over Kent State, Temple and Tennessee.   

The Jayhawks are averaging 79.3 points through 15 games on 47.1 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from 3-point range, with 39.8 rebounds, 17.9 assists, 7.5 steals and 5.0 blocks per game.  The team averages nearly seven 3-point field goals per game. 

A balanced Kansas squad is led by preseason All-Big 12 selection Sherron Collins, who averages 18.1 points on 43 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from 3-point range.  The team has six players averaging seven or more points, including a pair in double figures.  Cole Aldrich nearly tallies a double-double with 15.3 points per game on a team-best 61.9 percent shooting and 9.9 rebounds per contest.  Freshman Tyshawn Taylor is third in scoring at 9.5 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting with a team-best 1.5 steals per contest.

Kansas returns eight lettermen, including zero starters, from a team that finished the 2007-08 season with a 37-3 record and winning the Big 12 regular-season, tournament and NCAA Championships.  

The Jayhawks are led by sixth-year head coach Bill Self, who has posted a 153-36 mark at the helm.  He has a 360-141 overall record in 16 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Oral Roberts (1993-97), Tulsa (1997-2000) and Illinois (2000-03).  Self is 11-2 all-time against K-State, including a 4-1 record at home. 

Series Information

K-State and Kansas will be meeting for the 264th time on Tuesday with the Jayhawks holding a 173-90 mark in the all-time series.  The squad is one of just three Big 12 schools to hold an edge in the all-time series with K-State.  Kansas is 28-2 since the inception of the Big 12, including an 11-1 mark at home.  The Wildcats’ last win in Lawrence came on Jan. 14, 2006 in a 59-55 victory. 


Last 5 meetings:

 2-7-07     Kansas 97-70      Lawrence

2-19-07     Kansas 71-62      Manhattan

3-10-07     Kansas 67-61      Oklahoma City

1-30-08     K-State 84-75     Manhattan

 3-1-08     Kansas 88-74      Lawrence

Solid Non-Conference Season

Kansas State’s win against Chicago State on Jan. 5 gave the team 11 non-conference wins for the second consecutive season.  It marks the first time the team has posted consecutive seasons of at least 10 non-conference wins since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons.  The squad still has one more non-conference game on Feb. 17 against North Carolina Central.  The Wildcats have won at least 10 non-league contests four times in the last five seasons. 

Recruiting Class Praised

The four-man recruiting class that Kansas State pulled down on Nov. 12 has been rated among the best in the country.  The class, which includes ESPNU100 prospect and power forward Wally Judge, has been rated the 17th-best class by ESPN Scouts, Inc., as well as 21st- best class by Rivals.com.  The quartet includes Judge, fellow high school teammate Rodney McGruder, Dallas (Texas) point guard Nick Russell and prep school forward Jordan Henriquez.  

Young Cats

Kansas State enters the 2008-09 season with one its youngest teams in recent history, as senior forward Darren Kent is the lone senior on a roster of 13 players.  When you factor in that four of the six juniors are either transfers from another Division I school or a junior college, the Wildcats are one of the youngest teams in its history.  Dating back to the 1981-82 season, there has been just one team - the 1983-84 squad which had no seniors - with fewer seniors on its roster.  The 1996-97 also had just one senior on its roster.

Martin Inks Stellar Class

Kansas State head coach Frank Martin announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent on the second day of the fall signing period on Nov. 13.

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 [Mass.] School/Port Chester, N.Y.) and high school seniors Wally Judge (Arlington (Fla.) Country Day/Washington, D.C.), Rodney McGruder (Arlington (Fla.) Country Day/Washington, D.C.) and Nick Russell (Grace Preparatory Academy/Arlington, Texas).

The headliner of this class, Wally Judge is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward originally from Washington, D.C., who is entering his second year at Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla.  Considered one of the top power forwards in the high school ranks, Judge was rated as a top 25 recruit by several recruiting services, including the No. 17 prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 23 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com.  He was also rated as an ESPNU Top 100 recruit.  In addition, he is ranked among the top-10 at his position, including No. 6 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 9 by Rivals.com.   

Judge is in his second year at Florida powerhouse, Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, where he helped the Apaches to their fourth consecutive Class 2A state title with a 24-6 record in 2007-08.   Judge averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds and was named second team Class 2A All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association.

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 Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.  As a junior, he averaged 21.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals in leading the Lions to a 16-10 overall record and an appearance in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) semifinals in 2007-08.  He was named to the Washington Post All-Met first team.

One of the top point guard prospects in the country, Nick Russell comes to K-State from Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas.  The 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard is rated among the top players in the country, including the No. 89 overall prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 114 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com.  Russell is also ranked among the top-40 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 20 by Rivals.com and No. 36 by ESPN Scouts, Inc.  In addition, he is rated the No. 4 player in the state of Texas for the Class of 2009 by Texashoops.com.

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 Parachial Schools) Class 5A state tournament, where they lost to Midland Christian, 74-60.  Russell averaged 23 points, six assists and five rebounds as a junior.  He was named first team TAPPS Class 5A all-state as well as co-most valuable player of the District 1-5A and first team all-district. 

Jordan Henriquez comes to Kansas State from The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where he is playing a postgraduate year in 2008-09.  The 6-foot-11, 220-pound center from New Rochelle, N.Y. signed with the Wildcats this past May after finishing his career at Port Chester High School in Port Chester, N.Y.  As a senior, he led the team to an 18-6 record and an 8-0 mark in league play en route to a runner-up finish at the Section I Championship.  In averaging a team-best 15.3 points, Henriquez scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games in 2007-08, including six 20-point contests. 

The recruiting class will join a loaded Kansas State squad in 2009-10, as the Wildcats will return all but one player.  They will be joined by junior forward Curtis Kelly, who is sitting out the 2008-09 season after transferring from University of Connecticut this past summer.