K-State Travels to Play Kansas Tuesday
K-State Travels to Play Kansas Tuesday
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Tipoff: 7 p.m. CT
Arena: Allen Fieldhouse (1955)
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)
Reid Gettys (analyst)
Casey Carter (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: 11-4 (0-1 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 32-16/1
School Record: 32-16/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 10, 2009
Lost to 6/6
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 11-4 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
Coach: Bill Self
Career Record: 360-141/16
School Record: 153-36/6
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
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 - #4 Sherron
G - #12 Brady Morningstar (6-3, 180, So.)
G - #15 Tyshawn
F - #21 Markieff Morris (6-9, 232, Fr.)
C - #45 Cole Aldrich (6-11, 245. So.)
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday’s game is sold out.
K-State in Road League 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 1,194 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.
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,
Rebounding Still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
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
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.
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
One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.
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
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
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.
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),
Last 5 meetings:
2-7-07 Kansas 97-70
1-30-08 K-State 84-75
Solid Non-Conference Season
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