K-State returns home to face Baylor Wednesday
K-State returns home to face Baylor Wednesday
Baylor (11-5, 1-2 Big 12)
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m. Central
(K-State leads 6-3 in
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
(Available only in
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 660, Dish Network 449
Talent: Ben Boyle (Play-by-Play) and Stan Weber (Analyst)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates),
Talent: Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) and Matt Walters (Analyst)
K-State returns to the road to face
Kansas State (11-6, 1-2 Big 12) looks to carry the momentum gained in Saturday’s 85-81 win over Missouri, as the Wildcats return home on Wednesday night to face Baylor (11-5, 1-2 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. The team will look to take advantage of a stretch of home games beginning with Wednesday’s contests, as four of the next five games will be in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum, where the Wildcats are 6-1 on the season.
The game will be televised throughout the state and the Kansas City area by Fox Sports Midwest with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) calling the action. The audio broadcast of the game 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 Matt Walters (color) on the call.
A Quick Look at the Wildcats
No. Name PPG RPG
3 Lance Harris (G, 6-5, 205, Sr.) 10.2 3.8
5 Clent Stewart (G, 6-4, 190, Jr.) 5.6 2.0
15 David Hoskins (F, 6-5, 230, Jr.) 14.0 5.3
20 Cartier Martin (F, 6-7, 225, Sr.) 14.2 3.8
34 Akeem Wright (G, 6-6, 210, Sr.) 7.3 5.9
No. Name PPG RPG
2 Blake Young (G, 6-2, 190, Jr.) 6.8 2.2
14 Serge Afeli (F, 6-9, 235, Sr.) 1.7 1.8
23 Jermaine Maybank (G, 6-4, 180, Sr.) 2.8 2.4
42 Darren Kent (F, 6-10, 215, So.) 0.7 1.3
50 Luis Colon (C, 6-10, 275, Fr.) 2.9 2.1
55 Jason Bennett (C, 7-3, 255, Fr.) 2.6 3.4
*With the win,
*For the fourth straight season,
*K-State earned its third road win of the season in the 85-81 win over
*K-State topped 80 points for the sixth time this season, which is the most in a season since the 2004-05 squad also had six... The Wildcats had five players score in double figures for just the second time this season and for the first time since the
*Junior Clent Stewart tied his career-high with his team-high 19 points against
Trio of Prolific Scorers
It’s Hard to Project this Line-up
In an effort to find the right combination, head coach Bob Huggins has started 11 different line-ups this season, including a different one in 10 of the last 11 contests. He has used all types of positional line-ups from three guards (Stewart, Harris and Wright against
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 17.0 turnovers forced per game is the highest by a 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 off the bench and has helped several players (seniors Akeem Wright and Lance Harris and junior Clent Stewart) earn back their starting jobs after impressive play off the bench. The stellar reserve play began with the
Hoskins Emerging As A Leader
One of the biggest reasons for
The streak began with a 17-point effort on 6-of-9 shooting against
The Book on Baylor
Baylor enters Wednesday’s contest with an 11-5 overall record and 1-2 mark in Big 12 Conference play after earning a 73-70 win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bears, where they played tight contests in losses at No. 9 Oklahoma State (81-77) on Jan. 6 and at home to No. 11 Texas A&M (61-51) on Jan. 9. Despite fielding one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 with one junior and four sophomores in the starting line-up, the squad has already surpassed the win total of each of head coach Scott Drew’s first three seasons.
The Bears are averaging 78.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting with 37.0 rebounds and have a balanced scoring team with four players averaging in double figures and six connecting on 49 percent or better from the field. The team is dangerous threat beyond the arc, where they are averaging 8.3 3-point field goals per game on 36.7 percent shooting. Five players have posted 10 or more 3-pointers this season. Sophomore forward Kevin Rogers paces the team in both scoring (13.6 ppg.) and rebounding (7.1 rpg.), while he has connected on 56.5 percent of his field goals. Sophomore guards Curtis Jerrells and Henry Dugat average 12.3 and 11.5 points per game, respectively, while junior point guard Aaron Bruce adds 11.3 points to go with a team-best 4.1 assists per game. Freshman guard Tweety Carter chips in 9.8 points per game along with a team-best 33 3-point field goals.
Baylor is led by fourth-year coach Scott Drew, who has compiled 32-58 record during his time in
Series versus Baylor
This will be the 18th all-time meeting between
Baylor snapped a two-game losing streak to K-State in the series and in the process earned its first win since Jan. 19, 2005 with a 72-70 overtime win in
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
Kansas State broke out of a three-game scoring slump against Missouri, posting 80 or more points for the sixth time this season and the first time since scoring 82 against Kennesaw State on Dec. 17. Just 17 games into the 2006-07 season, the six 80-point games by Wildcats equal the season totals of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, while it surpasses the totals of five other recent seasons (4 in 2005-06 and 3 each in 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03). The last time K-State posted more than six 80-point contests in a single-season was the 1998-99 season when the team collected seven such games.
Despite scoring just less than 70 points during a three-game stretch in early January, the team has still averaged averaged 75.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting (282-of-604) in the last 11 contests after averaging just 66.0 points on 36.3 percent shooting in the first six games. The 828 points scored during the 11-game stretch are the most by a K-State squad since totaling 870 points in the first 11 games to open the 1991-92 season. In doing so, the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 11 of their last 22 halves of basketball, including 60 percent or better in four times. During the first part of the streak, the Wildcats scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 1990-91 season. 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 7.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting to go with a team-high 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.6 steals in 25.2 minutes per game. He ranks among the top-15 in two Big 12 categories, including 11th in offensive rebounds and 15th in rebounding. Known more for his defensive prowess, Wright spent the summer working on his jumpshot to complete his all-around game. 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 six games this season. Wright has grabbed six or more rebounds in each of the last six games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 10 contests.
During the last 10 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.
Stewart Manning the Point
Junior guard Clent Stewart has been a steadying force for the Wildcats this season since emerging as the team’s primary point guard against
Martin Joins 1,000-Point Club;
Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at
Martin cracked the school’s top-10 list for scoring on Saturday against
Although he broke out of his recent scoring slump with 15 points 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 10.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting, including a team-best 40.8 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (29) and 3-point field goal percentage (40.8), while he is in the top-4 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding. Harris has scored in double figures in seven contests, including three 20-point efforts. He opened the year 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
He has made an immediate impact for the Wildcats this season after transferring from
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 17 games this year, while his 2.00 per game ties him for second 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
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.
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.
*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
K-State appears on “
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.
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