K-State begins homestand with Chicago State Monday
K-State begins homestand with Chicago State Monday
Monday, Jan. 22, 2007
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m. Central
Series: First Meeting
(K-State is 12-2 all-time against Independents)
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 begins three-game homestand on Monday against
Kansas State (13-6, 3-2 Big 12) steps out of conference play one last time, as the Wildcats play host to Chicago State (8-15) on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7:07 p.m. The team has won 28 of its last 36 games against non-conference opponents, including a 24-1 (.960) mark at home. The Wildcats have won 17 consecutive games against non-league foes at home dating back to an 81-63 win over
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 (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.) 11.0 3.8
5 Clent Stewart (G, 6-4, 190, Jr.) 5.8 2.0
15 David Hoskins (F, 6-5, 230, Jr.) 14.4 5.7
34 Akeem Wright (G, 6-6, 210, Sr.) 7.1 6.1
50 Luis Colon (C, 6-10, 275, Fr.) 2.8 2.0
No. Name PPG RPG
2 Blake Young (G, 6-2, 190, Jr.) 6.3 2.1
14 Serge Afeli (F, 6-9, 235, Sr.) 1.6 1.7
20 Cartier Martin (F, 6-7, 225, Sr.) 14.4 4.1
23 Jermaine Maybank (G, 6-4, 180, Sr.) 2.4 2.1
42 Darren Kent (F, 6-10, 215, So.) 0.7 1.3
55 Jason Bennett (C, 7-3, 255, Fr.) 2.5 3.3
*With the win,
*K-State posted just seven turnovers against
*Junior David Hoskins led three players in double figures with his 22-point effort... It marked his third 20-point performance of the season and his second in the past four games... He also collected his first career double-double with a career-high 11 rebounds... It marked the second straight season he posted a 20-point game at
*Senior Lance Harris continued his impressive play of late with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting against
After struggling for most of the past decade on the road,
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 13 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 16.4 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.
Hoskins Emerging As A Leader
One of the biggest reasons for
After scoring 11 points against Texas A&M, Hoskins came through in a big way offensively against Texas Tech on Jan. 8. He topped 20 points for the second time this season with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 33 minutes. Hoskins broke out of his recent slump from the field against
The Book on
The Cougars are averaging 72.2 points on 44 percent shooting with 32.1 rebounds and have a balanced scoring team with six players averaging in double figures. The senior-laden squad is led by a junior -- guard David Holston -- who is averaging 16.9 points and has connected on a team-best 78 3-point field goals this season. Senior guard Royce Parran averages 13.4 points on 37 3-pointers to go with a team-best 4.4 assists per game, while junior guard John Cantrell adds 11.8 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting. Senior forward Kourtney Calvin averages 11.5 points on 51.5 percent shooting to go with a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game, while senior Cam-Ron Clay posts 10.9 points per game on a team-best 64.6 percent shooting.
This will be the first meeting between
Non-Conference Play A Success
Even with one more game to play,
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 18 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 less than 70 points in five of six games this month, the team has still averaged averaged 74.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting (329-of-712) in the last 13 contests after averaging just 66.0 points on 36.3 percent shooting in the first six games. In doing so, the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 13 of their last 26 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
Lift From The Bench
The Wright Stuff
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 7.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting to go with a team-high 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.6 steals in 25.2 minutes per game. He ranks among the top-15 in two Big 12 categories, including 13th in defensive 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 seven games this season. Wright has grabbed six or more rebounds in seven of the last eight games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 11 contests.
During the last 12 games, Wright has topped his season average six 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 Jan. 13 with his 15-point effort against
Martin has scored in double figures 13 times in the last 17 games, including five 20-point outings. He began the streak by posting a career-high 28 points against Tennessee Tech, while he 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 11.0 points on 48.4 percent shooting, including a team-best 41.0 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (32) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.0), while he is in the top-4 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding. Harris has scored in double figures in nine 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
A constant in the line-up, Harris is moving up several K-State career charts, including ranking third in 3-point field goal attempts (360), fifth in 3-point field goals (127) and 30th in scoring (867), while he is just outside the top 10 in both career games played (103) and minutes (2,201).
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 31 blocked shots this season, including a season record-tying six in a loss at
With his three-block effort 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.