K-State faces big test vs. Nebraska Saturday
K-State faces big test vs. Nebraska Saturday
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in
Tipoff: 5:07 p.m. Central
(K-State leads 69-30 in
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
(Available only in
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 659, Dish Network 445
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 faces major test with visit from
Kansas State (14-6, 3-2 Big 12) returns to Big 12 play this Saturday, as the Wildcats play host to north rival Nebraska (12-6, 1-3 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 5:07 p.m. The Wildcats are riding a four-game winning streak, including a three-game streak in Big 12 play, after Monday’s 73-36 dismantling of
There will be a dual broadcast of the game by Fox Sports Midwest with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) calling the action throughout the state and the Kansas City area, while Greg Sharpe (play-by-play) and Matt Davidson (color) will call the game throughout the state of Nebraska. 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.
K-State ended non-conference play with a bang, as the Wildcats held
A Quick Look at the Wildcats
No. Name PPG RPG
3 Lance Harris (G, 6-5, 205, Sr.) 11.1 3.8
5 Clent Stewart (G, 6-4, 190, Jr.) 5.5 2.0
15 David Hoskins (F, 6-5, 230, Jr.) 14.4 5.9
34 Akeem Wright (G, 6-6, 210, Sr.) 7.3 6.0
50 Luis Colon (C, 6-10, 275, Fr.) 2.8 2.2
No. Name PPG RPG
2 Blake Young (G, 6-2, 190, Jr.) 6.2 2.1
14 Serge Afeli (F, 6-9, 235, Sr.) 1.5 1.6
20 Cartier Martin (F, 6-7, 225, Sr.) 14.9 4.1
23 Jermaine Maybank (G, 6-4, 180, Sr.) 2.3 2.3
42 Darren Kent (F, 6-10, 215, So.) 0.7 1.3
55 Jason Bennett (C, 7-3, 255, Fr.) 2.6 3.4
*With the win,
*In addition, the Wildcats set Bramlage Coliseum records for blocked shots by a team and individual... The squad’s 12 blocked shots were the most ever recorded in the arena, surpassing the 10 against UMKC on Dec. 19, 1998 and the 10
*Senior Cartier Martin came off the bench for the third consecutive game to post a game-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting... It marked the 21st time in his career that he has had at least 20 points in a game, including the sixth time this season... Martin has scored in double figures in four straight.
*Junior David Hoskins made it back-to-back double-doubles with 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds... He posted his first career double-double against
*Senior Lance Harris continued his impressive play of late with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting against
The team’s 89 blocks this season are just six short of the 95 recorded all of last season, while it already surpasses the totals of the 2003-04 (76) and 2004-05 (63) seasons. The Wildcats are on pace for 138 blocks (4.45 per game) during the regular season, which would be the second-most in a single-season in Kansas State history behind the 146 recorded in 1998-99. On the other hand, Bennett’s 39 blocked shots this season have already established a freshman school record, shattering the previous mark of 24 by Shawn Rhodes in 1995-96. He needs one block to crack the school’s single-season top-10, while he is 10 swats away from the career top-10. Bennett is on pace for 64 blocks this season, which would break Gerald Eaker’s single-season mark of 59 set during the 1995-96 season. He has recorded at least one block in 11 of 17 games, while his 2.29 per game average ranks first in the Big 12.
After giving up an average of 81 points in back-to-back losses to
During the course of the season, the defensive effort has produced marks that the Wildcats haven’t seen in years and even decades. Against
Dissecting The Streak
It is easy to determine the reasons for Kansas State’s recent four-game winning streak, as the Wildcats have relied on their stars and stifling defense to post its second victory streak of four or more games this season. The team’s top three scorers - Cartier Martin (18.0 ppg), David Hoskins (17.0 ppg.) and Lance Harris (16.0 ppg.) - have combined to score 204 of the Wildcats’ 296 points during the streak on 47.8 percent shooting (69-of-145). The trio has also connected on a stunning 89.7 percent (52-of-58) of their free throw attempts. The team has also held its last four foes to a combined 59.2 points per game on just 34.8 percent shooting (81-of-233), including just 22.1 percent (19-of-86) from 3-point range, while holding a +7.8 rebounding margin.
Home Sweet Home
Kansas State has continued to make Bramlage Coliseum one of the toughest home venues in the Big 12, as the Wildcats have posted an 8-1 mark at home this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in non-conference games. The team has posted an impressive 69-24 (.742) mark at home since the start of 2001-02 season, including 10 or more wins each of the past five years. With six home games remaining this season, the Wildcats have already clinched a winning record at home for the 61st consecutive season, which has spanned three arenas and nine head coaches dating back to the 1946-47 season. The team has registered an 837-322 (.722) record in home games all-time, including a 209-81 (.721) mark in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988.
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 14 contests. He has used all types of positional line-ups from three guards (Stewart, Harris and Wright against
The Book on
Nebraska is led by first-year head coach Doc Sadler, who became coach in August after guiding Texas-El Paso to back-to-back postseason appearances and a 48-18 overall record in two seasons as head coach. This will be his first meeting with both
This will be the 211th meeting between
In its last meeting in
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
In addition, Hoskins has been impressive from the free throw line during the 13-game streak, connecting on 81.3 percent (78-of-96), including 79.2 percent (19-of-24) in the last five minutes.
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 16.2 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
After struggling for most of the past decade on the road,
Trio of Prolific Scorers
Non-Conference Play A Success
Offense Taking Flight
Kansas State broke out of a three-game scoring slump against Missouri on Jan. 13, 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 20 games into the 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 six of seven games this month, the team has still averaged averaged 74.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting (359-of-771) in the last 14 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 15 of their last 28 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
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
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 11.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting, including a team-best 40.5 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (34) 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 10 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 (366), fifth in 3-point field goals (129), 10th in minutes (2,225) and 28th in scoring (879), while he is just outside the top 10 in career games played (104).
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 7.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting to go with a team-high 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals in 25.4 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 five 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 nine games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 11 contests.
During the last 13 games, Wright has topped his season average seven times with three 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
Young Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
Junior guard Blake Young underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 11 at
A NJCAA honorable mention All-American as a sophomore in 2005-06, he averaged 6.2 points, a team-best 2.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 21.6 minutes per game this season. After ranking third in NJCAA in scoring at 23.2 points as a sophomore, he displayed his offensive potential with a big effort against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 21 with a season-high 24 points on 6-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He has scored in double figures in five contests.
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 Monday, Jan. 8 that freshman forward Bill Walker sustained a complete rupture of the anterior crucial ligament (ACL) in his left knee and leaving him out for the remainder of the season, according to head coach Bob Huggins. Surgery was successfully performed on Friday, Jan. 19 and
The highly-touted freshman averaged 11.3 points on 40.0 percent shooting in six games this season with 4.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He began his career by posting 15 points on 6-of-10 field goals 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
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.