K-State closes out homestand with Missouri
K-State closes out homestand with Missouri
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in
Tipoff: 8:05 p.m. Central
Series: Tied 112-112
(K-State leads 56-44 in
TV: ESPNU/ESPN Plus
Talent: Dave Armstrong (Play-by-Play) and
Chris Piper (Analyst)
Channels: Metro (
Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates),
Talent: Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) and
Stan Weber (Analyst)
K-State looks to close out homestand with sweep of Missouri Wednesday
Two of the hottest teams in the Big 12 collide on Wednesday night, as Kansas State (15-6, 4-2 Big 12) puts its five-game winning streak to the test against a surging Missouri (13-6, 2-4 Big 12) squad at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 8:05 p.m. It is the second five-game winning streak of the season for the Wildcats and the second longest behind a six-game streak from Dec. 5-23, 2006. In the process, K-State has also strung together four straight wins in Big 12 play for the first time since the inception of the league and holds its longest conference win streak since winning five in a row during the 1989-90 season. The Wildcats, which posted an 85-81 win in
The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and regionally on ESPN Plus (Metro Sports - Kansas City; KSAS - Wichita; KSNT - Topeka) with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Chris Piper (color) calling the action. It will be the fourth of a school-record seven national broadcasts for the Wildcats this season, including the first-ever on ESPNU. The audio broadcast can be heard on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/teams/kab) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) on the call.
A Quick Look at the Wildcats
No. Name PPG RPG
3 Lance Harris (G, 6-5, 205, Sr.) 10.9 3.7
5 Clent Stewart (G, 6-4, 190, Jr.) 5.9 2.0
15 David Hoskins (F, 6-5, 230, Jr.) 14.2 5.8
34 Akeem Wright (G, 6-6, 210, Sr.) 7.2 6.1
50 Luis Colon (C, 6-10, 275, Fr.) 2.6 2.4
No. Name PPG RPG
2 Blake Young (G, 6-2, 190, Jr.) 6.2 2.0
14 Serge Afeli (F, 6-9, 235, Sr.) 1.5 1.6
20 Cartier Martin (F, 6-7, 225, Sr.) 14.7 4.2
23 Jermaine Maybank (G, 6-4, 180, Sr.) 2.6 2.3
42 Darren Kent (F, 6-10, 215, So.) 0.7 1.3
55 Jason Bennett (C, 7-3, 255, Fr.) 2.4 3.2
*With the win,
*After setting the Bramlage Coliseum record for fewest combined points in game (99) last season,
*In its last two games,
*Junior Clent Stewart paced three Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc... It marked the fourth time this season has Stewart has scored in double figures with three of those coming in the last five games... Junior David Hoskins has now scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games dating back to the
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. In the last two games,
In the win over
Dissecting The Streak
It is easy to determine the reasons for Kansas State’s recent five-game winning streak, as the Wildcats have relied on their stars and stifling defense to post its second victory streak of five or more games this season. The team’s top three scorers - Cartier Martin (16.4 ppg), David Hoskins (15.8 ppg.) and Lance Harris (14.2 ppg.) - have combined to score 232 of the Wildcats’ 357 points during the streak on 45.2 percent shooting (76-of-168). The trio has also connected on a stunning 91.5 percent (65-of-71) of their free throw attempts. The team has also held its last five foes to a combined 56.4 points per game on just 35.1 percent shooting (99-of-282), including just 21.7 percent (23-of-106) from 3-point range, while holding a 7.8 rebounding margin.
The team’s 91 blocks this season are just four 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 134 blocks (4.33 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 41 blocked shots this season have already established a freshman school record, shattering the previous mark of 24 by Shawn Rhodes in 1995-96. He ranks ninth on school’s single-season top-10, while he is eight 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 12 of 18 games, while his 2.28 per game average ranks first in the Big 12.
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 a 9-1 mark at home this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in non-conference games. The team has posted an impressive 70-24 (.745) mark at home since the start of 2001-02 season, including 10 or more wins each of the past five years. With five 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 838-322 (.722) record in home games all-time, including a 210-81 (.722) mark in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988.
Finding the Right Combination
After tinkering with the line-up for much of the season, head coach Bob Huggins has finally found a winning combination in each of the past four games with seniors Lance Harris and Akeem Wright manning the backcourt with junior point guard Clent Stewart, while junior David Hoskins and freshman Luis Colon battle down low in the frontcourt. Before the last four games, Huggins had started 10 different line-ups, including a different one in 10 of 11 contests. The only constant in the line-up has been David Hoskins, who has started 43 consecutive contests, including all 21 games this season.
The Book on
Missouri enters Wednesday’s contest with a 13-6 overall record and 2-4 mark in Big 12 Conference play after posting an impressive 71-58 win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at home. The team shot 50 percent from the field and had three players in double figures led by junior guard Stefhon Hannah’s game-high 15 points. The Tigers have won back-to-back Big 12 games after dropping four in a row to start league play.
This will be the 225th all-time meeting between
K-State has won the last two games at Bramlage Coliseum and will be looking to make it three in a row at home for the first time since doing it in the 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. Last season, the Wildcats earned a 79-64 win over the Tigers 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 14-game streak, connecting on 82.2 percent (83-of-101), including 82.1 percent (23-of-28) 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 15.9 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 21 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 seven of its last eight games, the team has still averaged averaged 73.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting (373-of-814) in the last 15 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 30 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
Martin 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 10.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting, including a team-best 39.3 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (35) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.3), 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 (371), fifth in 3-point field goals (130), ninth in minutes (2,253) and 28th in scoring (886), while he is just outside the top 10 in career games played (105).
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 7.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting to go with a team-high 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.6 steals in 25.5 minutes per game. He ranks among the top-15 in two Big 12 categories, including 11th in defensive rebounds and 13th 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 eight games this season. Wright has grabbed six or more rebounds in eight of the last 10 games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 12 contests.
During the last 14 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 is averaging 6.2 points, a team-best 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 21.5 minutes per game this year. 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
“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.
Up Next: at
Kansas State will begin with of its toughest stretches of the season on Saturday, as the Wildcats face the first of back-to-back Top 25 teams on the road with a trip to Austin, Texas to face No. 22/23 Texas (15-5, 5-1 Big 12) at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns enter Wednesday’s game at Texas Tech with a 15-5 overall record and 5-1 mark in Big 12 play after an 84-79 win over Baylor at home on Saturday. The team is averaging a Big 12-best 84.8 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting with 42.7 rebounds and has a balanced scoring team with three players averaging in double figures. National and Big 12 Player of the Year favorite Kevin Durant paces the team in a number of categories, including Big 12-bests in both scoring (24.4 ppg.) and rebounding (11.0 rpg.). Sophomore guard A.J. Abrams averages 16.8 points on a team-best 80 3-point field goals and a team-best 1.8 steals per game, while freshman guard D.J. Augustin adds 13.4 points per game and a Big 12-best 6.9 assists. K-State has not beaten a ranked foe on the road since upsetting No. 23 Iowa State, 92-87, on Feb. 28, 1996, while the Wildcats have not won in