K-State travels to No. 9 Kansas Wednesday
K-State travels to No. 9 Kansas Wednesday
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) in
Tipoff: 8:05 p.m. Central
TV: ESPN Plus
Talent: Dave Armstrong (Play-by-Play)
and Paul Splittorff (Analyst)
Channels: KMCI (
Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates),
Talent: Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) and Stan Weber (Analyst)
K-State continues tough stretch with road contest at
Kansas State (17-6, 6-2 Big 12) concludes its stretch of back-to-back road games against ranked foes, as the Wildcats put their seven-game winning streak to the ultimate test against ninth-ranked Kansas (19-4, 6-2 Big 12) at famed Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., beginning at 8:05 p.m. The Wildcats, who ended a 31-game losing streak to the Jayhawks in a 59-55 win last season, will be looking to win back-to-back games at Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since 1988 and 1989.
The game will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus (KMCI - Kansas City; KSAS - Wichita; KSNT - Topeka) with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (color) calling the action. It will be the fifth of 12 regional broadcasts on the Big 12’s television package for the Wildcats. The audio broadcast 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 Stan Weber (color) on the call.
Kansas State, which ended a 29-game losing streak to ranked foes on the road in the 73-72 win over No. 22/23 Texas on Saturday, have won 13 of its last 16 games since starting the season at 4-3, which includes separate seven- and six-game winning streaks. The team has also strung together six straight wins in league play for the first time since also winning six in a row from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 1988. The Wildcats, who will be looking to win four straight league road games for the first time since 1979-80 season, have a tough task against the Jayhawks, who have not lost back-to-back home games since 1989.
*With the win,
*The win was
*The 17-6 record represents the best start by the Wildcats since head coach Jack Hartman’s 1981-82 Sweet 16 squad also produced a 17-6 mark after 23 games... The win total also ties for the most by a
*The 14 3-point field goals against
*The six turnovers tied for the fewest this season (
*Senior Cartier Martin paced three Wildcats in double figures with 27 points on 9-of-17 field goals, including a career-best 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc... The 27 points was one off his career-high of 28 (vs. Tennessee Tech on Nov. 18, 2006)... He has scored in double figures in seven straight games dating back to the start of K-State’s current winning streak, including 20 or more points in three of the last four games... Martin now has 22 20-point scoring games (which ties him with Jeremiah Massey for the 10th-most all-time at K-State) and 64 career double-figure scoring games.
*Senior Lance Harris broke out of his recent shooting slump with 19 points on 7-of-14 field goals, including 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range... It marked the eighth time this season he has had three or more treys in a game... Junior David Hoskins scored in double figures for the 16th consecutive game with 13 points against
In this week’s RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) ratings, the formula used by the NCAA to help determine which teams go to the post-season tournament,
Winning Streak Among the Best
Kansas State’s current seven-game winning streak is not only the longest current streak in the Big 12, but it is also ties three other squads for the 10th-longest at the Division I level. The Wildcats join
K-State’s winning streak is the longest by the program since winning eight straight to start the 2004-05 season. It marks the second time this season that the Wildcats have put together a streak of six or more games, as the team won six straight from Dec. 5-23, 2006. In all, K-State has 13 of its last 16 contests since starting the season at 4-3. The team’s current six-game conference winning streak is the longest in the Big 12 era and the longest since also winning six straight from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 1988.
Dialing From Long Distance
After entering the game with a Big 12-worse 5.64 three-point field goals per game,
Of note, Harris and Martin are the two of the best players in K-State history shooting the 3-pointer, as the two rank among the top 5 in makes and attempts in their careers. Martin is fourth in makes (139) and attempts (351) and sixth in percentage (39.6), while Harris is third in attempts (383) and fifth in makes (135).
One of the major obstacles for
Dissecting the Streak
It is easy to determine the reasons for Kansas State’s recent seven-game winning streak, as the Wildcats have relied on their stars and stifling defense to post its second victory streak of six or more games this season. The team’s top three scorers - Cartier Martin (18.7 ppg), David Hoskins (16.7 ppg.) and Lance Harris (13.3 ppg.) - have combined to score 341 of the Wildcats’ 510 points during the streak on 46.1 percent shooting (111-of-241). The trio have also connected on a stunning 88.1 percent (89-of-101) of their free throw attempts. The team has also held its last seven foes to a combined 61.0 points per game on just 38.6 percent shooting, including just 25.9 percent from 3-point range, while holding a 8.4 rebounding margin.
A staple of the starting line-up in previous seasons, senior Cartier Martin has been particularly effective off the bench this season. He has scored in double figures in eight of the 10 games he has not started for the Wildcats, including four 20-point performances against UMES (23) on Dec. 19,
The Book on
This will be the 260th meeting between
Hoskins Emerging As A Leader
One of the biggest reasons for
The streak of 16 consecutive double-digit scoring efforts began with a 17-point effort against
In addition, Hoskins has been impressive from the free throw line during the 16-game streak, connecting on 82.1 percent (96-of-117), including 81.8 percent (27-of-33) in the last five minutes.
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.
After struggling for most of the past decade on the road,
Offense Taking Flight
After managing just 61 points on 32.6 percent shooting against
Despite scoring less than 70 points in seven of its last 10 games, the team has still averaged averaged 73.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting in the last 17 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 16 of their last 34 halves of basketball, including 60 percent or better on four occasions. 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
The team’s 97 blocks this season are the eighth-highest total in school history since the stat began being kept in 1982-83, while this year’s total is the highest in a single-season since the 2002-03 team produced 109 swats. The Wildcats are on pace for 131 blocks during the regular season, which would be the second-most in a single-season in K-State history behind the 146 recorded in 1998-99. On the other hand, Bennett’s 45 blocked shots have already established a freshman school record, shattering the previous mark of 24 by Shawn Rhodes in 1995-96. He is tied for sixth on school’s single-season top-10, while he is four swats away from the career top-10. Bennett is on pace for 63 blocks, which would break Gerald Eaker’s single-season record of 59 set during the 1995-96 season. He has recorded at least one block in 14 of 20 games, while his 2.25 per game average ranks first in the Big 12.
Taking Advantage of Turnovers
One of the biggest factors in
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 10-1 mark at home this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in non-conference games. The team has posted an impressive 71-24 (.747) mark at home since the start of 2001-02 season, including 10 or more wins each of the past six years. With four 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 839-322 (.723) record in home games all-time, including a 211-81 (.723) mark in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988.
Trio of Prolific Scorers
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 six 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 six 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 45 consecutive contests, including all 23 games this season.
Although he has been
*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 seven 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 includes consensus top 10 prospects Michael Beasley and Bill Walker.
Martin Joins 1,000-Point Club;
Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at
Martin has scored in double figures 17 times in the last 21 games, including eight 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 10.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting, including a team-best 39.6 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (40) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.6), while he is in the top-4 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding. Harris has scored in double figures in 11 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 (383), fifth in 3-point field goals (130), eighth in minutes (2,323) and 27th in scoring (908), while he is just outside the top 10 in career games played (107).
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 41.1 percent shooting to go with a team-high 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals in 25.9 minutes per game. He ranks among the top-15 in two Big 12 categories, including 12th in both rebounding and defensive rebounds. 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 six 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 nine of the last 12 games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 13 contests. During the last 16 games, Wright has topped his season average eight times with four 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 Recovers Nicely from 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 5.8 points, a team-best 2.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 20.5 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.
Non-Conference Play A Success
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
*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 was 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.
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