K-State heads north to battle Nebraska Tuesday
K-State heads north to battle Nebraska Tuesday
Tuesday Feb. 13, 2007
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. Central
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
(Available only in
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 660, Dish Network 451
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 looks to continue momentum with contest at Nebraska Tuesday
Kansas State (18-7, 7-3 Big 12) looks to continue the momentum gained in Saturday’s win over Colorado, as the Wildcats hit the road for Lincoln, Neb., to close out the season series with Nebraska (14-9, 3-6 Big 12) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
The team, which has won two of its last three meetings in
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 Nebraska. It will be the 10th and final broadcast of the season on FSN Midwest. 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.
*With the win, K-State improved to 90-43 all-time against
*The 18-7 record represents the best start by the Wildcats since head coach Lon Kruger’s 1987-88 Elite Eight squad also produced a 18-7 mark after 25 games... The win total also the most by a
*Returning to the defensive intensity that got guided them to a seven-game winning streak, the Wildcats held Colorado to just 59 points, 13.2 points below its season average of 72.2 points... The Buffaloes’ leading scorer Richard Roby was held to just five points on 1-of-9 shooting after averaging 16 points per game... K-State has now held 21 of its 25 opponents to below 80 points, including 11 of its last 16 under 70 points.
*Senior Cartier Martin passed Mitch Richmond (1,327) for seventh place on
*Junior David Hoskins scored in double figures for the 18th consecutive game with 13 points against
*Senior Akeem Wright registered double-digit rebounds for the third time this season with 11 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,
K-State was aided much by the 3-point shot against
One of the major obstacles for
After struggling for most of the past decade on the road,
A staple of the starting line-up in previous seasons, senior Cartier Martin has been particularily effective off the bench this season. He has scored in double figures in 10 of the 12 games he has not started for the Wildcats, including five 20-point efforts against UMES (23) on Dec. 19,
Dishing Out the Assists
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 second meeting with both
This will be the 212th meeting between
In its last meeting at the
Hoskins Emerges As Leader
One of the biggest reasons for
The streak of 18 straight double-digit scoring efforts began with a 17-point effort against
In addition, Hoskins has been impressive from the free throw line during the 18-game streak, connecting on 77.6 percent (104-of-134), including 77.1 percent (27-of-35) in the last five minutes.
Taking Advantage of Turnovers
One of the biggest factors in
Dialing From Long Distance
After entering the game with a Big 12-worse 5.64 three-point field goals per game,
Despite giving up a season-high 97 points against
During the course of the season, the defensive effort has produced marks that the Wildcats haven’t seen in years and even decades.
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 11-1 mark at home this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in non-conference games. The team has tallied an impressive 72-24 (.750) mark at home since the start of 2001-02 season, including 10 or more wins each of the past six years.
With three 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 840-322 (.723) record in home games all-time, including a 212-81 (.724) mark in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988.
In addition to winning games, K-State has boasted big crowds this season at home. Through 12 home games, the Wildcats have posted an average of 12,266 fans per game, which ranks as the second-highest average attendance in school history and the highest since 12,978 fans cheered on the 1988-89 Wildcats. The team already boasts three sellouts this season (William &
It’s Hard to Project this Line-up
In an effort to find the right combination, head coach Bob Huggins has started 12 different line-ups this season, including a different one in 10 of the last 17 contests. He has used all types of positional line-ups from three guards (Stewart, Harris and Wright and Maybank, Young and Wright) to three forwards (Hoskins, Walker and Martin). The only constant in the line-up has been David Hoskins, who has started 47 consecutive contests, including all 25 games. The line-up variety is in stark contrast to the past two seasons when there were just six different line-ups in 2004-05 and eight in 2005-06.
Offense Taking Flight
Despite scoring less than 70 points in eight of its last 12 games, the team has still averaged averaged 73.7 points on 45 percent shooting in the last 19 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 38 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 106 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 49 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 second on school’s single-season top-10, while he is tied for 10th on the career top-10 list. 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 16 of 22 games, while his 2.23 per game average ranks first in the Big 12.
Trio of Prolific Scorers
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; Cracks School’s Top 10
Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at Kansas State in the win over Coppin State on Nov. 25, 2006, as he became the 19th player in school history and the first in the Big 12 era to score 1,000 career points. The
Martin cracked the school’s top-10 list for scoring 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 10.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting, including a team-best 37 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.4 steals per game. He paces the squad in 3-point field goal percentage (37.0) and is second in 3-point field goals (40), 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
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 6.8 points on 38.8 percent shooting to go with a team-high 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.7 steals in 25.3 minutes per game. He ranks among the top-15 in two Big 12 categories, including 14th in rebounding and 15th in 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 nine games this season. Wright has grabbed six or more rebounds in 10 of the last 14 games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 14 contests. During the last 18 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 Knee Surgery
Junior guard Blake Young underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 11 at