K-State Hosts Kansas Saturday

Kansas State (17-7, 6-4 Big 12) vs.
16/16 Kansas (19-5, 8-1 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Tipoff: 2:35 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528
Series: Kansas leads 174-90
(Kansas is 79-35 in Manhattan)

Television: ESPN on ABC
Terry Gannon (play-by-play)
Steve Lavin (analyst)
Aaron Stojkov (producer)
Ken Dennis (director)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (29 stations);
Yahoo! Internet Radio;
Sirius Satellite 147
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

Tickets: Sold Out. It is the second sell out of the year for K-State.

Record: 17-7 (6-4 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): RV/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 38-19/1
School Record: 38-19/1
vs. Kansas: 1-2
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 11, 2009
Defeated Texas Tech, 85-73
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.k-statesports.com

Record: 19-5 (8-1 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 16/16
Coach: Bill Self
Alma Mater: Oklahoma State, 85
Career Record: 368-142/16
School Record: 161-37/6
vs. Kansas State: 12-2
07-08 Record: 37-3 (13-3 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 9, 2009
Lost at Missouri, 62-60
SID: Chris Theisen
Website: www.kuathletics.com

Kansas State (17-7, 6-4 Big 12) continue its three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats play host to archrival and 16th-ranked Kansas (19-5, 8-1 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum at 2:35 p.m. K-State extended its winning streak to six games on Wednesday, as the team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in snapping a two-game skid to Texas Tech at home with an 85-73 victory. It marked the first win over the Red Raiders at home since a 68-44 victory on Jan. 11, 2003. The six-game conference winning streak ties the 2006-07 team for the longest in the Big 12 era for the Wildcats, while it ties three other squads (1980-81, 1987-88 and 2006-07) for the longest since the 1976-77 team won eight straight in league play. K-State faces a Kansas squad that has won 36 of the last 38 meetings in the series and 19 of 20 in Bramlage Coliseum. Last season, the Wildcats ended 25 years of frustration against the Jayhawks at home with an 84-75 victory on Jan. 30. The team will be looking to win back-to-back home games against Kansas for the first time since the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.

Kansas State ran its winning streak to six games on Wednesday, as the Wildcats jumped out to a 30-6 lead over Texas Tech before leading by as many as 29 points en route to an 85-73 victory. The Red Raiders missed 12 of their first 14 field goals and committed seven turnovers in the first 13 minutes. K-State has now scored 80 or more points in 11 games this season, including three of the last five Big 12 contests. The Wildcats shot 49.3 percent from the field, including 51.4 percent in the first half, while posting assists on 23 of the 33 field goals. The team also out-rebounded its 19th opponent and dominated the paint by out-scoring Texas Tech, 40-14.

Senior Darren Kent led four Wildcats in double figures with 18 points on 8-of-10 field goals to go with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes. Kent led the team in scoring for just the second time in his career, while he tallied double figures for the 12th time. Junior Denis Clemente posted 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while sophomore Jacob Pullen and Dominique Sutton each chipped in 12 points. Clemente and Pullen continue to be tied with a team-high 16 double-figure scoring games this season, while Sutton posted 10 or more points for the ninth time. Clemente has now scored in double figures in nine of the 10 Big 12 contests, including eight consecutive games dating back to the Nebraska game. The team moved to 11-0 when both Clemente and Pullen score in double figures. Junior Luis Colon paced in rebounding with a game-high nine.

K-State remains the definition of balance with seven different leading scorers, nine different assist leaders and seven different rebounding leaders. Right now, six players are averaging seven or more points, while five players are averaging four or more rebounds. There have been 83 double-digit scoring games by 10 players. Of the 10 players, six have registered double figures nine or more times. The Wildcats have been a solid team defensively, allowing just 65.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting, including 34.5 percent from 3-point range. The team is forcing an average of 17.6 turnovers per game, while averaging 20.4 points off those turnovers.

The contest against Kansas will be televised nationally on ESPN on ABC with Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Steve Lavin (analyst) calling the action. Fans will also be able to watch the game on the ESPN Full Court package. Information on these outlets can be found at http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncb/fullcourt/.

Fans will also be able to listen to the audio broadcast on the K-State Sports Network (Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 147) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst).