K-State to face Wisconsin in NCAA Second Round

game information

11 kansas state (21-11)

vs. 3 wisconsin (30-4)


NCAA Tournament

Midwest Regional Second Round

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tipoff: 3:20 p.m. CST

Location: Omaha, Neb.

Arena: Qwest Center Omaha (2003)

Capacity: 17,560

NCAA Tournament Record: 28-26
(23 appearances)

NCAA Midwest Region Record: 17-17
(15 appearances)

Series vs. Wisconsin: Tied 2-2
(0-0 at neutral sites)

Television: CBS Sports 

Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)

Dan Bonner (analyst)

Craig Silver (producer)

Radio: K-State Sports Network;

Powercat Passport Internet Audio;          

Yahoo! Internet Radio

Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)

Stan Weber (analyst)


Tickets: Sold out.

kansas state wildcats

Record: 21-11 (10-6 Big 12)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr

Seed: 11 (at-large bid)

Coach: Frank Martin

Alma Mater: Florida International, 93

Career Record: 21-11/1

School Record: 21-11/1

vs. Wisconsin: First meeting

Last game: March 20, 2008

defeated USC, 80-67

SID: Tom Gilbert

Website: www.k-statesports.com

wisconsin badgers

Record: 30-4 (16-2 Big Ten)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): 6/6

Seed: 3 (automatic bid)

Coach: Bo Ryan

Alma Mater: Wilkes, 69

Career Record: 555-162/24

School Record: 172-59/7

vs. Kansas State: First meeting

Last game: March 20, 2008

defeated Cal State Fullerton, 71-56

SID: Brian Lucas

Website: www.uwbadgers.com

game preview

After capturing its first NCAA Tournament win in two decades, Kansas State (21-11, 10-6 Big 12) will face third-seeded Wisconsin (30-4, 16-2 Big Ten) in the second round of the Midwest Regional at the Qwest Center Omaha on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. CST.  The winner will advance to the Midwest Regional Semifinals at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., against an opponent to be determined on Friday, March 28.

The contest will be televised nationally on CBS with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) calling the action.  It will extend the school record for national television appearances this season to 15, while it will be just the school’s third appearance on CBS and first since losing to Kansas, 69-62, on Jan. 17, 1998.  The game will be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call.

|The No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional, Kansas State posted the first major upset of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with an 80-67 victory over six-seeded USC at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.  The win snapped a four-game losing streak in first round play and marked the program’s first NCAA win since beating No. 1 seed Purdue, 73-70, in the Midwest Regional Semifinals on March 25, 1988.  It marked the first time the Wildcats had eclipsed the 80-point barrier in NCAA Tournament play since 1987 and the most since scoring 86 against Baylor on Feb. 23.  The team has now topped 80 or more points in 14 games (13 wins), which equals or surpasses the single-season totals of 80-point games from the last 17 seasons.

K-State is making its 29th postseason appearance, which includes 23 in the NCAA Tournament and six in the Postseason NIT.  It marks the second straight postseason appearance for the Wildcats and the first in the NCAA Tournament since losing to No. 7 seed New Mexico, 69-48, in the first round of the East Regional in Richmond, Va., on March 15, 1996.  The program has posted a 28-26 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, including a 3-2 mark in second round games.  Since 1979, the Wildcats are now 1-1 as a No. 11 seed, while this will be the first meeting with a No. 3 seed.  The program is making its 15th appearance in the Midwest Regional and first since 1990 with a 17-17 record all-time. 

In K-State’s 22 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, the Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times.  The program has reached the Elite Eight 11 times, made four Final Four appearances and played in one National Championship game (1951).

This will be the fifth all-time meeting with Wisconsin and the first in almost 25 years since K-State earned a 71-64 win at home on Dec. 10, 1983.  The series is tied at 2-all with each team winning on their home court.  The Wildcats are 40-52 all-time against the Big Ten.

usc postgame notes

The starting line-up featured senior guards Blake Young and Clent Stewart and freshmen forwards Michael Beasley, Dominique Sutton and Bill Walker in first round action of the 2008 NCAA Basketball Championship... It marks the fifth overall time that this line-up has started a game for the Wildcats this season, including the third straight contest... The five have earned a 3-2 record as the game’s starters... Beasley and Young remain the only two players to start every game this season.

With the win, Kansas State moves to 28-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 17-17 in NCAA Midwest Regional appearances. The win in the NCAA Tournament was the first for a K-State team since beating No. 1 seed Purdue, 73-70, on March 25, 1988.

With the win, Kansas State moves to 4-1 all-time against USC and 2-1 against the Trojans on a neutral court.  The team also moved to 37-21 all-time against teams from the Pac-10.

K-State topped the 80-point barrier for the 14th time this season, including the first in NCAA play since the 1987 Tournament.  It was the first 80-point game since scoring 86 against Baylor on Feb. 23.  The team is 14-1 when scoring 80 or more points this season.  It also marked the 12th time in school history the team has posted 80 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game and the first time since scoring 82 against Georgia in the 1987 NCAA First Round.

Kansas State out-rebounded USC on Thursday, 44-27, and collected 21 offensive rebounds in the game. The Wildcats are 8-0 this season when collecting 20 or more offensive rebounds and the 21 are tied for the sixth-most in a game this season.

Kansas State shot 48-percent for the game en route to scoring 80 points. The game marked the 15th time this season the Wildcats have hit the 80-point mark with the Wildcats going 14-1 in those games.

Kansas State had four players in double figures against USC for the 11th time this season and the first time since the loss at Nebraska on February 20.

The Wildcats also had 15 assists as a team... They finished with more assists than turnovers for the 16th time this season.

The Wildcats held a 10-point advantage at the half at 37-27... Bill Walker led the Wildcats in the first half with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, which included 2-of-2 from three-point range. A total of 11 Wildcats saw minutes in the first half, compared to USC’s seven.

Beasley led Kansas State in scoring for the 26th time this season after putting up 23 on Thursday... It marks the 25th time the Big 12 Player of Year notched 20 or more points this season, which ranks first nationally... He also led the team in rebounding for 31st time in 32 games, including the 28th time grabbing double-digit rebounds.

Beasley tallied his 27th double-double of the season on Thursday, adding to his school, Big 12 and NCAA freshman-record total.  The total ties for the fifth-most by a player in a single-season in NCAA history and are the most by college player since Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan collected 29 during the 1996-97 season.

With 11 rebounds on Thursday, Beasley now has totaled 395 on the season, which tie Loyola’s (Ill.) Kenny Miller for the second-most by a freshman in NCAA history.  Beasley surpassed LSU’s Shaquille O’Neil (385) and Texas’ Kevin Durant (390) on Thursday against the Trojans.  He now trails all-time leader Nevada’s Pete Padgett, who tallied 462 rebounds in 1972-73.

Beasley also moved into the NCAA top-5 in scoring by a freshman with his 23-point effort... He now has 843 points, which is the fourth-most by freshman in NCAA history... He trails Austin Peay’s James Williams (854; 1972-73) by 12 points for third place on list, while he is behind Texas’ Kevin Durant (903; 2006-07) and LSU’s Chris Jackson (965; 1988-89).

With one block against the Trojans, Michael Beasley now has 54 on the season, just five shy of the single-season school record held by Gerald Eaker (59; 1995-96).

Bill Walker finished as the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer with 22 points and eclipsed the 20-point mark for the ninth time this season.  All nine of his 20-point games have come in the last 24 games, in which has started every contest in that span.  Walker has now scored in double figures in 28 of his 36 career games, including 24 of 30 games this season.  

Jacob Pullen tallied 11 points and a team-high five assists in the win over the Trojans.  It marks the 17th time he has scored in double figures, including the ninth time in the last 15 games.

Ron Anderson finished the night in double figures for the third time this season after collecting 10 points and eight rebounds.  It marked the first time he has scored in double figures since scoring a season-high 14 against Wagner on Dec. 29, 2007.  The eight rebounds were the most since also grabbing eight rebounds against UCF on Nov. 23, 2007.