7/7 K-State Plays 11/8 Butler For Final Four
7/7 K-State Plays 11/8 Butler For Final Four
7/7 Kansas State (29-7, 11-5 Big 12)
vs. 11/8 Butler (31-4, 18-0 Horizon League)
Date: Saturday, March 27
Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. CT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah | Arena: EnergySolutions Arena (19,120)
Television: CBS Sports (Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Len Elmore, analyst; Steve Scheer, producer)
National Radio: Westwood One (Ted Robinson, play-by-play; Bill Frieder, analyst)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson, play-by-play; Stan Weber, analyst) | Live Stats: www.NCAASports.com | Local Stations: Sports Radio 1350 AM (KMAN; Manhattan), 101.5-FM (KMKF; Manhattan)
Head Coaches: Kansas State - Frank Martin (Florida International '93) is 72-31 (.699) in his third season at K-State. Butler - Brad Stevens (DePauw '99) is 87-14 (.861) in his third season at Butler.
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 24 (1948-51-56-58-59-61-64-68-70-72-73-75-77-80-81-82-87-88-89-90-93-96-2008-2010) | Overall NCAA Tournament Record: 31-27 (3-8 in regional finals) | West Regional: 11-6 (1-2 in regional finals) | In Salt Lake City: 4-2 (3-2 in NCAA Tournament) | In EnergySolutions Arena: 1-0 (1-0 in the NCAA Tournament) | As a No. 2 seed: 3-0 | vs. No. 5 seed: 1-0 | vs. Butler: First Meeting | Last time: No. 7/7 K-State knocked off Xavier, 101-96, in double overtime in the regional semifinal on Thursday, while No. 11/8 Butler earned a 63-59 win over No. 4/4 Syracuse also in the regional semifinal on Thursday.
Rankings: K-State is ranked No. 7 in AP Top 25 and No. 7 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25. Butler is ranked No. 11 in AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25.
Tickets: Sold out.
K-State Plays Butler in West Regional Final Saturday
No. 2 seed Kansas State (29-7, 11-5 Big 12) will play No. 5 seed Butler (31-4, 18-0 Horizon League) in the West Regional Final on Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. CT at the EnergySolutions Arena. The winner will earn a spot in the Final Four with the national semifinals to be held Saturday, April 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. It marks the 12th time that the Wildcats have advanced to a regional final, including the first time since 1988 when the squad lost to archrival Kansas, 71-58, in the Midwest Regional Final in Pontiac, Mich., on March 27. This will be the fourth time that K-State has played in a West Regional Final (1948, 1951, 1981), including the first since losing to North Carolina, 82-68, in Salt Lake City, on March 21, 1981. The Wildcats have not advanced to the Final Four since 1964.
Kansas State continued their school-record season for wins on Thursday with a dramatic 101-96 double-overtime victory over No. 25 Xavier for its 29th of the season. It was the Wildcats' first overtime win in three tries this season and the first in double overtime since 1980. The squad survived multiple runs by the Musketeers at the end of regulation and the first overtime before junior Jacob Pullen hit back-to-back 3-point field goals in the second overtime to go with a pair of free throws to seal the victory. Pullen led four players in double figures with a team-high 28 points on 9-of-20 field goals, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range, in 40 minutes, while backcourt mate Denis Clemente added 25 points on 10-of-24 shooting, including a pair of treys, with a team-best five assists in 48 minutes. Junior forward Curtis Kelly had 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds to go with five blocked shots and four assists in 43 minutes. Sophomore Jamar Samuels posted 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Jordan Crawford of Xavier led all scorers with 32 points, while Terrell Holloway had 26 points.
At NCAA Championship
K-State is making its 31st postseason appearance, which includes 24 in the NCAA Tournament and seven in the National Invitational Tournament. It marks the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Wildcats and the first in the NCAA Tournament since going 1-1 at the 2008 Midwest Regional at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The four straight postseason trips are the most since the school advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season from 1987 to 1990. The program has posted a 31-27 (.509) all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, including a 3-8 mark in regional final games. It marks just the fourth time (1951, 1981, 1988) that the Wildcats have won at least three games at the NCAA Tournament and the first time since 1988.
The school is making its fifth appearance in the West Regional and the first since 1987 with an 11-6 record all-time. The No. 2 seed is the highest for K-State since seeding began in 1979, surpassing the previous high of a No. 4 seed in 1988. It marks just the sixth time that that Wildcats have earned a seeding of eight or better in the NCAA Tournament. In the program's 23 previous NCAA Tournaments, the squad has advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times, reached 11 Elite Eights, made four Final Four appearances (1948-1951-1958-1964) and played in one NCAA title game (1951).
Series History with Butler
This will be the first time that Kansas State and Butler have met on the hardwood. The Wildcats have two wins over Horizon League teams this season, knocking off Loyola Chicago, 92-54, in the season opener on Nov. 13 and Cleveland State, 85-56, on Dec. 29, 2009.
Postgame Notes vs. Xavier
--Kansas State earned its 31st NCAA Tournament win, including its first in double overtime, with a 101-96 win over Xavier... It was just the fifth overtime game for the Wildcats in NCAA Tournament play and the first since beating Georgia, 82-79, in the first round of the 1988 West Regional in Salt Lake City... It was the sixth win in double overtime in school history, but the first since beating Nebraska, 66-64, on Jan. 26, 1980... The team also evened the all-time series with Xavier with four wins apiece, including 1-1 in NCAA Tournament games.
--The victory also gave the Wildcats 29 wins, extending the school-record for wins... The previous mark for wins was 25 coming in the 1950-51 and 1987-88 seasons... The team has posted 20 or more wins for the fourth consecutive season, which is a first for the school... The 36 games are the most played in school history, breaking the tie of 35 with the 2006-07 team.
--It marked the 37th 100-point game in school history and the first since scoring 101 points against Wagner at home on Dec. 29, 2007... It is the third 100-point game in NCAA Tournament play for the Wildcats and the first since scoring 107 points against Houston in the Midwest Regional in 1970.
--The Wildcats posted their 22nd 80-point game of the season... They are 21-1 when scoring 80 or more points in a game this season... The team shot 47.4 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent in the two overtime periods... It marked the 19th time this season that the squad has shot 45 percent or better in a game... Four Wildcats scored in double figures led by Jacob Pullen's 28 points... It marked the 25th time that the team has had four or more players in double figures.
--Three players scored 20 or more points in the game for the first time this season... Jacob Pullen (28), Denis Clemente (25) and Curtis Kelly (21) each posted 20-point games in the contest... It marked the 25th 20-point game of Pullen's career, including the 16th time this season... He now ranks 10th for career 20-point games in school history... Clemente topped the 20-point barrier for the 19th time, including the 11th this year... Kelly earned just his second 20-point outing... Pullen has now scored in double figures in 36 consecutive games, while Clemente has done it for 18 straight contests.
--The squad dominated the paint, holding a 44-30 edge on points in the paint... It marked the 10th time that the team has scored 40 or more points in the paint, including the second time in NCAA Tournament play... The 44 points in the paint are the fourth-most this season.
--Xavier posted a 51-40 advantage in rebounding, including 19 offensive boards... The 51 boards tie for the most by an opponent this season... It marked just the 10th time that an opponent out-rebounded K-State... The team has now posted at least 40 rebounds in a game 16 times... Curtis Kelly led all Wildcats with eight rebounds, marking the team-leading 12th time he has led the squad in rebounding.
--K-State scored 20 in second-chance points, marking the sixth time that the squad has scored at least 20 in second-chance points... It is the first such game since Texas on Jan. 18.
--The Wildcats broke the school record for blocks in an NCAA Tournament game with 11 against Xavier... The previous mark of 10 was set in the opening round win over North Texas (3/18).
--Jacob Pullen, Denis Clemente and Curtis Kelly all set school records with their 36th start of the season... Sutton joined the trio with school records for games played in a single season.
--Junior Jacob Pullen posted 28 points on 9-of-20 field goals, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range... It marked the 36th consecutive game that he has scored in double figures, which is the second-longest streak in school history behind Mitch Richmond (50)... It marked the 19th time that he has led the team in scoring... He has now connected on five or more treys in seven games this season... He has scored in double figures in 75 career games, which ranks sixth in school history.
--Senior Denis Clemente tallied 25 points on 10-of-24 shooting, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range, with a game-high five assists... He has scored in double figures in 33 of 36 games, including a streak of 17 consecutive games... He had at least five assists in a game for the 33rd time in his career, while he led the team in assists for the 63rd time.
--Junior Curtis Kelly tallied 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while he blocked a team-high five shots... He has now scored in double figures in 24 games... It marked just his second 20-point game of the season... He increased his school single-season block total to 71... He has at least two blocks in 18 games.
--Sophomore Jamar Samuels had 14 points off the bench, marking the 39th time that he has scored in double figures off the bench... He has 25 double-digit scoring efforts in 35 games played.
General Team Notes
--Kansas State has now scored a school-record 2,893 points this season... The team has topped 2,500 points for the third consecutive season... The 80.4 point scoring average is the second-highest average in school history since the 1952-53 team averaged 81.4 points.
--K-State has already set single-season highs for field goals attempted (2,125), 3-point field goals made (248), free throws (727), free throws attempted (1084) and blocked shots (181)... The team has the third-highest single season total for steals (263), marking the third straight season that the Wildcats have posted at least 200 steals in a single season... The squad has also dished out 500 assists for the sixth time in history and third time in the last four seasons.
--With 248 3-point field goals, the squad has now posted 200 or more treys for the fifth time in school history, including the third consecutive season... The 248 treys are the most in school history, surpassing the previous high of 246 set during the 1993-94 season.
--Junior Jacob Pullen became the fourth player in school history to top 700 points in a single-season with his 28 against Xavier... He joins a list that includes Michael Beasley (866, 2007-08), Mitch Richmond (786, 1987-88) and Askia Jones (729, 1993-94).