Big crowd witnesses ?Madness in Manhattan?

MANHATTAN, Kan. Before a crowd of just under 10,000, the Kansas State men’s and women’s basketball teams opened the 2006-07 campaign on Friday by hosting “Madness in Manhattan.”


Activities began with performances by Willie Wildcat, the Classy Cats, the cheerleading team and the marching band prior to the introduction of the men’s and women’s teams with a laserlight show. 


Following comments from women’s head coach Deb Patterson, first-year men’s coach Bob Huggins officially unveiled the Wildcats’ new uniforms.  The aggressive cat scratch-inspired uniforms have three colors white, purple and black.  It marks the first time in school history that the program has three distinctive jerseys and the first time it has one in a color other than white and purple. 


Following the dunk contest, the men’s team conducted a 20-minute scrimmage with the black squad posting a 28-25 win over the purple team.  Senior forward Cartier Martin led the black team with nine points and three rebounds, while senior guard Jermaine Maybank and freshman center Luis Colon each added six points.  The purple squad was led by senior guard Akeem Wright’s eight points and three rebounds, while junior guard David Hoskins posted seven points.


The basketball teams will host their only exhibition games of the season at Bramlage Coliseum on back-to-back days in early November.  The men’s squad will host Washburn on Saturday, Nov. 4 at a time to be determined, while the women’s team will play Emporia State on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.