K-State Opens Exhibition Play Tuesday vs. Washburn

The opening night of Bruce Weber comes in an exhibition vs. Washburn on Tuesday.

Oct. 29, 2012

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Exhibition #1
Kansas State (0-0) vs. Washburn (0-0)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
7:10 p.m. CT * Manhattan, Kan. * Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)

Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head coach: Bruce Weber (Wisconsin-Milwaukee ‘78)
School Record: 0-0 (1st season) * Career Record: 313-155 (15th season) 

Washburn (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)
Head coach: Bob Chipman (Kansas State ‘73)
Career/School Record: 721-296 (34th season)

Television: FOX Sports Midwest/FOX College Sports
Ben Boyle (play-by-play); Stan Weber (analyst)
Channel Directory: DirecTV 671, Dish 418, AT&T U-verse 748
Internet: www.K-StateHD.TV

Radio: K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play); Matt Walters (analyst)
Satellite Radio: None

Live Stats: http://www.kstatesports.com/multimedia/ksu-gt-live-stats.html
Live Audio: www.k-statesports.com/allaccess (free)
Twitter Updates: twitter.com/kstate_gameday

K-State in Exhibition Play: 52-18 (40-9 at home)
Current Streak: Lost 1 (Won 12 at home)
vs. Washburn: 3-0 (W, 90-44, 11/7/2010)

The Game
Kansas State opens the Bruce Weber Era and the 2012-13 men’s basketball season on Tuesday at 7 p.m., as the Wildcats play host to Division II foe Washburn at Bramlage Coliseum in the first of two exhibitions.  The school is 52-18 (.743) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including 40-9 (.816) at home.  The team has won 12 consecutive home exhibition contests dating back to 2004, which includes wins over the Ichabods in 2006 (94-90; 3 OTs), 2008 (81-57) and 2010 (90-44).  The last home setback in exhibition play came to the EA Sports All-Stars, 79-67, on Nov. 6, 2003.  Last season, K-State won its lone exhibition game by a score of 90-60 to fellow Division II and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) foe Fort Hays State.

The Opponent
Washburn will be playing the first of three exhibition games against Big 12 foes on Tuesday night, as the squad follows with games at Oklahoma on Friday, Nov. 2 and Kansas on Monday, Nov. 5.  The Ichabods, which are ranked No. 4 in the NABC preseason Top 25 Coaches poll, return all five starters from a 2011-12 team that posted a 25-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional Semifinals.  Senior guard Will McNeill is a returning All-American after averaging 20.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting as a junior, while fellow senior guard Martin Mitchell also averaged in double figures (10.2 ppg.) to go with a team-best 3.6 assists per outing.  Veteran head coach Bob Chipman has posted a 721-296 (.709) record in 33 seasons, a win total which ranks 25th all-time among all NCAA coaches at all levels.  Chipman, a 1973 graduate of K-State, was a two-year lettermen for legendary Wildcat head coach Jack Hartman, helping the squad to 42 wins and a pair of Big Eight titles from 1971-73. 

Season tickets as well as a variety of other ticket packages are available for K-State men’s basketball by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221.CATS or by visiting online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets.  Single-game tickets for the two exhibition games and seven non-conference contests are priced as low as $20 (bench).  A Wildcat 4 Pack (four bench tickets for $60) and group tickets ($10 each for 12+) are also available, while there is a five-game KU Mini-Plan (two non-conference and two Big 12  games to go with KU game for $250).  Ticket information for the nine-game Big 12 season will be announced at a later date.  

What’s Back 
Led by first-year head coach Bruce Weber, Kansas State returns 12 lettermen in 2012-13, including seven players with starting experience from a team that posted a 22-11 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons.  Senior guard Rodney McGruder, one of three unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selections, is the returning leader in 11 categories, including scoring (15.8 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (28), field goals, 3-point field goals, free throws and minutes after starting all 33 games a year ago.  McGruder is one of only three returning Big 12 players to have ranked in the Top 20 in both scoring and rebounding in 2011-12.  Others returning with starting experience include Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection and senior forward Jordan Henriquez (7.6 ppg., 5.8 rpg.), junior guard Will Spradling (9.3 ppg., 2.8 apg.), sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez (8.3 ppg., 3.2 apg., 1.3 spg.) and sophomore forward Thomas Gipson (7.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg.).  In all, the squad returns more than 80 percent of its scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and minutes played from last season.  

What’s Gone
K-State lost just two lettermen from 2011-12 with the departure of seniors Jamar Samuels and Victor Ojeleye, the winningest senior class in school history with 96 victories from 2008-12.  Samuels is one of just three players in K-State history to collect 1,200 points and 700 rebounds in a career, joining the late Bob Boozer (1956-59) and Ed Nealy (1978-82).  He ranked first on the squad in 2011-12 in double-doubles (eight) and rebounding (6.6 rpg.) and was named honorable mention All-Big 12.  

New Staff
Bruce Weber, one of the winningest active Division I coaches with over 300 wins and eight NCAA Tournament appearances to his credit, was named the 24th head men’s basketball coach at K-State on March 31, 2012.  The 2005 National Coach of the Year, Weber has won 313 games in his 14 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Southern Illinois (1998-2003) and Illinois (2003-12).  Weber’s staff, which brings over 115 years of experience at a variety of levels, includes associate head coach Chris Lowery, assistants Alvin Brooks III and Chester Frazier, director of operations Brad Korn and strength coach Jimmy Price.   
Up Next: Emporia State (0-0)
K-State plays its second exhibition game on Sunday, as the Wildcats play host to Division II foe Emporia State at 1 p.m.  The Hornets return just three lettermen from a squad that posted a 9-18 record in 2011-12.  The game will air exclusively on K-StateHD.TV.