K-State Wraps Up Exhibition Play vs. Emporia State

Sophomore Nino Williams led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Wildcats' win over Washburn on Tuesday.

Nov. 3, 2012

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Exhibition #2

Sunday, November 4, 2012 * 1:06 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) 

Emporia State (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)
Head coach: Shaun Vandiver (Colorado `02)
Career/School Record: 9-18 (Second season)

Television: www.K-StateHD.TV
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play); Stan Weber (analyst)
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Radio: K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play); Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: None
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K-State in Exhibition Play: 53-18 (41-9 at home)
Current Streak: Won 1 (Won 13 at home)
vs. Emporia State: 1-0 (W, 79-75, 11/10/2005)

The Game
K-State plays its final exhibition game on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats play host to Division II foe Emporia State at Bramlage Coliseum at 1 p.m.  The squad opened the year with an 81-61 win over fellow MIAA member Washburn on Tuesday with four players in double figures led by Nino Williams' 14 points.  The school is 53-18 (.746) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including 41-9 (.820) mark at home.  The team has won 13 consecutive home exhibition contests dating back to 2004, which includes a 79-75 win over the Hornets on Nov. 10, 2005.  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 Fort Hays State.

Ticket Information
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.  

Last Time Out: K-State 81, Washburn 61
K-State used a 19-0 run early in the first half to blow open a tight game, as the Wildcats posted an 81-61 win over Washburn on Oct. 30.  It marked the squad's fourth straight win over the Ichabods, who came into the season as the No. 4 team in the Division II ranks.  In Bruce Weber's first game as head coach, he mixed in various lineups, using 13 of 15 players with no one playing more than 22 minutes.  In all, 12 players scored in the game, including nine with at least one field goal.  Sophomore Nino Williams led four players in double figures with 14 points on 6-of-8 field goals, while tying senior Jordan Henriquez for the team-high in rebounds with nine.  Henriquez tallied 13 points, two blocks and two steals, while fellow senior Rodney McGruder and freshman D.J. Johnson chipped in 10 points apiece.  Junior Shane Southwell led the way with five assists.

The Opponent
Emporia State will be playing its third and final exhibition on Sunday after dropping games at Tulsa (60-49) on Oct. 27 and Kansas (88-54) on Tuesday.  The Hornets feature just three returning lettermen from a 2011-12 team that posted a 9-18 overall record and 5-15 mark in MIAA play under first-year head coach Shaun Vandiver.   The squad is averaging 51.5 points on 34.3 percent shooting, including 22.5 percent from 3-point range, in their two exhibitions with 33.5 rebounds, 11 assists and 7.5 steals per game.  Reserve guard Terrence Moore is the lone player averaging in double figures at 11.0 points on 44 percent shooting, while senior forward Gavin Brown is tops in rebounding (7.0 rpg.) to go with 8.5 points per game.  Vandiver was a First Team All-Big Eight selection as a senior at Colorado in 1990-91, helping the Buffaloes to a pair of wins over the Wildcats in his two-year career.  

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.   
FOX Sports, Kansas City Announce Men's Basketball TV Schedule
FOX Sports will broadcast seven Kansas State men's basketball games during the 2012-13, the school and network announced on Nov. 1.  FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest will televise all seven games in high-definition, the majority of them to its entire FOX Sports Midwest footprint of more than six million cable and satellite home in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.  With the exception of the regular-season opener against North Dakota on Nov. 9, all games will also be simulcast to a national audience on FOX College Sports.  The feed of all seven telecasts will also be streamed live via K-StateHD.TV for the first time to any areas outside the FOX television footprints.

The FOX television schedule opened on Oct. 30 with the Wildcats' 81-61 exhibition win over Washburn at Bramlage Coliseum.  FOX Sports will also broadcast the North Dakota game on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., North Florida on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m., USC Upstate on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., Texas Southern on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., UMKC on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. and South Dakota on Monday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.  The team's second exhibition game with Emporia State set for 1 p.m. on Sunday will be produced in-house and shown exclusively on K-StateHD.TV.

The announcement once again gives the Wildcats a comprehensive television package with all 32 games being able to be seen throughout the country on either cable or the internet.  K-State could have as many as 20 nationally-televised games, including a combined 11 appearances on ESPN and ESPN2.  The squad will also have eight regular-season games broadcast as a part of the Big 12 Network, which will be distributed to affiliates around the nation as well as on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com.

FOX Sports recently signed a new three-contract with Learfield Sports to continue as the third-tier television rights holder for K-State Athletics.  As part of the new agreement, FOX Sports will televise nearly 60 broadcasts, including up to 28 live K-State sporting events in 2012-13.  FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest will also carry the Bruce Weber Television Show, which will debut on Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

FOX Sports Kansas City, a regional sports television network, is the leading provider of local sports in Kansas and western Missouri.  FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest combine to reach more than 6 million television homes and produce more than 2000 hours of local programming each year, including Kansas City Royals baseball, Big 12, Kansas State University, University of Missouri and Missouri Valley Conference sports, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Blue hockey and much more.  For more information, visit FOXSportsKansasCity.com.  FOX College Sports is seen by viewers in the nation's 25 largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Atlanta.  FCS is available in DirecTV and most major cable companies including AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Insight, Time Warner and Verizon FiOS.  For complete cable provider information and availability log onto http://fcs.channelfinder.net/start.asp.

`Cats Picked 5th in Big 12 Preseason Poll
Kansas State was selected to finish fifth in the preseason 2012-13 Big 12 Conference coaches' poll released by the league office on Oct. 11.  The Wildcats received 54 points to earn fifth place in the second-year of the 10-team conference configuration, just four points behind fourth-place Texas (58) and six behind third-place Oklahoma State (60).  Kansas was the overwhelming pick to win the league, earning 81 points and nine of the 10 first-place votes.  It marks the 11th time in Big 12 history that the Jayhawks have been the preseason favorite after winning their eighth consecutive regular season title a year ago.  Baylor was chosen second with 63 points and received the other first-place vote.  After the top 5, the rest of the poll included newcomer West Virginia (45), Oklahoma (34), Iowa State (28), Texas Tech (18) and TCU (9).  Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The fifth-place prediction is one spot better than last season's pick of sixth place, which was the lowest for K-State since 2008-09.  The Wildcats, who finished in fifth place in the Big 12 a year ago, are one of only two teams to finish in the league's top-5 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship each of the past six seasons.  With only 10 teams, the top-6 will earn a bye in the 2013 event with the lower four seeds playing on the first day.  
McGruder Named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Senior Rodney McGruder was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big 12 team released by the conference office on Oct. 4.  McGruder, who was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2011-12, was one of three unanimous picks by the league's head coaches, joining Kansas' Jeff Withey and Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash.  The final two spots on the team went to Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Texas' Myck Kabongo.  Jackson was voted as the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches, while Oklahoma forward Amath M'Baye and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart were the Preseason Newcomer and Freshman of the Year, respectively.  Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

McGruder is the first player named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team since Jacob Pullen was named to the squad along with garnering Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year honors in 2010-11.  It marks just the third time that a Wildcat student-athlete (Manny Dies in 1998-99, Pullen and Curtis Kelly in 2010-11) has been selected to the preseason team.  One of only three returning Big 12 players to have ranked in the Top 20 in both scoring and rebounding in 2011-12, McGruder led the Wildcats in 11 categories as a junior, including scoring (15.8 ppg.), double-figure scoring (28), field goals (188), 3-point field goals (50) and free throws (97).  He already ranks 21st in school history with 1,029 points.

Up Next: North Dakota (0-0)
K-State officially opens the Bruce Weber Era on Friday, Nov. 9 by hosting North Dakota at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest. It is the second game of a doubleheader to open the season, as the women's basketball team will play host to Idaho State at 5:30 p.m.  The Wildcats are 84-24 all-time in season openers, including 72-8 at home.  The squad has won nine straight openers.