Martin Era Opens Friday vs. Sacramento State

Game Information

Kansas State (0-0) vs. Sacramento State (0-0)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Tipoff: 7:07 p.m.

Location: Manhattan, Kan.

Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)

Capacity: 12,547

Series: First Meeting
(K-State is 9-4 all-time vs. Big Sky)


Television: FSN Midwest
(DirecTV 648; Dish Network 450)       

Ben Boyle (play-by-play)

Stan Weber (analyst)

Doug Stanton (producer)

Radio: K-State Sports Network

Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio

Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)

Matt Walters (analyst)

Tickets: A limited number of tickets are available for purchase for $20 at K-State Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 1.800.221.CATS and online at


Kansas State Wildcats

Record: 0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): 25/rv

Coach: Frank Martin

Alma Mater: Florida International, 93

Career Record: 0-0/1

School Record: 0-0/1

vs. Sacramento State: First meeting

2006-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)

Last game: Nov. 3, 2007 beat Fort Hays State, 95-59

SID: Tom Gilbert



Sacramento State Hornets

Record: 0-0 (0-0 Big Sky)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--

Coach: Jerome Jenkins

Alma Mater: Regis, 90

Career Record: 76-123/7

School Record: 76-123/7

vs. Kansas State: First meeting

2006-07 Record: 10-19 (5-11 Big Sky)

Last game: Feb. 26, 2007 beat Weber State, 105-83

SID: Ryan Bjork



game preview

The Frank Martin era officially begins on Friday night when Kansas State hosts Sacramento State (0-0) at 7:07 p.m. inside Bramlage Coliseum.  The contest will mark the season opener for both squads.  The Wildcats are coming off a convincing 95-59 victory over Fort Hays State in their lone exhibition game, while the Hornets were successful in their only exhibition contest, a 94-63 decision over Cal State Maritime on Monday night.


Friday’s contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Midwest (DirecTV 648, Dish Network 450) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action.  The viewing area is restricted to the state of Kansas and the Kansas City area by Big 12 Conference regulations.  It will be the first of 10 appearances on the network and one of a school-record 29 contests that will be televised. 


The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) behind the mikes.

ticket information

Season tickets are sold out for the season, however, there will be selected tickets that have unclaimed from the student allotment available for purchase on an individual-game basis.  Those tickets, which are priced $20 for the general admission seating in student sections 19-25 in the arena, will be put on sale during the season beginning two days prior to a home game in the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum, by calling 1.800.221.CATS or online at  A limit of six ticket per person.


Basketball schedule magnets (limit one per person) will be given to fans as they leave the arena.  Also, Ron Anderson trading cards will be available to fans on tables throughout the concourse.   

k-state in season openers

Kansas State is 79-24 (.767) all-time in season openers, including a 65-9 (.878) mark when debuting in Manhattan.  The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 15 season openers with all three losses coming on the road.  The team last lost a season opener in 2002, as the Wildcats dropped a 73-64 decision to BYU at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Nov. 23.

K-State has won 10 straight home season openers dating back to a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993.  The Wildcats are 15-1 when opening the season at Bramlage Coliseum.  In all, the team has won 31 of its last 32 season openers at home.  The last home loss prior to 1993 was a 60-59 setback to Minnesota on Dec. 1, 1966.


early start

Kansas State’s regular-season opener against Sacramento State (Nov. 9) ties the 1989-90 squad for the earliest start to a season in school history. 

The Wildcats opened the 1989-90 season on Nov. 9 with a 71-70 win over Florida State in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.  The squad, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament with an 18-14 record under head coach Lon Kruger, went onto a 2-1 record at the tournament with a win over Hawai’i (79-76) on Nov. 10 and a loss to MichiganState (72-68) on Nov. 11.  

Last season, K-State opened the season on Nov. 11 with a 70-60 win over William & Mary, which ranks as the second-earliest start in school history.  The school, which first started playing games in November in 1961-62, has just 36 starts to a season in the month.

cats in november

Kansas State is 66-19 (.776) all-time in the month of November, including wins in 15 of its last 17 games.  The Wildcats have won 14 straight game at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season.  The last home loss in the month came to Northwestern, 59-55, in the home opener on Nov. 30, 2002. 

Last season, the squad posted a 4-2 mark in the month with wins against William & Mary (70-60), Rutgers (55-41), Tennessee Tech (101-79) and Coppin State (68-57) and losses at New Mexico (54-78) and California (48-78). 

Incidentally, the Wildcats’ seven games in November tie the 1998-99 squad (5-2) for the most in school history.

head coaches in their debut

Kansas State head coach Frank Martin will coach his first college game on Friday night against Sacramento State.  The 23rd head coach in school history will look to continue the successful trend by coaches in their first game, particularily in games played at home. 

K-State coaches are 15-6 all-time in their first game, including a 15-2 mark when those games started at home.  A Wildcat coach has won his first game when starting at home six straight times dating back to Fred “Tex” Winter in 1953.  The last coach to lose his debut at home was Fritz Knorr To Fort Riley (35-53) on Dec. 4, 1944. 

Tom Asbury was the last K-State coach to lose his first game, as his Wildcats dropped a 79-48 decision at Alabama on Nov. 16, 1994.

Martin will be the first coach in school history to start his college coaching career (and first assistant coach elevated to head coach) since Lowell “Cotton” Fitzsimmons took over the program from Winter in 1968.  Fitzsimmons was a successful junior college coach at Moberly (Mo.) Junior College for 11 years from 1956-66 compiling a 224-58 record with two NJCAA national titles prior to becoming Winter’s top assistant in 1966.  Incidentally, Fitzsimmons lost his first game at Cincinnati (70-86) on Dec. 2, 1968.

k-state head coaches in their debut

Coach            Opponent        Result     Date

C.W. Melick      vs. Campbell    L, 11-18   12/8/05

Mike Ahearn      Fort Riley      W, 54-16   12/13/06

Guy Lowman       Southwestern    W, 32-17   12/14/11

Carl Merner      Bethany         W, 25-24   1/11/14

Z.G. Clevenger   Washburn        W, 71-5    1/13/16

E.A. Knoth       Ottawa          W, 34-26   1/8/21

E.C. Curtis      Grinnell        W, 23-13   1/5/22

Charles Corsant  Oklahoma        L, 15-29   1/5/24

Frank Root       at Kansas       L, 13-27   12/12/33

*Jack Gardner    Baker           W, 35-33   12/6/39

Chili Cochrane   Doane           W, 50-32   12/4/42

Cliff Rock       McPherson       W, 45-39   12/4/43

Fritz Knorr      Fort Riley      L, 35-53   12/4/44

Tex Winter       Denver          W, 70-41   12/5/53

C.Fitzsimmons    at Cincinnati   L, 70-86   12/2/68

Jack Hartman     TCU             W, 79-70   12/1/70

Lon Kruger       South Dakota    W, 95-45   11/29/86

Dana Altman      Akron           W, 61-54   11/24/90

Tom Asbury       at Alabama      L, 48-79   11/16/94

Jim Wooldridge   UT-San Antonio  W, 71-55   11/18/00

Bob Huggins      William & Mary  W, 70-60   11/11/06

*Had two tenures with the Wildcats (1939-42; 1946-52)

the book on sacramento state

Sacramento State returns two starters and seven total lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, the Hornets posted a 10-19 overall record and an eighth-place finish in the Big Sky with a 5-11 mark.  The high-flying squad averaged better than 75 points per game (75.6 ppg.), including three games of 100 points or more.

SAC posted a 94-63 win in its lone exhibition game of the season on Monday.  The Hornets shot 44.3 percent from the field, including 50 percent in the first half, and forced 38 turnovers in the decisive win.  Senior Loren Leath led four players in double figures with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-16 field goals, while freshman Vinnie McGhee and senior Justin Williams added 14 and 12 points, respectively. 

Leath and fellow backcourt mate Roderick Adams, who both saw action in all 29 games last season, are the only two starters returning from last season.  Leath was second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game and had a team-leading 72 3-point field goals.  Adams, who started 28 of 29 games last year, averaged 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 21.3 minutes.

series vs. sacramento state

This will be the first meeting between Kansas State and Sacramento State.  The Wildcats are 9-4 all-time against schools from the Big Sky Conference, including a 7-2 mark in games played in Manhattan.

K-State hasn’t played a Big Sky school since posting a 70-56 win over Eastern Washington on Dec. 16, 2000.  The Wildcats have posted three wins at home over EWU (1984, 1985, 2000), two over Montana State (1946, 1974), one each over Northern Colorado (1937) and Portland State (1979).  The squad also has road wins over Montana (1941) and Northern Colorado (1935).

The lone home losses have come to Northern Colorado (40-48) on Dec. 10, 1937 and Montana (60-61) on Dec. 16, 1978.  The team also dropped games at Montana State (1941) and UNC (1935).

k-state vs. the big sky

Opponent                Record (Record at home)
Eastern Washington      3-0 (3-0)

Montana                 1-1 (0-1)

Montana State           2-1 (2-0)

Northern Colorado        2-2 (1-1)

Portland State          1-0 (1-0)
up next: pittsburg state (0-0)

Kansas State will have a quick turnaround with its second game in a three-day stretch on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Division II state foe Pittsburg State at 3 p.m.  The game will represent a regular season game for K-State and will count towards its record, while it will be the third and final exhibition contest for Pittsburg State.

The Gorillas, who were picked third in the MIAA preseason poll, return three starters and eight total lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, the squad posted an 18-13 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the MIAA with a 9-9 mark.

PSU opened exhibition play with a 94-59 loss at Kansas on Nov. 1.  The Jayhawks forced the Gorillas into 25 turnovers and held them to just 40 percent shooting in posting the victory.  Senior Cory Abercrombie paced the team with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with a team-high six rebounds, while junior Carlos Taylor added 10 points.  The team plays at Wichita State on Thursday night.

Abercrombie and Taylor, among three returning starters, were both double-digit scorers for Pittsburg State a year ago.  Abercrombie averaged a team-leading 14.5 points on a team-best 57.3 percent shooting in 2006-07 to go with 5.9 rebounds per game.  Taylor averaged 10.1 points on 40.8 percent shooting and 2.4 rebounds.  He ranked second on the team in 3-point field goals with 41.

series vs. pittsburg state

This will be the first meeting between Kansas State and Pittsburg State in the regular season.  The Wildcats opened the season with a 95-59 win over fellow MIAA member Fort Hays State on Nov. 3.

recapping the exhibition

k-state 95, fort hays state 59

Freshman forward Michael Beasley posted 35 points and 15 rebounds in his college debut on Saturday night, as Kansas State earned a 95-59 win over Division II Fort Hays State in exhibition action at Bramlage Coliseum.


Beasley, the nation's No. 1 high school recruit out of Washington, D.C., lived up to the hype, as he connected on 15-of-25 field goals for a team-high 35 points and 15 rebounds to go with six steals, four assists and four blocks in 28 minutes of action. 


Freshman forward Bill Walker, who played in just six games last season before tearing his ACL in the first Big 12 game against Texas A&M, turned in 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 25 minutes.  Freshman point guard Jacob Pullen, who earned the start in place of injuried point guard Clent Stewart, scored 13 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Senior guard Blake Young added 10 points, as K-State won its fifth consecutive exhibition contest.


Junior guard Tyrone Evans and senior guard Jake Sims each tallied 11 points to lead Fort Hays State.


Kansas State jumped out to an early 8-0 lead as Fort Hays State missed its first nine field goals.  However, the Tigers responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 14-10 lead with 12:38 remaining.  The two teams traded scores until the Wildcats regained the lead at 19-18 on a 3-pointer by Walker.  The trey inignited a 22-1 run by K-State to end the half that was puncuated by a steal and dunk by Beasley.  Beasley led all scorers at halftime with 15 points to go with eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists.  


K-State's hot shooting continued in the second half, as the Wildcats scored 16 of the first 19 points to further open a commanding lead.  The squad held as much as a 38-point lead with 10:10 remaining in the contest.  Beasley totaled 20 points in the second half on 9-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds in 10 minutes.  Walker posted 11 points on 4-of-5 field goals to go with a four rebounds and two assists.


postseason game notes vs. fort hays state

With the win, Kansas State is 3-2 all-time against Fort Hays State, including 3-1 in Manhattan... The last meeting between the schools before Nov. 3 was in 1947, when K-State won 60-32... The Wildcats have won three straight in the series.


The Wildcats’ starting lineup was: freshman guard Jacob Pullen, senior guard Blake Young, freshman forward Bill Walker, freshman forward Michael Beasley and sophomore center Luis Coln... Young, Walker and Coln are returning players from last season’s squad.


Kansas State’s 95 total points against Fort Hays State tops its point total from last year’s exhibition game by one point... In that game, the Wildcats defeated Washburn 94-90 in three overtimes.


K-State led the Tigers 38-19 at the half... Fort Hays State hit 28.0 percent (7-25) from the field, including 28.6 percent (2-7) from 3-point range... The Wildcats hit on 36.1 percent of their field goal attempts (13-36) and was 4-for-16 from beyond the arc... K-State held Fort Hays without a field goal in the final 10:04 of the first half.


Eight of the nine players that dressed saw the floor in the first half for K-State, with six players scoring... The ninth, James Franklin, saw action in the second half... Beasley and Young led the way with 15 and nine, respectively, at halftime.


Walker scored 19 points in the contest, including 11 in the second half... Walker’s average in his six games played during the 2006-2007 season was 11.3 points per contest.


Beasley was two rebounds short of a first-half double-double at halftime... At the break, he had 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists... Beasley reached his double-double at the 17:14 mark in the second half when he grabbed his 10th

rebound... The freshman forward went on to lead the Wildcats in points (35), rebounds (15), assists (4), blocks (4) and steals (6).


almost a record-breaking night

The nation's No. 1 high school recruit out of Washington, D.C., Michael Beasley lived up to the all the preseason hype in his first action in Kansas State uniform, as he connected on 15-of-25 field goals for a team-high 35 points and 15 rebounds to go with six steals, four assists and four blocks in 28 minutes of action. 


The 35 points would have surpassed Mike Evans' school record for points by a freshman in debut if it had been a regular season contest.  Evans scored 30 points against Montana State in his debut on Nov. 30, 1974.