Martin Era Opens Friday vs. Sacramento State
Martin Era Opens Friday vs. Sacramento State
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: First Meeting
(K-State is 9-4 all-time vs. Big Sky)
(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 www.k-statesports.com.
Record: 0-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 25/rv
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 0-0/1
School Record: 0-0/1
2006-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 3, 2007 beat Fort Hays State, 95-59
SID: Tom Gilbert
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
2006-07 Record: 10-19 (5-11 Big Sky)
Last game: Feb. 26, 2007 beat
SID: Ryan Bjork
The Frank Martin era officially begins on Friday night when
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
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.
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 www.k-statesports.com. 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
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
The Wildcats opened the 1989-90 season on Nov. 9 with a 71-70 win over
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
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
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
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 “
Tom Asbury was the last K-State coach to lose his first game, as his Wildcats dropped a 79-48 decision at
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
k-state head coaches in their debut
Coach Opponent Result Date
C.W. Melick vs.
Guy Lowman Southwestern W, 32-17 12/14/11
Z.G. Clevenger Washburn W, 71-5 1/13/16
E.C. Curtis Grinnell W, 23-13 1/5/22
Frank Root at
*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
Jack Hartman TCU W, 79-70 12/1/70
Tom Asbury at
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 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.
This will be the first meeting between
K-State hasn’t played a Big Sky school since posting a 70-56 win over
The lone home losses have come to Northern Colorado (40-48) on Dec. 10, 1937 and
k-state vs. the big sky
Opponent Record (Record at home)
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
Abercrombie and Taylor, among three returning starters, were both double-digit scorers for
This will be the first meeting between
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
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
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.
postseason game notes vs. fort hays state
With the win,
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.
K-State led the Tigers 38-19 at the 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.
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