K-State hosts Washburn in Exhibition Play

Game Information
Kansas State (0-0) vs. Washburn (0-0)

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008
Tipoff: 2:06 p.m.
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528
Series: K-State leads 29-13 (K-State is 17-5 at home)
Television: none
Webcast: www.k-statesports.com 
(Powercat Passport subscription required)
Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase for $35 (chairback, sections 3-9) and $30 (general admission) at K-State Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 1.800.221.CATS and online at www.k-statesports.com.

Kansas State Wildcats
Record: 0-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 21-12/1
School Record: 21-12/1
vs. Washburn: First meeting
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: March 22, 2008
lost to No. 8 Wisconsin, 72-55
NCAA Midwest Second Round
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.k-statesports.com

Washburn Ichabods
Record: 0-0 (0-0 MIAA)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): n/a
Coach: Bob Chipman
Career Record: 646-251/29
School Record: 646-251/29
vs. Kansas State: 0-2
07-08 Record: 18-11 (9-9 MIAA)
Last game: Nov. 1, 2008
lost to Kansas, 98-79
Exhibition Game
SID: Jeremy Wangler
Website: www.wusports.com

Kansas State (0-0)
G - #0 Jacob Pullen (6-0, 200, So.)
G - #21 Denis Clemente (6-1, 175, Jr.)
F - #23 Dominique Sutton (6-5, 210, So.)
F - #42 Darren Kent (6-11, 230, Sr.)
F - #50 Luis Colon (6-10, 265, Jr.)

Washburn (0-0)
G - #3 Mario Scott (6-1, 190, Jr.)
G - #22 DeAndre Eggins (6-5, 200, Sr.)
F - #15 Paul Byers (6-5, 205, Sr.)
F - #20 Lekheythan Malone (6-6, 205, Sr.)
F - #21 Darnell Kimble (6-8, 230, Sr.)

Game Preview
Kansas State looks to continue the momentum built with its trip to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, as the Wildcats open the 2008-09 season with their first and only exhibition game against Washburn on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.  The squad will look to continue its recent success in exhibition play with six straight wins dating back to the 2004-05, including a 95-59 win over Fort Hays State in last year’s lone exhibition affair.

The game will mark the 42nd all-time meeting between Kansas State and Washburn since 1905, but just the third since 1998.  The Wildcats lead the series, 29-13, including 17-5 at home.  This will be just the second exhibition contest in the series, including a thrilling 94-90 triple overtime win by the Wildcats in 2006.  In all, K-State has won six of the last seven games in the series, including four in a row.

The game will be webcast on its official site, www.k-statesports.com, via Powercat Passport, the online destination for exclusive live and on-demand streaming video and audio for Wildcat fans.  There are subscription packages available on an annual and monthly basis. This will be one of five live webcasts of Kansas State men’s basketball in 2008-09, which includes the SE Missouri State (Nov. 16), Gardner-Webb (Dec. 14), Centenary (Dec. 20) and UNC Central (Feb. 17).

Fans will also be able to listen to the audio broadcast on the 29-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call.

Kansas State will officially open the 2008-09 season on Friday, as the Wildcats begin a three-game homestand with Florida A&M at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.  The game will be televised live on FSN Kansas City, the first of 12 broadcasts on the network this season.

Ticket Information
Season tickets are still available this season in a variety of ticket packages, including courtside/loge box ($440), chairback ($390),
faculty/staff chairback ($312), Cat Cushion ($350), faculty/staff Cat Cushion ($280), bench ($320), faculty/staff bench ($256), family plan (2 adults/2 children - $640) and Young Alumni ($160).    

Single-game tickets are available for purchase for $35 (chairback, sections 3-9) and $30 (general admission) at Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 1.800.221.CATS and online at www.k-statesports.com.

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

Kansas State Update
Coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years and the first NCAA Tournament victory in 20 years, K-State looks to continue that momentum in 2008-09 as Frank Martin blends the experience of seven returning lettermen with the talents of six newcomers.

Five of those seven returning lettermen started at least one contest in 2007-08, including sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, who along with Michael Beasley and Blake Young saw action in all 33 games a year ago to go with 14 starts.  Pullen will guide a talented backcourt, which includes Denis Clemente, a starter in 28 games in two years with Miami (Fla.).  The team’s lone senior, Darren Kent, will anchor a young but diverse frontcourt.  He is one of five returning lettermen in the post, who benefitted greatly from daily battles with current NBA rookies Michael Beasley and Bill Walker. 
 
In his first season at the helm, Martin guided Kansas State to a 21-12 overall record, including a third-place finish in the Big 12 with a 10-6 mark.  He became just the second rookie coach in school history to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament and the first since Lon Kruger did so in 1986-87, as the Wildcats advanced to the Big Dance for the first time since 1995-96 season.  Once there, Martin helped the team capture its first NCAA Tournament win since 1988 with an 80-67 win over USC in the first round of the Midwest Regional in Omaha, Neb., before falling to No. 8 Wisconsin, 72-55, in the second round.  

Washburn Update
A Division II program from nearby Topeka, Kan., Washburn tipped off the 2008-09 season with a 98-79 loss at Kansas on Tuesday night.  It marked the first of three exhibition games for the Ichabods, which includes Kansas State on Sunday and UNLV on Nov. 11.   

Washburn returns six lettermen, including three starters, from a squad that finished 18-11 in 2007-08, including a 9-9 mark in MIAA play. The team is led by senior forwards Darnell Kimble (9.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) and Paul Byers (8.4 ppg., 5.4 rpg.).  Kimble led the squad with 14 points against Kansas on 5-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, while senior guard DeAndre Eggins added 13 points and five rebounds.

The Ichabods are coached by Kansas State alumnus Bob Chipman, who has guided the program to 646-251 (.720) record since 1979.  He averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds for the Wildcats from 1971-73 while playing for legendary head coach Jack Hartman.  He helped the team to a pair of Big Eight regular-season titles and consecutive trips to the NCAA Midwest Regional Final in 1972 and 1973. His daughter, Kelsey, is a junior member of Kansas State’s nationally-ranked women’s volleyball team.

Series Information
Kansas State and Washburn have met 42 times in their histories.  The Wildcats own a 29-13 advantage in the series, including a 17-5 mark at home.  This will be just the second exhibition game in series history.

Last 10 games:
12-30-43    Washburn    33-28       Kansas City
2-4-44      Washburn    51-37       Manhattan
12-11-44    Washburn    33-29       Topeka
2-3-45      K-State     61-48       Manhattan
12-4-45     K-State     46-31       Topeka
12-11-45    Washburn    42-38       Manhattan
12-2-46     K-State     47-27       Manhattan
12-30-46    K-State     42-40       Topeka
11-18-98    K-State     76-60       Manhattan
11-04-06    K-State     94-90***    Manhattan
 
Cats in November
Kansas State is 71-21 (.772) all-time in the month of November,including wins in 20 of its last 24 games.  The Wildcats have won 17 of their last 18 games at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season.  The team saw its 17-game homecourt winning streak in the month end in an 80-77 overtime loss to No. 17 Oregon on Nov. 29, 2008.  It was the first November home loss since a 59-55 loss to Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2002.  Last season, the squad posted a 5-2 mark in the month with wins against Sacramento State (94-63),
Pittsburg State (76-66), Western Illinois (77-64), UCF (73-71) and Rider (82-69) and losses to George Mason (87-77) and Oregon.