Huggins Era Tips Off Saturday
Huggins Era Tips Off Saturday
William & Mary (0-0) at
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in
Tipoff: 1:05 p.m. Central
Series: First Meeting (K-State is 5-1 vs. Colonial Athletic Conference)
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Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates across
Tickets: Limited number available at (800) 221.CATS (2287)
Huggins Era Begins at
The highly-anticipated 2006-07 Kansas State men’s basketball season begins Saturday, as the Wildcats officially tip-off the Bob Huggins era with a game against William & Mary (0-0) at a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 1:05 p.m. The game will be apart of the “Ultimate Wildcat Weekend,” in which K-State will not only host the men’s basketball season opener, but the football season finale against No. 4 Texas at 7 p.m. and the women’s basketball opener with UW-Green Bay on Friday. Fans can show either the football or men’s basketball ticket and receive free admission to the women’s game.
The contest will be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network with
Recapping the Exhibition Season
Hoskins led all scorers with 29 points on 11-of-24 field goals with 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 44 minutes of action. His minutes, points, field goals, field goal attempts, rebounds and blocks would have all been career-highs had it been a regulation game. Senior Cartier Martin followed with 19 points and nine rebounds, but struggled to find his shooting touch connecting on just 4-of-19 field goal attempts. Senior transfer Jermaine Maybank and junior Clent Stewart each chipped in 11 points to the effort.
Almost a Record-Breaking Night
Junior David Hoskins put up one of his best performances in the exhibition win over Washburn. The second-year starter picked up where he left off in the season finale against Texas Tech in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a team-high 29 points and 10 rebounds against the Ichabods. In addition, he tallied a team-tying four assists, a team-high three blocks and one steal (to just one turnover) in 44 minutes. If the contest would have been counted toward the regular season, he would have posted career highs seven categories, including points, rebounds, field goals (11), field goal attempts (24), 3-point field goal attempts (4), blocks (3) and minutes. The totals might have been higher had Hoskins not suffered from severe cramps in the
second half and three overtime periods, as he played just 26 of the 35 total minutes.
Hoskins, who transferred to K-State after redshirting at Schoolcraft (Mich.) College, was named to the All-Newcomer team by the Big 12 media last season after averaging 13.1 points on a team-best 50.8 percent shooting with 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He was twice named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week, first on Nov. 28, 2005 then on Dec. 12, 2005. Hoskins scored in double figures in 20 contests, with 10 in Big 12 games, including four 20-point efforts. He earned the starting nod in 21 of the last 22 games after coming off the bench in the first six contests of last season. Hoskins ended the season on a high note with a career-tying 25 points against Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. He connected on 10-of-17 field goals against the Red Raiders with seven rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
Of notes, Hoskins will be playing for his fourth college coach, in this, his fourth collegiate year. He began his playing career at Central Michigan in 2003-04 for head coach Jay Smith then transferred to
350 Unclaimed Student Tickets Available for Opener
Approximately 350 tickets unclaimed from the student allotment have been released for public sale for
K-State Announces Changes to TV Schedule
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Season Tickets Sold Out
For the first time in the 19-year history of Bramlage Coliseum all available season-ticket packages have been sold. The last time K-State could boast a sellout of its season tickets was 1982-83 when the Wildcats played in Ahearn Field House.
“There was no question when we hired Bob Huggins that interest in K-State basketball would be rekindled,” said Director of Athletics
Public and student season ticket allocations have accounted for approximately 13,000 of the 13,340 capacity of Bramlage Coliseum. K-State will make available 300 tickets on an individual-game basis, which were already sold out for the Washburn exhibition game and the regular-season opener against William & Mary. Tickets remain for K-State’s other non-conference games. The individual-game allotment for Big 12 Conference games will go on sale Nov. 14 to Ahearn Scholarship Fund donors and season-ticket holders with a priority deadline of Dec. 7.
’Cats Chosen Fifth in Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll
For the seventh time in Big 12 history,
The Book on William & Mary
Like K-State, William & Mary played just one exhibition game in the preseason, earning a 85-73 win over
The Tribe return three starters and 10 lettermen from the 2005-06 season, which produced an 8-20 overall record and 3-15 mark in Colonial Athletic play. The Colonial Athletic Conference made headlines last season when George Mason made its miraculous run to the Final Four. The conference also had an NIT Final Four participant in Old Dominion.
The Tribe are coached by fourth-year head coach Tony Shaver, who was a four-year guard at North Carolina for Dean Smith from 1972-75. He earned much of coaching reputation during a 17-year stint at Division II Hampden-Sydney, which he guided to 11 NCAA Tournaments.
K-State in Season Openers
K-State has won nine straight home season openers dating back to a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993. The Wildcats are 14-1 when opening the season at Bramlage Coliseum. In all, the team has won 30 of its last 31 season openers at home. The last loss in a home prior to 1993 was a 60-59 setback to
Huggins’ Dominant in Season Openers
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