K-State plays host to Pitt State Sunday

Game Information

Kansas State (1-0) vs. Pittsburg State (0-0)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tipoff: 3:07 p.m.

Location: Manhattan, Kan.

Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)

Capacity: 12,547

Series: First Meeting


Television: FSN Midwest

(DirecTV 648; Dish Network 444)

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.


Kansas State Wildcats

Record: 1-0 (0-0 Big 12)

Ranking (AP/Coaches): 25/rv

Coach: Frank Martin

Alma Mater: Florida International, 93

Career Record: 1-0/1

School Record: 1-0/1

vs. Pittsburg State: First meeting

06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)

Last game: Nov. 9, 2007

beat Sacramento State, 94-63

SID: Tom Gilbert

Website: www.kstatesports.com


Pittsburg State Gorillas

Record: 0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

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

Coach: Gene Iba

Alma Mater: Tulsa, 63

Career Record: 450-330/27

School Record: 225-127/12

vs. Kansas State: First meeting

06-07 Record: 18-13 (9-9 MIAA)

Last game: Nov. 8, 2007

lost at Wichita State, 56-42

SID: Dan Wilkes

Website: www.pittstategorillas.com


game preview

Kansas State (1-0) will play its second game in three days on Sunday, as the Wildcats play host to Division II state foe Pittsburg State (0-0) at 3:07 p.m. inside Bramlage Coliseum.  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.

K-State opened the season with an exclamation mark on Friday night, as the squad posted a 94-63 victory over Sacramento State in giving head coach Frank Martin his first collegiate victory.  The Wildcats have now won 13 of their last 14 home openers and move to 80-24 (.769) all-time in season openers.

Freshman forward Michael Beasley looked as good as advertised, as he set two school marks and one Big 12 record in posting 32 points on 12-of-20 field goals with 24 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals in 31 minutes.  He set school records for the most by points by a freshman in a debut and the most rebounds by a freshman and recorded the most rebounds by a player in a single-game in Big 12 history.  Beasley also became just the second player in school history with 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game and the first since Bob Boozer (36 points, 23 rebounds) did it against Colorado in 1957.

Sunday’s contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Midwest (DirecTV 648, Dish Network 444) 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 second of 10 appearances on the network and one of a school-record 29 televised contests. 

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 www.k-statesports.com.  A limit of six tickets.


Basketball schedule magnets (limit one per person) will be given to fans as they leave the arena.  

cats continue success in season openers

Kansas State is 80-24 (.769) all-time in season openers, including a 66-9 (.880) mark when debuting in Manhattan.  The Wildcats have won 13 of their last 16 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 11 straight home season openers dating back to a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993.  The Wildcats are 16-1 when opening the season at Bramlage Coliseum.  In all, the team has won 32 of its last 33 season openers at home.  The last home loss prior to 1993 was a 60-59 setback to Minnesota on Dec. 1, 1966.

streaking in november

Kansas State is 67-19 (.779) all-time in the month of November, including wins in 16 of its last 18 games.  The Wildcats have won 15 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.


martin successful in his debut

Kansas State head coach Frank Martin made a successful coaching debut in Friday’s 94-63 win over SacramentoState.  The 23rd head coach in school history continued the successful trend by coaches in their first game, particularly in games played at home. 

K-State coaches are now 16-6 all-time in their first game, including a 16-2 mark when those games started at home.  A Wildcat coach has won his first game when starting at home seven 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. 

The 31-point victory was also the largest win in a head coach’s opening game since Lon Kruger beat South Dakota, 95-45, in 1986.

Martin is 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

Frank Martin      Sacramento State  W, 94-63    11/9/07

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

the book on pittsburg state (0-0)

Kansas State will have a quick turnaround with its second game in a three-day stretch on Sunday against Pittsburg State at 3 p.m.  It will represent the third and final exhibition game for PSU, which dropped a 94-59 decision to Pittsburg State on Nov. 1 and then to Wichita State, 56-42, on Nov. 8.

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 six rebounds, while junior Carlos Taylor added 10 points.

The squad was doomed by a slow start in the 56-42 loss at Wichita State, as they were held to just three field goals and 13 percent shooting in the first half.  Spencer Magana led the team with 14 points on 5-of-9 field goals, while Abercrombie added nine points. 

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.

postseason game notes vs. sacramento state

Kansas State is 1-0 all-time after winning the first-ever meeting with Sacramento State... The Wildcats improved to 10-4 all-time against teams from the Big Sky Conference.

The win marked the first collegiate head coaching victory for Frank Martin and his first win as the Kansas State head coach... Martin became the 16th K-State head coach to win his first K-State game.

Kansas State moved to 80-24 (.769) all-time in season openers and 66-9 (.880) when debuting in Manhattan... The Wildcats have won 13 of the last 14 home openers... K-State is 216-83 all-time in Bramlage Coliseum.

The paid attendance at Bramlage Coliseum was 12,496... The actual attendance on Friday night was 10,178... The largest season-opening crowd was Bramlage Coliseum’s grand opening, an 81-77 win over Purdue on Nov. 26, 1988 which was witnessed by 13,304 fans.

The starting lineup was freshman guard Jacob Pullen, senior guard Blake Young, junior forward Andre Gilbert, freshman forward Michael Beasley and freshman forward Ron Anderson... Young is the lone returner to start from last year’s squad... Pullen, Beasley and Anderson made their first collegiate starts... Gilbert made his first start at the Division I level after playing at junior college.

K-State’s 94 points were the most in a season opener since the Wildcats put up 103 points against UT-San Antonio on Nov. 23, 1991.

Anderson, Beasley, Fred Brown, James Franklin, Gilbert, Chris Merriewether and Pullen all scored their first points as Wildcats... All 10 players that suited up for the Wildcats scored in the contest.

Beasley tallied a double-double with 7:37 remaining in the first half after grabbing his 10th rebound to go along with his 10 points... The freshman forward had 17 rebounds in the first half, breaking last season’s single-game high of 13 by Akeem Wright against William & Mary on Nov. 11, 2006 and Lance Harris at Rutgers on Nov. 15, 2006... Beasley also broke Kansas State’s record of most rebounds in a game by a freshman... The previous record of 16 rebounds was held by Norris Coleman against Oklahoma on February 11, 1986... Beasley broke the record in the first half against Sacramento State.

Beasley’s 24 rebounds also broke the Big 12 record for rebounds in a single game... Beasley broke the record with his 24th rebound at the 8:17 mark in the second half... The previous high was 23 boards by Texas’ Kevin Durant against Texas Tech on Jan. 31, 2007 and Kansas’ Nick Collison against Texas on January 27, 2003.

Beasley’s effort of 32 points and 24 rebounds was Kansas State’s 16th 20 point/20 rebound game by an individual in school history... It was only the second time in Kansas State history that a player has recorded at least 30 points and 20 rebounds... The only other Wildcat to accomplish the feat was Bob Boozer vs. Colorado on Feb. 2, 1957, with 36 points and 23 rebounds...Beasley also broke the Kansas State record for points scored in a freshman debut... The record was previously held by Mike Evans with his 30 points against Montana State on Nov. 30, 1974.

Blake Young scored 22 points on the night... It was his second career 20-point game and first since posting a career-high 24 against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 18, 2006... He also tied his career-best for 3-point field goals, going 4-of-5 (80 percent) from beyond the arc.

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.

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.

early start

Kansas State’s regular-season opener against Sacramento State (Nov. 9) tied 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.

k-state earns first preseason ranking since 75

Kansas State received its first preseason ranking in 32 seasons on Nov. 2, as The Associated Press placed the Wildcats at No. 25 in its annual preseason Top 25 poll.

K-State has not been ranked in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 since opening the 1975-76 season with a No. 14 ranking.  It also marks the first time that the Wildcats have been ranked in the poll in more than 14 years since checking in at No. 23 on Feb. 13, 1993.

“For a program like us, with incredible tradition and success, being ranked again is always a great thing and it reflects the hard work of the players and that they are getting noticed by people out there," said coach Frank Martin. "Will it have an influence on how we play or how good we are? Probably not. But it is an honor to have a program not ranked for 14 years to all of sudden by there again."


Overall, the ranking marks the sixth time in school history that the Wildcats have started a season ranked in the preseason Top 25 since The Associated Press started its poll in 1949.  The squad started the 1961-62 and 1964-65 seasons at No. 8, the 1965-66 season at No. 10, the 1972-73 season at No. 17 and the 1975-76 season at No. 14.  

The preseason ranking is not the first garnered this season, as the Wildcats have been ranked 11th by Rivals.com, 14th by Slam magazine and 17th by The Sporting News. The team has also been ranked 26th by CBS Sports and Dick Vitale and 32nd by FoxSports.com.

was the top vote-getter among teams receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll with 94 points, just 17 short of 111 received by No. 25 Villanova.

season tickets sold out... again

K-State scored its first victory of the season Nov. 1 before ever playing a game when it was announced that men’s basketball season tickets are sold out in Bramlage Coliseum. 

The sellout announcement marked the second consecutive year that all season-ticket packages have been purchased.  Last season was the first time in the history of Bramlage Coliseum that K-State games were sold out on a season-ticket basis.  Prior to then, the previous sellout was 1982-83 when the Wildcats played in Ahearn Field House.

hoops preview to appear on fsn midwest

The Kansas State Hoops Preview, a 30-minute television special, debuts Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. CT on FSN Midwest.

The show previews the 2007-08 season and includes a one-on-one interview with head coach Frank Martin, a profile of senior forward David Hoskins and a look around the Big 12 Conference.

In addition to its premiere on Nov. 7, the show will air four other times on FSN Midwest, including Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. CT, Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. CT and Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

FSN Midwest is also the home to 10 regular season games this year.

viva las vegas

Kansas State has been selected to participate in a regular-season tournament in Las Vegas for the second time in three seasons in 2008 when the Wildcats will join traditional powers Kentucky, Iowa and West Virginia in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational.  The squad will face two teams at home in mid-November (Delaware State, SE Missouri State, Longwood and/or Oakland) before making the trek to Las Vegas and playing two games at the Orleans Arena.

The Wildcats captured the 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Holiday Classic by beating Kennesaw State (82-54) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (79-58) at home before defeating USC (68-55) and New Mexico (72-56) in Las Vegas.  It was the first tournament title since 1995.

The K-State Athletics Ticket Office will begin selling tickets after the 2007-08 season, but the general public will have a chance to purchase a limited number of tickets for the final rounds in Las Vegas beginning on Saturday, Nov. 3.

ticket available for sprint center game

Tickets for Kansas State’s game against Florida A&M in Kansas City’s Sprint Center went on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Tickets are priced at $25 and will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at 816.931.3330 or online at ticketmaster.com.

The game will be considered K-State's home contest.  It will be included in the season-ticket package for Wildcat fans, excluding students whose season ticket does not contain games played during the semester break.  K-State students will be able to purchase tickets at a special price of $10 through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at a date to be announced.  Season-ticket holders will receive their tickets for the game in a separate mailing.

The Sprint Center is the cornerstone of more than a $4.5 billion revitalization of downtown Kansas City.  The 18,500-seat arena will play host to numerous sporting events, including the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s First and Second Rounds and 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Finals and Semifinals.

k-state chosen fourth in big 12 preseason poll

The Kansas State men’s basketball team was given its highest-ever ranking in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll on Oct. 11, as the Wildcats were chosen fourth with 91 points.

Boosted by the return of seven lettermen and one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, the Wildcats received their highest ranking in 10 preseason polls dating back to the 1997-98 season.  The previous high came in 2006-07 when K-State was selected fifth, while the previous high to last season came back in 1998-99 when the team was chosen sixth.

For the eighth time in Big 12 history, Kansas is the preseason favorite to win the conference title as the Jayhawks gained 120 total points and received 10 of the possible 12 first-place votes in polling of the head coaches.  The team welcomes back four starters and returns 84.6 percent of its scoring.

was picked second in the poll with 105 points, as the Longhorns received four more points more than third-place Texas A&M, which received the other two first-place vote and 101 points.  Missouri and Oklahoma followed K-State in a tie for fifth with 66 points each.  

edged Texas Tech for seventh place with 61 points, while the Red Raiders followed in eighth place with 60 points.  Baylor (55) and Nebraska (29) were picked ninth and 10th, respectively, while Iowa State (22) and Colorado (16) rounded out the poll.    

beasley named preseason big 12 frosh of the year

Freshman forward Michael Beasley was selected as the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league coaches, as the conference office announced its annual preseason honors Oct. 9.

The league also announced that Texas’ D.J. Augustin was named the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and Missouri’s DeMarre Carroll was selected as the Preseason Newcomer of the Year.  In addition to these superlatives, Augustin was joined on the Preseason All-Big 12 squad by Kansas’ Darrell Arthur and Brandon Rush, Baylor’s Curtis Jerrells, Nebraska’s Aleks Maric and Texas A&M’s Joseph Jones.     

Beasley and freshman Bill Walker were named to the honorable mention preseason team, along with Baylor’s Aaron Bruce, Colorado’s Richard Roby, Kansas’ Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Dove, Texas A&M’s Josh Carter and DeAndre Jordan and Texas Tech’s Martin Zeno.


The honor is one of many earned by the 6-foot-9, 235-pound former No. 1 high school player in the country this preseason.  Beasley has been selected as a Diaper Dandy by Dick Vitale and third team Preseason All-American by Collegehoops.net, while he garnered Preseason Freshman All-America distinction from Athlon’s College Basketball Yearbook.  In addition, he was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team by both Athlon’s and The Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook.