K-State plays host to Pitt State Sunday
K-State plays host to Pitt State Sunday
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Tipoff: 3:07 p.m.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: First Meeting
(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.
Record: 1-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 25/rv
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 1-0/1
School Record: 1-0/1
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 9, 2007
beat Sacramento State, 94-63
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 0-0 (0-0 MIAA)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Gene Iba
Career Record: 450-330/27
School Record: 225-127/12
06-07 Record: 18-13 (9-9 MIAA)
Last game: Nov. 8, 2007
SID: Dan Wilkes
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
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
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 tickets.
Basketball schedule magnets (limit one per person) will be given to fans as they leave the arena.
cats continue success in season openers
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
streaking in november
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
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 “
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
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
C. Fitzsimmons at
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
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
The squad was doomed by a slow start in the 56-42 loss at
Abercrombie and Taylor, among three returning starters, were both double-digit scorers for
This will be the first meeting between
postseason game notes vs.
The win marked the first collegiate head coaching victory for Frank Martin and his first win as the
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
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
Beasley’s effort of 32 points and 24 rebounds was
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The Wildcats captured the 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Holiday Classic by beating
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
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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.
k-state chosen fourth in big 12 preseason poll
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,
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
Beasley and freshman Bill Walker were named to the honorable mention preseason team, along with Baylor’s Aaron Bruce,
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.