K-State Tips Off Season Friday vs. James Madison

Senior Jacob Pullen and the Wildcats tip off the season on Friday vs. James Madison.

Nov. 11, 2010


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3/3 Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. James Madison (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round


Date: Friday, November 12, 2010

Tipoff: 8 p.m. CT

Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)

Television: ESPNU (Mitch Holthus, play-by-play; Miles Simon, analyst; Kate Leonard, producer)  |  Internet: ESPN3.com

Radio: K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson, play-by-play; Stan Weber, analyst)  |  Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 155 

Head Coaches: Kansas State - FrankMartin (Florida International ‘93) is 72-32 (.692) in his fourth season.  James Madison - Matt Brady (Siena ‘87) is 107-85 (.557) in his seventh season as a head coach and 34-35 (.493) in his third season at JMU.

Series: First meeting.  |  Martin vs. Brady:  First meeting.  |  K-State vs. CAA:  6-2  |  Last time vs. CAA:  L, George Mason, 87-77, Nov. 11, 2007

Last Time Out:  K-State defeated Washburn, 90-44, in its final exhibition game, while JMU beat Philadelphia, 67-51, in an exhibition on Oct. 31.

Rankings: K-State is No. 3 in both the preseason AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls.  James Madison is not ranked in either poll.

Tickets: Sold out.  Selected tickets for holiday games [Dec. 23, Dec. 31, Jan. 3] are available at www.k-statesports.com.


3/3 K-State tips off 108th season Friday vs. James Madison

No. 3/3 Kansas State (0-0) opens its 108th season of men’s basketball on Friday, as the Wildcats face James Madison (0-0) in the first game of the Manhattan Regional Round of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBEClassic at Bramlage Coliseum at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.  It will be the first of two games in Manhattan, which includes the Nov. 18 match-up against Presbyterian (0-0), before the team heads to Kansas City, Mo., to compete in the championship round at the Sprint Center.  K-State will face 12/12 Gonzaga (0-0) on Monday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. CT in the semifinals with the winner playing either 1/1 Duke (0-0) or Marquette (0-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. CT for the tournament championship.  


Friday’s game tips off a busy slate for the Wildcats, who will play three games in a seven-day period.  The team plays No. 21/23 Virginia Tech (0-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. CT then two days later against Presbyterian (0-0) on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. CT.  The Virginia Tech game will be broadcast nationally as a part of ESPN’s third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.  It will be one of 12 live games in a 24-hour period.


K-State enters Friday’s opener on a high note after sweeping its two exhibition opponents by average of 36.5 points per game, while averaging nearly 90 points per game.  The Wildcats knocked off Division II foe Newman, 83-56, on Nov. 2, before beating Washburn, 90-44, on Nov. 7.  It was the highest margin of victory during an exhibition season, topping the 29.0 points per game margin in 1993, while the team’s 86.5 points per game average was the highest since averaging 93 points in a pair of exhibitions during the 2002-03 preseason.  Preseason All-American Jacob Pullen led a balanced scoring attack with 13.5 points per game in just 24 minutes per game, while sophomores Wally Judge and Rodney McGruder added 10.5 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.  In all, 10 players averaged at least five points per game during the exhibition season.


The Wildcats own their highest ever preseason rankings in both major polls, checking at No. 3 in both The Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls.  The No. 3 ranking ties for the highest of any of the major polls, in which, the squad is ranked in the Top 10 in nearly every poll.  The No. 3 ranking is the highest in an AP poll in almost 50 years since the Wildcats ranked No. 3 on March 6, 1962.  The team has been ranked in the AP Top 10 for eight consecutive polls dating back to last season, including a No. 7 ranking prior to the NCAA Tournament.  Overall, the school has appeared in 15 consecutive AP polls dating back to Dec. 14, 2009.  The squad returns nine lettermen, including two starters, from a team that won a school-record 29 games, including a Big 12 era high 11 in Big 12 play, and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988. 


K-State is 220-80 (.733) as a ranked team all-time in The Associated Press poll (which dates to 1949-50), including 137-36 (.792) as a Top 10 squad and 85-22 (.794) as a Top 5 team.  The Wildcats have played 32 games previously as the nation’s No. 3 team in the country, boasting a 25-7 (.781) mark.  This will be the first game as the No. 3 team since defeating Nebraska 84-60 on March 7, 1962. 


This will be the first meeting between K-State and James Madison on the hardwood.  The game will mark the second time in the past five seasons that the Wildcats have opened the season with a CAA foe, following a 70-60 win over William &Mary on Nov. 11, 2006.  The Wildcats are 6-2 all-time against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with its last meeting coming to George Mason in the first round of the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 22, 2007, in which, the Patriots knocked off the Wildcats, 87-77.  The Dukes, who are picked fourth in the Colonial’s preseason poll, return seven lettermen, including four starters, from a injury-plagued squad that posted a 13-20 overall record in 2009-10.           


K-State in Season Openers

K-State is 82-24 (.771) all-time in season openers, including a 68-9 (.882) mark when debuting in Manhattan.  The Wildcats have won 15 of their last 18 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.  Last season, K-State earned a 92-54 win over Loyola Chicago in its season opener on Nov. 13, 2009.  K-State has won 13 straight home season openers dating back to a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993.  The Wildcats are 18-1 when opening the season at Bramlage Coliseum.  In all, the team has won 34 of its last 35 season openers at home.


‘Cats in November

Kansas State is 81-24 (.771) all-time in the month of November, including wins in 30 of its last 37 games.  The Wildcats have won 22 of their last 23 games at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season, including seven in a row dating back to an 80-77 overtime loss to No. 17

Oregon on Nov. 29, 2008.  The Oregon loss snapped a 17-game homecourt winning streak in the month and was the first November home loss since a 59-55 setback to Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2002.  A year ago, the Wildcats posted their best winning percentage in the November since 2005-06, posting a 5-1 record.  The team totaled at least five wins in the month for the third consecutive season – a first in school history – while tying the 1998-99 (5-2), 2007-08 (5-2) and 2008-09 (5-2) teams for the most wins in the month.  Last season, the squad earned wins over Loyola Chicago (92-54), Western Illinois (82-50), Boston U. (80-70), No. 18/21 Dayton (83-75) and IUPUI (70-57) to go with a loss to Ole Miss (86-74).


Recapping the Exhibition Season

Kansas State completed its exhibition slate a perfect 2-0 with a pair of wins over Division IIfoes, Newman (83-56) on Nov. 2 and Washburn (90-44) on Nov. 7.  The Wildcats have won 10 consecutive exhibition games dating back to the 2004-05 season and are 33-9 in exhibitions since 1987.


*K-State averaged 86.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting (54-130), including 38.3 percent (18-of-47) from 3-point range, with 56.0 rebounds, 17.5 assists, 8.5 steals and 7.0 blocks per game.  The Wildcats out-scored their opposition, 68-45 in the paint, 50-22 off turnovers, 41-12 on second chance opportunities and 88-33 off the bench.  The team allowed 50 points off 29.1 percent shooting, including 27 percent from beyond the arc.


*Senior guard Jacob Pullen led a balanced scoring attack with 13.5 points per game in the two exhibition games, while playing a team-high 24 mintues per game.  In all, 10 players averaged at least five points per game, while five averaged at least four boards per game.  Sophomores Wally Judge and Rodney McGruder averaged 10.5 and 10.0 points per game, respectively, while senior Curtis Kelly posted 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing.  Newcomers Shane Southwell and Freddy Asprilla averaged 7.0 and 6.5 points, while Asprilla hauled in a team-best 9.5 rebounds.   


The Book onJames Madison

Located in Harrisonburg, Va., and with an enrollment of just under 19,000 students, James Madison enters the 2010-11 season on the upswing with the return of seven lettermen, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 13-20 overall record, including a 4-14 mark in CAA play.


The Dukes are led by the impressive frontcourt duo of senior Denzel Bowles (20.8 ppg., 9.2 rpg.) and junior Julius Wells (16.3 ppg., 5.1 rpg.).  Both players were named to the preseason all-conference team with Bowles earning first team accolades.  A transfer from Texas A&M, Bowles

led the team in both scoring and rebounding a year ago and was named to the all-conference second team.  He became the first player in league history to lead in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.  A starter in all but one game a season ago, Wells was a third team all-league pick after ranking second on the team in both scoring and rebounding.  He also is a deep threat from outside with 91 3-point field goals a season ago. 


The team returns two others starters in sophomores Devon Moore and Trevon Flores.  Moore missed the 2009-10 season with a knee injury, but averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a freshman.  He was named to the CAA’s All-Rookie team.  A starter in 24 games, Flores averaged 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a rookie. 


James Madison is led by third-year head coach Matt Brady, who has a 34-35 record during his tenure.  He led the Dukes to a 21-15 overall record in his inaugural campaign before winning 13 games during last season’s injury-plagued season.  A long-time assistant to Phil Martelli at St. Joseph’s, Brady came to JMUafter a four-year stint at Marist, where he led the Red Foxes to a 73-50 record, including 62 wins in his last three seasons.  His 2006-07 squad won 25 games and went to the NIT.     


Series vs.James Madison

This will mark the first meeting between Kansas State and James Madison on the hardwood.  The Wildcats are 6-2 all-time against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association, including games against Georgia State (2-0), George Mason (0-1), Hofstra (1-0), Old Dominion (1-1), VCU (1-0) and William & Mary (1-0).  The team last faced a CAA foe in 2007 when it dropped an 87-77 decision to George Mason in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.  The team is 5-0 all-time against the league in Manhattan, including 4-0 at Bramlage Coliseum.  However, the last four meetings have all been tight affairs with the Wildcats winning by just an average of just seven points.  K-State defeated VCU, 76-70, in 1997, Georgia State, 78-71, in 1998, Old Dominion, 68-64, in 1999 and William & Mary, 70-60, in 2006.  Friday’s game will also mark the second time in the past five seasons that the team has matched up against a CAA team in a season opener, knocking off William & Mary, 70-60, on Nov. 11, 2006.  Head coach Frank Martin does have familiarity with the Dukes having served as an assistant at CAA rival Northeastern from 2000-04.


Up Next: Virginia Tech

Kansas State will have a quick turnaround from Friday, playing host to No. 21/23 Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.  It is one of 12 live games that will be broadcast by ESPN during its College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.  The Hokies open their season at home on Friday vs. Campbell.  


‘Cats and Hokies on College Hoops Tipoff Marathon

Kansas State will be a part of ESPN’s third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 16, as the Wildcats will host Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. CT.  The Wildcats and Hokies will be one of 12 live college basketball games in 24 consecutive hours on ESPN for the second straight season.  Overall, the marathon will include 20 live games – 19 men’s and one women’s – in a minimum of 25.5 hours across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.  ESPN3.com will offer two exclusive games as well as a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.  The marathon will start at 11 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 15 with Miami playing Memphis on ESPN and will also include Big 12 foe Baylor hosting LaSalle at 1 p.m. CT.


The contest will match two of the best guards in the country in K-State’s Jacob Pullen and Malcolm Delaney.  Pullen, who averaged a team-leading 19.3 points, was a third team All-American by The Sporting News and an honorable mention selection by The Associated Press in 2010.  Delaney led the Hokies in scoring and assists as a junior en route to earning AP honorable mention All-America honors and unanimous first team All-ACC accolades.  Both were named to Dick Vitale’s preseason All-American team with Delaney earning first team honors and Pullen coming in on the second team.  This will be the first meeting between the two teams on the hardwood, while it will be the Wildcats’ first match-up with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team since playing Clemson in the Maui Invitational in 1998.  K-State is 7-9 all-time against teams from the ACC.     


K-State to honor Winter at halftime of Virginia Tech game

Kansas State will honor the accomplishments of former head basketball coach Tex Winter at halftime of the Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 16 to play tribute to him for his induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this month.  He is one of eight individuals who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010. The 2010 induction ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at the College Basketball Experience (CBE) and the historic Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.  


Winter, who led the Wildcats to 261 wins and eight conference titles from 1953-68, will be joined in the 2010 induction class with players Christian Laettner (Duke), David Thompson (N.C. State), Jerry West (West Virginia) and Sidney Wicks (UCLA), fellow coach Davey Whitney (Alcorn State) and contributors Wayne Duke and Tom Jernstedt. Winter is the first person with K-State ties to be named to the Hall of Fame. 


A renowned basketball innovator credited with the triangle offense, Winter led the Wildcats to a 261-118 (.689) record, which included eight Big Seven/Eight conference titles, five Big Seven/Eight Holiday Tournament crowns and six trips to the NCAA Tournament. His 261 wins rank second all-time in school history behind Jack Hartman’s 295, while he is second in NCAA Tournament victories (seven) and 20-win seasons (five).  Winter’s .689 winning percentage ranks fourth all-time in school history behind Zora Clevenger (.761; 1916-20); current coach Frank Martin (.702) and E.A. Knoth (.700; 1920-21). He also laid claim to more conference titles (eight) than any other head coach in the program’s history, while his teams finished among the Top 20 nationally nine times in his 15 seasons, including No. 1 in both polls in 1958-59. 


Pullen Named Preseason APAll-American

The accolades for Jacob Pullen continue to mount, as the senior was named a preseason first team All-American by The Associated Press earlier this month.  Pullen, who has been selected to a number of All-American teams, was joined on the first team by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson and Duke’s Kyle Singler.  Pullen was an honorable mention AP All-American as a junior after leading K-State to its first Elite Eight since 1988.  He has already been named a preseason All-American by a number of media outlets, including to the first team by Blue Ribbon Yearbook and The Sporting News, to the second team by Dick Vitale and to the third team by Athlon Sports.  He was also recently selected a preseason Top 50 candidate for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. 


A year ago, Pullen led the Wildcats in scoring at 19.3 points per game, while setting school single-season marks for games played (37), 3-point field goals (110) and steals (67).  He has a chance at becoming the school’s all-time leader in a number of categories.


‘Cats Picked to Win Big 12 Crown

A consensus Top 10 by a number of media outlets, K-State earned another first in October as the Wildcats were selected to win the Big 12 title for the first time in a vote of the league’s head coaches.  The school received 119 points and 10 first-place votes to out-distance rival and reigning champion Kansas, which was picked second with 109 points and the remaining two first-place votes.  Texas (99) and Baylor (96) followed closely in third and fourth place, respectively, while Missouri (82) and Texas A&M (69) rounded out the top 6.  The rest of the poll included Texas Tech (52), Oklahoma State (51), Colorado (46), Nebraska (31), Oklahoma (27) and Iowa State (11).  Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.


The previous high for K-State in the preseason poll was fourth in both 2007-08 and 2009-10.  The Wildcats, who tied for second place in the Big 12 a year ago, are one of only two teams to finish in the league’s top-4 and receive a bye at the Big 12 Championship each of the past four seasons.


K-State ranks No. 3 in Preseason AP, USA Today/ESPNpolls

Kansas State earned its highest preseason ranking in both The Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls, as the Wildcats appeared at No. 3 in both major polls.  The No. 3 ranking ties for the highest of any of the major polls, in which, the squad is ranked in the Top 10 in nearly every poll.  It is the highest ever ranking for K-State in a preseason poll and the highest by the AP since it began preseason rankings in 1961.  The previous high for a preseason ranking came at No. 8 by the AP in both the 1961-62 and 1964-65 seasons.  The No. 3 ranking is the highest in an AP poll in almost 50 years since the Wildcats ranked No. 3 on March 6, 1962.  The team has been ranked in the AP Top 10 for eight consecutive polls dating back to last season, including a No. 7 ranking prior to the NCAA Tournament, and 15 consecutive AP polls dating back to Dec. 14, 2009. 


Kansas State was the highest rated Big 12 team in AP poll, which also included No. 7 Kansas, No. 15 Missouri and No. 16 Baylor.  The Wildcats could face a total of seven teams in the preseason poll during the 2010-11 season, including non-conference opponents No. 9 Florida, No. 12

Gonzaga and No. 21 Virginia Tech.  K-State has been ranked in the Top 10 in nearly every available preseason poll, including No. 4 by Lindy’s Sports, No. 5 by Athlon Sports, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com and The Sporting News, No. 8 by Dick Vitale and No. 10 by Blue Ribbon Yearbook.


Season Tickets Sold Out

With preseason expectations for K-State at a near all-time high, officials announced on Oct. 22 that all reserved tickets for the 2010-11 season have been sold.  K-State has sold over 12,000 season tickets to the general public and students, surpassing last year’s total by over 750 tickets. 


Fans still wanting to catch the Wildcats in action this season will have the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets to three home games during the University’s holiday semester break when students are not on campus as well as the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City against UNLV on Tuesday, Dec. 21.  Single-game tickets went on sale on Nov. 1 for UMKC (Thursday, Dec. 23), North Florida (Friday, Dec. 31) and Savannah State (Monday, Jan. 3) during the holiday break.  For $20 per game, or $45 for all three matchups, fans can choose between reserved seats in Section 18 or 25, or general admission tickets.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.kstatesports.com, by calling toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287) or in-person at Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.  Tickets for the UNLV game are priced at $40 (lower-level sideline), $30 (lower-level end zone) and $20 (upper level), and can be purchased through the Athletic Ticket Office or Ticketmaster, by calling (800) 745.3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.  Group tickets starting at $10 each are also available in the upper level.


Kansas State has ranked among the nation’s leaders in attendance in three of the last four seasons, including ranking 31st with an average of 11,884 fans per game to 17 home games in 2009-10.  The team also ranked fourth in attendance among Big 12 institutions and was second only to Kansas in sellouts with 14.  In addition, the school enjoyed the nation’s largest average attendance increase with nearly 3,000 more fans per game.  Three of the top-5 single-season attendance averages have come in the last four years.