Tex Winter to be Honored Tuesday at Bramlage

Tex Winter

Nov. 14, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State basketball fans are encouraged to be in attendance at Tuesday’s 3 p.m. game against Virginia Tech when former head basketball coach Tex Winter is honored in a special halftime tribute as the coaching legend prepares to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this month.

The halftime ceremony will include a special video tribute, on-court presentation by Athletics Director John Currie and remarks by Mr. K-State, Ernie Barrett.

“Coach Winter has meant so much to this University and community, and we are honored to have him back home at Bramlage,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “We have tremendous tradition and history here at K-State and Coach Winter’s innovative and hall of fame career has had a lasting impact on Kansas State University and the game of basketball.”

Winter is one of eight individuals who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010. The induction ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, at the Midland AMC Theater in Kansas City. Tickets for the induction are available to the public for $50 each and can be purchased by calling 913-563-5400. The Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, presented by Sprint, will be hosted by legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg.

Third-ranked Kansas State will take part in the championship rounds of the CBE Classic the following two days, beginning with a nationally-televised 8:30 p.m. matchup next Monday with Gonzaga. Defending national champion Duke and Marquette will also face off at Sprint Center on Monday with the championship and third-place games taking place on Tuesday.

Winter, who led the Wildcats to 261 wins and eight conference titles from 1953-68, will be joined in the 2010 Hall of Fame 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. 
“Tex Winter is one of the guys that started the tremendous history that we have here at Kansas State with his influence on all of our great teams,” said head coach Frank Martin. “We strive everyday to make him proud of this program because he is a part of the foundation that started it all. His induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame is well overdue and we are honored to have him back.”

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 head 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.  He is the only person to be affiliated with all four of Kansas State’s Final Four teams (1948, 1951, 1959 and 1964).

K-State season ticket holders who are unable to attend Tuesday afternoon’s basketball game are encouraged to utilize the Powercat Exchange ticket service, which allows fans to purchase valid tickets from the department and assures that all seats in Bramlage Coliseum are full. All current season ticket holders for men's basketball are automatically eligible to use this service and simply need to complete the one-time registration process to activate their account. Fans that are not current season ticket holders for men's basketball may utilize the ticket marketplace by purchasing an annual membership for $25. Visit www.k-statesports.com for more information.