Cats play host Western Illinois Saturday
Cats play host Western Illinois Saturday
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tipoff: 6:05 p.m.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
(W, 67-57, 1/9/82 at home)
Highlight Feed: Galaxy 17/K 12 (74 EQ) KU Band;
Downlink Frequency 11940 Vertical;
Time: 8:30 - 8:45 p.m CT
Radio: K-State Sports Network
Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Sold out
Record: 2-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 22/24
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 2-0/1
School Record: 2-0/1
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 11, 2007
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 1-1 (0-0 Summitt)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Derek Thomas
Alma Mater: Missouri-St. Louis, 89
Career Record: 29-87/5
School Record: 29-87/5
06-07 Record: 18-13 (9-9 MIAA)
Last game: Nov. 13, 2007
lost at Morehead State, 61-49
SID: Jason Kaufman
It will be a busy day for Wildcat fans, as the football team (5-5) will wrap up their home schedule with No. 6 Missouri at Bill Snyder Family Stadium at 11:30 a.m., while the 12th-ranked women’s volleyball squad (21-7) closes out their home season with
Saturday’s contest will be the only game this season not televised, but fans listen to the call from Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio).
the book on
The Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start for the fifth consecutive season after posting a pair of victories over
Kansas State led by freshman phenom Michael Beasley, who won numerous National Player of the Week accolades after averaging 31.0 points and 19.0 rebounds in the first two games. He was named the National Player of the Week by several media outlets, including ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Collegehoops.net as well as Big 12 Player of the Week. Beasley is the first Wildcat since Askia Jones in 1994 to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games and the first true freshman to accomplish the feat.
Beasley is one of four players averaging in double figures for the Wildcats, including senior Blake Young (15.5 ppg.), freshmen Jacob Pullen (11.5 ppg.) and Bill Walker (11.0 ppg.). Young, who owns the team’s longest games played streak at 37 games, is also averaging 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.5 steals in 28.0 minutes per game. The team’s first-year point guard is third in scoring at 11.5 points per game on 56.3 percent shooting to go with a team-best 4.5 assists. Walker, who played in his first game of the season against
Sold out. It is the first sellout of the season and the first since the DePaul game in the MasterCard NIT on March 19, 2007. It is the first non-conference sellout since the William & Mary on Nov. 11, 2006.
Basketball schedule magnets (limit one per person) will be given to fans as they leave the arena.
streaking in november
Incidentally, the Wildcats’ seven games in November tie the 1998-99 squad (5-2) for the most in school history. The 1998-99 team also owns the most wins (five) of any Wildcat team in the month.
look for win #1400
One of the winningest programs in college basketball 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 Cotton Fitzsimmons took over the program from Winter in 1968. Fitzsimmons was a successful junior college coach at Moberly (Mo.) Junior College from 1956-66 compiling a 224-58 record with two NJCAA national titles prior to becoming Winter’s top assistant in 1966. Incidentally, he lost his first game at
the book on western
Western Illinois enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record after dropping a 61-49 decision at
Picked to finish eighth in the preseason Summitt League poll,
Western Illinois returns two starters and five lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, the squad posted a 7-23 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the final year of the Mid-Continent Conference.
The squad is led by fifth-year head coach Derek Thomas, who owns a 29-87 overall record. He is a former assistant coach at
series vs. western
The two teams have met just once in their respective histories with
K-State is 26-3 all-time against the Summitt League (formerly the Mid-Continent Conference), including 19-0 at home.
connection to western
Leading scorer David Nurse spent the 2006-07 season at
Head coach Derek Thomas is a native of
up next: george mason/old spice classic
Saturday’s game will be the final tune-up for the Wildcats before heading off to the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House at the Wide World of Sports Complex in
beasley named national, big 12 player of the week
Freshman forward Michael Beasley earned the first Big 12 Player of the Week honor on Monday after his record-setting efforts last week.
The nation’s No. 1 high school recruit lived up to his preseason billing in his first two games, as he averaged 31.0 points and 19.0 rebounds in guiding the Cats to a pair of wins to open the 2007-08 season. In addition to connecting on 61.5 percent of his field goals, he averaged 3.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in 30.0 minutes per game.
Beasley is the first K-State player to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors since Jeremiah Massey won the accolade on Jan. 31, 2005 and is just the fourth since the inception of the league. Manny Dies won the first award on Jan. 18, 1998 followed by Galen Morrison on Jan. 10, 2000 and Massey on Dec. 27, 2004 and Jan. 31, 2005.
Beasley was also named the National Player of the Week by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Collegehoops.net as well as the Diaper Dandy of the Week by Dick Vitale.
Michael Beasley had a memorable first game as a Wildcat, he set two school records as well as two Big 12 mark in helping
Beasley is just the third player in school history to top 30 points and 20 rebounds in a single-game and the first since Bob Boozer (36 points, 23 rebounds) did it against
On Nov. 11, Beasley became just the third player in school history (and first freshman) to tally 30 points in back-to-back games in a win over
newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes has panned out well so far for
young at heart
Fully healthy for the first time in his K-State career, senior Blake Young looks like a different player in 2007-08. Hampered by a knee injury for much of last season, he ranks second on the team in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and minutes (28.0 mpg.) and is third in rebounding (5.0 rpg.) and assists (2.5 apg.). He opened the season with a bang, as he turned in his second career 20-point game in the win over
Young, the only returning player to start in the opener, continued his solid play against
pullen shines at the point
Michael Beasley is not the only true freshman to shine so far this season, as rookie Jacob Pullen has played well in the point guard spot. The
Pullen is the third true freshman to start the season at the point since 2003, following Dez Willingham (2003) and Clent Stewart (2004).
game notes vs.
The Wildcats’ starting line-up was freshman guard Jacob Pullen, senior guard Blake Young, freshman forward Bill Walker, freshman forward Michael Beasley and sophomore forward Luis Coln... Pullen, Young and Beasley all made their second starts of the season.
K-State shot just 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from the line in the first half... Meanwhile, the Gorillas connected on 7-of-9 free throws for 77.8 percent...
Young had a career-best seven boards in the contest... The senior guard had matched his career high with five rebounds in the first half... Young finished with nine points in the game.
Beasley tallied his second double-double in as many games, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds... The last time that a Wildcat has reached the 30-point mark in back-to-back games was Askia Jones on Jan. 22 and Jan 26, 1994, when he scored 32 points against
All 10 players that saw action on Sunday afternoon for the Wildcats scored in the game.
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.
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
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 teams has 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.com 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.
ticket available for sprint center game
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 are able to purchase tickets at a special price of $10 through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 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-10, 235-pound former No. 1 high school player in the country this preseason. Beasley has been selected as a Diaper Dandy by Dick Vitale, a second team preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and a third team 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.