K-State Welcomes Emporia State Wednesday

Game Information

Kansas State (2-0) vs. Emporia State (1-0)

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tipoff: 7:10 p.m.

Location: Manhattan, Kan.

Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)

Capacity: 12,528

Series: K-State leads 10-8 (8-4 at home)

Television: FSN Kansas City/ESPN Full Court/ESPN360

Ben Boyle (play-by-play)

Stan Weber (analyst)

Max Leinwand (producer)

Satellite Channels: DirecTV 672, Dish Network 448

Coordinates: Galaxy 17, Transponder 13 Lower (KU Band)

Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio

Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)

Matt Walters (analyst)

Tickets: Tickets are available by calling (800) 221-CATS


Record: 2-0 (0-0 Big 12)

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

Coach: Frank Martin

Alma Mater: Florida International, 93

Career Record: 23-12/1

School Record: 23-12/1

vs. Emporia State: 0-0

07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)

Last game: Nov. 16, 2008

defeated SE Missouri State, 88-68

SID: Tom Gilbert

Website: www.k-statesports.com


Emporia State

Record: 1-0 (0-0 MIAA)

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

Coach: David Moe

Alma Mater: Texas Lutheran, 86

Career Record: 115-87/8

School Record: 115-87/8

vs. Kansas State: 0-0

07-08 Record: 14-16 (7-11 MIAA)

Last game: Nov. 17, 2008

won at Eastern New Mexico, 87-55

SID: Josh Slaughter

Website: www.emporia.edu/athletics


Projected Starters

Kansas State (2-0)

G - #0 Jacob Pullen (6-0, 200, So.)

G - #21 Denis Clemente (6-1, 175, Jr.)

F - #23 Dominique Sutton (6-5, 210, So.)

F - #42 Darren Kent (6-11, 230, Sr.)

F - #50 Luis Colon (6-10, 265, Jr.)

Emporia State (1-0)

G - #21 Dustin Andrews (6-3, 190, Jr.)

G - #22 Matt Boswell (6-3, 185, So.)

G - #24 Lamar Wilbern (6-2, 190, Jr.)

F - #31 Jeremiah Box (6-5, 190, Jr.)

C - #20 Shang Ping (6-8, 230, Sr.)


Game Preview

Kansas State concludes its brief three-game homestand to start the season on Wednesday, as the Wildcats welcome Emporia State (1-0) to Bramlage Coliseum at 7 p.m.  The squad will be looking to go 3-0 for the sixth straight season, while also looking to defeat the Hornets for the fourth consecutive time in a series that dates to 1906.

K-State opened the 2008-09 season with pair of games last weekend, as the Wildcats knocked off Florida A&M, 96-57, on Friday before earning an 88-68 win over SE Missouri State on Sunday.  The squad has now won 19 of their last 20 games at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season.  The 184 points scored by the Wildcats are the most in the first two games in almost 17 years since the team totaled 193 points against Texas-San Antonio (103) and Missouri-Rolla (90) to start the 1991-92 season.  In fact, it was the most points  in a home opener since the UTSA game on Nov. 23, 1991. 

The contest with Emporia State will be televised on FSN Kansas City (DirecTV 672 and Dish Network 448) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action.  Fans will also be able to watch the contest on the ESPN Full Court package as well as ESPN360.com.  For more information on the ESPN Full Court package as well as ESPN360.com, fans should consult ESPN’s website at http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncb/fullcourt/. It will the second of 12 appearances on the FSN Kansas City for the Wildcats this season and one of 26 regular-season contests that will be televised.

Fans will also be able to listen to the audio broadcast on the 29-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) on the call.

Ticket Information

Season tickets are still available this season in a variety of ticket packages, including courtside/loge box ($440), chairback ($390),

faculty/staff chairback ($312), Cat Cushion ($350), faculty/staff Cat Cushion ($280), bench ($320), faculty/staff bench ($256), family plan (2 adults/2 children - $640) and Young Alumni ($160).    

Single-game tickets are available for purchase for $35 (chairback, sections 3-9) and $30 (general admission) at Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 1.800.221.CATS and online at www.k-statesports.com.

Up Next: At Cleveland State (1-0)

K-State hits the road for the first time this season on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to face Horizon League favorite Cleveland State (1-0) at the Wolstein Center at 6 p.m. CT.  The team is 1-0 all-time against the Vikings, which came in a 93-60 Wildcat win at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 5, 2006.

Cats in November

Kansas State is 73-21 (.777) all-time in the month of November,including wins in 22 of its last 26 games.  The Wildcats have won 19 of their last 20 games at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season.  The team saw its 17-game homecourt winning streak in the month end in an 80-77 overtime loss to No. 17 Oregon on Nov. 29, 2008.  It was the first November home loss since a 59-55 loss to Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2002. 

Last season, the squad posted a 5-2 mark in the month with wins against Sacramento State (94-63), Pittsburg State (76-66), Western Illinois (77-64), UCF (73-71) and Rider (82-69) and losses to George Mason (87-77) and Oregon.

Explosive Offense

Kansas State has shown the ability to score early and often, as the Wildcats have totaled 184 points in their first two games.  The 184 points are the most in the first two games in almost 17 years since the team totaled 193 points against Texas-San Antonio (103) and Missouri-Rolla (90) to start the 1991-92 season.  In fact, it was the most points in a home opener since the UTSA game on Nov. 23, 1991.

The 184 points tie the 1967-68 squad for the fourth-most through two games in school history, trailing the 1991-92 team (193), the 1986-87 team (188) and the 1956-57 team (187).  The Wildcats have scored 85 or more points in the first two games just seven times in their

history, including the 1956-57, 1981-82, 1986-87, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1997-98 and now the 2008-09 season.

Diverse Offense

Unlike last season when consensus All-American Michael Beasley paced the squad at 26.2 points per game, the 2008-09 team has shown a lot more diversity with its scoring output.  Through two games, 11 of the 12 players to see action this season have recorded at least one point with seven totaling double-digit points.  Six players are averaging in double figures led by redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels’ 13.5 points per game.  There has already been two different leading scorers with junior guard Denis Clemente posting a team-high 19 points against Florida A&M on Friday and sophomore guard Fred Brown collecting his second career 20-point outing with a team-high 21 points against SE Missouri State on Sunday.

In all, there has been eight double-digit games with only two players - Jamar Samuels and Dominique Sutton - doing it in both games.

Rebounding Still a Strength

Most critics wondered how Kansas State would replace two of the best Big 12 rebounders - Michael Beasley and Bill Walker - after the duo helped the program average 41.3 rebounds a year ago.  The duo plus departed seniors Clent Stewart and Blake Young averaged over 25 boards per game.  Well, there hasn’t been one guy step up or even two, but an entire team to fill the void. 

Through two games, K-State is averaging 51.5 rebounds, including 21.5 on the offensive end, with all 12 players grabbing at least one board.  Five players have grabbed double-digit rebounds thus far led by senior forward Darren Kent’s team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game.  And just like the scoring, there has been a different leading rebounder in both games this season with Ron Anderson grabbing 12 in the season opener against Florida A&M and Kent posting a career-high 12 against SE Missouri State.

Pressure is the Key

The core of Frank Martin’s coaching philosophy is pressure, whether its on the offensive or defensive end of the floor.  His theory is the more pressure you apply on a team, the more difficult you make it for your opponent.  In other words, pressure makes teams breakdown.

Pressure has been a big key for the Wildcats so far, as the team has scored 49 points off 34 opponent turnovers.  The squad has also outscored its opponents 43-4 on fast-break opportunities.

K-State outscored Florida A&M, 23-5, in points off turnovers on Friday night then followed it up by turning 21 SE Missouri State turnovers into 26 points in Sunday’s win.  The squad is averaging 9.0 steals per contests with nine players grabbing at least one steal.


Emporia State will have a quick turnaround with its second game in a three-day stretch on Wednesday after opening the season with an 87-55 win over Eastern New Mexico on Monday night.  The Hornets were impressive on the offensive end, connecting on 57.4 percent (35-of-61) from the field, including 56 percent (14-of-25) from 3-point range.  Eleven different players scored for ESU and were led by junior forward Jeremiah Box, who led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-15 field goals, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range.  Junior guard Robert Moores came off the bench to add 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. 

The Hornets dropped both of its exhibition tilts, losing at Wichita State, 71-58, on Nov. 10 and at Kansas, 103-58, on Nov. 11.  Junior guard Lamar Wilbern led three players in double figures with 17 points against the Shockers, while senior guard Alex Pyle paced the team with 13 points against the Jayhawks.

returns five lettermen, but no starters, from a squad that finished 14-16 in 2007-08, including a 7-11 mark in MIAA play. The team lost six seniors from last year’s squad and returns only three players with starting experience.  Junior guard Dustin Andrews is the team’s leading returning scorer at just 2.5 points per game.   

The Hornets are led by eighth-year head coach David Moe, who owns a 115-87 mark at the school.  He is a former Big 12 assistant at three different schools, including Kansas (1987-88), Texas Tech (1988-91) and Colorado (1993-2001).    

Series Information

Kansas State and Emporia State have met 18 times in their histories.  The Wildcats own a 10-8 advantage in the series, including an 8-4 mark in Manhattan.  This will be just the second meeting since 1995.

3-2-06      K-State 48-13     Manhattan

3-15-06     ESU 23-20         Emporia

2-21-08     ESU 39-35         Emporia

1-24-12     ESU 24-16         Manhattan

1-14-13     K-State 44-19     Manhattan

2-20-13     K-State 40-22     Manhattan

2-3-14      K-State 40-15     Manhattan

1-27-16     K-State 26-19     Manhattan

2-19-17     K-State 33-29     Manhattan

2-22-19     K-State 31-18     Manhattan

1-25-22     ESU 22-14         Manhattan

12-27-33    ESU 31-19         Manhattan

12-29-33    ESU 24-21         Emporia

12-20-38    ESU 41-37         Emporia

1-4-39      ESU 36-33         Manhattan

12-1-48     K-State 60-49     Emporia

12-3-49     K-State 59-50     Emporia

11-29-95    K-State 63-57     Manhattan

SE Missouri
State Postgame Notes

Kansas State is 1-0 all-time after winning their first-ever meeting with Southeast Missouri...The Wildcats’ improved to 11-1 all-time against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, including 7-0 at home.

Kansas State posted their third consecutive home win to move to 2-0 for the season... Sunday’s win marks the sixth straight season that the Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start...The Wildcats’ moved to 232-85 (.732) all-time in Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Sunday was sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, junior guard Denis Clemente, sophomore forward Dominique Sutton, senior forward Darren Kent and junior forward Luis Coln... Pullen, Sutton, Kent, and Coln are all returning players from last year’s squad... All five starters for Kansas State on Sunday made their second consecutive start of the season.

Fred Brown led the Wildcats in scoring on Sunday afternoon with 21 points... He was 8-of-14 (.571) on shooting and 4-of-6 (.666) shooting from 3-point range. He also set a new personal best with 6 assists... His previous career best was 2 assists which he has accomplished 5 times in his career. In the second half in a 4:14 time-frame, Brown scored 16 of his 21 points, hitting all four of his three-point field goal attempts. He played 25 minutes on Sunday.

Darren Kent set a new career high in both rebounds and scoring on Sunday afternoon posting the first double-double of his career... He scored 15 points which topped his previous best of 11 points against Iowa State on January 26, 2008. He also pulled down 12 rebounds bettering his previous career high of 7 rebounds against Winston-Salem State on December 22nd, 2008.


Jamar Samuels had a career performance setting new career highs in both scoring and rebounding...He scored 16 points and had eight rebounds, which topped his previous career highs of 11 points and 5 rebounds against Florida A&M on November 14, 2008.


Dominique Sutton had an impressive afternoon scoring 12 points and pulling down eight rebounds. He also set a new career high with four steals, which tops his previous best of three steals which he has accomplished three times in his career. Sutton started the game very strong scoring four points, posting four rebounds, forcing one steal, and blocking one shot in the first three minutes.


Jacob Pullen scored seven points and led the Wildcats’ with six assists which he shared with fellow sophomore guard Fred Brown. Pullen played 19 minutes in the contest.


Freshman forward walk-on Victor Ojeleye posted new season highs in scoring and rebounding by adding 7 points and 4 rebounds in the 12 minutes he saw the floor on Sunday.


Four Wildcats’ scored in double figures for the second consecutive time on Sunday afternoon... The last time that Kansas State had two consecutive games with four players with double digits dates back to last season when the Wildcats faced Kansas on January 30, 2008, and Missouri on February 2, 2008.


Kansas State pulled down 50 rebounds on Sunday... This marked the second consecutive 50+ rebound game for the Wildcats... The last time they had two consecutive 50+ rebound performances was last season when they pulled down 52 rebounds against Winston-Salem State and 53 rebounds against Wagner.