K-State to face GMU at Old Spice Classic
K-State to face GMU at Old Spice Classic
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. CT
Arena: The Milk House (1997)
Series: First Meeting
(K-State is 6-1 vs. Colonial Athletic)
Jon Sciambi (play-by-play)
Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Steve Lanthier (producer)
Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 125
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Casey Scott (analyst)
Tickets: Tickets are available for $90 (All-Tournament), $45 (Booster Team Ticket), $30 (
Record: 3-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 18/20
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 3-0/1
School Record: 3-0/1
vs. George Mason: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 17, 2007
SID: Tom Gilbert
George Mason Patriots
Record: 3-0 (1-0 Colonial Athletic)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
Coach: Jim Larranaga
Career Record: 384-290/23
School Record: 187-119/10
06-07 Record: 18-15 (9-9 CAA)
Last game: Nov. 17, 2007
SID: Richard Coco
Kansas State (3-0) will begin one of its most difficult stretches of the season this week when the No. 18/20 Wildcats travel to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the Old Spice Classic from Nov. 22-25 at the Milk House at the Wide World of Sports Complex.
One of the top preseason tournaments, the field includes a pair of ranked teams (
Thursday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action. It will be the first of a school-record 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including four on the Deuce. Games in the second and third rounds of the tournament will be on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
All three games at the Old Spice Classic will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 125) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Casey Scott (analyst) behind the mikes.
the book on
The Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start for the fifth consecutive season after completing their brief three-game homestand to start the season with a 77-64 victory over
The team is averaging 82.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting with 50.0 rebounds, 19.7 assists and 8.3 steals and 4.0 blocks per game, while holding their opponents to just 64.3 points on 37.6 percent shooting. The squad is also forcing their opponents into 22.7 turnovers per game.
K-State is ranked No. 18 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll entering this week’s action. It is the Wildcats’ highest ranking in the AP poll in nearly 20 seasons since coming at No. 14 on consecutive weeks in February 1988.
Kansas State led by freshman phenom Michael Beasley, who won Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors after posting his second career 20-point/20-rebound effort in the win over Western Illinois. He became the first player in Big 12 history to collect two 20-point/20-rebound performances in a single season -- and just the second player in school history and first since Jack Parr did it twice during the 1955-56 season -- after tallying 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with 22 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
Beasley is one of four players averaging in double figures for the Wildcats, including senior Blake Young (13.0 ppg.) and freshmen Bill Walker (12.5 ppg.) and Jacob Pullen (11.0 ppg.). Young, who owns the team’s longest games played streak at 38 games, is the team leader in 3-point field goals (6) to go with averages of 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.3 minutes per game. Walker, who played his first complete game of the season against
Tickets are available for $90 (All-Tournament), $45 (Booster Team Ticket), $30 (
cats in tournament play
This week’s trip will be a homecoming for five members of the
K-State has won 31 of its last 39 games against non-conference foes, including a remarkable 27-1 (.960) mark at home. The one setback at home came in a 76-66 loss to Rutgers at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 28, 2004, which the Wildcats avenged last season in
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 owns the most wins (five) of any Wildcat team in the month.
in search of win 1400
One of the winningest programs in college basketball history,
the book on george mason (3-0)
George Mason enters Thursday’s contest with a 3-0 record for just the second time in school history and for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The defensive-minded Patriots have earned wins over
Picked to finish second in the preseason Colonial Athletic Association poll, George Mason is averaging 61.0 points on 35.8 percent shooting with 43.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 5.7 steals and 4.0 blocks per game, while holding foes to 52.0 points on 35.1 percent shooting. The squad returns all five starters and nine lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, they posted an 18-15 record and a 9-9 mark in league play.
Senior Will Thomas paces the Patriots across the board, averaging team-bests in scoring (17.3 ppg.), rebounding (14.0 rpg.) and field goal percentage (65.5). He is joined in double figure scoring by fellow senior Folarin Campbell (12.7 ppg.) and junior John Vaughan (10.3 ppg). Senior Jordan Carter is the team leader in both assists (3.7 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.) to go with 9.7 points per game.
The squad is led by longtime head coach Jim Larranaga, who owns a 384-290 overall record in 23 years as head coach and a 187-119 mark in 11 years at George Mason. His teams have made eight trips to the postseason, including three to the NCAA Tournament.
series vs. george mason
This will be the first meeting between
possible opponent: ucf (2-0)
UCF enters the Old Spice Classic with a 2-0 record after posting a pair of impressive wins over
Senior Dave Noel and junior Jermaine Taylor pace a balanced attack with identical 14.0-point and 7.5-rebound per game averages.
The squad is led by Kirk Speraw, who owns a 315-208 record in 17 years as head coach and a 233-187 mark in 14 years at UCF. His teams have made four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
series vs. ucf
This would be the second meeting between K-State and UCF with the Wildcats posting a 71-59 win in
possible opponent: 20/19 villanova (2-0)
Villanova enters the Old Spice Classic with a 2-0 record after posting wins over Stony Brook (86-64) and Bucknell (70-64) to start the year. The Wildcats are averaging 78.0 points on 49.5 percent shooting with 39.0 rebounds, 14.5 assists and 6.0 steals per game, while holding foes to 64.0 points on 46.7 percent shooting. The squad returns two starters and nine lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, they posted a 22-11 record and a 9-7 mark in league play.
Junior Shane Clark paces a balanced scoring attack with 21.0 points per game on 56.5 percent shooting with 9.5 rebounds. He is one of four players scoring in double figures for the Wildcats.
The squad is led by Jay Wright, who owns a 250-155 record in 14 years as head coach and a 128-70 mark in seven years at Villanova. He has guided the Cats to three straight NCAA Tournament trips.
series vs. villanova
This would be the second meeting between K-State and Villanova. VU posted a 51-34 victory at home on Dec. 27, 1940. The Wildcats are 18-24 all-time against teams from the Big East.
beasley earns big 12 honors again
Freshman forward Michael Beasley earned Big 12 weekly honors for the second straight week, as he was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week after posting his second career 20-point/20-rebound effort in the 77-64 win over
He is the first
Beasley became the first player in Big 12 history to collect two 20-point/20-rebound performances in a single season with his 28-point, 22-rebounds effort against
The former No. 1 high school recruit continues to impress this season, as he is averaging 30.0 points on 61.8 percent shooting with 20.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 30.7 minutes. Against WIU, he connected on 10-of-16 field goals, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, with two assists, two steals and one block in a season-high 32 minutes.
After a slow start against WIU, Beasley came on strong in the second half with 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 17 minutes. The owner of the Big 12 all-class record for rebounds (24) and third-most rebounds in school history, his 22 rebounds tie four other individuals for the ninth-most.
Last week, Beasley was named the first Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week as well as the National Player of the Week by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Collegehoops.net after averaging 31.0 points (on 61.5 percent shooting) and 19.0 rebounds in guiding the Wildcats to a pair of wins to open the 2007-08 season. He was also named the Diaper Dandy of the Week by Dick Vitale.
Michael Beasley had a memorable first game as a Wildcat, he set three 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
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 (13.0 ppg.) and minutes (29.3 mpg.) and is third in assists (2.0 rpg.) and fourth in rebounding (5.7 rpg.). 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
walker back to full strength
Redshirt freshman Bill Walker is finally back to full strength as he played his first complete game of the season in the win over Western Illinois on Nov. 17. Walker, who played just six games as a freshman before tearing his ACL against Texas A&M in the first Big 12 game of the season, scored a season-high 14 points against the Leathernecks with a career-tying eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes. He did play in the opener 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 freshman to start the season at the point since 2003, following Dez Willingham (2003) and Clent Stewart (2004).
debuts by various k-state point guards
Lon Kruger (2-6 FGs, 1-3 FTs, 5 pts, 3 rebs - 1971)
Tim Jankovich (2-6 FGs, 3-4 FTs, 7 pts - 1979)
^Steve Henson (0-3 FGs, 8-8 FTs, 8 pts, 2 rebs - 1986)
Anthony Beane (5-10 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 11 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts - 1992)
Elliot Hatcher (2-12 FGs, 0-5 3FGs, 7 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls - 1994)
^*Clent Stewart (3-8 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 8 pts, 5 asts - 2004)
^*Jacob Pullen (7-11 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 18 pts, 5 asts, 2 stls - 2007)
*Started first game
Another true freshman making an immediate impact for the Wildcats is Ron Anderson, who ranks second on the team in rebounding (9.0 rpg.). A late addition to the squad in August, he tallied double-digit rebounds against
newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes has been a big success so far for
postseason game notes vs. western
The attendance at Bramlage Coliseum was 12,528... The game was
The Wildcats’ starting lineup 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 third starts of the season... It was the second straight game that this starting five was used.
Three of the four Wildcat players who entered the contest averaging double figures in points reached double figures... Beasley led the way with 28, while
Beasley had his second 20 point/20 rebound game in three games as a Wildcat, posting 28 points and 22 rebounds for the night... The freshman had K-State’s 18th all-time 20 point/20 rebound effort... He finished with more offensive rebounds (eight) than any Leatherneck had total rebounds.
K-State tallied 26 second-chance points for the game compared to just five for
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
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)
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.
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
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.