K-State travels to Cleveland State Saturday
K-State travels to Cleveland State Saturday
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tipoff: 6:00 p.m. CT
Rankings: Both teams are unranked
Series: K-State leads 1-0 (W, 93-60 at home on 12/5/06)
Series vs. Horizon League: K-State trails 4-5 (0-5 on the road)
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 147
Dave Riggert (play-by-play)
Fans should consult www.k-statesports.com for broadcast coverage with the overlap of K-State football at 2:30 pm CT.
Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase for $8, $12 and $15 at the Wolstein Center Box Office at (216) 687.4848.
Record: 3-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 24-12/1
School Record: 24-12/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 19, 2008
defeated Emporia State, 82-60
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 1-1 (0-0 Horizon)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Gary Waters
Career Record: 203-170/12
School Record: 32-35/3
07-08 Record: 21-13 (12-6 Horizon)
Last game: Nov. 18, 2008
SID: Brian McCann
K-State concluded their homestand on Wednesday night with 3-0 record, as the team used a strong second-half rally to pull away from Emporia State, 82-60. Up just six at halftime, the Wildcats used a 24-7 run over a seven-minute stretch to break open the game and grab the victory. The squad has now won 20 of their last 21 games at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season. Sophomores Fred Brown and Dominique Sutton led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points apiece, while fellow sophomore Ron Anderson added his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats have lit up the scoreboard thus far, scoring 266 points, the most through the first three games of a season since the 1997-98 team totaled 271 in starting the year 3-0. It marks the first time the squad has score 80 or more points in three consecutive games since it did it four straight times in games 9-12 of last season. The 96 points scored against Florida A&M were the most in a home opener since scoring 103 against Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 23, 1991.
There will be no television coverage of Saturday’s game. However, fans will be able to listen to the audio broadcast on the K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 147) with Dave Riggert (play-by-play) on the call.
With the overlapping coverage of K-State football and basketball on Saturday, the K-State Sports Network has announced its station line-up for broadcast coverage. Four stations - KTOP (Topeka - 1490 AM), KCLY (Clay Center - 100.9 FM), KWKR (Dodge/Garden City - 99.9 FM) and KSOB (Great Bend - 96.7 FM) - will carry the complete basketball broadcast beginning at 5 p.m, while four others - KHMY (Wichita/ Hutchinson - 93.1 FM), WHB (Kansas City - 810 AM), KMAN (Manhattan - 1350 AM) and KSEK (Pittsburg - 1340 AM) - will switch at the conclusion of the football game. The rest of the network will join the game in progress following the football post-game show.
Up Next: vs.
K-State returns home on Tuesday when the Wildcats play host to
Cats in November
This will be the first road game in November since defeating North Dakota State, 83-81, on Dec. 9, 2006. The Wildcats are just 3-7 in their last 10 non-conference road games dating back to the 2002-03 season. However, the team has split its last four in that span.
Last season, the squad posted a 5-2 mark in the month of November with wins against
The 266 points rank as the fourth-most through three games in school history, trailing the 1991-92 (308), 1956-57 (271) and 1997-98 (271) teams. The Wildcats have scored 80 or more points in each of its first three games just six times in their history, including the 1956-57, 1976-77, 1981-82, 1991-92, 1997-98 and now the 2008-09 season.
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 thus far.
Through three games, all 12 players that have seen action have tallied at least two points with eight totaling double-digit points. Six players are averaging in double figures led by sophomore guard Fred Brown’s 13.3 points per game. There has already been three different leading scorers with junior Denis Clemente posting a team-high 19 points against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, Brown collecting his second career 20-point outing with a team-high 21 points against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16 and Brown and sophomore Dominique Sutton totaling 14 points each against Emporia State on Wednesday.
In all, there has been 12 double-digit scoring games thus far with only two players - Jamar Samuels and Dominique Sutton - doing it in all three games.
Rebounding Still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
Through three games, K-State is averaging 47.7 rebounds, including 20.3 on the offensive end, with all 12 players grabbing at least one board. Two players - sophomore Ron Anderson and senior Darren Kent - have grabbed double-digit rebounds in a single game three times thus far with the duo averaging a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game. The duo have also notched one double-double each with Kent posting 15 points and 12 rebounds against SE Missouri State and Anderson totaling 10 points and 10 rebounds against Emporia State. In all, five players are averaging four or more rebounds per game, including seven by both sophomore Dominique Sutton and redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels and four by senior Luis Colon.
And just like the scoring, there has been diversity in rebounding in the three games this season with
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 a team breakdown.
Pressure has been a big key for the Wildcats so far, as the team has scored 79 points (30 percent of their season total of 266 points) off 60 opponent turnovers. The squad has also outscored its opponents 60-14 on fast-break opportunities.
Sophomore guard Fred Brown has provided a big lift on the bench this season, averaging a team-best 13.3 points on 53.6 percent shooting (15-of-28), including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from beyond the arc. He has over half of the team’s 3-point field goals thus far.
Brown tends to score a majority of his points in spurts with 35 of his 40 points in the last two games, including his second career 20-point game in a 21-point effort against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16. In his career, he has tended to score his points in bunches. Of the 106 points he scored as a freshman, 61 came in a five-game stretch from Dec. 17-31, which included his career-best 25-point effort against Xavier (
Recruiting Class Praised
The four-man recruiting class that
Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night was 8,083.
The Wildcats’ starting lineup was sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, junior guard Denis Clemente, sophomore forward Dominique Sutton, senior forward Darren Kent and junior forward Luis Coln...
The Wildcats went on a 17-4 run in the first half in a 2:53 span... During that run, sophomore guard Fred Brown went 3-for-3 from three-point range... The team forced four steals during the run, including two from Dominique Sutton.
The Wildcats out-rebounded the Hornets, 40-36, in the contest after trailing by three rebounds at the end of the first half... It is the eighth straight game the team has either outrebounded or tied their foe.
Sophomore Fred Brown and Dominique Sutton led the Wildcats and all scorers with 14 points each... The two combined to go 11-for-19 shooting and six rebounds.
The Wildcats defeated the Hornets by 22 points, and led by as many as 26, giving them their third straight win of 20 points or more.
Dominique Sutton put on another solid effort for the Wildcats as he scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting... Sutton has now scored in double figures all three games this season, matching his career total from last season... He joins Jamar Samuels as the only Wildcats this season to score double figures in all three games.
Sophomore Fred Brown scored in double figures for the second straight game, scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting... He was perfect 3-for-3 from three point range... In the last two games, Brown has shot 7-for-9 from the three point line.
Ron Anderson recorded the first double-double of his career on Wednesday, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds... The sophomore shot 4-for-9 from the field and grabbed five offensive and five defensive rebounds on the night...
Both Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente did not score in the first half, but combined to tally 18 points in the second frame... Pullen scored nine points on 3-of-17 shooting, including a 1-for-7 mark from 3-point line... Clemente scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting and hit the only three pointer he attempted.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures for the third consecutive time on Wednesday night... The last time that K-State had three straight games with four players with double digits was last season against
Sophomore guard Norris Cole paces four players in double figures with a team-best 17.0 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting, while sophomore guard D’Aundray Brown and senior guard Cedric Brown add 11.5 points each per game. Brown leads the team at 69.2 percent shooting, while senior J’Nathan Bullock paces the squad with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
The preseason favorite in the Horizon League,
The Vikings are led by third-year head coach Gary Waters, who ownsa 32-35 (.478) mark at the school. He has been a head coach for 12 years, compiling a 203-170 (.544) overall record. He is 1-1 all-time against K-State, earning a 76-66 win on Dec. 28, 2004 while as coach at Rutgers and the 93-60 loss in his first year at
12-5-06 K-State 93-60
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.
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,
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
Jamar Samuels had a career performance setting new career highs in both scoring and rebounding...He scored 16 points and had 8 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
K-State in Season Openers
K-State has won 12 straight home season openers dating back to a 74-60 loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 27, 1993. The Wildcats are 17-1 when opening the season at Bramlage Coliseum. In all, the team has won 33 of its last 34 season openers at home. The last home loss prior to 1993 was a 60-59 setback to
Martin Inks Stellar Class
The four-man recruiting class, which was ranked 16th nationally by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and 21st by Rivals.com, includes prep school standout Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon [
The headliner of this class, Wally Judge is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward originally from
Judge is in his second year at
A teammate of Judge at Arlington Country Day, Rodney McGruder is considered one of the best shooting guards in the country. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard is rated among the top players in the country,including the No. 89 overall prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 91 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. McGruder is also ranked among the top-35 at the position by a number of outlets, including No. 23 by Rivals.com and No. 31 by ESPN Scouts, Inc.
McGruder transferred to Arlington Country Day in the off-season from
One of the top point guard prospects in the country, Nick Russell comes to K-State from
Russell helped Grace Prep to a 26-12 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in league play, as a junior in 2006-07. He helped the Lions to a runner-up finish at the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and
Midland Christian, 74-60. Russell averaged 23 points, six assists and five rebounds as a junior. He was named first team TAPPS Class 5A all-state as well as co-most valuable player of the District 1-5A and first team all-district.
Jordan Henriquez comes to
The recruiting class will join a loaded