K-State returns home to face Oakland Tuesday
K-State returns home to face Oakland Tuesday
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tipoff: 7:10 p.m.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: K-State leads 1-0 (W, 76-69 at home on 12/6/04)
Television: FOX Sports Kansas City/ESPN Full Court/ESPN360
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Max Leinwand (producer)
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 672, Dish Network 446
Coordinates: Galaxy 17, Transponder 13 Lower (KU Band)
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 147
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)
Tickets: Tickets are available by calling (800) 221-CATS
Record: 4-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 25-12/1
School Record: 25-12/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 22, 2008
Won at Cleveland State, 69-59
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 1-3 (0-0 Summitt)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Greg Kampe
Career Record: 397-304/25
School Record: 397-304/25
07-08 Record: 17-14 (11-7 Summitt)
Last game: Nov. 23, 2008
SID: Scott MacDonald
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
F - #4 Will
G - #22 Blake Cushingberry (6-4, 225, Fr.)
G - #23 Johnathon Jones (5-11, 165, Jr.)
G - #30 Erik Kangas (6-3, 205, Sr.)
C - #34 Keith Benson (6-11, 225, So.)
K-State is coming off a solid 69-59 win on the road over
The Wildcats connected on 44.7 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from 3-point range, while it out-rebounded the Vikings, 36-30. The team also shot 75 percent from the foul line.
The contest against
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.
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.
Cats in November
Last season, the squad posted a 5-2 mark in the month of November with wins against
The 335 points rank as the fourth-most through four games in school history, trailing the 1991-92 (367), 1956-57 (361) and 1997-98 (342) teams. The Wildcats scored 80 or more points in each of its first three games for just the sixth in their history, including the 1956-57, 1976-77, 1981-82, 1991-92 and 1997-98 seasons. It also marked the first time the squad scored 80 or more points in three consecutive games since it did it four straight times in games 9-12 of last 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 four 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 redshirt freshman forward Jamar Samuels’ 13.3 points per game. Five other players - Jacob Pullen, Denis Clemente, Darren Kent, Dominique Sutton and Fred Brown - are all averaging 10.5 points or more per game. Since the 1950-51 season, there has not been a K-State team to have more than four players finish a season in double figures.
There has already been three different leading scorers with 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, Brown and Sutton each totaling 14 points each against Emporia State on Nov. 22 and Clemente scoring 16 points against Cleveland State on Saturday.
In all, there has been 16 double-digit scoring games thus far with only Samuels doing it in all four games.
Rebounding Still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
Through four games, K-State is averaging 44.8 rebounds, including 18.5 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 four times thus far with Kent averaging a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game and Anderson placing second with 7.5 per contest.
In all, four players are averaging six or more rebounds per game, including 6.5 by both sophomore Dominique Sutton and redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels.
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 96 points (29 percent of their season total of 335 points) off 76 opponent turnovers. The squad has also outscored its opponents 66-20 on fast-break opportunities.
The Wildcats are averaging 9.8 steals per contest with 11 players grabbing at least one led by sophomore Dominique Sutton’s team-high nine steals. Three players - Darren Kent, Jacob Pullen and Chris Merriewether - are all in second place with five thefts apiece.
Samuels an Impact off Bench
An unknown but talented player, redshirt freshman forward Jamar Samuels has become an impact player off the bench for the Wildcats. Despite not starting one game this season, he is averaging a team-best 13.3 points on a team-high 65.6 percent shooting (21-of-32) with 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block in 25.0 minutes. He is the only player to score in double figures in each of the first four games with a season-high 16 points against SE Missouri State.
The native of
One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.
Kent, who entered the season averaging 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in his three-year career, has also totaled double-doubles in two of the last three games, including career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (12) against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16. He paced the team with 10 rebounds in the win against
After dominating the paint a year ago with the likes of Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, Kansas State’s strength has shifted to the backcourt where the Wildcats start two of the best at their positions in junior Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen.
The duo, which has started all four games, have combined for 96 points on 36 percent shooting (31-of-86), including 26.3 percent from 3-point range (10-of-38), with 29 of the team’s 71 assists. Both are averaging 12.0 points with Pullen adding 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest and Clemente averaging 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals. Clemente has paced the team in scoring in two games, including a season-best 19 points in the opener against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, while Pullen has scored in double figures twice, including a 17-point effort against the Rattlers. Ironically, the two have scored in double figures in the same two games with a combined 36 points against Florida A&M and 31 points against
The team is led by preseason Mid-Major All-American guard Johnathon Jones, who is averaging a team-best 19.3 points per game on 36.6 percent shooting. Backcourt mate Erik Kangas is averaging 15.5 points per game on 37.9 percent shooting to go with a team-high 11 3-point field goals. Four other players are averaging five or more points, including forward Will Benson is third in scoring at 7.8 points to go with a team-best 6.0 rebounds per contest.
The preseason favorite in the Summitt League,
The Grizzlies are led by legendary head coach Greg Kampe, who owns a 397-304 (.566) mark at the school. He ranks sixth nationally in most seasons with a current Division I school, while he is 32nd in active wins among Division I coaches. Kampe has coached seven All-Americans and 44 all-conference selections at
12-6-04 K-State 76-69
Sophomore guard Fred Brown has provided a big lift on the bench this season, averaging a 10.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting (16-of-32), including 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from beyond the arc. He has nearly 40 percent 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 42 points coming in back-to-back 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 Brown scored as a freshman, 61 came in a five-game stretch from Dec. 17-31, which included a career-best 25-point effort against Xavier (
Recruiting Class Praised
The four-man recruiting class that
Dating back to the 1981-82 season, there has been just one team - the 1983-84 squad which had no seniors - with fewer seniors on its roster. The 1996-97 also had just one senior on its roster.
Emporia State Postgame Notes
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
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 Cass
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
Jordan Henriquez comes to
The recruiting class will join a loaded