K-State faces Coppin State Saturday

Game 5

Coppin State (1-3) at Kansas State (3-1)

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006

Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in Manhattan, Kan.


Game Information:

Date: Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006

Location: Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in Manhattan, Kan.

Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. Central

Series: K-State leads 5-0 (W, 62-36 in Manhattan, Kan. on 12/21/98)

TV: None

Webcast: www.k-statesports.com (Powercat Passport subscription required)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates across Kansas), Yahoo! Radio

Talent: Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) and Stan Weber (color)

Tickets: Limited number available at (800) 221.CATS (2287)


Kansas State looks to rebound from first loss by hosting Coppin State

Kansas State looks to rebound from its first loss of the season on Saturday night, as the Wildcats play host to Coppin State (1-3) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at Bramlage Coliseum at 7:05 p.m.  Several hundred tickets remain available for the game and can be purchased for $15 at the ticket office or by calling (800) 221.CATS.

The contest will be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) calling the action.  Fans may view a webcast of the game on the school’s website at www.k-statesports.com.  There is a subscription fee to view the website as it is apart of the Powercat Passport program.

K-State has won 21 of its last 26 games against non-conference opponents, including a remarkable 19-1 (.950) mark at home.  In fact, the Wildcats have won 12 consecutive games against non-conference foes at Bramlage Coliseum dating back to 2004-05. 

After posting their first road win since 2003, the Wildcats could not continue their momentum at New Mexico dropping a 78-54 decision.  The team posted both a season-low in points and field goal percentage. 

State and Coppin State will be meeting for just the sixth time in their respective histories and for the first time since 1998.  The five previous victories by the Wildcats have all come at home by an average margin of victory of 18.6 points, including a 62-36 win in their last meeting on Dec. 21, 1998.  Head coach Bob Huggins is 3-0 all-time against Coppin State with two of the three wins coming at home.


Martin Closing In On 1,000 Career Points

After averaging just 5.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting in the first two games, senior forward Cartier Martin busted out of his shooting slump against Tennessee Tech with a career-high 28 points on a career-best 10-of-19 field goals.  It marked the 16th time in his career, the Houston, Texas native has scored 20 or more points, while it marked the 48th time he has recorded double-figure scoring.  With his 11-point effort against New Mexico on Tuesday, Martin is now a mere four points for becoming the just the 19th player in Kansas State history to score 1,000 career points. 

A second team All-Big 12 performer from numerous outlets last season, Martin would become the first Wildcat to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier since Askia Jones did it during the 1992-93 season.  Already among the school’s top-20 scorers of all-time, he needs just 60 points to jump into the top-15 and 200 to crack the top-10.  Last season, Martin became the third player since 1990-91 to top 500 points in a single-season, while his 18.0 scoring average was the highest by a Wildcat since Askia Jones averaged 22.1 points in 1993-94.   

Hoskins Picking Up Where He Left Off

Junior David Hoskins has been the Wildcats’ most consistent performer across the board, as the Canton, Mich., native paces the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game, while averaging 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He is also first on the squad in free throws (21) and free throw attempts (29), while he is second in field goals (17) and field goal attempts (46), . He has scored in double figures in three of the first four games, he came up with a stellar all-around game against Tennessee Tech with a career-best 27 points on 57.1 percent shooting (8-of-14) to go with seven rebounds, three assists (to zero turnovers) and a career-high three blocks in 32 minutes of action. 

A member of the Big 12’s All-Newcomer team, Hoskins averaged 13.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting as a sophomore with 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 26.5 minutes per game.  Twice selected the Big 12’s Rookie of the Week, he has made the most of his opportunites since transferring from Schoolcraft College, scoring in double figures in 23 of his 31 career games played at Kansas State, including five 20-point efforts.     


Young A Valuable Addition

Junior Blake Young has made an immediate impact for the Wildcats this season since transferring from Daytona Beach Community College, where he was an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore in 2005-06.  The Orlando, Fla., native is averaging 12.8 points, a team-best 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in a team-high 31.8 minutes per game this season.  After ranking third in NJCAA in scoring at 23.2 points as a sophomore at Daytona Beach, Young displayed his offensive potential with a big offensive effort against Tennessee Tech with a season-high 24 points on 6-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, to go with four assists, two steals and one block.     

Harris Stepping Up His Game

Bob Huggins has always been a coach that has gotten the most out of his talent and senior guard Lance Harris has been a prime example of that influence.  Although he struggled in the past two games, he has been a solid performer for the Wildcats averaging 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds through the first four games.  Harris registered his first career double-double against Rutgers with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds just four days after opening the season with a team-high 22-point effort against William & Mary.  He ranks among the top 10 in four Big 12 categories, including eighth in  defensive rebounds (5.33) and 3-point field goals made (2.00) and 10th in rebounding (7.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.3).  A member of the Big 12’s All-Reserve team as a sophomore, Harris has averaged double-figure scoring the past two seasons (10.5 ppg.) but just 2.3 rebounds.


’Cats Finally Show Some Offense

After using strong defense and an efficient offense to capture wins in the first two games, Kansas State broke out their offensive slump with a 101-79 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night.  The Wildcats eclipsed the 100-point barrier for the first time in nearly four seasons and for the first time since scoring 102 points in a win over Texas-Pan American (102-68) on Dec. 11, 2002.  The team shot a season-best 50.8 percent from the field, including 57.7 percent in the second half, and registered season-highs in field goals (30), 3-point field goals (9) and assists (22).  Prior to Saturday’s game, the Wildcats had averaged just 62.5 points on 30.9 percent shooting (43-of-139), including 23.5 percent (12-of-51) from 3-point range.

Several individuals finally got on track offensively in the big win, as three players - Cartier Martin, David Hoskins and Blake Young -- all set career-highs and became the first Wildcat trio to score 20 or more points in the same contest in nearly 15 years.  Martin posted a career-best 28 points for his 16th 20-point scoring effort in his career, while setting new career-highs in both makes (10) and attempts (19).  Hoskins tallied a career-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with a 10-of-13 effort from the free throw and Young earned his first career 20-point effort with 24 points on 6-of-10 field goals, including a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc.  The last three players to score 20 or more points in the same game were Jean Derouillere (23), Jeff Wires (21) and Maurice Brittain (20) in a 95-70 win over Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 5, 1991.


The Book on Coppin State

Coppin State enters Saturday’s game with a 1-3 record after posting their first win of the season in Tuesday’s 81-56 victory over Winston-Salem State at home.  It was the first home game for the Eagles after starting the season with a brutal stretch of games on the road against Virginia Tech (94-43), Hawai’i (79-67) and No. 24 Tennessee (99-65).  CSU shot a season-high 51.7 percent from the field, including 61.3 percent in the second half, while collecting 40 rebounds and 10 steals.  After leading by five points at halftime, Coppin outscored Winston-Salem in the second half, 52-32, on 61.3 percent shooting.  The Eagles were once again led by junior guard Tywain McKee, who notched his second straight 20-point effort with 20 points on 8-of-14 field goals with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.  Junior forward Robert Pressey added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a team-high five rebounds.  

Coppin State is averaging 64.0 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting with 32.0 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 7.8 steals.  The Eagles are led by Tywain McKee, a preseason first team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection, who is averaging 18.3 points on 51.0 percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals.  CSU has seven different players averaging 4.5 points or more per game, including McKee’s 18.3 points.  Ruben Britt, Antwan Harrison and Darryl Roberts are averaging six or more points.  After finishing in second place a year ago with a 12-8 mark, the Eagles were selected fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll behind Delaware State, Norfolk State and Florida A&M. 

Coppin State is coached by Ron “Fang” Mitchell, who in his 21st season is the winningest coach in school history with a 331-264 record.  He has an overall record of 558-309 in his 29th season of coaching overall, which includes an eight-year stint at Glouchester County College.     

Series Versus Coppin State

Saturday’s contest will be the sixth all-time meeting between Kansas State and Coppin State in a series that dates back to 1992, all taking place at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.  The teams first met on Dec. 1, 1992 with the Wildcats posting a 85-61 victory.  It was the first of three straight meetings (over the next three seasons) between the two schools with K-State also winning 73-54 on Dec. 4, 1993 and 66-56 on Dec. 10, 1994.  After posting double-digit wins in the first three games, the Eagles gave the Wildcats a scare on Dec. 12, 1996 in an eventual 84-80 victory by Kansas State in overtime.  K-State posted its largest victory in the series in its last meeting with Coppin State in a 62-36 win on Dec. 21, 1998. 


Kansas State is 11-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, including a perfect 11-0 mark at home. Head coach Bob Huggins is 3-0 all-time against Coppin State, including a 93-66 win over the Eagles in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament.   


Up Next: At California (4-1)

Kansas State continues its journey across America on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as the Wildcats travel to Berkeley, Calif., to face Pac-10 foe California (4-1) at Haas Pavilion.  The Bears won their three straight game and advanced to the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday with an impressive 72-56 victory over Hawai’i after opening the tournament with a 72-70 win over Marshall on Thursday.  Cal is averaging 71.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting with 33.2 rebounds and has three players averaging in double figures. The team is led by 6-foot-10 freshman forward Ryan Anderson, who is averaging a team-best 20.6 points on 53.1 percent shooting and a team-high 8.2 rebounds.  Ayinde Ubaka and Omar Wilkes add 13.8 and 11.0 points, respectively.