K-State begins weeklong road trip at Cal
K-State begins weeklong road trip at Cal
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006
Haas Pavilion (11,877) in
Tipoff: 9:34 p.m. Central
Series: K-State leads 5-0 (2-0 in visits to
TV: Fox Sports Net (national broadcast)
Talent: Barry Tompkins (Play-by-Play) and Dan Belluomini (Analyst)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates), Yahoo! Radio
Kansas State begins weeklong road trip at California Wednesday
Kansas State hits the road for the third time in six games this year, as the Wildcats travel to Berkeley, Calif., to face Pac-10 foe California (5-1) on Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion at 9:34 p.m. Central. It will mark the Wildcats’ first visit to the
The contest will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) calling the action. For a complete list of stations carrying the game in your area, log-on to http://msn.foxsports.com/tv/schedule and enter your area code. It will be the first of a school-record six national broadcasts for the Wildcats this season, which includes two games each on ABC Sports and ESPN’s “Big Monday” and one apiece on ESPN2 and ESPNU.
The audio broadcast of the game can also be heard on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (or via the internet at http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/teams/kab) with
K-State has won 22 of its last 27 games against non-conference opponents, including a remarkable 20-1 (.952) mark at home. However, the Wildcats have posted just a 2-13 mark in non-conference road games dating back to the 2000-01 season.
Noting the Coppin State Game
*Senior guard Lance Harris scored a season-high and tied his career-high with 26 points on 10-of-15 field goals, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, against
*Harris’ 3-point field goal less than a minute into the game extended the Wildcats’ streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 286.
*Senior forward Cartier Martin scored his 1,000th career point at the 6:48 mark of the second half against
The Book On
Wednesday’s contest will be the sixth all-time meeting between
Two Coaching Legends Meet for the First Time
Although acquaintances off the court, Wednesday’s game will be the first between
The duo began their coaching careers at the NAIA level with Huggins coaching at
Martin Joins 1,000-Point Club
Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at
Martin enters Wednesday’s game against California with 1,010 career points, which ranks 17th in school history, and needs 21 points to top Curtis Redding (1,030; 1977-78) for 16th place. He needs just 36 points to jump into the school’s top-15 and 175 to crack the top-10. A second team All-Big 12 performer from numerous outlets 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.
In addition to his impressive scoring touch, Martin has been incredibly durable for the Wildcats, fighting through countless injuries to play in 75 consecutive games dating back to the
Martin Starting to Heat Up
After averaging just 5.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting in the first two games, senior forward Cartier Martin has seemed to bust out of his shooting slump in the last three games. He has averaged 17.3 points in that span on 43.9 percent shooting (18-of-41), including 46.7 percent from 3-point range, to bring his season average to 12.6 points. The Big 12 leader in free throw shooting last season at 84.1 percent, Martin has also performed better from the free throw line, connecting on 9-of-11 shots after connecting on just 1-of-2 in the first two contests.
Martin began the streak by collecting a career-high 28 points on a career-best 10-of-19 field goals against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 18. It marked the 16th time in his career he has scored 20 or more points, including the first time since scoring 26 against
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. Harris has averaged 13.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting, including 40.0 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a career-best 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 steals per game. He has scored in double figures in three of five contests, including 20-point efforts against William & Mary on Nov. 11 and
Harris broke out of a two-game scoring slump against Coppin State on Saturday by posting a season-high and tying his career-high with 26 points on 10-of-15 field goals, including 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. He has connected on three or more three-point field goals in three of five games. Harris registered his first career double-double against
Hoskins Picking Up Where He Left Off
Junior David Hoskins has been the Wildcats’ most consistent performer across the board, as the
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 opportunities since transferring from Schoolcraft College, scoring in double figures in 24 of his 32 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
In the win over
Through four games,
At no surprise, freshman center Jason Bennett, the tallest player in school history at 7-foot-3, is the team-leader in blocked shots so far this season with a 2.20 per game average. He ranks third in the Big 12 behind Baylor’s Mamdou Diene (3.67) and fellow rookie
Non-Conference A Mixed Bag
K-State has won 22 of its last 27 games against non-conference opponents, including a remarkable 19-1 (.950) 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 on Nov. 15 in a 55-41 victory in
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