K-State begins weeklong road trip at Cal

Game 6

Kansas State (4-1) at California (5-1)

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006

Haas Pavilion (11,877) in Berkeley, Calif.

 

Game Information:

Tipoff: 9:34 p.m. Central

Series: K-State leads 5-0 (2-0 in visits to Berkeley in 1951 and 1958)

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

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

 

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 Golden State since 1998 and first to the UC Berkeley campus in nearly half a century (1958).


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 Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) on the call. 

           

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. 

Kansas State and California will be meeting for the sixth time in their respective histories, but for the first time since 1995.  The Wildcats own a 5-0 advantage in the series, including a 2-0 mark in Berkeley


Noting the Coppin State Game

*Kansas State is now 6-0 in the series with Coppin State and 12-0 all-time against schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference... It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1998... K-State head coach Bob Huggins is now 4-0 all-time against the Eagles.


*Kansas State’s attendance was 13,034, marking the second time this season (in three home games) that the Wildcats have surpassed the 13,000 fan barrier, which equals the entire total of the 2005-06 season... The team has drawn 39,180 fans to Bramlage so far for an average of 13,060.


*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 Coppin State... It marked the second time this season that Harris has topped 20-point barrier... It is the third time this season and 32nd time in his career that he has scored in double figures... He also set a team season-high with five 3-point field goals.


*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 Coppin State on a 3-point basket from the left corner that beat the shot clock... He became the 19th player in school history and the first in the Big 12 era to accomplish the feat and the first since Askia Jones did it during the 1992-93 season... For the night, Martin scored 13 points for his 50th double-figure scoring night in his career.


The Book On California

California enters Wednesday’s game with a 5-1 record after capturing the championship at the Alaska Shootout with wins against Marshall (72-70), Hawai’i (72-56) and Loyola Marymount (78-70) late last week in Anchorage, Alaska.  The Golden Bears have won four in a row since dropping their first game of the season on the road against Mountain West Conference favorite San Diego State (86-79).  In the championship game against LMU, the Golden Bears shot 55.7 percent from the field and got balanced scoring with four players in double figures.  The team’s leading scorer and rebounder Ryan Anderson collected a a double-double with 15 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Kansas transfer Omar Wilkes led all scorers with 18 points.

 

California is averaging 72.3 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting with 33.3 rebounds, 14.5 assists and 4.7 steals.  The Golden Bears are led by the versatile freshman center Ryan Anderson, who paces the squad in scoring (19.7 ppg.) and rebounding (8.8 rpg.).  He is one of four players averaging in double-digit scoring.  Senior guard Ayinde Ubaka averages 14.3 points to go with a team-best 4.0 assists, while junior guard Omar Wilkes adds 13.2 points on a team-best 59.3 percent shooting.  Junior center DeVon Hardin averages 10.7 points and 7.8 rebounds to go with a team-high 2.5 blocks.


California
is coached by Ben Braun, who in his 11th season overall at the helm of the Bears with a 191-122 record, which includes seven postseason appearances.  He has an overall record of 524-357 in his 30th season, which includes stints at Siena Heights (1977-85) and Eastern Michigan (1986-96).    


Series versus California

Wednesday’s contest will be the sixth all-time meeting between Kansas State and California in a series that dates back to 1951.  It is the Wildcats’ first visit to the Golden State since posting a 90-77 win over Long Beach State on Dec. 12, 1998 and first match-up against California since beating the Bears, 65-58, in the championship of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 29, 1995.   K-State owns a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series, including wins over the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 11, 1951 (64-50) and Dec. 12, 1958 (68-65).  The teams have met three other times on neutral sites, including Kansas City, Mo. (W, 88-75; Dec. 28, 1954), Seattle, Wash. (W, 58-44; Dec. 20, 1957) and Oakland, Calif. (W, 65-58; Dec. 29, 1995).  K-State is 35-19 all-time against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference and 27-7 against squads from the state of California.  Head coach Bob Huggins is 2-1 all-time against California, which includes a 77-70 win over the Bears in Berkeley on Dec. 20, 1995.  

 

Two Coaching Legends Meet for the First Time

Although acquaintances off the court, Wednesday’s game will be the first between Kansas State coach Bob Huggins and California coach Ben Braun.  Two of the most respected coaches in the college game, Huggins and Braun have combined to coach in over 1,650 games, including over a combined 1,000 career victories, in their respective careers and rank eighth (Huggins; 571) and 11th (Braun; 524), respectively, in victories among active Division I coaches.  The two have combined to coach in 30 postseason tournaments (19 by Huggins and 11 by Braun), including 23 NCAA Tournament appearances (15 by Huggins and 8 by Braun). 

 

The duo began their coaching careers at the NAIA level with Huggins coaching at Walsh College (1980-83) in Ohio and Braun at Siena Heights (1977-85) in Michigan.  Although both advanced to the NAIA Tournament in the same season, there is no record that either team playing each other.  Both moved onto current Mid-American Conference schools with Huggins coaching five years at Akron (1984-89; prior to Akron’s stint in the MAC) and Braun coaching 11 seasons at Eastern Michigan (1986-96) prior to their moves to Cincinnati and California.


Martin Joins 1,000-Point Club

Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at Kansas State in Saturday’s game against Coppin State, as he became the 19th player in school history and the first in the Big 12 era to score 1,000 career points.  The Houston, Texas, native hit the milestone at the 6:48 mark of the second half against the Eagles with a 3-pointer from the left corner to beat the shot clock.  It was the first of 11 points scored by the senior in the last seven minutes.  Martin became the first Wildcat to eclipse the 1,000-point since since Askia Jones did it during the 1992-93 season. 


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 Kansas game on Jan. 28, 2004.  He has also started in 60 straight contests dating back to the Washington State game on Nov. 27, 2004.


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 Oklahoma on Feb. 25, 2006.  He has continued his double-digit scoring in games against New Mexico on Nov. 21 and Coppin State on Nov. 25.  Against CSU, Martin became the 19th player and the first in almost 15 years to score 1,000 career points.  After struggling the first 33 minutes of the game, he caught fire in the last seven minutes against the Eagles to score 11 points on 3-of-3 field goals (all 3-pointers).  In all, Martin has scored in double figures in 50 games in his career.   


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 Coppin State on Nov. 25.  The area Harris has improved the most is rebounding, where he is second on the squad with a 6.2 per game average.  He already has 31 boards, including seven offensive, after tallying 68 (with just four offensive) in 28 games last season. 


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 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 five Big 12 categories, including ninth in both 3-point field goals made (2.40) and defensive rebounds (4.80), 13th in field goal percentage (45.5), 17th in rebounding and 19th in scoring.


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 13.8 points per game, while averaging 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.  Hoskins is also first on the squad in free throws (24), free throw attempts (36) and offensive rebounds (13), while he is second in field goal attempts (55) and third in field goals (21).  He has scored in double figures in four of the first five games and 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 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 Daytona Beach Community College, where he was an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore in 2005-06.  The Orlando, Fla., native is averaging 10.6 points, a team-best 4.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a team-high 32.4 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 scoring effort against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 21 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.     


Getting Defensive

Kansas State has demonstrated trademark Bob Huggins’ defensive basketball in posting a 4-1 record to start the season.  The Wildcats rank among the top 5 in five defensive categories in the Big 12, including first in rebounding margin (+10.4), offensive (18.80) and defensive rebounds (29.40), fourth in blocked shots (5.40) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.6).  The squad is sixth in field goal percentage defense (37.3) and seventh in scoring defense (63.0).  The team has held four of its first five opponents to under 45 percent shooting, while grabbing an average of 48.2 rebounds.


In the win over Rutgers, the Wildcats were even more impressive on defense.  In addition to holding its second straight opponent to 60 points or less and to below 40 percent shooting from the field, the team held the Scarlet Knight to just 41 points on just nine field goals and 19.1 percent shooting.  The nine field goals allowed are the fewest since the Wildcats allowed Washburn a school-record low seven in a 23-15 K-State win on Dec. 6, 1940, while the 41 points are the fewest since Arkansas-Pine Bluff managed just 39 on Dec. 4, 2002.  It was the fewest points allowed an opponent on their own floor since the introduction of the shot clock in 1986-87 and fewest since a 41-39 win over Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., on March 6, 1984.     

 

Block Party

Through four games, Kansas State is averaging 5.4 blocked shots per game, including an eight-block performance in the season opening win over William & Mary on Nov. 11. The eight blocks against the Tribe is the most by a Wildcat team since blocking nine shots against Longwood on Dec. 5, 2005.   The Wildcats, who’s block average is fourth in the Big 12, have recorded three or more blocks in each of their five games, including six or more three times. 


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 Texas’ Kevin Durant (3.25).  His four blocks against William & Mary in the opener were the most by a Wildcat since  Dramane Diarra had a school-tying six blocked shots against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 26, 2005.  The total was also the most blocks by a true freshman since Travis Canby registered four against Kansas on Feb. 27, 2002.


Non-Conference A Mixed Bag

Kansas State has posted at least eight non-conference wins in 21 of the last 25 seasons, including each of the last four seasons.  The Wildcats have earned a winning record in non-conference play in 34 consecutive seasons dating back to the 1972-73 season with 10 or more victories on 16 occasions. 


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 Piscataway, N.J.   


However, Kansas State has posted just a 2-13 mark in non-conference road games dating back to the 2000-01 season. The Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak in the 55-41 win over Rutgers on Nov. 15.  It was the program’s first non-conference road victory since a 79-66 win over Wichita State on Dec. 14, 2002 and the first in a true’ (on an opponent’s home court) road opener since a 71-50 win over UMKC on Dec. 3, 1997. 

Up Next: At Colorado State (3-2)

Kansas State continues its road trip on Saturday, Dec. 2, as the Wildcats travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to face their second Mountain West Conference foe this season in Colorado State (3-2) at Moby Arena.  The Rams won their second straight game on Nov. 20 and moved to 3-0 at home with a 67-50 victory over Boise State.  CSU began the season with a 76-67 win over Colorado State-Pueblo before dropping back-to-back games in the Preseason NIT against Baylor (87-82 in OT) and Rice (70-61).  The team also has a win over Montana State-Northern on Nov. 18.  The Rams are averaging 72.0 points on 35.0 percent shooting with 37.0 rebounds and has two players averaging in double figures.  CSU is led by 7-foot junior forward Jason Smith, who is averaging a double-double with a team-high 16.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, and junior transfer Tyler Smith, who adds 12.8 points and a team-best 2.2 steals.