No. 25 K-State faces No. 17 Oregon Thursday

Game Information
25/rv Kansas state vs. 17/17 Oregon

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tipoff: 8:05 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528

vs. Oregon: K-State leads 2-0
(1-0 at home)
vs. Pac-10 teams: K-State leads 36-21
(17-3 at home)

Television: ESPN2  
Jon Sciambi (play-by-play)
Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Aaron Stojkov (producer)
Dan McVan (director)

Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;   
Yahoo! Internet Radio,
Sirius Satellite 119
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

Tickets: Anticipated Sell Out
(less than 50 tickets remain)

Kansas State Wildcats
Record: 5-1 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 25/rv
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 5-1/1
School Record: 5-1/1
vs. Oregon: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 25, 2007; defeated Rider, 82-69
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.kstatesports.com

Oregon Ducks
Record: 5-1 (0-0 Pac-10)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 17/17
Coach: Ernie Kent
Alma Mater: Oregon, 77
Career Record: 288-201/17
School Record: 198-121/11
vs. Kansas State: First Meeting
06-07 Record: 29-8 (11-7 Pac-10)
Last game: Nov. 24, 2007; defeated San Francisco, 110-79
SID: Greg Walker
Website: www.goducks.com

game preview
Kansas State (5-1) will look to continue the momentum it gained during the last two days of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday, as the Wildcats play host to No. 17 Oregon (5-1) at Bramlage Coliseum begining at 8 p.m. 

The match-up will be the first between ranked teams in Manhattan in over 25 years, as the 14th-ranked Wildcats dropped a 59-58 decision to No. 1 Missouri at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 30, 1982.  The Ducks are the first ranked non-conference foe to visit since the Wildcats upset No. 19 Iowa, 86-78, on Dec. 23, 2000.   

Kansas State finished in fourth place at the Old Spice Classic last week, as the Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season to George Mason (77-87) on Nov. 22 to post back-to-back wins over UCF (73-71 in overtime) on Nov. 23 and Rider (82-69) on Nov. 25 to
conclude the weekend.  The squad was once again led by freshman phenom Michael Beasley, who averaged 24.3 points on 60.4 percent shooting with 11.0 rebounds en route to earning all-tournament team honors.  Fellow rookie Jacob Pullen also performed well, averaging 17.3 points on 38.9 percent shooting with 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals.
    
Thursday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the
action.  It will be the fourth of a school-record 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including four on ESPN2.   

The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 119) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) behind the mikes.

the book on kansas state
The Wildcats are off to a 5-1 start for the second time in three years after posting a fourth-place finish at the Old Spice Classic with a 2-1 mark.  The squad rebounded from their first loss of the season, an 87-77 decision to George Mason in the first round on Nov. 22, to post a 73-71 overtime win over UCF in the second round on Nov. 23 and an 82-69 victory over Rider in the consolation bracket on Nov. 25. 

The team is averaging 79.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting with 44.8 rebounds, 17.0 assists, 8.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game, while holding their opponents to 70.0 points on 40.2 percent shooting.  The squad is also forcing their opponents into 20.5 turnovers per game.  Three players are averaging in double figures led by Michael Beasley, who paces the Big 12 in scoring at 27.2 points per game.

K-State dropped seven spots to No. 25 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and fell completely out of the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll after posting its first loss of the season.  It marks the first time since the 1981-82 season that Wildcats have been ranked four consecutive weeks in the AP poll (including preseason poll). 
 
Beasley, who also paces the league in rebounding at 15.5 per game, is shooting 61.2 percent from the field, including 53.8 percent from 3-point range to go with 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals in 31.2 minutes per game.  He has registered a double-double in every game this season and has posted 30 or more points in four of the six games.

On Nov. 17, he became the first player in Big 12 history to collect two 20-point/20-rebound performances in a single season -- and just the second player in school history and first since Jack Parr did it twice during the 1955-56 season -- after tallying 28 points and 22 rebounds in 32 minutes against Western Illinois. 

Beasley is one of three players averaging in double figures for the Wildcats, including fellow freshmen Jacob Pullen (14.2 ppg.) and Bill Walker (12.5 ppg.).  Pullen, who tied his career-high with 19 in back-to-back games against UCF and Rider, is first in 3-point field goals (9), assists (3.7 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.) and is second in scoring.  He has scored in double figures in five of the first six games.  Walker, who posted his first double-double against Rider on Nov. 25, is third in both scoring and rebounding (6.5 rpg.).  He has scored in double figures in eight of his 10 career games, including all four this year. 
   
ticket information
Anticipated Sell Out (less than 50 tickets remained at 8 am).  It should be the second sellout of the season and the first since the Western Illinois game on Nov. 17, 2007.  The program has sold out eight home games each of the past two seasons and is averaging 12,327 fans during that span at Bramlage Coliseum.

historic match-up
Thursday’s contest will be the first-ever meeting of ranked teams in Bramlage Coliseum history and the first in Manhattan since No. 1 Missouri pulled out a 59-58 win over No. 14 Kansas State at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 30, 1982.  It will the first time a ranked Wildcat squad has faced a ranked opponent since No. 20 K-State defeated No. 3 Purdue, 73-70, on March 25, 1988 in the NCAA Midwest Semifinals in Pontiac, Mich., and the first during the regular season since No. 4 Oklahoma posted a 112-95 win over No. 14 Kansas State on Feb. 13, 1988 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.  Oregon is the first ranked non-conference opponent to visit Bramlage Coliseum since K-State upset No. 19 Iowa, 86-78, on Dec. 23, 2000.

It will mark the 40th time since rankings first appeared during the 1949-50 season that Kansas State has faced a ranked team when also ranked.  The Wildcats have a 21-18 record in those match-ups.

The game will also be significant for Oregon, as it will represent the first time in school history that a ranked Duck team will go on the road to play at a ranked non-conference opponent.  It will also be the first time in five years that a ranked Oregon team will play a ranked non-conference foe anywhere during the regular season.

streaking in november
Kansas State is 71-20 (.780) all-time in the month of November, including wins in 20 of its last 23 games.  The Wildcats have won 17 straight game at home in November dating back to the 2003-04 season.  The last home loss in the month came to Northwestern,
59-55, in the home opener on Nov. 30, 2002. 

Last season, the squad posted a 4-2 mark in the month with wins against William & Mary (70-60), Rutgers (55-41), Tennessee Tech (101-79) and Coppin State (68-57) and losses at New Mexico (54-78) and California (48-78).  Incidentally, the Wildcats’ seven games in November tie the 1998-99 squad (5-2) for the most in school history.  The five wins this month tie the 1998-99 team for the most of any Wildcat team in November.

non-conference success
Kansas State has posted at least eight non-conference wins in 22 of the last 26 seasons, including each of the last five seasons.  The Wildcats have earned a winning record in non-conference play in 35 consecutive seasons dating back to the 1972-73 season with 10 or more victories on 17 occasions. 

K-State has won 33 of its last 42 games against non-conference foes, including a remarkable 27-1 (.960) 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 last season in Piscataway, N.J.  The squad saw its four-game winning streak against non-league foes on neutral floors end in the 87-77 loss to George Mason on Nov. 22.

the book on oregon (5-1)
Oregon enters Thursday’s contest with a 5-1 record after rebounding from its first loss of the season with a convincing 110-79 win over San Francisco on Nov. 24.  Senior Maarty Leunen led seven players in double figures with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Tajuan Porter and senior All-American candidiate Malik Hairston added 17 and 16 points, respectively. 

The Ducks started the year with four straight wins by an average margin of 20 points before dropping a 99-87 decision to a hot Saint Mary’s squad on the road on Nov. 20. 

Oregon, which has topped 100 points twice this season, is one of the highest scoring teams in the country at 93.2 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting, including 43 percent from 3-point range.  The team is also averaging 41.7 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 5.5 steals and 5.3 blocks per game, while holding foes to a 76.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting.  The squad returns four starters and eight lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, they posted a 29-8 overall record and captured the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament title en route to a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

All five starters for Oregon are averaging in double figures led by Hairston, who is averaging 19.7 points on 59.7 percent shooting,
including 52 percent from 3-point range.  Leunen averages a double-double with 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds to go 55.4 percent field goal shooting, while Porter adds a 16.0-point per game average to go with a team-high 17 3-point field goals.  Senior Bryce Taylor and sophomore Joevan Catron average 14.3 and 10.3 points, respectively.

The squad is led by alum Ernie Kent, who owns a 288-201 record in 17 years as head coach and a 198-121 mark in 11 years at Oregon.  He needs just 15 more wins to eclipse Howard Hobson (212, 1936-44; 1946-47) to become the school’s all-time victory leader.  The 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year has led the Ducks to four NCAA Tournaments, including trips to the Elite Eight in 2002 and 2007.

series vs. oregon
This will be the third all-time meeting between K-State and Oregon and the first since the two teams met in back-to-back seasons in 1965 and 1966.  The Wildcats swept the two previous meetings, earning a 92-58 win at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., on Dec. 21, 1965 and a 52-45 victory at Ahearn Field House on Dec. 3, 1966.  

The squad has a 36-21 overall record against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference, including a 17-3 mark at home in those match-ups.  It will be the first of two meetings this season with teams from the Pac-10, as the Wildcats host California on Sunday, Dec. 9.  The last time Kansas State played to a Pac-10 team was Nov. 27, 2004 when the Wildcats posted a 62-53 win over Washington State.

first of several meetings
Thursday’s meeting will be the first of two scheduled contests between the two basketball programs over the next couple of seasons, as apart of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.  The Wildcats will travel to McArthur Court for a return game the week of Dec. 4-7, 2008. 

The schools’ women’s volleyball program could be matching up in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend at Ahearn Field House, as the 13th-ranked Ducks play Missouri State in the first round at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 11th-ranked Wildcats facing off with Tulsa at 7:30 p.m.  The winners will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The two schools’ football squads are also scheduled to meet in a home-and-home series during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

about the big 12/pac-10 hardwood series
In fall of 2006, the Big 12 and Pacific-10 Conferences announced an agreement to play a four-year men's basketball series of 12 annual games between the two leagues, starting with the 2007-08 season.

The series, which will involve all 12 Big 12 teams and all 10 Pac-10 squad, will be played during the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4 on campus sites.  It will continue in 2008, with games slated for Dec. 4-7. The contests scheduled will be return games of the match-ups from 2007, but may not be scheduled for the same day of the week. The games in the series in 2009 will be played Dec. 3-6, 2009, while match-ups in 2010 will be played Dec. 2-5, 2010.

in search of win 1400
One of the winningest programs in college basketball history, Kansas State is just nine wins shy of its 1,400th victory.  The Wildcats, which ranks 47th all-time in victories in Division I with a 1,391-1,013 (.579) mark could become the fifth Big 12 program to accomplish the feat, following Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.  The squad could be one of seven programs to eclipse the 1,400-win mark this season, joining Oregon (1,397), Tennessee (1,397), Michigan State (1,395), Illinois State (1,395), Ohio State (1,395) and Southern Illinois (1,387).

30-30-30-30
At the Old Spice Classic last weekend, Beasley recorded back-to-back 30-point games for the second time this season with 30 points each against George Mason on Nov. 22 and UCF on Nov. 23.  His four 30-point game this season already ties four other players for the fourth-most in a single-season in Kansas State history, joining Dick Knostman (1952-53), Willie Murrell (1963-64), Chuckie Williams (twice, 1974-75 and 1975-76) and Askia Jones (1993-94). 

He trails leaders Bob Boozer (7, 1958-59) and Norris Coleman (7, 1985-86) and third-place Mitch Richmond (6, 1987-88) for the most in a single-season.  He already ties Murrell for the ninth-most in a career with four, while Boozer is all-time leader with 10 from 1956-59.  

historic beginning
Michael Beasley had a memorable first game as a Wildcat, he set three school records as well as two Big 12 marks in helping Kansas State to a season-opening victory over Sacramento State on Nov. 9.  He posted 32 points on 12-of-20 field goals with 24 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals in 31 minutes. 

Beasley is just the third player in school history to top 30 points and 20 rebounds in a single-game and the first since Bob Boozer (36 points, 23 rebounds) did it against Colorado in 1957.  The 32 points were the most points by a freshman in a debut in both Kansas State and Big 12 history, while the 24 rebounds were the most by a freshman in a single-game and the third-most by a Wildcat in school history.  The 24 rebounds also eclipsed the all-class Big 12 record of 23 held by Kevin Durant (2006) and Nick Collison (2003).

On Nov. 11, Beasley became just the third player in school history (and first freshman) to tally 30 points in back-to-back games in a win over Pittsburg State.  He tallied 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting with 14 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.  He is the first player to top 30 points in consecutive games since Askia Jones did it against Colorado (32) and Oklahoma (31) in January 1994.

beasley earns big 12 honors again
Freshman forward Michael Beasley earned Big 12 weekly honors for the second straight week on Nov. 19, as he was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week after posting his second career 20-point/20-rebound effort in the 77-64 win over Western Illinois.  He is the first Kansas State player to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors since David Hoskins did it twice during the 2005-06 season and the 10th overall since the inception of the league.

Beasley became the first player in Big 12 history to collect two 20-point/20-rebound performances in a single season with his 28-point, 22-rebounds effort against Western Illinois.  In the first 11 years of Big 12 competition, only nine players had posted 20-point/20-rebound games in their career and none had ever done it more than once in their respective careers.  He is just the second player in school history to post 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds twice in a season and the first since Jack Parr did it twice during the 1955-56 season. 

After a slow start against WIU, Beasley came on strong in the second half with 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 17 minutes.  The owner of the Big 12 all-class record for rebounds (24) and third-most rebounds in school history, his 22 rebounds tie four other individuals for the ninth-most.

On Nov. 12, he was named the first Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week as well as the National Player of the Week by ESPN.com,
Rivals.com and Collegehoops.net after averaging 31.0 points and 19.0 rebounds in guiding the Wildcats to a pair of wins to open the season.  He was named Dick Vitale’s Diaper Dandy of the Week.

pullen shines at the point
Michael Beasley is not the only true freshman to shine so far this season, as rookie Jacob Pullen has played well in the point guard spot.  The Maywood, Ill., native ranks first on the team in 3-point field goals (9), free throw percentage (75.9), assists (3.7 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.), while he is second in scoring (14.2 ppg.) and third in minutes (27.7 mpg.).  He has scored in double figures in five of the team’s first six games, including tying his career-high with 19 points in back-to-back wins over UCF and Rider at the Old Spice Classic.  He combined to go 6-of-14 from 3-point range in the pair of victories, including a season-high four treys against the Knights.  He has also been stellar from the free throw line, going 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) at the Old Spice Classic to lead the team at 75.9 percent for the season.  

He opened the season with 18 points against Sacramento State in his first collegian game on 7-of-11 shooting to go with a team-high five assists and two steals.  He made it double figures in two of his first three games, scoring 10 points against Western Illinois on Nov. 17.

Pullen is the third freshman to start the season at the point since 2003, following Dez Willingham (2003) and Clent Stewart (2004).

debuts by various k-state point guards
Lon Kruger (2-6 FGs, 1-3 FTs, 5 pts, 3 rebs - 1971)
Tim Jankovich (2-6 FGs, 3-4 FTs, 7 pts - 1979)
^Steve Henson (0-3 FGs, 8-8 FTs, 8 pts, 2 rebs - 1986)
Anthony Beane (5-10 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 11 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts - 1992)
Elliot Hatcher (2-12 FGs, 0-5 3FGs, 7 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls - 1994)
^*Clent Stewart (3-8 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 8 pts, 5 asts - 2004)
^*Jacob Pullen (7-11 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 18 pts, 5 asts, 2 stls - 2007)

*Started first game     
^True freshman

gilbert has day to remember
Junior college transfer Andre Gilbert broke out against Rider on Nov. 25 and even outshined fellow newcomer Michael Beasley.  The transfer from Mount San Jacinto College in California, nearly doubled his season total for points against the Broncs with a team-high 22 points on 7-of-11 field goals, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in a season-high 28 minutes of action.  He came into the game with a total of 13 points in the first five games with a previous high of seven against Pittsburg State on Nov. 11.  The 22 points broke his previous career-high of 17 against Manhattan College  on Dec. 20, 2005 when he was a redshirt freshman at South Dakota State.  It marked the seventh time in his Division I career that he registered double-digit points.  

walker back to full strength
Redshirt freshman Bill Walker is finally back to full strength as he played his first complete game of the season in the win over Western Illinois on Nov. 17.  Walker, who played just six games as a freshman before tearing his ACL against Texas A&M in the first Big 12 game of the season, scored a season-high 14 points against the Leathernecks with a career-tying eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes.  He did play in the opener against Sacramento State and was held to just 16 minutes against Pittsburg State due to a calf cramp. 

Although he hyperextended his knee in practice on Nov. 23 and did not play against UCF that night, he came back with full force two days later to post his first career double-double against Rider on Nov. 25 with a season-tying 14 points to go with a new career-high 10
rebounds to go with three steals. 

He has now scored in double figures in eight of 10 career games at Kansas State with a career-high of 19 vs. USC on Dec. 22, 2006.

anderson a monster on boards
Another true freshman making an immediate impact for the Wildcats is Ron Anderson, who ranks second on the team in both rebounding (7.5 rpg.) and field goal percentage (60.0).  A late addition to the squad in August, he had a solid tournament at the Old Spice Classic, 7.0 points on 75 percent shooting with 6.0 rebounds in 20.7 minutes.   He nearly posted his first double-double against UCF on Nov. 23 with season-high 11 points and eight rebounds to go with three assists after turning in six points and nine rebounds against George Mason. 

The rookie has registered eight or more rebounds in four games this year, including a career-high 12 against Pitt State on Nov. 11.

newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes has been a big success so far for Kansas State, as the newcomers have posted over 60 percent of the Wildcats’ total points (328) and rebounds (164) and over 50 percent of the total assists (51) and steals (27).  Most of these have come from freshman phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 34 percent of the points (163) and 56 percent of the rebounds (93).

iron man
A mainstay in the line-up the past three season, senior guard Clent Stewart continues to move up the career charts in two categories, in this, his last season at K-State.  He passed Rolando Blackman into a tie for second place with Tyrone Adams (1979-82) for career assists with 316.  His next assist will give him second place to himself, while trailing the all-time leader Steve Henson (582, 1987-90).  He also ranks seventh in career minutes played with 2,549, as he trails former teammate Lance Harris (2,618; 2003-07) for sixth place by 69 minutes.  At his current pace, he should finish in the top-3 behind only Steve Henson (4,474; 1987-90) and Askia Jones (3,547; 1990-94).  He needs just one start to crack the career games started list (73), while he is just 17 games away from breaking into the top-10 for career games played list (96).  

martin successful in his debut
Kansas State head coach Frank Martin made a successful coaching debut in the 94-63 win over Sacramento State.  The 23rd head coach in school history continued the successful trend by coaches in their first game, particularily in games played at home.  He was the first rookie head coach to start 3-0 since Bob Huggins did it last season and first without prior head coaching experience in school history. 

K-State coaches are now 16-6 all-time in their first game, including a 16-2 mark when those games started at home.  A Wildcat coach has won his first game when starting at home seven straight times dating back to Fred “Tex” Winter in 1953.  The last coach to lose his debut at home was Fritz Knorr To Fort Riley (35-53) on Dec. 4, 1944. 

The 31-point victory was also the largest win in a head coach’s opening game since Lon Kruger beat South Dakota, 95-45, in 1986.

Martin is the first coach in school history to start his college coaching career (and first assistant coach elevated to head coach) since
Cotton Fitzsimmons took over the program from Winter in 1968.  Fitzsimmons was a successful junior college coach at Moberly (Mo.) Junior College from 1956-66 compiling a 224-58 record with two NJCAA national titles prior to becoming Winter’s top assistant in 1966.  Incidentally, he lost his first game at Cincinnati (70-86) in 1968.

k-state earns first preseason ranking since 75
Kansas State received its first preseason ranking in 32 seasons on Nov. 2, as The Associated Press placed the Wildcats at No. 25 in its annual preseason Top 25 poll.

K-State has not been ranked in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 since opening the 1975-76 season with a No. 14 ranking.  It also marks the first time that the Wildcats have been ranked in the poll in more than 14 years since checking in at No. 23 on Feb. 13, 1993.

“For a program like us, with incredible tradition and success, being ranked again is always a great thing and it reflects the hard work of the players and that they are getting noticed by people out there," said coach Frank Martin. "Will it have an influence on how we play or how good we are? Probably not. But it is an honor to have a program not ranked for 14 years to all of sudden by there again."
 
Overall, the ranking marks the sixth time in school history that the Wildcats have started a season ranked in the preseason Top 25 since The Associated Press started its poll in 1949.  The squad started the 1961-62 and 1964-65 seasons at No. 8, the 1965-66 season at No. 10, the 1972-73 season at No. 17 and the 1975-76 season at No. 14.  

The preseason ranking is not the first garnered this season, as the teams has been ranked 11th by Rivals.com, 14th by Slam magazine and 17th by The Sporting News. The team has also been ranked 26th by CBS Sports.com and Dick Vitale and 32nd by FoxSports.com.

Kansas State was the top vote-getter among teams receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll with 94 points, just 17 short of 111 received by No. 25 Villanova.

season tickets sold out... again
K-State scored its first victory of the season Nov. 1 before ever playing a game when it was announced that men’s basketball season tickets are sold out in Bramlage Coliseum. 

The sellout announcement marked the second consecutive year that all season-ticket packages have been purchased.  Last season was the first time in the history of Bramlage Coliseum that K-State games were sold out on a season-ticket basis.  Prior to then, the previous sellout was 1982-83 when the Wildcats played in Ahearn Field House.

viva las vegas
Kansas State has been selected to participate in a regular-season tournament in Las Vegas for the second time in three seasons in 2008 when the Wildcats will join traditional powers Kentucky, Iowa and West Virginia in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational.  The squad will face two teams at home in mid-November (Delaware State, SE Missouri State, Longwood and/or Oakland) before making the trek to Las Vegas and playing two games at the Orleans Arena.

The Wildcats captured the 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Holiday Classic by beating Kennesaw State (82-54) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (79-58) at home before defeating USC (68-55) and New Mexico (72-56) in Las Vegas.  It was the first tournament title since 1995.

The K-State Athletics Ticket Office will begin selling tickets after the 2007-08 season, but the general public will have a chance to
purchase a limited number of tickets for the final rounds in Las Vegas beginning on Saturday, Nov. 3.

ticket available for sprint center game
Tickets for Kansas State’s game against Florida A&M in Kansas City’s Sprint Center went on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Tickets are priced at $25 and will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at 816.931.3330 or online at
Ticketmaster.com.

The game will be considered K-State's home contest.  It will be included in the season-ticket package for Wildcat fans, excluding
students whose season ticket does not contain games played during the semester break.  K-State students are able to purchase tickets at a special price of $10 through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office on Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Season-ticket holders will receive their tickets for the game in a separate mailing.

The Sprint Center is the cornerstone of more than a $4.5 billion revitalization of downtown Kansas City.  The 18,500-seat arena will play host to numerous sporting events, including the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s First and Second Rounds and 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Finals and Semifinals.

k-state chosen fourth in big 12 preseason poll
The Kansas State men’s basketball team was given its highest-ever ranking in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll on Oct. 11, as the
Wildcats were chosen fourth with 91 points.

Boosted by the return of seven lettermen and one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, the Wildcats received their highest ranking in 10 preseason polls dating back to the 1997-98 season.  The previous high came in 2006-07 when K-State was selected fifth, while the
previous high to last season came back in 1998-99 when the team was chosen sixth.

For the eighth time in Big 12 history, Kansas is the preseason favorite to win the conference title as the Jayhawks gained 120 total points and received 10 of the possible 12 first-place votes in polling of the head coaches.  The team welcomes back four starters and returns 84.6 percent of its scoring.

Texas was picked second in the poll with 105 points, as the Longhorns received four more points more than third-place Texas A&M, which received the other two first-place vote and 101 points.  Missouri and Oklahoma followed K-State in a tie for fifth with 66 points each.  

Oklahoma State edged Texas Tech for seventh place with 61 points, while the Red Raiders followed in eighth place with 60 points.  Baylor (55) and Nebraska (29) were picked ninth and 10th, respectively, while Iowa State (22) and Colorado (16) rounded out the poll.    

beasley named preseason big 12 frosh of the year
Freshman forward Michael Beasley was selected as the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league coaches, as the conference office announced its annual preseason honors Oct. 9.

The league also announced that Texas’ D.J. Augustin was named the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and Missouri’s DeMarre Carroll was selected as the Preseason Newcomer of the Year.  In addition to these superlatives, Augustin was joined on the Preseason All-Big 12 squad by Kansas’ Darrell Arthur and Brandon Rush, Baylor’s Curtis Jerrells, Nebraska’s Aleks Maric and Texas A&M’s Joseph Jones.     

Beasley and freshman Bill Walker were named to the honorable mention preseason team, along with Baylor’s Aaron Bruce,
Colorado’s Richard Roby, Kansas’ Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Dove, Texas A&M’s Josh Carter and DeAndre Jordan and Texas Tech’s Martin Zeno.
 
The honor is one of many earned by the 6-foot-10, 235-pound former No. 1 high school player in the country this preseason.  Beasley has been selected as a Diaper Dandy by Dick Vitale, a second team preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and a third team All-American by Collegehoops.net, while he garnered Preseason Freshman All-America distinction from Athlon’s College Basketball Yearbook.  In addition, he was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team by both Athlon’s and The Sporting News.