K-State to face Notre Dame in Jimmy V Classic

Game Information
Kansas State vs. Notre Dame

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tipoff: 6:10 p.m. CT
Location: New York City, N.Y.
Arena: Madison Square Garden (1968)
Capacity: 19,763

Series: Notre Dame leads 3-1
(K-State is 1-0 on neutral floors)

Television: ESPN  
Dan Shulman (play-by-play)
Dick Vitale (analyst)
Doris Burke (sidelines)
Dan Steir (producer)

Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;   
Yahoo! Internet Radio,
Sirius Satellite 159
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

Tickets: Can be purchased through ticketmaster.com, by calling at 212.307.7171 or in person at Madison Square Garden Box Office.

Kansas State Wildcats
Record: 5-2 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 5-2/1
School Record: 5-2/1
vs. Notre Dame: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 29, 2007
lost to Oregon, 80-77, in overtime
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.kstatesports.com

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Record: 5-2 (0-0 Big East)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Mike Brey
Alma Mater: George Washington, 82
Career Record: 246-132/13
School Record: 147-80/8
vs. Kansas State: First Meeting
06-07 Record: 24-8 (11-5 Big East)
Last game: Dec. 1, 2007
defeated Eastern Michigan, 76-65
SID: Bernadette Cafarelli
Website: www.und.com

game preview
Kansas State (5-2) will play Notre Dame in the 13th annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Madison Square Garden.  The Wildcats and Fighting Irish, who will be meeting for the first time since 1992, will play in game one of the doubleheader at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.  The contest will be followed by a match-up of 2007 NCAA Tournament participants, USC and Memphis, at 8 p.m. CT, on ESPN. 

Held annually since 1995, the Jimmy V Classic annually pits four premier basketball teams off in the name of late N.C. State coach Jim Valvano, and in the process, raise funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  In last year’s event, Oklahoma State defeated
Syracuse, 72-68, before Arizona posted a 72-65 win over Louisville.  It will mark K-State’s first appearance in the prestigious tournament.

It will be the Wildcats’ first regular-season visit to the Garden in school history and the first since playing two games in the 1994
Postseason NIT.  The program has never won a game in four overall contests in the building, losing to Holy Cross, 60-54, in the NCAA Final Four in the original Madison Square Garden on March 23, 1948; to Kentucky, 81-78, in the Postseason NIT on March 16, 1976; to
Vanderbilt, 82-76, in the Postseason NIT Semifinals on March 28, 1994 and Siena, 92-79, in the NIT Consolation on March 30, 1994.    

The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Doris Burke (sidelines)
calling the action.  It will be the fifth of 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including the first of five on ESPN.   

The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) behind the mikes.  Fans can also listen to the game on Sirius Satellite 159 with the broadcast team from Notre Dame. 

the book on kansas state
The Wildcats are coming off a disappointing 80-77 overtime loss to No. 17 Oregon at home on Thursday night in the first annual Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.  The loss snapped the team’s 17-game homecourt winning streak in the month of November which dated back to 2002 and gave the squad just its second non-conference home loss in the last five years.  The squad rallied from a six-point deficit with 6:16 left to force overtime, but struggled from the field (2-of-4) and from the line (1-of-5) in the extra period to fall by three.

The team is averaging 79.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting with 44.4 rebounds, 17.7 assists, 7.7 steals and 4.1 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 71.4 points on 40.7 percent shooting.  Three players are averaging in double figures led by Michael Beasley, who paces the Big 12 in scoring at 26.7 points per game.

After earning their first preseason ranking since 1975, Kansas State dropped out of The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after a four-week run.  The four-week run in the poll was the longest by the team since the 1981-82 squad also spent four consecutive weeks in the poll from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, 1982.   The squad is still receiving votes in both polls (15 in the AP poll and two in the ESPN/USA Today poll).

Beasley, who also paces the league in rebounding at 15.0 per game, is shooting 60.8 percent from the field, including 47.1 percent from 3-point range to go with 1.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals in 31.9 minutes per game.  He has registered a double-double in every game this season and has posted 30 or more points in four of seven 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 (13.6 ppg.) and Bill Walker (10.8 ppg.).  Pullen, who tied his career-high with 19 in back-to-back games against UCF and Rider at the Old Spice Classic, is first in 3-point field goals (11), assists (3.9 apg.) and steals (1.9 spg.) and is second in scoring.  He has scored in double figures in six of his first seven games.  Walker, who posted his first double-double against Rider on Nov. 25, is third in both scoring and rebounding (6.2 rpg.).  He has scored in double figures in eight of his 11 career games, including four of five games this season. 
   
ticket information
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling at 212.307.7171 or in person at Madison Square Garden Box Office.

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 1,391-1,014 (.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 (1,398), Tennessee (1,398), Michigan State (1,396), Illinois State (1,396), Ohio State (1,395) and Southern Illinois (1,387).

cats good inside the arc
Kansas State has proven to be better inside the 3-point arc this year, converting on 50.6 percent (160-of-316) of its 2-point field goals.  The team has connected on 50 percent or better from inside the arc in four of seven games, including a season-high 56 percent (28-of-50) against George Mason (11/22).   Three of the Wildcats’ top-5 scorer also prove to better on 2-point baskets, including freshman forward Michael Beasley (63.1; 65-of-103), freshman guard Jacob Pullen (55.5, 20-of-36) and junior forward Andre Gilbert (56.5; 13-of-23).   

cats solid in december
Kansas State is 430-221 (.661) all-time in the month of December, including wins in 25 of its last 32 games.  The Wildcats have won six straight in the month dating back to last season, including wins against USC (68-55) and New Mexico (72-56) on a neutral floor at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic on Dec. 22-23.  The last loss in the month came at Colorado State, 84-83, on Dec. 2, 2006.  K-State has won eight in a row at home in December dating back to a win over Eastern Illinois on Dec. 30, 2005.  Last season, the squad posted a 6-1 mark in the month with wins against Cleveland State (93-60), North Dakota State (83-81), Kennesaw State (82-54), UMES (79-58), USC (68-55) and New Mexico (72-56) to go with a loss at Colorado State (83-84).

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 43 games against non-conference foes, including a remarkable 27-2 mark at home.  The Wildcats’ 80-77 overtime loss to Oregon on Nov. 29 was the team’s first loss at home to a non-conference opponent in almost three years since a 76-66 defeat to Rutgers on Dec. 28, 2004. 

the book on notre dame (5-2)
Notre Dame enters Tuesday’s contest with a 5-2 record after posting a 76-65 win over Eastern Michigan at home on Dec. 1.  It was the Irish’s third-straight win -- all at home -- since dropping back-to-back one-point heartbreakers to Baylor and Georgia Tech in the
Paradise Jam on Nov. 18 and 19.   

Junior guard Kyle McAlarney paced three players in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-10 field goals, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, against EMU, while sophomore forward Luke Harangody and junior guard Ryan Ayers added 18 points and 12 points, respectively.  The team shot 56.3 percent from the field in the victory, including 61.5 percent in the first half, and had just nine turnovers.

One of the top defensive teams in the country, Notre Dame is holding opponents to just 60.6 points per game this season on 39.1 percent shooting from the field.  The team is just as formiable on the offensive end, averaging 78.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting, including 43.4 percent from 3-point range.  It is also averaging 39.7 rebounds, 19.7 assists, 7.0 steals and 4.3 blocks per game.  The squad returns three starters and eight lettermen from the 2006-07 season, in which, they posted a 24-8 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the Big East and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

Harangody paces squad in both scoring and rebounding at 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.  He is shooting 57.1 percent from the field.  McAlarney averages 14.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and has a team-high 23 3-point field goals on 48.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.  Senior forward Rob Kurz adds 13.9 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting to go 7.4 rebounds per game.   

The squad is led by Mike Brey, who owns a 246-132 record in 13 years as head coach and a 147-80 mark in eight years at Notre Dame.  Brey has led the Irish to seven consecutive postseason appearances, including NCAA Tournament trips in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

series vs. notre dame
This will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Kansas State and Notre Dame on the hardwood and the first since the two played in the second round of the Postseason NIT in 1992.  It will be the first meeting in the regular season since the Fighting Irish posted a 76-74 win on Feb. 21, 1955 at Ahearn Field House. 

Notre Dame owns a 3-1 advantage all-time in the series, including a 38-23 win at home on Jan. 5, 1926 and a 64-47 victory on March 23, 1992 in the Postseason NIT.  K-State’s lone win in the series came at the Michigan State Tournament on Dec. 19, 1952 when the second-ranked Wildcats posted an 80-64 victory over the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish at legendary Jenison Field House.  

The squad has an 18-24 overall record against teams from the Big East Conference, including a 10-6 mark in neutral sites in those match-ups.  The last season the Wildcats played a pair of Big East squads, beating Rutgers, 55-41, in Piscataway, N.J., on Nov. 15, 2006 and losing to DePaul, 70-65, in the second round of the Mastercard NIT at home on March 19, 2007.  Ironically enough, the Wildcats have not played a neutral site game against a Big East foe since beating DePaul, 73-70, on the Notre Dame campus on March 19, 1988.

k-state at madison square garden
Tuesday’s contest will be the first visit to Madison Square Garden since advancing to the Postseason NIT Final Four in 1994.  It will be the first-ever regular season visit to The Garden for the Wildcats and just the fourth visit to the arena which includes the 1948 NCAA Final Four, the 1976 Postseason NIT and the 1994 Postseason NIT Final Four.  The squad is 0-4 all-time at Madison Square Garden.

Kansas State’s first of four trips to the NCAA Final Four occurred at the original Madison Square Garden in 1948.  The Wildcats lost a 60-54 decision to Holy Cross in its first Final Four on March 23, 1948.  The team didn’t make its second trip to the historic building and first in current arena until 28 years later when the squad matched up with Kentucky in the NIT on March 16, 1976, dropping an 81-78 decision.

The team made its most recent trip to the building in 1994 when the Wildcats advanced to the Postseason NIT Final Four.  The squad lost to Vanderbilt, 82-78, in the semifinals on March 28, 1994 before falling in the consolation game to Siena, 92-79, on March 30.   

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 (380), rebounds (187), steals (32) and blocks (18) and over 50 percent of the total assists (62).  Most of these have come from freshman phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 34 percent of the team’s points (187) and rebounds (105).  In all, four of the top-5 scorers and each of the top-3 rebounders are either freshmen or first-year players in the program.  If you include redshirt freshman Bill Walker, who played just six games last season, the totals increase to almost 80 percent of the points (434) and blocks (22) and 70 percent of the rebounds (218) and steals (40).

30-30-30-30
At the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 22-25, 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.

double-double
Michael Beasley will look to become just the sixth player in school history and the first since Gene Williams in 1968-69 to average a double-double for a single-season.  Beasley is currently averaging 26.7 points and 15.0 rebounds per game through seven games with seven consecutive double-doubles.  He would join Bob Boozer (1956-59), Jack Parr (1955-58), Larry Comley (1960-61), Willie Murrell (1962-64) and Gene Williams (1968-69) to average a double-double for a season.  Remarkably, Boozer and Parr averaged a double-double in three consecutive seasons, while Murrell accomplished it back-to-back seasons.  At his current pace, Beasley would also top the school single-season scoring and rebounding averages held by Bob Boozer (25.6 ppg. in 1958-59) and Jack Parr (14.5 rpg. in 1956-57).

better in the second half
Michael Beasley tends to get better as the game goes on, averaging 16.3 points on 68.8 percent shooting to go with 6.3 rebounds per game in the second half this season.  He has scored in double figures in six of seven second halves this season, including 23 points against Western Illinois (11/17) and 24 against George Mason (11/22).  He had a double-double just in the second half against WIU with 12 rebounds to go with 23 points.  In contrast, he is averaging 9.7 points on 50.9 percent shooting with 8.0 rebounds per game in the first half.  He has scored in double figures in just three first halves this season, but he did have a double-double (16 points and 17 rebounds) in his first collegiate game against Sacramento State on Nov. 9.

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 (11), assists (3.9 apg.) and steals (1.9 spg.), while he is second in scoring (14.2 ppg.) and third in minutes (28.1 mpg.). 

He has scored in double figures in six of the team’s first seven 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 those 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 rank second on the team at 73.3 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 not just one-game wonder
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 28 minutes of action.  Gilbert followed this performance with yet another stellar effort against Oregon (11/29), posting 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in a season-high 32 minutes.  He has averaged 19.0 points on 52.0 percent shooting, including 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, with 4.5 rebounds in the last two games. 

Gilbert came into the Rider game with a total of 13 points in the first five games with a previous high of seven against Pitt 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 and eighth time in his Division I career that he registered double-digit points and just the second time he has scored in double-digits in back-to-back games.  

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 11 career games (including four of five games this year) 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 (7.3 rpg.) and field goal percentage (59.3).  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.

iron man
A mainstay in the line-up the past three seasons, senior guard Clent Stewart continues to move up the career charts in two categories, in this, his last season at K-State.  With two assists against Oregon on Nov. 29, he broke his second-place tie with Tyrone Adams (1979-82) for career assists with 318.  He now trails just leader Steve Henson (582, 1987-90) on the all-time list.  He also ranks seventh in career minutes played with 2,579, as he trails former teammate Lance Harris (2,618; 2003-07) for sixth place by 39 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 16 games away from breaking into the top-10 for career games played list (97).  

postgame notes from oregon game
Kansas State dropped to 2-1 all-time against Oregon, including a 1-1 record against the Ducks in Manhattan... The Wildcats won the last meeting between the schools on Dec. 3, 1966, by a score of 52-45 in Ahearn Field House in Manhattan... Kansas State is 36-22 all-time against the Pac-10, including a 17-4 mark at home.

The game was the second time this season that the Wildcats have played in overtime and their first loss... The Wildcats were victorious in their previous overtime game, a 73-71 tally against Central Florida during the second round of the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 23. 

K-State’s defense held the Ducks to their lowest point total of the season (80) even with the extra time... K-State held the Ducks to 71 points at the conclusion of two halves... Oregon entered the contest averaging 93.2 points per game for the season with the lowest-scoring output coming in an 85-61 win over Portland on Nov. 17.

Beasley’s basket with 26 seconds left on the clock in regulation pushed the freshman over the 20-point plateau for the sixth time in seven games... His 24 points led all scorers... Beasley needed the overtime to record his seventh double-double of the season... He
finished regulation with nine rebounds but grabbed three more in the extra period and has led the Wildcats in rebounding in every contest.

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.

martin successful in his debut
Kansas State head coach Frank Martin made a successful coaching debut in the 94-63 win over Sacramento State on Nov. 9.  The 23rd head coach in school history continued the successful trend by coaches in their first game, particularily in games played at home.

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.  

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. 
  
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.