K-State Travels to Face Oregon Sunday
K-State Travels to Face Oregon Sunday
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tipoff: 7:32 p.m. CT (5:32 p.m. PT)
Series: K-State leads 2-1 (Won 92-58 in
Television: FOX Sports Net (also available in HD)
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Marques Johnson (analyst)
Micah King (producer)
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 671, Dish Network 418
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 147
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Single-game tickets are available for $34 (reserved) by calling 1.800.932.3668 or online at www.goducks.com.
Record: 5-2 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 26-14/1
School Record: 26-14/1
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Nov. 29, 2008
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 3-4 (0-0 Pac-10)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Ernie Kent
Career Record: 304-218/18
School Record: 214-138/12
07-08 Record: 18-14 (9-9 Pac-10)
Last game: Dec. 3, 2008
SID: Chris Geraghty
K-State has had over a week off after dropping a pair of heartbreakers at the Las Vegas Invitational, falling to eventual champion Kentucky, 74-72, in the second semifinal and then to Iowa, 65-63, in the third-place game. The team rallied from double-digit deficits in both games, including a 17-point second-half deficit to the Wildcats, but could not complete the comeback. Sophomore Jacob Pullen led the squad in both games with consecutive 20-point games after scoring a career-high 26 points against
The contest with
Fans will also be able to listen to the audio broadcast on the 29-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call.
Single-game tickets are available for $34 (reserved) by calling the Oregon Ticket Office at (800) 932.3668 and www.goducks.com.
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
The Kansas State-Oregon game will be among 12 contests between the two conferences in the second annual Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Last season, the Big 12 held an 11-8 overall advantage in contests between the two leagues with the Pac-10 holding a 7-5 edge in the official Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
After Thursday’s games, the conferences are tied at 2-all in the standings with the home teams winning each of the games. Overall in early match-ups, the Big 12 has a 6-2 record versus the Pac-10. There is one game set for Friday and three on Saturday and Sunday.
Cats in December
This will be the first true’ December road game since the Wildcats posted an 83-81 win over
Last season, K-State posted its sixth consecutive winning December dating back to the 2002-03 season. The squad went 4-2 in the month in 2007-08, defeating
Cats Tie for Most November Wins
K-State was down 17 points (54-37) to
The Wildcats trailed
The 553 points rank as the third-most through seven games in the last 15 years at
Since Frank Martin’s arrival in 2007, K-State has shown the ability to score points, totaling two of the most prolific scoring teams in school history. Last year, the Wildcats set the school mark with 2,574 points, while also posting the second-most field goals attempted (2067) and the third-most field goals (916) and 3-point field goals made (210) as well as the third-highest scoring average (78.0). The 2,467 points in 2006-07 rank as the fourth-most in school history.
Unlike last season when consensus All-American Michael Beasley paced the squad at 26.2 points per game, the 2008-09 team has shown a lot more diversity with its scoring output thus far.
Through six games, 12 of the 13 players that have seen action have tallied at least two points with eight totaling double-digit points. Four players are averaging in double figures led by sophomore guard Jacob Pullen’s 16.6 points per game. Three others - junior Denis Clemente (11.4 ppg.), sophomore Dominique Sutton (10.1 ppg.) and freshman Jamar Samuels (10.0 ppg.) - are all averaging 10.0 points or more per game, while a fourth and fifth - senior Darren Kent (9.3) and sophomore Fred Brown (8.0) - are averaging eight or more points.
Since statistics became available during the 1950-51 season, there has been just six teams to have four players average in double figures with the last coming in 2004-05. Just one team - the 1955-56 squad - has had six players average eight or more points in a season.
There have already been four different leading scorers in seven games. Brown, Clemente and Pullen are the only players to repeat as leading scorer, as Brown had a team-high 21 points against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16 then tied Sutton with 14 points each against
In all, there have been 25 double-digit scoring games thus far with Pullen and Samuels doing it five times each.
Rebounding still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
Through seven games, K-State is averaging 39.6 rebounds, including a Big 12-best 17.1 on the offensive end, with five players averaging four or more boards per game. Two players - Ron Anderson and Darren Kent - have grabbed double-digit rebounds four times with Kent and Dominique Sutton averaging a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game.
Pressure is the Key
The core of Frank Martin’s coaching philosophy is pressure, whether its on the offensive or defensive end of the floor. His theory is the more pressure you apply on a team, the more difficult you make it for your opponent. In other words, pressure makes a team breakdown.
Pressure has been a big key for the Wildcats so far, as the team has scored 159 points (29 percent of their season total of 553 points) off 138 opponent turnovers. The squad has also outscored its opponents 91-43 on fast-break opportunities.
The Wildcats are averaging 8.3 steals per contest with 11 players grabbing at least one led by sophomore Jacob Pullen’s team-high 15 steals. Sophomore Dominique Sutton is second with 13 steals, while senior Darren Kent is third with six thefts.
After dominating the paint a year ago with the likes of Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, Kansas State’s strength has shifted to the backcourt where the Wildcats start two of the best at their positions in junior Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen.
The duo, which has started all seven games, have combined for 196 points on 38.9 percent shooting (65-of-167), including 36.3 percent from 3-point range (29-of-80), with 47 of the team’s 104 assists. Pullen ranks first on the team in scoring at 16.6 points per game on 38 percent shooting with team-highs in field goals made (38), 3-point field goals made (19), free throws made (21), assists (26) and steals (15). Clemente is second in scoring at 11.4 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting and assists (21), while is first in free throw shooting (84.2) and second in 3-point field goals (10).
Ironically, the two have scored in double figures four times in the same game with a combined 36 points against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, 31 against both
Samuels an Impact off Bench
An unknown but talented player, redshirt freshman forward Jamar Samuels has become an impact player off the bench for the Wildcats. Despite not starting one game, he is fourth in scoring at 10.1 points on a team-high 58.7 percent shooting (27-of-46) with 5.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.9 blocks in 21.9 minutes per game. Samuels and Pullen are the only players to score in double figures in five of the first seven games with a season-high 16 points against SE Missouri State.
The native of
Sutton Steals the Show
After getting a late start to his time at K-State, sophomore Dominique Sutton has become an all-around factor for the Wildcats this season. He ranks second on the squad in both minutes (27.0) and steals (1.9 spg.), while he is tied with Darren Kent for led in rebounds (6.3 rpg.) and is third in scoring at 10.1 points per game.
Sutton nearly collected his first career double-double in the win over
A starter down low in the post, junior Luis Colon is starting to come into his own this season. He is averaging 6.1 points on 57.1 percent shooting (16-of-28) so far with 4.7 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game . His 43 points are nearly half his entire total from his first two seasons, while his 33 rebounds are more than his entire total from 2007-08. In the last three games, he has been even more impressive, averaging 8.7 points on 73.3 percent shooting (11-of-15) to go with 6.7 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. He eclipsed his career-high with 12 points against
One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.
The Ducks are led by freshman forward Michael Dunigan, who paces the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg.) and field goal percentage (57.6). Dunigan was a McDonald’s All-American and a consensus top-10 high school recruit in 2007-08. Senior guard Tajuan Porter is second in scoring at 12.9 points per game to go with a team-best 16 3-point field goals and freshman guard Garrett Sim adds 10.9 points and a team-high 3.1 assists per contest. Junior forward Joevan Catron averages 9.4 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game. In all, six players average nine or more points per game.
The Ducks are led by 12th-year head coach Ernie Kent, who became the school’s all-time winningest coach in the win over UC Irvine on Nov. 21. Kent, who has a 214-137 record at the school, is 304-218 in his career, which includes a six-year stint at St. Mary’s from 1991-97.
The latest meeting came just last season, as
K-State is 38-22 all-time against teams from the Pac-10, including an 11-17 mark in games played on the road.
12-21-65 K-State 92-58
12-3-66 K-State 52-45
Recruiting Class Praised
The four-man recruiting class that
Dating back to the 1981-82 season, there has been just one team - the 1983-84 squad which had no seniors - with fewer seniors on its roster. The 1996-97 also had just one senior on its roster.
Martin Inks Stellar Class
The four-man recruiting class, which was ranked 16th nationally by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and 21st by Rivals.com, includes prep school standout Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon [
The headliner of this class, Wally Judge is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward originally from
Judge is in his second year at
A teammate of Judge at Arlington Country Day, Rodney McGruder is considered one of the best shooting guards in the country. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard is rated among the top players in the country, including the No. 89 overall prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 91 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. McGruder is also ranked among the top-35 at the position by a number of outlets, including No. 23 by Rivals.com and No. 31 by ESPN Scouts, Inc.
McGruder transferred to Arlington Country Day in the off-season from
One of the top point guard prospects in the country, Nick Russell comes to K-State from
Russell helped Grace Prep to a 26-12 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in league play, as a junior in 2006-07. He helped the Lions to a runner-up finish at the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and
Jordan Henriquez comes to
The recruiting class will join a loaded