Wildcats, Rattlers tangle Monday at Sprint Center
Wildcats, Rattlers tangle Monday at Sprint Center
K-State Holiday Classic presented by Subway
Monday, December 17, 2007
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m. CT
(W, 93-48, on 11/27/90, at home)
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Doug Stanton (producer)
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 648; Dish Network 449
Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 121
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)
Tickets: Priced at $25 and available by calling the Ticketmaster outlet at 816.931.3330 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Record: 6-3 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 6-3/1
School Record: 6-3/1
vs. Florida A&M: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Dec. 9, 2007
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 3-6 (0-1 MEAC)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Eugene Harris
Career Record: 3-6/1
School Record: 3-6/1
06-07 Record: 21-14 (12-6 MEAC)
Last game: Dec. 15, 2007
SID: Ronnie Johnson
G - #2 Blake Young (8.8 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)
G - #5 Clent Stewart (6.3 ppg., 3.0 apg.)
G - #31 Chris Merriewether (0.6 ppg., 0.8 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (14.0 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (25.0 ppg., 14.3 rpg.)
G - #2 Jermonte Bush (4.0 ppg., 0.7 apg.)
G - #11 Leslie Robinson (10.7 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
G - #24 Joe Ballard (4.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
F - #21 Oliver Prince (11.0 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)
F - #32 Larry Jackson (7.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)
It will be the team’s first visit to the arena that serves as the host site for the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and first regular-season neutral site game in Kansas City since playing in the BMA Holiday Classic at Kemper Arena in Dec. 28-29, 1991. K-State last played in the city during the 2005 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, where the squad upset Texas A&M, 68-62, in the first round before losing to
Monday’s contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Midwest (DirecTV 648, Dish Network 449) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action. The viewing area is restricted to the state of
The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 153) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) behind the mikes.
the book on
The Wildcats are coming off their most impressive win of the season, as the squad knocked off previously unbeaten
Walker, who set or tied career-highs in nine categories, led K-State in scoring for the first time this season with a team-high 30 points on 7-of-22 shooting with 10 rebounds and a career-high four steals. He also went 14-of-16 from the charity stripe. Rookie forward Michael Beasley collected his ninth straight double-double with 19 points and team-high 11 rebounds, while seniors Clent Stewart and Jacob Pullen added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The team is averaging 77.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting with 43.8 rebounds, 16.3 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.1 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 71.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Three players are averaging in double figures led by Michael Beasley, who ranks fifth nationally in scoring at 25.0 points per game.
After earning their first preseason ranking since 1975,
Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 14.3 per game, is shooting 57.5 percent from the field, including 38.1 percent from 3-point range to go with 1.6 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals in 32.2 minutes per game. He has registered a double-double in every game this season and has posted 30 or more points in four of nine games. Beasley leads the team in 10 categories, including scoring, field goals (88), free throws (41), rebounds, blocks and minutes.
On Nov. 17, Beasley 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
Beasley is one of three players averaging in double figures for the Wildcats, including fellow freshmen Bill Walker (14.0 ppg.) and Jacob Pullen (11.9 ppg.). Walker, who posted his second career double-double against California, is second in scoring and rebounding (6.7 rpg.) and has now scored in double figures in 10 of 13 career games, including six of seven games this season. Pullen, who tied his career-high with 19 in back-to-back wins against UCF and Rider at the Old Spice Classic, is first in assists (3.3 apg.) and steals (1.6 spg.) and is third in scoring. He has scored in double figures in seven games.
Tickets are available for Monday’s game and are priced at $25. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 816.931.3330 or online at Ticketmaster.com. The game is considered K-State's home contest and is included in the season-ticket package for fans, excluding students whose season ticket does not contain games played during the semester break. Students are able to purchase
tickets at a special price of $10 through the Athletics Ticket Office.
k-state offers holiday ticket specials
For just $50, fans may purchase four tickets to either the Saturday, Dec. 22 men’s game against
Best of all is the Ultimate Holiday Pack. Fans may purchase four tickets to all three games for just $110, a savings of $76.
in search of win 1,400
One of the winningest programs in college basketball history,
K-State has won 34 of its last 45 games against non-conference foes, including a remarkable 28-2 mark at home. The Wildcats’ loss to
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the book on
Florida A&M enters Monday’s contest with a 3-6 record after posting a 61-57 win over
Florida A&M is averaging 60.7 points on 40 percent shooting, including 29.3 percent from 3-point range, with 32.3 rebounds, 11.9 assists, 7.2 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. The team is holding opponents to 78.4 points per game on 49.3 percent shooting from the field. Junior forward Oliver Prince paces the squad in both scoring (11.0 ppg.) and rebounding (7.4 rpg.), while senior guard L.C. Robinson and senior forward Akini Akini average 10.7 and 9.9 points, respectively.
Florida A&M is one of at least eight teams K-State has or will face that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07, where the Rattlers lost to Niagara, 77-69, in the opening round game in
The team is led by first-year coach Eugene Harris, who was hired on Sept. 20 after the resignation of longtime coach Mike Gillispie. Harris has spent 23 years as an assistant coach throughout the southeast including stints at South Alabama (1983-84), Clemson (1984-94),
Like Frank Martin, Harris played and coached in the state of
This will mark the second all-time meeting between
The squad has a 14-0 overall record against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It will be the first of two consecutive games against squads from the league, as
k-state has rich history in
The Wildcats are 97-68 (.588) all-time in Kansas City, which spans three different arenas -- Municipal Auditorium, Kemper Arena and now the Sprint Center. The team has played games in the city dating back 64 years since K-State lost to
about the sprint center
It will mark just the sixth basketball game played in the arena since its opening in October, following the four games in the CBE Classic on Nov. 19-20 and the Kansas-Ohio contest held this past Saturday.
newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes has been a big success so far for
walker named big 12 rookie of the week
Freshman forward Bill Walker earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 10 after averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games against Notre Dame and
For the week,
Walker played arguably his best game as a Wildcat in the team’s 82-75 win over previously unbeaten California on Dec. 9, as he set or tied career-highs in nine categories. He posted a career-high 30 points on 7-of-22 field goals, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, with a
career-tying 10 rebounds, a career-high four steals and two assists in 35 minutes of action.
The performance followed a solid outing against Notre Dame on Dec. 4, as he tallied 14 points against the Fighting Irish on 6-of-11 field goals with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 33 minutes. He scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half on 5-of-8 shooting in playing all 20 minutes.
walker back to full strength
The former high school All-American is finally healthy after playing in just six games as a true freshman in 2006-07 before going down with a season-ending ACL injury at Texas A&M in the first Big 12 contest.
After battling through a variety injuries to start the season,
He hyperextended his knee in practice on Nov. 23 and did not play against UCF that night. However, he came back with full force two days later to post his first career double-double against Rider on Nov. 25 with 14 points and a new career-high 10 rebounds. He continued his impressive play against Notre Dame with a season-tying 14 points on 6-of-11 field goals with six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
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.
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 25.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per game through eight games with eight 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 could 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 14.4 points on 64.1 percent shooting to go with 6.0 rebounds per game in the second half this season. He has scored in double figures in seven of nine second halves this season, including 23 points against
Michael Beasley had a memorable first game as a Wildcat, he set three school records as well as two Big 12 marks in helping
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
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
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
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
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.
A team mainstay the past three seasons, senior guard Clent Stewart has become a guiding force for a young squad. He has been a steady force during a crucial stretch in the last three games, averaging 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists against the likes of
Stewart continues to move up the career charts in three categories (assists, minutes played and games started), in this, his last season at K-State. With two assists against
He moved up to sixth in career minutes played with 2,643, passing former teammate Lance Harris (2,618; 2003-07) with a season-high 34 minutes against
young comes through in clutch
Senior Blake Young came through a pair of big 3-point field goals in the second half of the win over
Young, who ranks fourth on the team in both scoring (8.8 ppg.) and rebounding (3.8 rpg.), has elevated his play in the last three games against
He is one of just two players (Michael Beasley) to start all nine games this season. He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 44 consecutive games played dating back to last season.
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
He has scored in double figures in seven of the team’s first nine 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 70.3 percent for the season.
He opened the season with 18 points against
Pullen is the third freshman to start the season at the point since 2003, following Dez Willingham (2003) and Clent Stewart (2004).
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
Gilbert came into the Rider game with a total of 13 points in the first five games with a previous high of seven against
Another true freshman making an immediate impact for the Wildcats is Ron Anderson, who ranks first on the team in field goal percentage (58.1) and third in rebounding (6.1 rpg.). 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
k-state earns first preseason ranking since 75
“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.
K-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.
The Wildcats captured the 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Holiday Classic by beating
k-state chosen fourth in big 12 preseason poll
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,
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
Beasley and freshman Bill Walker were named to the honorable mention preseason team, along with Baylor’s Aaron Bruce,
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.