K-State Hosts Centenary Saturday
K-State Hosts Centenary Saturday
Big Red One Appreciation Day
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tipoff: 1:06 p.m. CT
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: K-State leads 1-0
(K-State is 1-0 at home)
(Powercat Passport subscription required)
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 91
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)
Tickets: Fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $15 with the donation of a toy (with a value of $5, unopened) on the day of the game at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office.
Record: 7-3 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 28-15/1
School Record: 28-15/1
vs. Centenary: 0-0
07-08 Record: 21-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Dec. 14, 2008
Defeated Gardner-Webb, 107-48
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 2-9 (0-0
Ranking (AP/Coaches): --/--
Coach: Greg Gary
Alma Mater: Tulane, 92
Career Record: 2-9/1
School Record: 2-9/1
07-08 Record: 10-21 (4-14
Last game: Dec. 13, 2008
SID: Allison McClain
G - #0 Jacob Pullen (6-0, 200, So.)
G - #21 Denis Clemente (6-1, 175, Jr.)
F - #23 Dominique Sutton (6-5, 210, So.)
F - #42 Darren Kent (6-11, 230, Sr.)
F - #50 Luis
G - #1 Nick Stallings (6-1, 190, Sr.)
G - #15 Gary Redus II (6-6, 180, So.)
G - #11 Chase Adams (5-10, 175, Jr.)
F - #3 Anthony Gatlin (6-8, 180, So.)
F - #30 Jerrald Bonham (6-8, 210, Jr.)
There are a number of activities planned for the game involving the soldiers from
K-State played arguably its most complete game of the year Sunday against Gardner-Webb, as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 at home with a decisive 107-48 win over the Bulldogs. The team posted its highest point total in nearly 11 years, including 59 in the first half, while it was two short of the school record for assists (30). The squad hit on a season-best 59.7 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range, and held a 38-31 edge on the boards. The Wildcats held its fifth foe to 60 points or less, while setting a low for opponent field goal percentage (30.8) for the second straight contest. The team also scored a season-high 41 points off of 26 Bulldog turnovers.
Nearly every player scored, including four in double figures for the sixth time this season. Junior Denis Clemente and freshman Jamar Samuels each totaled 20 points to lead the team, while sophomores Fred Brown and Jacob Pullen added 18 and 14 points, respectively.
The game will be webcast on its official site, www.k-statesports.com, via Powercat Passport, the online destination for exclusive live and on-demand streaming video and audio for Wildcat fans. There are subscription packages available on an annual and monthly basis.
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; Sirius Satellite Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call.
Operation Santa Claus
Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation for
With the donation of a toy (with a value of $5, unopened), fans can purchase a ticket to Saturday’s game for just $15, which is half-off a regular-priced ticket. Tickets are limited for this promotion and the price is only good for the day of the game. There is one ticket discount per toy donation, and fans must show the toy donation at the ticket window the day of the game for the discount.
’Cats in December
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
The 96 points scored against Florida A&M on Nov. 14 tied three other teams for the fifth-most in an opener and most since 1991.
The 804 points tie for the fourth-most through 10 games in school history, trailing just the 1997-98 (833), 1986-87 (830) and 1976-77 (808) teams and tied with the 1952-53 squad. In fact, this year’s team joins those four squads as the only ones in
The Wildcats have scored 80 or more points in five of their first 10 games for just the fifth time in its history, including the 1956-57, 1976-77, 1981-82 and 1997-98 seasons.
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.
And Stellar Defense
K-State has shown the ability to play solid defense as well, holding its 10 opponents thus far to an average of 62.5 points per game. The Wildcats have held eight opponents to less than 70 points, including five to 60 points or less. In addition, the squad has held its last two opponents to 55 points or less for the first time in back-to-back games since the 2006-07 team held Chicago State and Nebraska to 36 and 45 points, respectively, on Jan. 22 and Jan. 27, 2007.
The 625 points yielded this season ties for the fourth-fewest through 10 games in the last 25 seasons, trailing the 2005-06 (610), 1993-94 (614) and 2004-05 (616) teams and tied with the 1985-86 squad. The 75 points scored by
This season, seven opponents have been held to below 40 percent shooting for the contest, while six foes have been held to below 30 percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats have set lows for opponent field goal percentage in the last two games, holding Southern Miss to 31.3 percent before allowing just 30.8 to Gardner-Webb.
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 10 games, 12 of the 13 players that have seen action have tallied at least four points with 11 totaling double-digit points and three in triple digits. Three players - sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, junior guard Denis Clemente and freshman forward Jamar Samuels - are averaging in double figures led by Pullen’s 15.1 points per game. Six players are averaging eight or more points, including sophomore guard Fred Brown (9.0 ppg.), sophomore forward Dominique Sutton (8.5 ppg) and senior forward Darren Kent (8.4 ppg.).
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 has already been six different leading scorers in 10 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 36 double-digit scoring games thus far with Pullen and Samuels doing it a team-best seven times in 10 games.
Rebounding Still a Strength
Most critics wondered how
Through 10 games, K-State is averaging 39.4 rebounds, including a Big 12-best 15.9 on the offensive end, with five players averaging four or more boards per game. Three players - Ron Anderson, Luis Colon and Darren Kent - have grabbed double-digit rebounds five times with
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 235 points (29 percent of their season total of 804 points) off 198 opponent turnovers. The squad has also outscored its opponents 122-60 on fast-break opportunities.
The Wildcats are averaging 7.7 steals per contest with eight players grabbing at least four led by Jacob Pullen’s team-high 20 steals.
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 sophomore Jacob Pullen.
The duo, which has started all 10 games, have combined for 276 points on 40 percent shooting (96-of-240), including 34.5 percent from 3-point range (39-of-113), with 71 of the team’s 160 assists. Pullen ranks first on the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game on 38.1 percent shooting with team-highs in field goals made (51), 3-point field goals made (23), assists (42) and steals (20). Clemente is second in scoring at 12.5 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting and assists (29), while is first in free throw shooting (82.6), second in assists and third in 3-point field goals (16).
Ironically, the two have scored in double figures five times in the same game with a combined 36 points against Florida A&M on Nov. 14, 31 against both
A starter down low in the post, junior Luis Colon is starting to come into his own this season. He is averaging 6.5 points on a team-best 60.5 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game. His 65 points are over half his entire total from his first two seasons, while his 53 rebounds are more than his entire total from 2007-08.
In the last four games, he has been even more impressive, averaging 8.0 points on 70 percent shooting with 6.7 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. He had a career night against Southern Miss on Dec. 11, posting highs in points (18), rebounds (11) and minutes (27) en route to becoming the first Wildcat since 2002 to go 9-of-9 from the field.
Samuels an Impact off the 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 third in scoring at 10.4 points on a team-best 61 percent shooting with 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks in 20.0 minutes per game. Samuels and Jacob Pullen are the only players to score in double figures in seven of the first 10 games with a season-high 20 points against Gardner-Webb Dec. 14.
Samuels has also made improvements from the free throw line, where he connected on 76.5 percent (26-of-34) in the last seven games. He started the season hitting just 31.5 percent (6-of-19) from the stripe.
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 three categories, including minutes (24.4 mpg.), rebounds (5.5 rpg.) and steals (1.3 spg.), while he is fifth in scoring (8.5 ppg.) at 50.8 percent shooting. He nearly collected his first career double-double in the win over
One of the bright spots for the Wildcats this season has been the play of senior forward Darren Kent.
Centenary enters Saturday’s contest with a 2-9 record after dropping its fourth straight game, 77-71, at Louisiana Tech last Saturday. The squad has played a brutal slate so far with eight of its 11 games played away from home, including both conference contests. The two wins have come on neutral sites to
The Gents are averaging 62.6 points through 11 games on 37.8 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range, with 30.5 rebounds, 11.7 assists, 8.9 steals and 2.7 blocks per game. The team averages nearly eight 3-point field goals made per game.
Centenary is led by a stellar backcourt of senior Nick Stallings and junior Chase Adams, who combined to average nearly half (30.6 ppg.) of the team’s point total. Stallings is averaging a team-best 16.5 points with a team-high 24 3-point field goals to go with a team-high 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 36.4 minutes per game.
Sophomore guard Gary Redus II is third on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game, while sophomore guard Anthony Gatlin adds 8.7 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds per contest. In all, five players are averaging six or more points per contest.
Centenary returns six lettermen, including three starters, from a team that finished the 2007-08 season with a 10-21 overall record and 4-14 mark in Summit League play.
The Gents are led by head coach Greg Gary, who has a 2-9 record in his first season at the helm.
K-State is 28-3 against teams from the Summit League, including an 83-64 win over
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Most November Wins
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