No. 17 K-State Faces Alabama in Mobile

Game Information

17/22 KANSAS STATE (9-1, 0-0 Big 12)
vs. Alabama (7-3)

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tipoff: 8:07 p.m. CT or 30 minutes after game one between host South Alabama and UAB, which tips off at 5:30 p.m. CT. Location: Mobile, Ala.  |  Arena: Mitchell Center (10,041)

Television: Cox (Ben Boyle, play-by-play; Stan Weber, analyst; Curtis Lorenz, producer)  |  Comcast/CSS (Joe Block, play-by-play; Wimp Sanderson, analyst; Anthony Early, producer)  |  Channel Directory: Ch. 98 on Cox in Kansas, Ch. 20 on Time Warner Cable in Kansas City.

Radio: K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson, play-by-play; Matt Walters, analyst)  |  Live Stats: www.usajaguars.com  |  Local Stations: Sports Radio 1350 AM (KMAN; Manhattan), 102.9-FM (KQTP; Topeka)  |  Satellite Radio: Sirius 152 

Head Coaches: Kansas State - Frank Martin (Florida International '93) is 52-25 (.675) in his third season at K-State.  Alabama - Anthony Grant (Dayton '87) is 7-3 (.700) in his first season at Alabama and 83-28 (.748) in his fourth season as a head coach.
      
Last Time Out: K-State defeated 18/17 UNLV, 95-80 on Dec. 12, while Alabama knocked off Samford, 60-45, on Wednesday night at home.

Series: Alabama leads 1-0 (First meeting on a neutral floor)  |  Last time: Alabama won 79-48 at home on Nov. 16, 1994  |  vs. SEC: K-State is 18-20 (7-6 on a neutral floor)  |  Frank Martin is 0-0 vs. Alabama, while Anthony Grant is 0-0 all-time vs. K-State.
     
Rankings: K-State is ranked 17th in the AP poll and 22nd in USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.  Alabama is not ranked in either poll.  

Tickets: $15 (upper bowl), $25 (lower bowl) by calling South Alabama Athletic Ticket Office at 251.461.1USA or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

K-State returns from exam break with a trip to Alabama
Kansas State (9-1) returns to the hardwood after a week-long break for final semester exams on Saturday, as the Wildcats make their first visit to Mobile, Ala., to face Alabama (7-3) in the Coors Classic.  The game is the second of a doubleheader at the Mitchell Center and follows a contest between host South Alabama (8-3) and UAB (9-1) at 8 p.m. CT.  K-State, which is off to its best start since 2004-05, concludes a difficult four-game stretch with the Crimson Tide, who nearly knocked off No. 5 Purdue last Saturday at home.  The stretch started with home games against Washington State and Xavier on Dec. 5 and 8 and continued with a road game at then unbeaten and No. 17 UNLV on Dec. 12.  The Wildcats, whose 14 non-conference opponents boast a .637 winning percentage through Dec. 17, currently have the country's best RPI (according to three services) and the consensus second-best strength of schedule.  In addition, the team will look to continue their recent success in the month of December with wins in 37 of their last 47 games, including the current 19-game home court winning streak.  The game will be broadcast in the state of Kansas to all Cox Communications subscribers (Ch. 98) and to Kansas City area residents on Time Warner Cable (Ch. 20) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call.  

K-State was rewarded for its outstanding play on Monday with its first national rankings since the 2007-08 season, as the squad joined The Associated Press poll at No. 17 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll at No. 22.  It is the first ranking since the Wildcats appeared at No. 24 in the AP poll on Feb. 19, 2009 and the highest ranking in the AP poll since the team was 14th on Feb. 9, 1988.  The ranking in the AP poll is also the highest for K-State prior to conference play since the team checked in at No. 14 in the preseason poll in 1975. 

The Wildcats are coming off their most impressive win of the season on Dec. 12, as the team went on the road and knocked off unbeaten and No. 17/18 UNLV, 95-80, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  It marked the second time this season the squad had beaten a Top 25 opponent (following the 83-75 win over then No. 18/21 Dayton), a first for the program since they defeated No. 4 N.C. State and No. 14 St. Joseph's on consecutive days on Dec. 19-20, 1958.  K-State set season-highs in six offensive categories, including those for points (95), field goal percentage (57.1), 3-point field goals (14), 3-point field goal percentage (60.9), while the 14 treys tied for the third-most in school history and the most since also posting 14 against Texas in 2007.  The 95 points tied for the third-most against ranked team in school history and were the most allowed by UNLV since Lon Kruger became head coach in 2004.  The backcourt duo of Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente combined for 50 points on 57.1 percent shooting with Pullen scoring a season-best 28 points on 10-of-16 field goals, including a career-best 7-of-10 from 3-point range.  For his efforts, Pullen was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week.  

A Quick Look at Kansas State
K-State is averaging just over 80 points per game (81.6 ppg.) on 47.2 percent shooting (266-of-563), including 37 percent from 3-point range (68-of-184), with 38.7 rebounds, 15.4 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game.  The squad has topped 80 or more points in seven of 10 games, while hitting on 45 percent or better from the field on six occasions.  The 816 points scored are the third-most through 10 games in school history and the most since the 1997-98 squad scored 833 points.  The seven 80-point contests tie the 1986-87 team for the most through 10 games.  The defensive effort has been solid, holding opponents to 67.3 points on 39.8 percent shooting while averaging 19.1 points off of 17.3 turnovers per game.  Before allowing 80 points to UNLV, the Wildcats had been stingy on the defensive end, holding both Washington State and Xavier to just 62.5 points on 37.6 percent shooting from the field, including just 26.1 percent from 3-point range, and posting a 39-31 rebounding advantage.

The Wildcats are 9-1 for the first time under head coach Frank Martin and for the first time as a program since the 2004-05 squad opened with eight straight victories before splitting games nine and 10.  Only two other squads have fared better after 10 games, as the 1918-19 and 1947-48 teams started the season with 10 straight wins.  This is just the 12th time in school history that the team has won nine of their first 10 games.

The reigning Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week, junior Jacob Pullen leads four players in double figures at 19.2 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting from the field to go with team bests in field goals (53), 3-point field goals (25), free throws (61), free throw percentage (80.3), assists (37) and steals (15), while backcourt mate Denis Clemente is second in scoring at 14.8 points per game on 38.4 percent shooting from the field and is second to Pullen in field goals (48), 3-point field goals (20) and assists (36).  The duo has combined for over 40 percent of the scoring (340) so far this season, while historically, they are the second-most productive (as far as combined points per game at 27.8) guard tandem since former NBA players Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams combined to average 38.9 points per game for the Wildcats between 1974-76.  Clemente recently topped the 1,000-point plateau for his career (includes his two-year stint at Miami) with a pair of free throws just over a minute into the IUPUI game on Nov. 28.  Pullen's 983 points in 77 career games ranks 23rd all-time in school history, while he has scored in double figures in all 10 games and a team-best 49 times in his career.  He has scored 20 or more points in five of the last six games, including a streak of four straight.  

Junior transfer Curtis Kelly and sophomore Jamar Samuels are tied for third in scoring at 11.7 points per game and both have connected on 58 or better percent from the field.  Samuels, who has come off the bench in nine of 10 games, is connecting on a team-best 61.1 percent from the field this sesaon to go with 5.9 rebounds per game.  He has scored in double figures in seven games, including a career-best 21 points against Fort Hays State on Dec. 1.  Dubbed the "X-Factor" for his ability to change the game off the bench, 21 of Samuels' 22 double-digit scoring efforts have come as a reserve.  Kelly, who leads the team with two double-doubles, is shooting 58.3 percent from the field and leads all players with 6.7 rebounds per contest.  In all, the squad has six players averaging six or more points and seven averaging three or more rebounds.

Postgame Notes vs. UNLV
--Kansas State moved to 2-3 all-time against UNLV, including their first win in three attempts in Las Vegas... The team also earned their third win in the Orleans Arena in five chances, after winning two in 2006 and losing two in 2008... It also marked the first win against a Lon Kruger-coached team (in three opportunities) since the Wildcats defeated his Texas-Pan American squad, 75-68, on Nov. 27, 1986, also ironically in Las Vegas... In addition, it was the first road win in the month of December since an 83-81 victory at North Dakota State on Dec. 9, 2006.

--The Wildcats' starting lineup was junior guard Jacob Pullen, senior guard Denis Clemente, junior forward Dominique Sutton, junior forward Curtis Kelly and freshman forward Wally Judge... It marks the third time this season the team has used this starting combination... Pullen has now started in 44 straight games for the Wildcats, extending his streak as the team's leader in most consecutive games played to 77.

--The win against No. 18/17 UNLV was the second over a Top 25 non-conference opponent this season and the first since an 83-75 win over No. 18/21 Dayton in the third-place game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off... It marked the first time in over 50 years that a Wildcat team has beaten two Top 25 foes during the non-conference season and first since the 1958-59 squad defeated No. 4 N.C. State (69-67) and No. 14 St. Joseph's (68-55) on consecutive days on Dec. 19-20, 1958 in Kansas City, Mo. ...  Head coach Frank Martin is now 5-7 all-time against Top 25 teams.

--K-State posted season-highs in seven categories against UNLV, including points (95), field goal percentage (57.1), 3-point field goals (14), 3-point field goal attempts (23), 3-point field goal percentage (60.9), free throw percentage (78.1) and field goal percentage in a half (66.7 in second half)... It marked the 34th time (in 77 games) that the Wildcats have topped 80 points under Frank Martin, including the 10th time over 90... It was the highest field goal percentage since the team shot 60.3 percent against North Carolina Central on Feb. 17, 2009. 

--The 95 points were the most this season and tied for third-most points against a ranked team in school history and most against a ranked foe on the road... The total only trails the 100 scored against No. 13 Oklahoma City on Feb. 16, 1957 and the 96 scored against No. 20 Kansas on Jan. 20, 1979 (both home games)... It tied the 95 points scored against No. 4 Oklahoma (95-112) in Norman, Okla., on Feb. 13, 1988 and the 95 against No. 23 Oklahoma at home on Feb. 5, 1991... It is the most by a Wildcat team since scoring 95 against North Carolina Central on Feb. 17, 2009. 

--The 14 3-point field goals by K-State were the most this season and the most since also posting 14 against Texas on Feb. 3, 2007... The total tied for the third-most 3-point field goals in school history, matching the total against Marshall on Dec. 9, 1993 and Nebraska on Feb. 9, 2002.

--The backcourt tandem of Jacob Pullen (28) and Denis Clemente (22) combined for 50 points against UNLV, the most combined points for the duo since they started playing together (42 games)... It marked the fourth time in their career that they have both scored 20 or more points in the same game... Pullen led four Wildcats in double figures with a season-high 28 points on 10-of-16 field goals, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range... His seven 3-pointers are a career-high and the most by a Wildcat since Cartier Martin also had seven against Texas on Feb. 3, 2007... It marked the 17th time in his career he led the team in scoring and the 14th time that he has scored 20 or more points.

The Book on Alabama
A member of the Southeastern Conference, Alabama enters Saturday's game with a 7-3 record after getting back on the winning track with a 60-45 victory over Samford on Wednesday night at home.  The Crimson Tide opened the season a 71-67 loss to Ivy League favorite Cornell before beating Jackson State (86-69) and Providence (84-75) at home.  The team then placed third at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, knocking off Big 12 foe Baylor (79-76) and then No. 15 Michigan (68-66) in between a 60-51 loss to eventual tournament champion Florida State.  The squad has won three of its last four games, all from home, including wins against North Florida (73-51), Louisiana-Monroe (74-46) and Samford.  The Crimson Tide showed their tremendous potential, going up as many as 16 points against No. 5/5 Purdue last Saturday before falling 73-65.      

Alabama is averaging just over 70 points per game (70.7) on the season on 45.4 percent shooting, including 34.8 percent from 3-point range, with 34.3 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.6 blocks per game.  The team is shooting a solid 69.2 percent from the free throw line.  Yet another young squad with three seniors, the Crimson Tide have already forced 36 more turnovers than their opponents.  They are led by one of the top guards in the SEC in senior Mikhail Torrance, who pacing the squad in scoring (15.4 ppg.), assists (5.5 apg.), free throw percentage (90.9) and minutes (32.3 mpg.).  He shooting 52.5 percent from the field (52-of-99), including 40 percent from 3-point range.  Sophomore JaMychal Green has also been key for Alabama, averaging 14.5 points on 51.4 percent shooting with team-bests in field goals (55), rebounding (6.7 rpg.)  and blocks (2.3 bpg.).  Freshman Tony Mitchell is third in scoring at 9.3 points per game on a team-best 56.7 percent shooting to go with 4.4 rebounds and a team-high 1.8 steals per contest.  Junior Senario Hillman and senior Anthony Brock average 7.4 and 7.0 points per game, while junior Charvez Davis adds 6.6 points per game on a team-best 18 3-point field goals.      

Alabama is led by first-year head coach Anthony Grant, who has 83 wins in his fourth season as a head coach.  Grant came to Alabama in March after three seasons at VCU, where he led the squad to two NCAA Tournament appearances and three Colonial Athletic Conference regular-season titles.  Known for his fast-pace style and aggresive defense, Grant spent 10 years at Florida with Billy Donovan, including five years as associate head coach.  He helped the Gators to one NCAA title, eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and two SEC Tournament championships.
 
Series vs. Alabama
This will be just the second all-time meeting between K-State and Alabama on the hardwood.  The Crimson Tide won that first and only meeting in 1994, when the nationally-ranked squad knocked off the Wildcats, 79-48, at home in the Preseason NIT.  K-State is 18-20 all-time against the SEC, including a 7-6 mark in games played at neutral site.  The team's only loss this season came to SEC foe Ole Miss, 86-74, in the quarterfinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 20.  The last win against an SEC foe came against Auburn, 78-75, in Tallahassee, Fla., on Dec. 30, 1994.

Familiar Foe
Saturday's meeting will pit two longtime friends against each other in Frank Martin and Anthony Grant.  The friendship dates all the way back to their sophomore year at Miami (Fla.) Senior High School, where they met in English class and were apart of the basketball team.  Upon finishing his playing career, Grant became an assistant coach, along with Martin, for legendary Miami Senior coach Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez.  From 1987 to 1992, the two helped Miami Senior High to three state titles and five national rankings.  Both became high school head coaches in the Miami area, including Martin at Miami Senior, before joining the college ranks.  Grant is also the godfather of Martin's oldest son, Brandon. 
  
'Cats in December
Kansas State will look to continue its strong play in December, where the Wildcats have won 37 of their last 47 games.  The squad is 444-230 (.657) all-time in December with 31 wins in their last 32 games at home in the month dating back to the 2002-03 season, including a current of streak of 19 consecutive home victories dating back to the 2004-05 season.  The team's last home loss in December came to Rutgers (76-66) on Dec. 28, 2004.  K-State has won four or more games in the month in each of the last eight seasons, including six in both 2002-03 and 2006-07.  The squad has posted a winning record in December 62 times in their history, including eight consecutive seasons dating back to 2002-03.   The Wildcats won a school-record nine games in the month nine times in their history, including perfect 9-0 marks in 1947-48 and 1993-94.

Points Off Turnovers
A trademark of Frank Martin-coached teams are their ability to score points off of opponent's miscues.  Since he became K-State's head coach in 2007, the Wildcats have scored 1,435 points off of 1,287 turnovers in 77 games, an average of 18.6 points per game.  Nearly 25 percent of the points scored in the past three years have come off of offense generated from opponent turnovers.  In 2007-08, the Wildcats scored 18.9 points per game off of 16.2 turnovers per game, while in 2008-09, the team scored 25.7 points off of an average of 17.0 turnovers per contest.  This year has not been any different with the squad averaging 19.1 points off of 17.3 opponent mistakes per game.  Four times this season K-State has scored 20 or more points off of turnovers, including 39 against Washington State on Dec. 5, which is the most against one foe since the stat has been kept starting in 2005-06.  The Wildcats also scored 20 or more off of miscues against Loyola Chicago (29), IUPUI (28) and UNLV (26).    

Quite A Duo
Senior Denis Clemente and junior Jacob Pullen have become quite the scoring duo for the Wildcats in their two seasons together.  The two have combined to score 1,292 points in just over one season together, including finishing first and second in scoring in 2008-09.  They have combined to average 34 points per game through 10 games this season, including Pullen's team-leading 19.2 points per game.  The 34-point combined average is the third-highest by a guard duo in school history, trailing Chuckie Williams and Mike Evans in 1974-75 (39.1) and 1975-76 (38.8) and just ahead of Askia Jones and Anthony Beane in 1993-94 (33.5) and Steve Henson and Jean Derouillere in 1989-90 (33.1).  Historically, Clemente and Pullen are the second-most productive (as far as combined points per game at 27.8) guard tandem since former NBA players Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams combined to average 38.9 points per game for the Wildcats between 1974-76.  They have combined to score 20 or more points 37 times in 42 games dating back to last season, including 30 or more points on 22 occasions.  They were perhaps at their best in the win over No. 18/17 UNLV on Dec. 12, as the two combined for 50 points on 57.1 percent shooting (16-of-28) from the field, including 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point range, in the victory.  It marked the seventh time the pair has combined to score 40 or more points (in 42 career games together) with three of those games coming in last six outings.  The contest against the Runnin' Rebels was just the fourth in which both players have topped 20 or more points in the same contest following Kansas on Feb. 14, 2009, Dayton on Nov. 22 and Washington State on Dec. 5.

Clemente Tops 1,000
Senior Denis Clemente eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier with a pair of free throws just over a minute into the IUPUI game on Nov. 28.  Clemente, who transferred to K-State after playing two seasons at Miami (Fla.), has totaled 628 points his two-year career on 40 percent shooting (215-of-537) from the field, including 35.7 percent (79-of-221) from 3-point range, in 42 games.  He has a chance to break into the school's top-10 of career points by a transfer, needing just 175 points to tie Elliot Hatcher (803; 1994-96) for 10th place.  He scored 450 points in his two years as a Hurricane, connecting on 38.7 percent (167-of-432) of his field goals, including 31.5 percent (57-of-181) from beyond the arc, in 61 games.
    
Pullen Moving Up the Charts
Junior Jacob Pullen is nearing several career milestone as he is in the midst of his third season as a Wildcat.  With his season-best 28-point effort against UNLV on Dec. 12, Pullen now has 983 career points, which ranks 23rd all-time in school history.  He needs 17 points to become the 21st player in school history to tally 1,000 career points, including the xx guard to do so. 

He ranks in the top 10 in both 3-point field goals made and attempted, ranking fifth in attempts with 419 and sixth in makes with 140.  He needs 20 3-point attempts to move ahead of Lance Harris (439, 2003-07) for fourth place, while he needs two 3-point field goals to move past Will Scott (142, 1986-88) for fifth place all-time.  He became the sixth player in school history to top 100 steals in a career with his three steals against Boston in the opener in the Puerto Rico.  He needs two more thefts to move into fourth-place all-time ahead of Belvis Noland (110, 1993-95) and Aaron Swartzendruber (110, 1994-98).  Pullen could join Steve Henson (1987-90) and Askia Jones (1989-94) as the only players with 1,000 points (needs 17 points), 200 3-pointers (needs 60), 250 assists (already has 252) and 100 steals (already has 108).  He currently holds the longest current games played streak at 77 games, while he has started 44 consecutive games.

The D Stands for Defense
Junior Dominique Sutton is starting to state his case as one of the premier defenders not just in the Big 12 but nationally.  Sutton, who has been regularly assigned the opponent's top offensive performer for much of his career, has really become a top-line defender for the Wildcats in the last three games.  During that stretch against the likes of Washington State's Klay Thompson, Xavier's Jordan Crawford and UNLV's Derrick Jasper, he held those three to a collective 32.3 shooting percentage (10-of-31), including 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from 3-point range.  Thompson, who entered the game on Dec. 5 as the nation's second-leading scorer at 26.4 points per game, shot just 5-of-15 from the field, including 1-of-4 from long range, with one assist and nine turnovers.  Although Thompson scored 22 points in the contest, 11 of those came from the free throw line.  Crawford, another pro prospect, managed 16 points (five from the line) against Sutton, but shot just 5-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-5 from 3-point range, with one assist and three turnovers.  Jasper was held scoreless for the first time in his UNLV career, going 0-of-3 from the field.  Sutton's defense has helped boost his offensive game in the past three games, where he is averaging 10 points on 54.5 percent shooting. 

Kelly Becoming A Force Down Under
Junior Curtis Kelly is starting to develop his game down low for the Wildcats after sitting out the 2008-09 season after transferring from UConn.  A starter in all 10 games this season, Kelly is tied for third on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game on 58.3 percent shooting to go with a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest.  He leads the team with two double-doubles, including an 18-point, 10-rebound effort against Ole Miss on Nov. 20 and an 11-point, 11-rebound effort against IUPUI on Nov. 28.  Kelly has scored in double figures six times this year including in back-to-back games in key wins against Xavier (15) and UNLV (13), while he has led the squad in rebounding in five of 10 contests.  He has shot over 60 percent in six games, including connecting on 81.8 percent (9-of-11) in the opener against Loyola Chicago with a career-best 22 points. 

Sixth Man
Sophomore Jamar Samuels has continued where he left off in 2008-09, becoming a key boost off the bench for the Wildcats.  Samuels, who is tied with Curtis Kelly for third on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game, has seen 21 of his 22 double-digit scoring efforts come as a reserve.  This season, he has scored 10 or more points seven times with six of those coming off the bench.  Samuels' only start came in the opener against Loyola Chicago, where he scored 11 points on 3-of-6 field goals in just 14 minutes of action.  He scored a career-high 21 points from the bench in the win over Fort Hays State (No. 14 team in Division II) on Dec. 1, knocking down 6-of-9 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.  He has also been a big force on the rebounding end for the squad, totaling six or more boards in six games all off the bench.
 
Colon Back To Action
Senior Luis Colon made his long awaited debut against No. 18/17 UNLV on Dec. 12, scoring one point and grabbing five rebounds in 11 minutes of action off the bench.  Colon, who was also hurt in the preseason, missed the first nine games off the season due to an off-the-court issue that has since been resolved.  A key component to the Wildcat attack last season, Colon was one of two players (along with Jacob Pullen) to start all 34 games a year ago, averaging 4.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds per game.

Pullen Named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Junior Jacob Pullen was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday in an announcement by the league office.  Pullen, who helped the Wildcats to wins over Xavier and No. 18/17 UNLV, averaged 22.0 points on 48.1 percent shooting (13-of-27), including 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point range, for the week with 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.5 minutes per game. 

Pullen began the week by scoring 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half of a 71-56 win over the Musketeers in 24 minutes of action.  He then followed with a season-high 28-point output in a 95-80 win over the nationally-ranked Runnin' Rebels, including a career-best 7-of-10 effort from beyond the arc.  The seven 3-point field goals tied eight other players for the fourth-most by an individual in school history.  

Pullen is the first Wildcat to earn Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors since teammate Denis Clemente claimed the distinction on Feb. 2, 2009.  Overall, he is the sixth player to earn the honor since 1997-98.  

Clemente Named Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
Senior Denis Clemente was named a candidate for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award on Thursday, which recognizes college basketball's top point guard.  The annual award, which is named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy, is presented by The Hartford Financial Services and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  Clemente was one of 72 candidates nominated for the award, which includes players from all Division I, II and III schools across the country.  He is one of 49 candidates from Division I, including fellow Big 12 players Diante Garrett (Iowa State), J.T. Tiller (Missouri), Ray Penn (Oklahoma State) and Sherron Collins (Kansas).

Clemente has helped guide the No. 17/22 Wildcats to their highest ranking in over 20 years in The Associated Press poll and a 9-1 overall record for just the 12th time in school history and for the first time since 2004-05.  He is the team's second-leading scorer (and 12th in the Big 12) at 14.8 points per game and has scored in double figures in eight of the team's 10 games.  He is second to backcourt mate Jacob Pullen in field goals (48), 3-point field goals (20) and assists (36).  His current assist-to-turnover ratio is 2.57, which ranks fifth in the Big 12.

The original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by Jan. 1, a final 10 by Feb. 1 and a final five by March 1.  A Hall of Fame appointed screening committee will be narrowing down the candidates from 20 to 10 to 5 prior to the Blue Ribbon Selection Committee evaluating the final five candidates and ultimately choosing the winner.  The winner will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday, April 5 in Indianapolis as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winner of the Bob Cousy award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A&M), D.J. Augustin (Texas) and Ty Lawson (North Carolina).  For more information on the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford, log onto www.cousyaward.com.