K-State Holds Madness in Manhattan Event

Freshman Brianna Kulas drives to the basket during the women's scrimmage in the Madness in Manhattan event on Friday.

Oct. 15, 2010


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The Kansas State basketball teams kicked off the 2010-11 season on Friday night as they hosted their annual Madness in Manhattan event in Bramlage Coliseum.

The event was featured as a part of ESPNU's Midnight Madness kickoff event. K-State was one of just six programs nationally to be selected for the broadcast.

Madness in Manhattan was kicked off by the athletic department's announcement of plans for an Ahearn Fund driven basketball practice facility slated to begin construction in the near future. More details, including photos, a video tour and information on how to contribute, are available at www.kstatesports.com/trainingfacility.

The on-court festivities began with an introduction of the 2010-11 Wildcat women's basketball team, which features eight returning letter winners as well as five newcomers. After a fan-interactive game of knockout, the squad broke up into black and white teams for a 10-minute scrimmage. The white team came out on top, 10-8, with sophomore Taelor Karr's 3-pointer being the difference in the contest.

In between the women's and men's festivities, a special video message from K-State alum and Emmy-Award winning actor Eric Stonestreet and the rest of his Modern Family cast mates appeared on the big screen.

All of that was a prelude to the raucous introduction of head coach Frank Martin and the men's basketball team. The Wildcat big men challenged the guards to a skills challenge including a dunk contest and 3-point shooting contest.

Sophomore Wally Judge stole the show during the dunk contest with back-to-back perfect scores to give the edge to the forwards heading into the shooting contest.

Seven-foot sophomore Jordan Henriquez-Roberts brought the crowd to its feet by firing off a big-men leading 16 points to move on to the finals against senior All-American guard Jacob Pullen. The Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year was able to hold off Henriquez-Roberts to take the title for the guards, 164-157.

Following a dance number featuring the men's team in conjunction with the K-State Classy Cats, there was a Harlem Globetrotter-esque scrimmage where the Wildcats entertained the crowd.

The evening was closed out by a rousing speech by Coach Martin before an estimated crowd of more than 7,000 Wildcat faithful.

The 2010-11 season officially gets underway when the women host an exhibition game with Fort Hays State on November 4th at 7 p.m. The men's team kicks off their season on November 2nd with an exhibition against Newman, also scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.