K-State men's basketball announces exhibition tour
K-State men's basketball announces exhibition tour to Canada
The Wildcats will play four games in British Columbia from October 8-12
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men's basketball team will spend October 8-12 on a four-game preseason exhibition tour to Vancouver, British Columbia, as announced by fifth-year head coach Jim Wooldridge on Monday.
The exhibition tour begins on Saturday, October 9 when Kansas State meets Simon Fraser at West Gym in Burnaby, British Columbia for a 9 p.m. (Central, 7 p.m. Pacific time) tipoff. On Sunday, the Wildcats will participate in a doubleheader against Langara College and the University of British Columbia at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver. The squad will meet the Langara Falcons at 1 p.m. (Central, 11 a.m. Pacific time), while it will face the Thunderbirds of British Columbia in the early evening (time TBA). K-State finishes the tour on Monday against Trinity Western University at David E. Enarson Gym in Langley, British Columbia for a 9 p.m. (Central, 7 p.m. Pacific time) tip.
Kansas State will arrive in Vancouver late on Friday, October 8 and practice on the morning of October 9 before starting competition against Simon Fraser that evening. The Wildcats will return home late on Tuesday, October 12.
In preparation for the preseason trip, Kansas State will be conducting 10 practices beginning the first day of school on Wednesday, which are allowable under NCAA rules when a school is participating in a foreign fall exhibition tour. Teams are permitted to participate in an exhibition tour every four years.
Simon Fraser (SFU) posted an 18-18 record in 2003-04 and finished the regular season in first place with a 13-7 mark in the Pacific Division of the Canada West Conference ahead of British Columbia (UBC) and Trinity Western. The Clan, who were knocked out of the conference playoffs by UBC, played five U.S. teams (all losses) last season, including SMU (overtime defeat), New Mexico, Creighton, Montana State and Montana State-Northern (overtime defeat).
Langara registered a 13-19 overall record in 2003-04 and finished in eighth place in the British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA) with a 7-11 league mark.
British Columbia was 22-15 overall in 2003-04 and finished second in the Pacific Division at 12-8. The T-Birds then knocked off Trinity Western and SFU to claim their second straight Pacific Division title and went on to earn a second consecutive trip to the national championship tournament in Halifax where they fell to York in the opening round.
Six players have committed to UBC for the upcoming season, including reigning CIS player of the year and two-time national scoring leader Pasha Bains of Richmond. The Thunderbirds return eight players from last season, including the all-star starting backcourt of Casey Archibald of Salmon Arm and Villanueva of Richmond. Also back in the lineup for 2004-05 is former Canada West all-star guard Corey Ogilvie of Qualicum Beach.
Trinity Western finished in third place in the Pacific Division with an 11-9 mark to grab the last playoff spot. The Spartans lost their best-of-three division semifinals series to UBC, two games to one.
Simon Fraser, British Columbia and Trinity Western all participate in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), which is the Canadian equivalent of the NCAA, while Langara is involved in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA). Simon Fraser and British Columbia are also associated with the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) in several Olympic sports, including cross country, men's and women's soccer and baseball.
Armed with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2006-07 season, Wooldridge returns two starters and 10 lettermen for the 2004-05 season. Despite numerous injuries, Kansas State posted a 14-14 overall record and a tie for ninth place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 6-10 mark in 2003-04. The Wildcats were close in many of those losses, as 10 of the team's 14 setbacks were by 10 points or less. Both the 14 overall wins and six league victories were the most of the Wooldridge era and the most since the 1998-99 squad.
Kansas State returns nearly 60 percent of its scoring and over 70 percent of its rebounding from last season. The Wildcats will be led by reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and senior forward Jeremiah Massey, who paced the team in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.8 rpg.). Massey will be joined by fellow starter, junior forward Marques Hayden, who averaged 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. The squad also returns sophomore forward Cartier Martin (6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds) and sophomore point guard Dez Willingham (4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds).
The Wildcats also welcome three newcomers in 2004-05, including sophomore transfer Fred Peete and freshmen Curtis Allen and Clent Stewart. Peete was one of just four freshmen among the 30 players named to first, second and third NJCAA All-American teams when he was selected to the organizations' third team at NE Oklahoma A&M. Stewart was named the Tulsa World state Player of the Year and Class 6A All-Tournament MVP after leading Union High School to the state championship. Allen, who averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, guided Long Beach (Calif.) Poly to a 28-4 overall record and to the Southern Section and Moore League title in 2004.
Kansas State is one of six Division I men's teams traveling to the Vancouver area for an exhibition tour, which includes Big 12 rival Kansas, UNLV, Georgia, Pacific, Hampton and Western Washington.
Kansas State Preseason Exhibition Tour to Vancouver, British Columbia, October 8-12
October 9 - vs. Simon Fraser (West Gym, Burnaby) at 9 p.m. CST
October 10 - vs. Langara College (War Memorial Gym, Vancouver) at 1 p.m. CST
October 10 - vs. University of British Columbia (War Memorial Gym, Vancouver) TBA
October 11 - vs. Trinity Western University (David E. Enarson Gym, Langley) at 9 p.m. CST
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