Undefeated Men to Play Arkansas-Pine Bluff Today

Kansas State (3-0) looks to finish its stretch of three games in six days undefeated, as the Wildcats play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.


Monday, November 29, 2004

Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Manhattan, Kan.

Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. CST

Television: none

Radio: Live across the 29-station Mid America Sports Network. A live audio stream will also be available on www.k-statesports.com. Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Ben Boyle (color) will call the action.

Webcast: The game will be webcast live as part of the Powercat Passport feature on Kansas State's athletic site at www.kstatesports.com.

The Records: Kansas State is 3-0 on the season after a 62-53 win over Washington State on Saturday. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-2 after dropping a 97-40 decision to Nebraska on Nov. 23.

The Rankings: Neither team is ranked.

K-State Coach Jim Wooldridge: Wooldridge (Louisiana Tech '77) is in his fifth season at Kansas State and owns a record of 54-65 (.454). He has amassed a 283-212 (.572) all-time record in this his 18th season as a collegiate head coach. Wooldridge guided the program to its highest win total in five years with last season's 14-14 record.

UAPB Coach Van Holt: Holt (Arkansas M&N '65) is in his third season at UAPB and owns a record of 5-52 (.088). The Golden Lions posted a 1-26 record last season, including a 1-17 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The Series: Kansas State leads 2-0. The Wildcats won both previous meetings in Manhattan, a 69-63 win on Dec. 23, 1996 and a 76-39 victory on Dec. 4, 2002. Wooldridge is 1-0 all-time vs. UAPB, while Holt is 0-1 vs. K-State.

Officials: Announced on game day.

Kansas State - Projected Starters

5 Clent Stewart G 6-4 195 Fr.-HS 7.0 ppg., 5.0 apg.
12 Fred Peete G 6-4 200 So.-TR 12.7 ppg,. 6.0 rpg.
15 Jeremiah Massey F 6-7 220 Sr.-1L 17.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg.
20 Cartier Martin F 6-7 220 So.-1L 6.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg.
23 Marques Hayden F 6-7 225 Jr.-2L 7.3 ppg., 7.0 rpg.

Key Reserves

1 Schyler Thomas G 6-0 185 Jr.-2L 0.7 ppg., 0.7 rpg.
3 Lance Harris G 6-5 190 So.-1L 5.7 ppg., 3.3 apg.
4 Curtis Allen G 6-4 200 Fr.-HS 2.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.
40 Travis Canby F 6-10 237 Sr.-3L 0.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.
54 Justin Williams F 6-10 245 Sr.-1L 4.0 ppg., 2.7 rpg.
55 Tyler Hughes F 6-11 240 So.-1L 2.3 ppg., 4.0 rpg.

Injuried

21 Dramane Diarra F 6-8 245 Sr.-1L 0.0 ppg., 0.0 rpg.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Projected Starters

10 Martese Coleman G 5-10 165 Jr.-TR 9.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.
14 Tamarius Brown G 6-1 145 Jr.-TR 20.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.
21 Jarvis Gunter C 6-10 210 So.-1L 8.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.
23 William Byrd F 6-6 180 So.-1L 4.0 ppg., 4.5 rpg.
24 Ben Culp F 6-5 180 Sr.-3L 1.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg.

K-State concludes tough four-game stretch with Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday

Kansas State (3-0) looks to finish its stretch of three games in six days undefeated, as the Wildcats play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

The contest will be broadcast on the 29-station Mid-America Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Ben Boyle (color) calling the action. Fans may also view a webcast of the game at www.kstatesports.com. There is a subscription fee to view the webcast as it is apart of the Powercat Passport program.

Kansas State is coming off its most impressive victory of the season, a 62-53 win over Washington State on Saturday. The Wildcats again won with a strong defense and an efficient offense. K-State shot a season-high 40 percent from the field with a season-low nine turnovers and converted on 16-of-21 free throw attempts, while the defense held the Cougars to just 38.2 percent from the floor. Guard Fred Peete scored a season-high 18 points, while forward Jeremiah Massey chipped in 15 points.

The Wildcats are now 3-0 for the second consecutive season and have won 18 in a row against non-league opposition at home.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-2 on the season after dropping a pair of games at Creighton (83-58) and Nebraska (97-40) last week. Winners of just one game last season, the Golden Lions are led by junior guard Tamarius Brown, who is averaging 20 points per game.

A quick look at the Cats

Kansas State is averaging 64.0 points on 37.0 percent (67-of-181) shooting so far this season with 41.3 rebounds, 15.7 assists and 6.3 steals... The team is led by Jeremiah Massey, who is averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Fred Peete is adding 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds... Guard Clent Stewart is fifth in the Big 12 with a 5.0 assists average... The Wildcats are allowing just 56.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting, while forcing an average of 15 turnovers.

Recapping Washington State

• Kansas State opened a season with three straight wins for the second straight year. The only other season the Wildcats opened 3-0 under head coach Jim Wooldridge occurred during the 2003-04 campaign.
• The Wildcats improved to 30-5 under Wooldridge in non-conference home games. The team has now won 18 in a row against non-league foes at home. The last loss came to Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2002.
• Kansas State improved to 35-19 all-time versus the Pac-10 and 2-1 against Washington State. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1949.
• The team gave up a season-low nine turnovers in the win and have turned the ball over just 19 times in the last two games. The nine miscues were the fewest since coughing up the same number at Missouri last year.
• K-State held WSU to just 38.2 percent shooting to mark the first time the Wildcats have held a foe below 40 percent this season. The team is yet to allow an opponent to shoot 45 percent this season. The 53 points were the fewest by a Wildcat foe this year and the second time it has held an opponent below 60.
• Kansas State's 37.5 percent first-half shooting may not have looked great, but it was a season-best. The team's 28 first-half point were also a season-high. The Wildcats finished the game shooting 40 percent despite connecting on a season-low 20 field goals. The ‘Cats also set season-highs for free throws made (16) and free throw percentage (76.2).

Getting Defensive

Kansas State has used strong defensive play to post its second consecutive 3-0 start. The Wildcats have allowed just 56.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting (71-of-174), including just 26.9 percent from three-point range (14-of-52), while forcing 46 turnovers.

Second Half Heroics

Kansas State has shown to be a second half team in its first three games. After halftime, the Wildcats are averaging 38.7 points on 43.0 percent shooting (40-of-93) compared to just 25.3 points on 30.7 percent shooting (27-of-88) in the first half. The team has also improved its rebounding and assist-to-turnover ratio from the first frame. K-State has an 18-rebound advantage in the second frame (66-48) after being out-rebounded by two (60-58) in the first half. The Wildcats also have a slightly better assists-turnovers in the second half (26-16) than first (21-17).

The book on Arkansas-Pine Bluff

• Arkansas-Pine Bluff enters Monday's game with a 0-2 record after dropping a 97-40 setback to Nebraska on Tuesday. The Golden Lions opened the season with a 83-58 loss at Creighton on Nov. 20.
• UAPB is averaging 49.0 points on 35.1 percent shooting with 26 rebounds. Junior Tamarius Brown is averaging 20.0 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Sophomore center Jarvis Gunter adds 8.0 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds.
• UAPB returns just one starter and five overall lettermen from a team that went 1-26 last season and 1-17 in conference play.
• UAPB is led by third-year head coach Van Holt, who has a 5-52 (.088) record at the school.
• Kansas State leads the all-time series, 2-0. The Wildcats posted both wins in Manhattan, a 69-63 win on Dec. 23, 1996 and a 76-39 victory on Dec. 4, 2002.

Up Next: Oakland (0-3)

• Playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, Oakland is 0-3 on the season after falling at undefeated Marquette, 95-87, on Saturday. The Golden Grizzlies opened with losses at Elite Eight finalist Xavier (69-58) and No. 4 Illinois (85-54).
• Oakland will play three games in six days all on the road against Big 12 foes. The Grizzlies play at Texas A&M on Dec. 1 then face Missouri on Dec. 4 before playing at Kansas State on Dec. 6.
• OU is averaging 66.3 points per game on 38.4 percent shooting with 35.0 rebounds, 15.0 assists and 7.0 steals. The Grizzlies are led by senior guard Rawle Marshall, who is averaged 20.7 points per game. Senior forward Cortney Scott is adding 17.0 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game.
• Oakland returns three starters and five overall lettermen for a team that went 13-17 overall and 6-10 in Mid-Continent Conference play.
• The team is coached by Greg Kampe, who is 336-239 (.584) in his 21st season at Oakland. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1999-2000.
• The two teams have never met. K-State is 21-3 against schools from the Mid-Continent Conference. However, the Wildcats dropped a 93-52 decision at UMKC on Dec. 30, 2003 at Municipal Auditorium.

Second Half Force

Following his team in many ways, senior forward Jeremiah Massey has proven to have gotten stronger as the game goes on. The team leader in both points (17.0) and rebounds (8.0), Massey is much better across the board in the second half. He is shooting over 57 percent from the field (12-of-21) and is a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line after halftime for an average of 11.7 points to go with 5.3 rebounds. Massey has scored in double figures in every second half this season, including 13 against Denver. In contract, he is shooting just 15.3 percent in the first half (2-of-13) with an average of 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. Twelve of his 16 his first half points have come from the charity stripe, where he has been 12-of-14 this season. Of note, he leads the Big 12 in both free throws (23) and free throw attempts (25).

Valuable Addition

Sophomore guard Fred Peete has been solid addition to the Wildcats after the team lost three two-year starters in the backcourt. The NJCAA All-American is first on the team in steals (2.0 spg) and minutes (33.7 mpg), second in scoring (12.7 ppg) and third in both rebounds (6.0 rpg.) and assists (2.7 apg.). He is coming off his best game of the season in the win over Washington State, as he netted a season-high 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting with five rebounds.

Ahead of the Curve

Despite being a true freshman Clent Stewart has proven to be a solid point guard for the Wildcats in 2004. The starter in all three games, Stewart is averaging 7.0 points on 41.2 percent shooting through three games with 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game. He ranks fifth in the Big 12 (and top freshman) in assists at 5.00 per game, while he is a solid 12th in assist/turnover ratio (2.14). He became the first freshman to start a season opener since Nick Williams in 2001-02 when he played 34 minutes in the 70-61 win over North Dakota State on Nov. 19.

Injury Bug

Kansas State will have all but one player - Dramane Diarra - available for Saturday's game. Diarra has not see action in any of the team's preseason or regular season games due to a foot injury. He re-injuried the foot in practice last week and is set to have surgery which will put him out indefinitely.

Recapping Denver

• With just 60 points, Kansas State won with its fewest number of points since defeating No. 10 Texas, 58-48, on March 6, 2003. The Wildcats, who connected on just 34.4 percents of its shots, also posted its lowest shooting percentage since canning just 34.0 percent of its attempts vs. the Longhorns last year.
• After missing his first six shots from the floor, senior Jeremiah Massey hit his offensive stride to lead K-State on the scoreboard. Massey scored 15 points, including 13 in the second half, to mark the 13th time he has led K-State in scoring and the 20th time he has hit double-figure points in his career.
• Denver's Yemi Nicholson tied a Bramlage Coliseum opponent record with his game-high 18 rebounds.

Season Opening Win... Again

• With the win against NDSU, Kansas State moved to 77-24 all-time in season openers, including a 63-9 mark when debuting in Manhattan. The Wildcats have won 10 of their last 13 season openers with all three losses coming on the road... The team is 4-1 in season openers under head coach Jim Wooldridge.
• Senior Jeremiah Massey registered his ninth career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the 19th time he has reached double figures.
• Clent Stewart became the first freshman to start at point guard since Nick Williams in 2001-02. Overall, the Wildcats started Stewart and Fred Peete (first starts) in the backcourt and Massey, Marques Hayden and Cartier Martin in the frontcourt.
• North Dakota State's 20 turnovers were the most by a K-State opponent since Lipscomb had 21 in 2003, while the Wildcats' nine steals were the most since registering 12 on Dec. 22, 2003 vs. Bethune-Cookman.

‘Cats End Exhibition Season

• Kansas State capped its exhibition season with a 5-1 record after an 88-69 victory over Pittsburg State on Nov. 11... The Wildcats, who played four games during an exhibition trip to Vancouver, British Columbia in early October, opened the home season with a 71-59 victory the EA Sports All-Stars on Nov. 3.
• K-State averaged 80.5 points on 51.6 percent shooting and had a balanced scoring attack with seven players averaging six or more points, including five in double figures. Senior Jeremiah Massey led the team with 17.8 points per game, while sophomore Fred Peete averaged 14.2 points.

What's Back for the ‘Cats

• Kansas State returns two starters and nine lettermen from last season's 14-14 (6-10, 9th Big 12) squad, including the Associated Press' Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jeremiah Massey, who led the Wildcats in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.8 rpg.). Overall, Massey led the Wildcats in nine categories, including 20-point games (10), double-doubles (eight), steals (1.0 spg.) and blocks (0.6 bpg.). Not since Jean Derouillere averaged 15.7 points in 1989-90 had a first-year player averaged more points than Massey. He was named to the coaches' third team all-conference team and to its all-newcomer team, while he was AP honorable mention all-league selection.
• Junior forward Marques Hayden also returns for the Wildcats in 2004-05 after averaging 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 28 games last season, including 26 starts. Hayden led the team and ranked seventh in the Big 12 with a 53.4 field goal percentage. The shooting percentage was also the 26th-best in Kansas State history. Hayden also placed 12th in the league in double-doubles (five) and 13th in rebounding.
• In addition, the Wildcats return four other players who started at least one game in 2003-04. Sophomore Cartier Martin, who also struggled with injuries in his first year, made three starts among his 20 appearances, averaging 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.9 minutes. He ranked fifth on the team in scoring and sixth in rebounding, while he was fourth in 3-point field goals (17). Senior forwards Dramane Diarra and Justin Williams made six and four starts, respectively, for the Wildcats down low. A native of Paris, France, Diarra averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 16 games after he was cleared by the NCAA in early January. Williams was solid in averaging 4.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 27 games. Entering his fourth year, senior Travis Canby is the most experienced member of the team. Last season, he made 19 appearances and one start.
• The team also returns three other players who saw significant time in 2003-04. The leader among freshmen with 27 appearances, sophomore Lance Harris averaged 2.1 points and 0.9 rebounds. Junior Schyler Thomas and sophomore Tyler Hughes each saw action in 14 games. A former walk-on who received a scholarship this spring, Thomas connected on 50 percent of his shots. Hughes showed drastic improvement as the season progressed, as he scored 14 of his 16 points in the last four games on 66.7 percent shooting on an average of 10.8 minutes per game. Overall, he saw action 14 games as a freshman.

Noting K-State's newcomers

Kansas State welcomes the addition of three players in 2004-05, sophomore guard Fred Peete and freshmen guards Curtis Allen and Clent Stewart.
• As a freshman at NEO, Peete was honored as a third team NJCAA All-American after averaging a team-leading 18.3 points on 49 percent shooting. He was one of just four freshmen among the 30 players named to the first, second or third teams.
• In leading Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School to a 28-4 record, Allen averaged a 12.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting with 6.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.
• A 6-foot-3 guard out of Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School, Stewart was named the Tulsa World state Player of the Year and Class 6A All-Tournament MVP after leading Union to its first-ever state title.

New Additions

K-State has two new players on its basketball roster with the addition of walk-ons Josh Campbell and Kyle Taylor. Campbell was a two-year letterman and one-year starter at Cloud County Community College. Taylor joins the team after starting one year at Butler County Community College.

Home Court Advantage

With 58 consecutive home winning seasons, Kansas State has one of the best home court advantages in the nation. The Wildcats are 591-162 (.785) dating back to the start of the streak in 1946-47 season, which has spanned three different arenas - Nichols Gym (1946-50), Ahearn Field House (1950-88) and Bramlage Coliseum (1988-present).
Kansas State, who was 12-4 at home last season, has achieved at least nine wins on its home court in 11 of the last 13 seasons. In fact, the Wildcats have won 32 of their last 42 games in Bramlage Coliseum dating back to 2001-02. Overall, K-State is 46-21 (.687) at home under head coach Jim Wooldridge.
In its 17th season of hosting Wildcat basketball, Bramlage has seen Kansas State post a 178-71 (.715) record since its opening during the 1988-89 season.

Preseason Accolades for Massey

Reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jeremiah Massey enters his senior season with high expectations. The Wildcats' leader in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (6.5 rpg.), Massey was selected to preseason All-Big 12 second team by The Sporting News, CBS Sportsline and Lindy's. Despite being one one of only two returning players (along with Kansas' Wayne Simien) to rank among the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, he did not receive one vote to the coaches or media's preseason. Last season, Massey became the Wildcats' first conference Newcomer of the Year since 1993. He was named to the coaches' third team all-conference and to its all-newcomer team, while he was honorable mention all-league by the AP.

O, Canada!

• Kansas State started the 2004-05 season north of the border in Canada, as the Wildcats embarked upon a five-day, four-game game trip through Vancouver, British Columbia Oct. 8-12. The Wildcats posted a 3-1 record on its trip with wins over Simon Fraser University (80-73), Langara College (68-55) and University of Victoria (92-64) to go with an overtime loss to the University of British Columbia (89-84).
• The team averaged 81.0 points during its tour on 53.6 percent shooting with 36.5 rebounds, 16.3 assists, 9.0 steals and 5.5 blocks.
• Senior Jeremiah Massey paced the Wildcats with a team-high 19.7 points per game on 68.4 percent (26-of-38) shooting to go with a team-best 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Sophomores Fred Peete and Cartier Martin also averaged in double figures at 12.8 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Sophomore Lance Harris led the team in both assists (4.3) and steals (2.0) to go along with 7.5 points per game.

Wooly's Rally Cats

Head coach Jim Wooldridge began a program in the offseason to help the youth of Kansas enjoy the thrill of Wildcat basketball. Rally Cats wishes to donate $20,000 worth of tickets to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, YMCA, United Way and local schools. Each group will be given special T-shirts and will receive a special introduction. Wooldridge donated a lead gift of $10,000, while others have stepped up to finish the remaining $10,000 for this special group. For those interested in the program, please contact Chad Altadonna at (785) 532-6531.

Tube Time

Kansas State will make a total of 19 regular-season television appearances during the 2004-05 season, including 12 on Fox Sports Net Midwest. K-State signed a three-year contract with Fox Sports in September 2003 to be the exclusive third-tier television right holder. In addition, ESPN Plus will broadcast seven games during the Big 12 season. Last season, the Wildcats appeared on television 17 times, including six times on Fox Sports Midwest.

Wooldridge Signs Extension

Head coach Jim Wooldridge received a two-year contract extension on March 9 after guiding K-State to its most overall and league wins in four years.
Wooldridge, who had one year left on his original five-year contract, was named the 20th head coach in school history on March 13, 2000. Despite numerous injuries, he led the Wildcats to a 14-14 overall record and a tie for ninth place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 6-10 mark this past season. Both the 14 overall wins and six league victories are the most of the Wooldridge era and the most since 1998-99.

New Court

Kansas State will be playing on a new court in 2004-05, as the athletic department in conjunction with Robbins Flooring of Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced a new playing surface in late June.
The new court, which is made of first-grade northern hard maple, features a totally re-designed court surface that will showcase more of the natural wood color as opposed to being painted purple as with the previous floor. The central design of the surface is a larger-sized Powercat logo at center court with the words "Kansas State" painted in purple above the logo. Both design elements face the chairback section of the arena. The design also includes purple free throw lanes with the new Big 12 logo located at the top of each lane. The floor is completed with the word "Wildcats" centered and painted in purple at the end of each baseline.
The 60-by-120 foot floor includes 225 computer-cut pieces in the main floor plus an additional 42 pieces on the extension at the south end. The surface also includes the latest shock absorbers on the underside.

Quick Hitters

• Kansas State finished the 2003-04 season with a 14-14 overall record and a ninth place tie in Big 12 Conference play with a 6-10 mark… The 14 overall wins are the most in the four-year tenure of head coach Jim Wooldridge, while the team's six conference wins tie for the most since 2001-02… In fact, the 14 wins and six league victories were the most since the 1998-99 season… Only five squads had more conference wins since 1990-91 than the Wildcats had this season.
• The improvement is also evident in the team statistics… Since the team won six games in 2002, the Wildcats have slowly but surely closed the scoring gap during league play… That year, the Wildcats averaged 68.1 points per game, but gave up 74.2 points to league opposition in winning six games… This past year, the Wildcats dropped off in scoring at 66.9 points per game, however, their Big 12 foes averaged just 66.9 points in also winning six games.
• K-State continued its stellar play at Bramlage Coliseum under Jim Wooldridge, posting 11 or more victories at home for the third consecutive season… The 12 wins in 2003-04 tie for the most since the 2001-02 squad also registered 12… In fact, the Wildcats are 43-21 (.672) under Wooldridge at home with wins in 29 of their last 39 games.
• Kansas State concluded the regular season with an exclamation point their first victory over a top-10 opponent since 2002 with a 58-48 victory over No. 10 Texas… Under Jim Wooldridge, the Wildcats have upset five ranked squads, including at least one each of the past four seasons… The team beat No. 19 Iowa and No. 20 Missouri in 2000-01, No. 9 Oklahoma State in 2001-02, No. 23 Texas Tech in 2002-03 and No. 10 in 2003-04.
• Ten of Kansas State's 14 losses in 2003-04 were by a grand total of 58 points (avg. 5.8 ppg.), including nine of its last 12 by 52 points… The Wildcats were a mere 13 points away from being 17-11 and 9-7 in league play… Over half (36) of Jim Wooldridge's 65 losses at Kansas State have been by 10 points or less, including 25 in Big 12 play.
• Kansas State finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with an exclamation point on Jan. 10, as the Wildcats overwhelmed Savannah State, 92-51… With the win, K-State entered Big 12 win with its best non-conference mark of the Jim Wooldridge era and the best by a Wildcat squad since the 1998-99 squad went 11-2… The Wildcats went a perfect 8-0 at home during the non-conference season, marking the first unbeaten non-conference mark since the 1998-99 also went 8-0.
• One of the biggest factors in Kansas State's success this past season was its play on the defensive end… The Wildcats ranked 25th nationally in field goal percentage defense, while they placed among the Big 12 leaders in several categories… The team finished second in 3-point field goal percentage defense, third in defensive rebounds and fourth in field goal percentage defense, scoring defense and rebounding. The ‘Cats were just as effective in Big 12 play, ranking third in field goal percentage and defensive rebounds and fourth in scoring defense.
• More on defense… Just 13 of the team's opponents in 2003-04 hit over 40 percent from the field, while just 10 scored over 70 points… Eleven foes scored 60 points or less against the Wildcats, while 12 of the last 21 were held to 65 points or less.

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