Men's Basketball - Iowa State at Kansas State

The Series: Kansas State leads the series, 123-74. Iowa State won two of the three meetings last year, winning 75-69 in Ames on Feb. 25 and 78-64 in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas on March 11. The Wildcats, who are 72-22 at home in the series, won 90-59 on Feb. 11 last season.

Game 16: Iowa State (8-7, 0-4 Big 12) at Kansas State (11-4, 1-3 Big 12)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)

Manhattan, Kan.

Tipoff: 6:37 p.m. CST

Television: Fox Sports Midwest TV. The game will be distributed to a statewide audience to cable and satellite homes in the state of Kansas and Kansas City market. Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) will call the action.

Coordinates: SBS 6 (KU), Transponder 9 Lower

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

The Records: Kansas State is 11-4 and 1-3 in Big 12 play after losing 65-51 at Texas A&M on Saturday. Iowa State is 8-7 and 0-4 in Big 12 play after a 54-52 overtime loss to Colorado Saturday.

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 62-69 (.473). He has amassed a 291-216 (.574) all-time record in this his 18th season as a collegiate head coach. He is 4-5 vs. Iowa State, including 3-1 at home.

Iowa State Coach Wayne Morgan: Morgan (St. Lawrence '73) is 28-20 (.583) in his second season at Iowa State. He is 118-104 (.532) in his eighth season as a head coach, which includes a six-year stint at Long Beach State (1996-2002). He is 3-3 vs. K-State, including 1-1 on the road.

The Series: Kansas State leads the series, 123-74. Iowa State won two of the three meetings last year, winning 75-69 in Ames on Feb. 25 and 78-64 in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas on March 11. The Wildcats, who are 72-22 at home in the series, won 90-59 on Feb. 11 last season.

Officials: Announced on game day.

Kansas State - Projected Starters

5 Clent Stewart G 6-4 195 Fr. 6.0 ppg., 3.7 apg.

12 Fred Peete G 6-4 200 So. 13.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg.

15 Jeremiah Massey F 6-7 220 Sr. 16.5 ppg., 5.9 rpg.

20 Cartier Martin F 6-7 220 So. 11.6 ppg., 5.4 rpg.

23 Marques Hayden F 6-7 225 Jr. 7.3 ppg., 5.5 rpg.

Key Reserves

1 Schyler Thomas G 6-0 185 Jr. 2.0 ppg., 0.6 rpg.

3 Lance Harris G 6-5 190 So. 7.6 ppg., 2.7 apg.

4 Curtis Allen G 6-4 200 Fr. 1.4 ppg., 0.3 rpg.

40 Travis Canby F 6-10 237 Sr. 1.0 ppg., 0.8 rpg.

54 Justin Williams F 6-10 245 Sr. 4.1 ppg., 3.9 rpg.

55 Tyler Hughes F 6-11 240 So. 2.9 ppg., 3.1 rpg.


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

Iowa State - Projected Starters

1 Curtis Stinson G 6-3 215 So. 17.5 ppg., 4.9 rpg.

11 Will Blalock G 6-0 190 So. 13.5 ppg., 2.8 rpg.

13 Rahshon Clark F 6-6 190 Fr. 4.9 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

22 Damion Staple F 6-7 240 Sr. 4.3 ppg., 3.1 rpg.

51 Jared Homan C 6-10 250 Sr. 13.9 ppg., 8.6 rpg.

Key Reserves

3 John Neal G 6-4 195 Jr. 2.7 ppg., 1.7 rpg.

10 Tasheed Carr G 6-4 205 Fr. 2.3 ppg., 1.5 rpg.

24 Anthony Davis G 6-5 220 Jr. 4.8 ppg., 1.9 rpg.

42 Robert Faulkner F 6-8 210 So. 3.7 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

K-State looks to bounce back from road setback by hosting Iowa State Wednesday

Kansas State (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) will attempt to bounce back from its road loss at Texas A&M on Saturday by hosting Iowa State (8-7, 0-4 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It will be the team's last home game until Saturday, Feb. 5, as the Wildcats will hit the road for contests at Missouri (10-8, 2-3 Big 12) and No. 9/9 Oklahoma State (14-3, 4-2 Big 12) in their next two outings.

The game will be televised by Fox Sports Midwest with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) handling the broadcast duties. It will be distributed to a statewide audience to cable and satellite homes in the state of Kansas and Kansas City market. It will also be broadcast by the Cyclone Television with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Gary Thompson (color) calling the action.

The contest will also be available on the 29-station Mid-America Sports Network with the Voice of the Wildcats, Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), and Chris Allison (color) behind the mikes.

Kansas State scored a season-low 51 points on just 40 percent shooting, as the Wildcats dropped its second straight road game on the season at Texas A&M on Saturday. The two teams were knotted at 30 at halftime, however, K-State couldn't find its offensive rhythm in the second half with just 21 points on 31.8 percent shooting.

Iowa State enters Wednesday's game on a five-game losing streak after suffering a 54-52 loss in overtime to Colorado at home. The Cyclones are winless in five attempts on the road this season.

Last time out: Texas A&M 65, K-State 51

Sophomore Acie Law led four Aggies in double figures with a team-high 17 points, as Texas A&M posted a 65-51 win over Kansas State before 9,692 fans on Saturday at Reed Arena.

Senior Jeremiah Massey was the only Wildcat to score in double figures, as he posted his sixth 20-point effort of the season with 20 points on 7-of-11 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws and three steals.

Recapping Texas A&M

· For the 11th time in 15 games, Kansas State started a lineup of senior Jeremiah Massey, junior Marques Hayden and sophomore Cartier Martin at the forward spots and sophomore Fred Peete and freshman Clent Stewart at the guard positions. The Wildcats are now 9-2 with this starting lineup.

· Kansas State dropped to 1-3 in Big 12 play for the second straight year and third time in last four years.

· Kansas State still leads the series with Texas A&M, 10-4. The Wildcats have still won five of the last seven meetings between the two schools. However, the Aggies are now 4-1 all-time at home in the series.

· The 51 points were the lowest of the season and the fewest since scoring 49 points in a loss to Oklahoma (61-49) on Jan. 24, 2004. The 21 second half points were the fewest in any half this season, surpassing the 23 scored in the first half of the season opener with North Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2004.

· Kansas State shot just 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field against Texas A&M, which was the lowest since the start of Big 12 play and the lowest since shooting 38.3 percent against Rutgers on Dec. 28, 2004. It ties for the fourth-lowest field goal percentage of the year.

· Senior Jeremiah Massey was the only Wildcat to score in double figures with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws. Massey has now scored in double figures in 12 of 15 games, including 20 or more on six occasions. He has now scored in double figures in 30 of 43 career games.

Home Court Advantage

With its 74-54 win over Missouri on Jan. 15, Kansas State secured its 59th consecutive home winning season. The Wildcats are 598-164 (.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).

With the win over Central Missouri on Jan. 3, K-State achieved at least nine wins on its home court in 12 of the last 14 seasons. The team has now won at least 10 games at home for four consecutive seasons. In fact, the Wildcats have won 39 of their last 51 games in Bramlage Coliseum dating back to 2001-02. Overall, K-State is 53-23 (.697) at home under head coach Jim Wooldridge.

In its 17th season of hosting Wildcat basketball, Bramlage has seen Kansas State post a 185-73 (.717) record since its opening during the 1988-89 season.

Surprising Beyond the Arc

After all losing its top three guards to graduation, no one in the country expected Kansas State to be a serious three-point shooting threat in 2004-05. However, the Wildcats rank second in the Big 12 and third nationally with a 42.0 (86-of-205) shooting percentage, while the team is hitting 48.4 percent (31-of-64) in conference play. K-State has five or more three-point baskets in 11 of the team's 15 games with 10 or more on three occasions. The team has four players with 10 or more three-point field goals led by sophomore Cartier Martin's 24 treys. Fellow sophomore Lance Harris posts 21, while sophomore Fred Peete and Clent Stewart add 19 and 16, respectively.

Kansas State improved their stock even more after hitting a season-high 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) treys in a narrow 79-76 loss to Texas Tech. It was the most three-pointers in game since the team had 14 against Nebraska in a 99-82 loss on Feb. 9, 2002.

Dishing out the Assists

Not only has Kansas State improved its three-point shooting with its new backcourt, but it is also on pace to post its highest assist total in almost 17 years. The Wildcats have averaged 17.5 assists in their first 15 games this season or 263 for the season. Through a 28-game schedule that would give the team 490 for the season, which would be the highest since the 1997-98 squad tallied 491. The 17.5 average ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 13th nationally. The average is also more than two assists higher than the previous season-high (15.40; 2002-03) for a Jim Wooldridge-coached team. In addition, the Wildcats have two players among the Big 12's top 10 with guards Clent Stewart (8th, 3.8) and Fred Peete (9th, 3.7).

Solid from the Stripe

Kansas State has been a pleasant surprise from the free throw line this season, as the Wildcats rank third in the Big 12 at 69.3 percent (217-of-313). The team is on pace to post the highest free throw percentage of the Jim Wooldridge era and its highest since the 1997-98 team shot 69.6 percent. The Wildcats have shot almost 100 more free throw than their opponents. K-State has two players who rank among the Big 12 top 15 in free throw percentage, including senior Jeremiah Massey (4th, 80.6 percent) and sophomore Fred Peete (15th, 68.3 percent). The squad also has three other players that shoot at 64 percent or better.

The book on Iowa State

· Iowa State (8-7, 0-4 Big 12) enters Wednesday's game with a five-game losing streak after starting the year with an 8-2 mark. The Cyclones dropped a 54-52 decision in overtime at home to Colorado on Saturday. Of the five losses, three have come on the road against Xavier (59-72), Missouri (59-62) and Oklahoma State (73-83), while the other came at home to nationally-ranked Kansas (66-71).

· Iowa State is averaging 67.8 points on 45 percent shooting with 34.1 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 12.9 turnovers, 8.1 steals and 4.1 blocks.

· Sophomore Curtis Stinson is one of three players scoring in double figures with a team-best 17.5 points per game, while he also leads in assists (4.7) and steals (2.3) per game. Senior Jared Homan and sophomore Will Blalock add 13.9 and 13.5 points, respectively. Homan paces the squad in rebounding (8.6), while Blalock is second in assists (4.1) and steals (1.5).

· The team is coached by Wayne Morgan (St. Lawrence ‘73), who is 118-104 (.532) in his eighth season as a head coach and 28-20 (.583) in his second year as the head coach at Iowa State.

K-State-Iowa State Connections

· Prior to the team's three meetings last season, Wayne Morgan had faced K-State before as a head coach, going 1-2 against the Wildcats during his six-year stint at Long Beach State (1996-2002). K-State earned an 89-50 win in Manhattan on Nov. 22, 1997 then posted a 90-77 win on Dec. 12, 1998 in Long Beach, Calif. However, Morgan's 49ers upset the Wildcats, 70-64, on Jan. 4, 2000 in Manhattan.

· Kansas State freshman guard Curtis Allen and Iowa State junior forward Anthony Davis are both from Long Beach, Calif. Allen played Poly High School, while Davis starred at Centennial before moving on to Long Beach State and L.A. City College.

· Iowa State athletic director Bruce Van De Velde is a former assistant AD at Kansas State. Iowa State's Director of the National Cyclone Club Mike Mores spent four years as the director of marketing at Kansas State. K-State assistant volleyball coach Justin Ingram is a 1995 graduate of Iowa State.

The last time we met: Mar. 11, 2004

DALLAS, Texas – Jake Sullivan scored 21 points and Iowa State beat Kansas State 78-64 in a first-round game at the Big 12 Tournament.

Sullivan and Stinson both scored seven in an early 19-3 run that pushed the Cyclones to a double-digit lead they held throughout the game. ISU got plenty of second chances and continually harassed K-State with heavy pressure and a zone.

Jackson Vroman's slam dunk started the decisive run, and Sullivan then hit three free throws after being fouled on a missed 3-pointer to put Iowa State up 7-5. The Cyclones never trailed after that, and led by as many as 20 points.

Kansas State cut the gap under 10 just three times after that -- for just more than a minute combined and all before halftime. Tim Ellis led K-State with 21 points, and Jarrett Hart had 15. K-State didn't finish with a losing record for the first time in five seasons, even though the Wildcats couldn't carry over the momentum of a 58-48 win over No. 11 Texas that gave them consecutive Big 12 wins for the first time in two years. The Cyclones even scored five points off a missed free throw.

Offensive Improvement

Despite a poor outing at Texas A&M, the Kansas State offense has improved since a rocky start to the season. In the last eight games, the Wildcats have averaged 74.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting (210-of-449), including 45.7 percent (53-of-116) from three-point range. K-State has posted 80 or more points on four occasions and set its season-bests for field goal shooting (58.3 vs. Texas Tech) and 3-point shooting (68.4 vs. Texas Tech). It is the first time K-State has scored over 80 in three consecutive contests since the first three games of the 1997-98 season. In comparison, Kansas State averaged just 64.0 points on 37.0 percent shooting (67-of-181) in its first three games, including 36.1 percent (13-of-36) from beyond the arc.

Getting Defensive

Despite impressive offensive efforts by Nebraska and Texas Tech, Kansas State has still been a solid defensive team en route to its current 11-4 record. The Wildcats have allowed just 64.5 points on 42 percent shooting (365-of-870), including just 31.1 percent from 3-point range (91-of-293), while forcing 205 turnovers. K-State has allowed just two foes to shoot 50 percent or better from the field (with each coming to Nebraska and Texas Tech) this season and three to score 70 points. The team ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 34th nationally in rebounding margin (6.0).

Second Half Heroics

Kansas State has shown to be a second half team in its first 15 games. After halftime, the Wildcats are averaging 39 points on 49.7 percent shooting (196-of-402) compared to just 31.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting (185-of-435) in the first half. K-State has been more effective from the free throw line from one half to the next, averaging nearly twice as many free throws (13.8) in the second half as the first (6.4). It has also converted on a higher percentage in the second frame (70.1; 148-211) than first (68.8; 66-96). The team's assist-to-turnover ratio and rebounding advantage has also improved from the first frame. The Wildcats have a slightly better assists-to-turnovers ratio in the second half (125-92) than first (134-105), while they are out-rebounding their foes by a greater margin in second half (278-239) than first (281-237). The team has improved its field goal percentage in the second half in 12 of 15 games, including a 20-point increase against NDSU and CMSU.

Cardiac ‘Cats

Kansas State, which scored 17 points in the last 3:34 to shock Wyoming on Dec. 11, has had to rally from second half deficits in six of its 14 games this season. Although the win over the Wyoming gets the most attention, the Wildcats had to fight from deficits of five or more points in the second half in four of its first eight games. The Wildcats were down as many as nine points to Oakland before using a 24-10 run in the last seven minutes for the win. The team did not allow a Wyoming field goal in the last 2:09, while the team scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range for the win. Although it lost in double overtime, K-State was down as many as 13 points against Nebraska before using a 33-17 run to take a 68-65 lead with 43 seconds left. The Wildcats have outscored their foes, 584-504, in the second half after holding just a 475-437 advantage at halftime.

Clutch Shooting

Kansas State has picked up its offense at the right time in eight of its 11 wins this year. The Wildcats have outscored those eight foes by an average of 5.0 points (185-145) in the last 10 minutes of games. If you take out the six wins in which the ‘Cats had sizeable leads, the team is even better in the last 10 minutes. In the five games in which the team has won after facing a second half deficit, they have outscored their foes by an average of 8.0 points (99-59). K-State outscored Wyoming, 23-15, in the last 10 minutes, including 17-5 in the last 3:34. Only three schools (Rutgers, Texas Tech and Texas A&M) have outscored the Wildcats in the last 10 minutes.

Historic Defense

Kansas State set three new Bramlage Coliseum marks for defense in the 76-42 win over UAPB on Nov. 29. The Wildcats held the Golden Lions to records for fewest points in a half (10) and lowest field goal percentage in a half (14.7), while the two combined for the lowest point total in a half (42).

A More Complete Player

A year after earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors, senior forward Jeremiah Massey has continued to evolve into a more complete player. The game against Missouri was a perfect example of his improvement this season. In addition to scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 field goals and 7-of-10 free throws, he collected five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

He also drew a season-high three charges against the Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder Linas Kleiza. He also forced Kleiza into just 5-of-16 shooting on the night with just eight field goal attempts inside the three-point line and four turnovers.

In just 15 games, he has dramatically improved his assists-to-turnovers and nearly equaled his steal total. After posting nearly two turnovers for every assists last season (52 to 33), he is averaging 1.5 assists for every turnover this season (28 to 19). In the last eight games, he has 21 assists to seven turnovers. Massey ranks second in the Big 12 with a 3.0 assist-turnover ratio in the first four league games, while his 1.5 overall ratio ranks just outside the conference's top 15. A threat down low with his quick hands, Massey is coming close to equaling his steal total of a year ago. So far, he has 24 steals, including three each in four of the last six games, after posting 28 last year.

The team leader in scoring (16.5) and rebounding (5.9), Massey has led the team in scoring on seven occasions and has tallied double figure scoring in 12 of the team's 15 games. He posted 20 or more points six times, including four of the last eight games.

Massey ranks among the top 15 in six categories in the Big 12, including fourth in free throw percentage (80.6), fifth in scoring, ninth in offensive rebounds (2.73), 10th in field goal percentage (48.5) and 12th in steals (1.60) and 15th in rebounding. He also ranks among the top 15 in five conference-only statistics.

Massey Comes Up Massive

Senior Jeremiah Massey broke out of a mini two-game slump against Northern Illinois on Dec. 21 with a career-best 32 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 16-of-17 free throws. Massey's 32 points were the most by a Wildcat since Askia Jones scored a school-record 62 points against Fresno State in third round of the NIT on March 24, 1994. The 32-point effort was also matched twice by Elliot Hatcher against Auburn in 1994 and Marshall in 1995. He is the first Wildcat to score 30 or more points since Pervis Pasco netted 30 against North Texas on Dec. 15, 2001.

For his efforts, Massey was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week. It was his first Player of the Week honor after twice earning Rookie accolades on Feb. 9 and March 8 of last season.

Massey also etched his name into the Kansas State record book for free throws, connecting on 16 of 17, including 12 of 13 in the second half. His 16 free throws set a Bramlage Coliseum record and tied for the fourth-most in school history. It was the most by a Wildcat since Steve Henson knocked down 17 against Iowa State on Feb. 24, 1988. His 17 attempts also tied for the most by a Wildcat in Bramlage with Askia Jones, who had 17 against Missouri in 1993.

Second Half Force

Senior Jeremiah Massey has proven to have gotten stronger as the game goes on with better numbers across the board in the second half. He is shooting over 55.1 percent from the field (43-of-78) and is a solid 50-of-61 from the free throw line after halftime for an average of 9.1 points to go with 2.9 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in seven of 15 second halves, including 22 against Northern Illinois. In contrast, he is shooting 43.3 percent in the first half (39-of-90) with an average of 7.4 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Clutch Performer

Sophomore guard Fred Peete has been a solid addition for Wildcats in 2004-05. The junior college transfer ranks first on the team in minutes (33.9 mpg.) and steals (1.9 spg.), second in scoring (13.2 ppg.) and assists (3.7 apg.) and fourth in rebounding (5.0 rpg.) He has scored in double figures in 10 of 15 games, including 20 or more points in three contests.

Peete was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 co-Rookie of the Week on Dec. 13 after he averaged a team-best 16.5 points on 59.1 percent shooting in helping the Wildcats to wins over Oakland and Wyoming. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

Peete had one of the best clutch efforts by a Wildcat in school history against Wyoming on Dec. 11. In scoring a career-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, he was one of the main reasons the team rallied from a nine-point deficit with just under four minutes to play. He scored 10 points during the span, including the Wildcats' last eight points. Peete tied the game on a three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining then scored the game-winning points on three-point play with one second to play.

Stop, Thief!

Sophomore Fred Peete has made an even greater impact this season on the defensive end, where he paces the team in steals (28, 1.9 spg.). He has twice registered five steals in a game (against NDSU and UTSA), while he has three or more in three other contests. Overall, Peete has at least one steal in 13 of the team's 15 games. He ranks fifth in the Big 12, while he is one of just 10 players with 25 or more steals this season. To further illustrate his impact on the defensive end for the Wildcats, his 28 steals after 15 games equals the team best totals of 2003-04 (28, Jeremiah Massey & Frank Richards). Peete needs just 14 more steals to break into the school's top 15 for a single-season (Mark Young, 1997, 42).

Martin Gaining Momentum

After a frustrating freshman campaign, sophomore Cartier Martin is starting to gain momentum at the right time for Kansas State. The team's leading rebounder (6.5) and second-leading scorer (15.5) in Big 12 play, he is first on the squad in three-point field goal (53.3) percentage, second in field goal percentage (51.2) and third in both overall scoring (11.6) and rebounding (5.4). Martin has been impressive since the start of Big 12 play, averaging 15.5 points on 52.4 percent (22-of-42) shooting from the field, including 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from three-point range, with 6.5 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games, including eight of the last nine contests. In the span of the last nine games, Martin is averaging 14.1 points on 55.3 percent (47-of-85) shooting from the field, including 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from beyond the arc, with 5.8 rebounds.

Harris Solid Off Bench

Sophomore Lance Harris has been a solid player off the bench for the Wildcats this year. Harris, who has totaled double figure scoring in four times, has surpassed his totals for in nearly every statistical category in just 15 games. Harris, who is averaging 7.6 points compared to 2.1 points in 2003-04, is averaging 8.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting, including 36.1 percent from 3-point range in his last 10 games. He has four double-digit scoring games, including a career-high 14 points against UTSA. Harris had eight points against Nebraska, including a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to send it into a second overtime.

Ahead of the Curve

Despite being a true freshman Clent Stewart has proven to be a solid point guard for the Wildcats in 2004. One of just two players to start in all 15 games, Stewart is averaging 6.0 points on 35.9 percent shooting with 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game. He ranks eighth in the Big 12 (and second among freshman) in assists, while he has a solid 1.54 assist-turnover ratio. Stewart became the first freshman to start a season opener since 2001.

Despite his youth, Stewart has been a clutch performer for the Wildcats. In the last two minutes against Wyoming, he hit a three-pointer, stole the ball on an in-bounds pass and called timeout while falling out of bounds, produced the game-tying assist on Fred Peete's three-pointer and grabbed the defensive rebound before Peete's game-winning lay-up.

Huge Improvement Down Low

Sophomore Tyler Hughes continues to make significant improvement for the Wildcats in the low post. After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 14 games last season, he has seen action in all 15 games this season for an average of 10.8 minutes. Hughes is averaging 2.9 points on 59.4 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds, but he has averaged 5.3 points since the start of Big 12 play on 66.7 percent shooting. Hughes posted a career-best 10 points against Texas Tech on 3-of-4 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 20 minutes.

Impressive Start

Kansas State's 10-1 mark during non-conference play was the best by a Wildcat team since the 1993-94 team posted a 13-1 mark. The program has now won 10 or more non-league games 12 times since the 1979-80 season, but just twice in the last 10 seasons. K-State started the season with eight straight wins, which ranks among the top 5 best starts in school history. The team tied the start of the 1979-80 team that also jumped out to an 8-0 start before suffering their first loss at Minnesota. The record, which is the best start during the Wooldridge era, marks the sixth time in school history that a team has started a season 8-0 (starting in 1918-19). The 1918-19 team owns the best start in school history when they won their first 17 games.

The Wildcats Ink Hoskins, Cisse and Sidibe to Letters of Intent

Kansas State head men's basketball coach Jim Wooldridge and his staff announced the signing of junior college transfer David Hoskins (Schoolcraft College/Central Michigan/Plymouth-Salem High/Canton, Mich.) and renowned international players Ousmane Cisse (Stockbridge (Ga.) Community Christian/Abidjan, Ivory Coast) and Sidiki Sidibe (Asnieres, France) to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 17. Hoskins will enter Kansas State in the fall of 2005 as a sophomore, while Cisse and Sidibe will be freshmen.

"We had specific needs to fill with this class," said Wooldridge. "We wanted a high-quality perimeter guy that could handle and score the ball and we wanted to add some high impact interior players to replace the four we are losing to graduation. We have accomplished this with the signing of David, Ousmane and Sidiki."

A 6-foot-5, 225-pound wing from Canton, Mich., Hoskins was considered one of the top high school players in Michigan before signing with Central Michigan as a senior. As a true freshman at CMU, he averaged 8.0 points per game with 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks in 22 minutes per game. Hoskins led the team in steals with 36, while he was third in points, rebounds, assists and blocks.

A 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward, Ousmane Cisse (pronounced OOS-mon SEE-say) moved to the United States this year from his native Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is a senior at Community Christian School in Stockbridge, Ga. Cisse averaged 19 points per game in several youth tournaments in the Ivory Coast.

One of the tallest players to have ever signed with Kansas State, Sidiki Sidibe (pronounced Suh-DEE-kee Suh-DEEB-ee) is a 7-foot-1, 265 pound forward from Asnieres, France. Despite just playing three years of basketball, Sidibe is rated by many NBA and European professional scouts as one of the top 20 basketball prospects on the continent. Sidibe was the captain and starting middle blocker for the French Junior National Volleyball Team in 2004.

K-State to retire jerseys of Boozer, Barrett and Parr

Kansas State Director of Athletics Tim Weiser announced on Nov. 3, 2004 that the Wildcats will retire the jerseys of basketball all-Americans Bob Boozer, Ernie Barrett and Jack Parr in a halftime ceremony during the Colorado game on Feb. 5, 2005. The jersey numbers will hang from the rafters of Bramlage Coliseum.

"It is with great excitement that we begin the process of honoring the players who built K-State's long and storied tradition in the sport of basketball," Weiser said. "This will be the first of several jersey retirement ceremonies to take place in coming years, and what better way to start then with the three All-Americans who were responsible for starting our great basketball tradition in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Headlining the group is Bob Boozer, a 6-8 forward from Omaha, who is K-State's most-decorated player and the landslide leading vote-getter for K-State's All-Century Team announced in 2003. A two-time first-team all-American in 1957-58 and 1958-59, Boozer averaged a K-State record 21.9 points per game for his career, while his 25.6 scoring average during his senior season is still the highest in Wildcat history by almost three points per game.

Another member of K-State's all-century team, Ernie Barrett enjoyed a storybook senior season in 1950-51, as he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Championship game, earned first-team all-America honors and played on the team that opened historic Ahearn Field House. A 6-3 shooting guard from Wellington, Kan., Barrett was the driving force behind K-State's only team to reach the NCAA title game. He led the Wildcats to the Big 7 Championship with an 11-1 conference mark and helped K-State to a 25-4 overall record in 1950-51.

Jack Parr was also a member of K-State's 10-player All-Century Team and almost 50 years after his final game, still holds the two best single-season rebounding averages in K-State history. A 6-foot-9 center from Richmond, Va., Parr burst onto the scene in 1955-56 by averaging 17.4 points and 13.6 rebounds per game to help K-State win the Big 7 Championship and reach the NCAA Tournament.

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 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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