K-State Hosts IUPUI at Sprint Center
Kansas State (4-1, 0-0 Big 12)
K-State Holiday Classic presented by Subway
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Tipoff: 3:10 p.m. CT
Television: FOX Sports Kansas City (Ben Boyle, play-by-play; Stan Weber, analyst; Allan Flowers, producer) | Channel Directory: DirecTV 672, Dish Network 446, AT&T U-verse 750 | Internet: www.ESPN360.com
Radio: K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson, play-by-play; Matt Walters, analyst) | Live Stats: www.k-statesports.com | Local Stations: Sports Radio 1350 AM (KMAN; Manhattan), 102.9-FM (KQTP; Topeka) | Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 129
Head Coaches: Kansas State - Frank Martin (Florida International '93) is 47-25 (.653) in his third season. IUPUI - Ron Hunter (Miami-Ohio '86) is 253-195 (.565) in his 16th season as a head coach and at IUPUI. | Frank Martin is 0-0 all-time vs. IUPUI, while Ron Hunter is 0-0 all-time vs. K-State.
Tickets: $10 (Student single-game tickets), $25 (Single-game tickets) at Ticketmaster at 816.931.3330 or www.TicketMaster.com.
K-State returns home to Kansas City to face IUPUI
Kansas State has a long history of playing games in the Kansas City area, which dates back eight decades in 1935. This will be the school's 169th game in the City of Fountains, including the fourth in the Sprint Center, which was completed in October 2007. The Wildcats are 100-68 (.595) all-time in Kansas City, which includes play in three different venues (Municipal Auditorium, Kemper Arena and the Sprint Center). Most of those wins (70) came in Municipal Auditorium, which played host to the Big Six/Seven/Eight Holiday Tournament from 1943 to 1978. The team is 2-1 in the Sprint Center with the wins over Florida A&M in 2007 and Southern Miss in 2008 and a loss to Texas A&M (63-60) in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in 2007. The Wildcats will make at least one more appearance at the arena when the Big 12 hosts its annual Men's Basketball Championship in March 2010.
The Wildcats are coming off a third-place finish at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff, in which, the squad posted wins over Boston University (80-70) and No. 18/21 Dayton (83-75) in between a loss to Ole Miss (86-74). The win over the nationally-ranked Flyers was significant because it was the team's first win over a ranked non-conference opponent since beating No. 19 Iowa, 86-78, at home on Dec. 23, 2000. It was the first over a ranked non-conference opponent on a neutral site since K-State knocked off No. 17 Arkansas, 47-46, in Kemper Arena on Dec. 27, 1980. Junior Jacob Pullen and senior Denis Clemente were both selected to the All-Tournament team after averaging 19.0 and 15.0 points per game, respectively. Both players eclipsed the 20-point barrier in the win over Dayton, marking the fifth time they have combined for 40 or more points in a game.
Pullen leads four players in double figures on the season at 16.4 points per game, while pacing the Wildcats in assists (17). Junior transfer Curtis Kelly is second in scoring at 13.8 points per game on a team-best 57.8 percent shooting to go with a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. Clemente is third at 13.6 points per game to go with a team-high 30.6 minutes per game, while sophomore forward Jamar Samuels averages 11.0 points per game. The team is averaging 82.2 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting, including 32.9 percent from 3-point range, with 41.6 rebounds, 14.8 assists and 6.2 steals.
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