Exhibition Game 1: EA Sports All-Stars (0-0) at Kansas State (0-0)
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
7:00 p.m. CST
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Tip Time: 7:00 p.m. CST.
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.
The Records: Kansas State is making its 2004-05 debut and is playing its first of two exhibition games. The EA Sports All-Stars will also making its season debut on Wednesday. The All-Stars are slated to play 10 teams between Nov. 3-17, including Providence, LSU, Creighton, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Arizona State and UNLV.
K-State Coach Jim Wooldridge: Wooldridge (Louisiana Tech ’77) is in his fifth season at Kansas State and owns a record of 51-65 (.440). The 2004-05 campaign marks Wooldridge’s 18th as a collegiate head coach. He has amassed a 280-212 (.569) all-time record. Despite numerous injuries,Wooldridge guided the program to its highest win total since the 1998-99 season with a 14-14 overall record and 6-10 mark in Big 12 play.
EA Sports Coach Maury Hanks
The Series: EA Sports leads 2-0. Kansas State lost to the EA Sports Midwest All-Stars, 79-67, on Nov. 6, 2003, while it lost to the Southeast All-Stars by a score of 91-81, on Nov. 7, 2002.
Officials: Announced on game day.
3 Lance Harris G 6-5 190 So.-1L
5 Clent Stewart G 6-4 195 Fr.-HS
15 Jeremiah Massey F 6-7 220 Sr.-1L
20 Cartier Martin F 6-8 220 So.-1L
23 Marques Hayden F 6-7 225 Jr.-2L
1 Schyler Thomas G 6-0 185 Jr.-2L
4 Curtis Allen G 6-4 200 Fr.-HS
40 Travis Canby F 6-10 237 Sr.-3L
54 Justin Williams F 6-10 245 Sr.-1L
55 Tyler Hughes F 6-11 240 So.-1L
12 Fred Peete G 6-4 200 So.-TR
21 Dramane Diarra F 6-8 245 Sr.-1L
Wildcats open exhibition slate against the EA Sports All-Stars Wednesday
Looking to continue the momentum gained from a strong performance during its Canadian exhibition tour, Kansas State tips off its 2004-05 exhibition Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. when the Wildcats welcome the EA Sports All-Stars to Bramlage Coliseum.
The game is the first of two exhibition games for K-State, which wraps up its preseason docket on Saturday, Nov. 11, when the Wildcats welcome Division II Pittsburg (Kan.) State at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the 29-station Mid-America Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Ben Boyle (color) calling the action.
Kansas State has already gotten a jump on its preparations for the 2004-05 season with its successful exhibition tour to Vancouver, British Columbia on Oct. 9-11. The Wildcats posted a 3-1 mark during its trip with wins over Simon Fraser University, Langara College and the University of Victoria to go along with an overtime loss to the University of British Columbia.
A quick look at the Cats
Kansas State returns two starters and nine lettermen from last season’s 14-14 (6-10, 9th Big 12) squad, including the AP’s Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jeremiah Massey, who led the Wildcats in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.8 rpg.). Junior Marques Hayden also returns for the Wildcats after averaging 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 28 games last year. Hayden led the team and ranked seventh in the Big 12 with a 53.4 field goal percentage. In addition to Massey and Hayden, the Wildcats return four others who started at least one game in 2003-04. Sophomore Cartier Martin, who struggled through an injury-plagued first season, made three starts among his 20 appearances, averaging 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. Senior forwards Travis Canby, Dramane Diarra and Justin Williams all return down low after making starts last season.
Others returning for ‘Cats
In addition to that strong group, Kansas State also returns three other players who saw significant time in 2003-04. Sophomore Lance Harris, who was first among freshmen in games played with 27, averaged 2.1 points and 0.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game. Junior guard Schyler Thomas and sophomore forward Tyler Hughes each saw action in 14 games. Thomas, a former walk-on who received a scholarship this spring, connected on 50 percent of his shots last season, while Hughes made great strides the last part of the season, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the last four contests, including a 6-point effort in the upset of No. 10 Texas on March 6.
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. Peete was added on April 29 after one year at NE Oklahoma A&M, while Allen and Stewart were inked during the early signing period.
• 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. He averaged 15.3 points in the state tournament after averaging 16.9 points during the regular season.
Armed with a two-year contract extension, head coach Jim Wooldridge enters his fifth season at Kansas State. Despite numerous injuries, he led the Wildcats to a 14-14 overall record and a tie for ninth place in the Big 12 standings with a 6-10 mark in 2003-04. Both the 14 overall wins and six league victories are the most of the Wooldridge era and the most since the 1998-99 season. Overall, he has a 51-65 (.440) record in four seasons at K-State, while he is 280-212 (.569) in 17 seasons as a head coach.
Wildcats in exhibition play
• Kansas State is 3-5 in exhibition games in head coach Jim Wooldridge’s four seasons in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats split its pair of exhibition games last season, falling to EA Sports, 79-67, before bouncing back with a 70-68 win over Global Sports.
The book on the EA Sports All-Stars
• Wednesday’s game at K-State will be the first of a 10-game tour for the EA Sports All-Stars.
• The EA Sports All-Stars will play at Providence on Saturday before traveling to Virginia Tech on Monday. The squad will also play LSU, Creighton, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Arizona State and UNLV during its tour.
• The All-Stars are led by head coach Maury Hanks. The 11-man roster of former college and pro players includes: Mark Campbell (Hawaii), Tony Harvey (Utah), Chez Marks (Morehead State), Chuck Roberts (UCF), Joe Skiffer (Boise State), Daniel Watts (Nevada) and Zoran Viskovic (Valparaiso).
Last time vs. EA Sports All-Stars
• Sean Fountain led three players in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, as the EA Sports All-Stars posted a 79-67 win over K-State on Nov. 6, 2003. The All-Stars jumped out to a 40-28 lead at the half then held off a Wildcat rally in the second half to post their second win in two tries against K-State.
• Forward Cartier Martin led all Kansas State scorers with 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds, while forward Jeremiah Massey grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with eight points on 4-of-6 field goals. Forward Justin Williams added 10 points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats shot just 36.6 percent from the field and turned the ball over 20 times in the loss. However, they owned a 51-45 advantage in rebounding.
• Eight of the 11 players that saw action in last year’s contest will be available for Wednesday’s contest, including Massey, Martin, Williams, Marques Hayden, Schyler Thomas, Lance Harris, Travis Canby and Tyler Hughes.
Free for all (students)
Both men’s basketball exhibition games are free for Kansas State students. Students can pick up tickets at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum with a university I.D.
Up Next: Pittsburg State (0-0)
• Kansas State will conclude its exhibition season when the Gorillas of Division II Pittsburg (Kan.) State play the Wildcats on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Led by veteran coach Gene Iba, Pittsburg State returns four starters from last year’s squad, which posted an 18-11 overall record and reached the semifinals of the MIAA Postseason Tournament.
• The Wildcats have never faced the Gorillas in recorded history, but head coach Jim Wooldridge is 3-0 all-time against PSU during his stint at Central Missouri State (1985-91).
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
Kansas State lost five lettermen from the 2003-04, including starting guards Tim Ellis, Jarrett Hart and Frank Richards. Along with Massey, Ellis was named to the AP honorable mention All-Big 12 team and to the league’s all-improved squad after averaging 13.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting. Hart, a member of the league’s all-underrated team, was the Wildcats’ best 3-point shooter, hitting on 39.4 percent, while averaging 10.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The starting point guard in 20 games, Richards led the Wildcats in assists for the second straight season with 3.6 per game. The team also lost freshman guard Dez Willingham, who opted to transfer before the fall semester. Willingham averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 assists in 22 games with 11 starts. The quartet accounted for over 43 percent of the team’s scoring, field goals and steals and over 60 percent of the team’s 3-pointers and assists.
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 both CBS Sportsline and Lindy’s. Massey is 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. 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 Associated Press.
• 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 Unviersity 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.
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.
• Kansas State finished the 2003-04 season with a 14-14 overall record and a ninth place tie in Big 12 play with a 6-10 mark... The 14 overall wins were the most in the four-year tenure of Jim Wooldridge, while the team’s six Big 12 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.
• 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 Wildcats are 43-21 (.672) under Wooldridge at home with wins in 29 of their last 39 games.
• Ten of the Kansas State’ 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... 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 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.