MBB : Getting to know Kansas State

first_imgSyracuse snuck out with a seven-point win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will face eighth-seeded Kansas State, a 70-64 winner over Southern Mississippi in the second round, on Saturday.The Wildcats (22-10) have had a successful, but inconsistent season. Kansas State has three wins against ranked teams – two of them against Missouri – but was also swept by Oklahoma, one of the worst teams in the Big 12 this year. KSU goes as Rodney McGruder goes, and his 30-point effort in the second round propelled the Wildcats to this game.Syracuse (32-2) and Kansas State will square off at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Here’s a look at this year’s Wildcats team, the program’s history and the university as a whole:About the 2011-12 WildcatsStatistical leaders: McGruder is Kansas State’s scoring leader with 15.9 points per game, and KSU only has two players total in double digits scoring. Jamar Samuels (10 points, 6.6 rebounds) is Kansas State’s leading rebounder, and Angel Rodriguez leads the Wildcats with 3.2 assists per game. Jordan Henriquez, KSU’s 6-foot-11 forward, leads the team with 2.5 blocks per game. He had six against Southern Miss, and is averaging 4.2 blocks per game over his last five.The head coach: This is Frank Martin’s fifth season as head coach at Kansas State, and it is the fourth time he’s taken the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. He has won at least one game in each of the four appearances, taking KSU to the Elite Eight in 2010. Martin became the Kansas State head coach in 2007 after Bob Huggins left the Wildcats to take the head-coaching job at West Virginia. Martin was an assistant under Huggins at both Kansas State and Cincinnati.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBest wins: Baylor (8 RPI) and (twice) Missouri (10)Worst loss: (twice) Oklahoma (138)How they got in: Kansas State received an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats lost their first game of the Big 12 tournament to Baylor, 82-74.About the Kansas State men’s basketball programColors: Royal PurpleConference: Big 12Facility: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)Mascot: Willie WildcatNCAA Tournament history: This season is Kansas State’s 26th NCAA Tournament appearance, and the third year in a row the Wildcats have made the Big Dance. Kansas State holds a 33-29 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to four Final Fours (1964, 1958, 1951, 1948). The Wildcats lost to Kentucky in the 1951 national championship.Last season, Kansas State made the tournament as a No. 5 seed and knocked off No. 12 Utah State, 73-68, in the second round. The Wildcats fell to No. 4 Wisconsin in the third round.Syracuse and Kansas State met in a regional final in 1975. The Orangemen defeated the Wildcats, 95-87, in overtime.Wildcats in the pros: Kansas State has two active players in the NBA. Michael Beasley, the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bill Walker, a teammate of Beasley’s at Kansas State, plays for the New York Knicks.Kansas State has had seven NBA first-round picks in its history, including one No. 1 overall pick. Bob Boozer was taken with the top pick in the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals. Howard Shannon was also taken with the No. 1 pick in the 1949 Basketball Association of America Draft by the Providence SteamrollersOther notable former Kansas State players include Lon Kruger and Mitch Richmond.About Kansas State UniversityType: PublicLocation: Manhattan, Kan.Enrollment: 19,385 undergraduatesFounded: 1863President: Kirk SchulzAthletic Director: John CurrieFamous alumni: Kirstie Alley (actress), Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback)-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, mcooperj@syr.edu Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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