2007–08 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team
|2007–08 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball|
|Conference||Big 12 Conference|
|2007–08 record||21–12 (10–6 Big 12)|
|Head coach||Frank Martin|
|Assistant coach||Matt Figger|
|Assistant coach||Dalonte Hill|
|Assistant coach||Brad Underwood|
|Home arena||Fred Bramlage Coliseum (12,500)|
|2007–08 Big 12 Men's Basketball Standings|
|Kansas (#4) †||13||3||.813||37||3||.925|
The 2007–08 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team represented Kansas State University in the 2007–08 college basketball season. The team was led by first-year head coach Frank Martin. The team relied on a talented crop of young players, headlined by true-freshman star Michael Beasley, the #1-ranked player in the high school class of 2007 by Rivals.com and one of the top prospects for the 2008 NBA Draft.
The young team concluded the season 21–12 (10–6) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
1Transfer, ineligible for 2007–08 season.
2Enrolled early to join team for Spring 2007 semester, but was injured and opted to begin freshman season in 2007–08.
3Will miss all of 2007–08 season with knee injury; intends to appeal to NCAA for sixth year to complete eligibility.
4Did not meet academic eligibility requirements to enroll for Fall 2007 semester; will complete academic coursework and join team for Spring 2008 semester.
2007 saw the Wildcats put together one of the nation's strongest signing classes, ranked 1st according to Scout.com, 2nd according to Rivals.com, and 5th according to ESPN.com. PF Beasley (Washington, D.C.) is the standout of the class, but is far from being its only talented member. The Wildcats signed two talented PGs in Fred Brown (West Palm Beach, Florida) and Jacob Pullen (Maywood, Illinois) and added SF Andre Gilbert (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota), a JUCO transfer with Division I experience. KSU signed a pair of talented players from the Patterson School in North Carolina in SF Dominique Sutton (Durham, North Carolina) and PF Jamar Samuels (Washington, D.C.). Both will attend prep school for the Fall 2007 semester to improve their grades and will join the team at the start of the Spring 2008 semester.
Though scheduled to graduate from high school in the Spring of 2007, SF Bill Walker (Huntington, West Virginia) finished high school early and enrolled at KSU for the 2007 Spring Semester and was allowed to join the team immediately in December of the 2006–07 season. However, he was injured in just his sixth game at KSU and opted to redshirt for the remainder of the season. He will resume his freshman season of eligibility in 2007–08. PF Ron Anderson (Upper Marlboro, Maryland), a long time AAU teammate of Beasley's, rounded out the class when he was offered a scholarship after a strong AAU showing in the Summer of 2007.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Upper Marlboro, Maryland||Chattanooga (TN)-McCallie School||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||245 lb (111 kg)||Aug 13, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 71|
|Washington, D.C.||Fitchburg (MA)-Notre Dame Prep||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||Jun 23, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 92|
|West Palm Beach, Florida||Dwyer HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||Sep 26, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 76|
|Brooklyn Park, Minnesota||Park Center HS, South Dakota State, Mt. San Jacinto CC||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||May 9, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: N/A|
|Maywood, Illinois||Proviso East HS||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||Sep 23, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 87|
|Washington, D.C.||Lenoir (NC)-Patterson School||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||May 9, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: NA|
|Durham, North Carolina||Lenoir (NC)-Patterson School||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||Oct 25, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 85|
|Huntington, West Virginia||North College Hill (OH) HS||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||Oct 18, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: NA|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 Rivals: 2 ESPN: 5|
|November 3*||5:00 pm||Fort Hays State||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||W 95–59||10,474||0–0|
|November 9*||7:00 pm||Sacramento State||#25||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 94–63||10,178||1–0|
|November 11*||3:00 pm||Pittsburg State||#25||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 76–66||8,373||2–0|
|November 17*||6:00 pm||Western Illinois||#22||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||W 77–64||12,528||3–0|
|2007 Old Spice Classic|
|November 22*||8:30 pm||vs. George Mason||#18||The Milk House • Lake Buena Vista, FL||ESPN2||L 77–87||3,163||3–1|
|November 23*||6:30 pm||vs. Central Florida||#18||The Milk House • Lake Buena Vista, FL||ESPNU||W 73–71 OT||2,903||4–1|
|November 25*||12:00 pm||vs. Rider||#18||The Milk House • Lake Buena Vista, FL||ESPNU||W 82–69||783||5–1|
|Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series|
|November 29*||8:00 pm||#17 Oregon||#25||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN2||L 77–80||12,528||5–2|
|13th Annual Jimmy V Classic|
|December 4*||6:00 pm||vs. Notre Dame||Madison Square Garden • Manhattan, NY||ESPN||L 59–68||8,300||5–3|
|December 9*||1:00 pm||California||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 82–75||5,274||6–3|
|K-State Holiday Classic presented by Subway|
|December 17*||7:00 pm||vs. Florida A&M||Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO||FSN Midwest||W 87–60||17,699||7–3|
|December 22*||7:00 pm||Winston-Salem State||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 90–48||4,495||8–3|
|December 29*||1:00 pm||Wagner||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 101–59||10,114||9–3|
|December 31*||6:00 pm||vs. Xavier||U.S. Bank Arena • Cincinnati, OH||ESPNU||L 77–103||5,233||9–4|
|January 7*||7:00 pm||Savannah State||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 85–25||5,476||10–4|
|Big 12 Regular Season|
|January 12||5:00 pm||at Oklahoma||Noble Center • Norman, OK||ESPN Plus||W 84–82||11,858||11–4 (1–0)|
|January 19||3:00 pm||#10 Texas A&M||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN||W 75–54||12,528||12–4 (2–0)|
|January 23||8:00 pm||at Colorado||Coors Events Center • Boulder, CO||ESPNU||W 72–56||6,992||13–4 (3–0)|
|January 26||5:00 pm||Iowa State||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 82–57||12,528||14–4 (4–0)|
|January 30||7:00 pm||#2 Kansas||#22||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN Plus||W 84–75||12,528||15–4 (5–0)|
|February 2||12:30 pm||at Missouri||#22||Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO||ESPN Plus||L 74–77||12,229||15–5 (5–1)|
|February 6||7:00 pm||Nebraska||#20||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||FSN Midwest||W 74–59||12,393||16–5 (6–1)|
|February 9||5:00 pm||Oklahoma State||#20||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN||W 82–61||12,528||17–5 (7–1)|
|February 13||8:00 pm||at Texas Tech||#18||United Spirit Arena • Lubbock, TX||ESPN2||L 75–84||7,742||17–6 (7–2)|
|February 16||5:00 pm||Missouri||#18||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN Plus||W 100–63||12,528||18–6 (8–2)|
|February 20||8:00 pm||at Nebraska||#24||Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE||ESPN2||L 64–71||9,725||18–7 (8–3)|
|February 23||7:00 pm||at Baylor||#24||Ferrell Center • Waco, TX||FSN Midwest||L 86–92||8,712||18–8 (8–4)|
|February 25||8:00 pm||#5 Texas||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN||L 65–74||12,528||18–9 (8–5)|
|March 1||8:00 pm||at #6 Kansas||Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS||ESPN||L 74–88||16,300||18–10 (8–6)|
|March 4||8:00 pm||Colorado||Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS||ESPN Plus||W 78–72||12,528||19–10 (9–6)|
|March 8||3:00 pm||at Iowa State||Hilton Coliseum • Ames, IA||ESPN Plus||W 73–69||14,134||20–10 (10–6)|
|Phillips 66 2008 Big 12 Championship Tournament|
|March 14||9:20 pm||vs. Texas A&M||Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO||ESPN Plus||L 60–63||18,897||20–11|
|2008 NCAA Tournament|
|March 20*||6:10 pm||vs. Southern California||Qwest Center • Omaha, NE
|March 22*||3:20 pm||vs. Wisconsin||Qwest Center • Omaha, NE
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
Big 12 tournament
The Wildcats went on to a 10–6 record in conference play, earning a number 3 seed in the 2008 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The Wildcats faced the No. 6 seed Texas A&M Aggies and lost 60–63.
The Wildcats earned a berth in the 2008 NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region. In the first round they beat the No. 6 seed USC Trojans, 80–67. The victory over the Trojans was the Wildcats' first win in a tournament game since beating No. 1 seed Purdue, 73–70, in the Midwest Regional Semifinals on March 25, 1988.
Michael Beasley scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season, but he had only six after halftime.
Season Box Score
- As of 3/9/08
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