2008–09 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team

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2008–09 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball
NIT, Second Round
Conference Big 12 Conference
2008–09 record 21–10 (9–7 Big 12)
Head coach Frank Martin
Assistant coach Matt Figger
Assistant coach Dalonte Hill
Assistant coach Brad Underwood
Home arena Bramlage Coliseum (12,500)
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Kansas 14 2   .875     27 8   .771
#7 Oklahoma 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
#9 Missouri 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Kansas State 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Texas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Nebraska 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
Baylor 5 11   .313     24 15   .615
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Texas Tech 3 13   .188     14 19   .424
Colorado 1 15   .063     9 22   .290
2009 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll


The 2008–09 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team represented Kansas State University in the 2008–09 college basketball season. The team was led by second-year head coach Frank Martin. The team played their home games at Bramlage Coliseum, which the team has done since 1988.

Pre-season[edit]

The 2007–08 season was a successful one for the Wildcats. They returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. 2007–08 was also the first season for head coach Frank Martin. Michael Beasley and Bill Walker led the team in scoring and nearly every other offensive category. They were also both drafted, marking the first time since 1990 that a Wildcat was drafted (Steve Henson was the last). It was also the first time since 1982 that more than one Wildcat was drafted (Tyrone Adams, Randy Reed and Ed Nealy.

Regular season[edit]

Kansas State became just the second school in Big 12 history (after Iowa State in 2004–05) to rally from an 0–4 start to get back to at least .500 in conference play. The previous best finish after such a start came in 1983–84 when K-State finished Big Eight play with a 5–9 mark.

The Wildcats finished the conference season in a tie for fourth place with a 9–7 record in the Big 12 and a 21–10 record overall. They earned the number four seed in the 2009 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament. 2008–09 marks the third consecutive year that the team earned one of the top 4 spots in the tournament, and thus received a first round bye.

Incoming signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Buchi Awaji
SG
Glendora, California Los Angeles-Loyola H.S. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 25, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Abdul Herrera
C
Washington, D.C. Miami-Hutchinson C.C. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Apr 23, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

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Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/09/2008* 2:00 PM Washburn Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS W 81–57  7,733
Regular Season
11/14/2008* 7:00 PM Florida A&M Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 96–57  9,070 1–0
11/16/2008* 2:00 PM SE Missouri State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS W 88–68  8,109 2–0
11/19/2008* 7:00 PM Emporia State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 82–60  8,083 3–0
11/22/2008* 6:00 PM at Cleveland State Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH W 69–59  2,827 4–0
11/25/2008* 7:00 PM Oakland Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 83–64  8,356 5–0
11/28/2008* 11:00 PM vs. Kentucky Orleans ArenaParadise, Nevada
(Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPNU L 72–74  5,000 5–1
11/29/2008* 6:30 PM vs. Iowa Orleans Arena • Paradise, NV
(Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPN2 L 63–65  2,000 5–2
12/07/2008* 7:30 PM at Oregon McArthur CourtEugene, OR
(Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series)
FSN L 70–75  8,256 5–3
12/11/2008* 7:00 PM vs. Southern Miss Sprint CenterKansas City, MO FSKC W 74–55  6,054 6–3
12/14/2008* 6:00 PM Gardner–Webb Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS W 107–48  8,112 7–3
12/20/2008* 1:00 PM Centenary Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS W 73–51  8,861 8–3
12/30/2008* 7:00 PM Wagner Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 82–53  7,304 9–3
01/03/2009* 1:00 PM Idaho State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 83–57  7,446 10–3
01/05/2009* 7:00 PM Chicago State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 99–68  5,381 11–3
01/10/2009 12:30 PM #6 Oklahoma Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS B12N L 53–61  12,528 11–4 (0–1)
01/13/2009 7:00 PM at Kansas Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS
(Sunflower Showdown)
B12N L 71–87  16,300 11–5 (0–2)
01/17/2009 5:00 PM at Nebraska Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE B12N L 51–73  11,736 11–6 (0–3)
01/21/2009 8:00 PM Baylor Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS ESPN2 L 65–84  9,386 11–7 (0–4)
01/24/2009 5:00 PM at Colorado Coors Events CenterBoulder, CO B12N W 77–75 OT 6,061 12–7 (1–4)
01/28/2009 8:00 PM Missouri Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 88–72  9,665 13–7 (2–4)
01/31/2009 3:00 PM at #11 Texas Frank Erwin CenterAustin, TX B12N W 85–81 OT 13,186 14–7 (3–4)
02/03/2009 7:10 PM Iowa State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 65–50  9,489 15–7 (4–4)
02/07/2009 3:00 PM at Texas A&M Reed ArenaCollege Station, TX B12N W 65–60  10,367 16–7 (5–4)
02/11/2009 8:00 PM Texas Tech Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS ESPNU W 85–73  9,941 17–7 (6–4)
02/14/2009 2:30 PM #16 Kansas Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS
(Sunflower Showdown)
ABC L 74–85  12,528 17–8 (6–5)
02/17/2009* 7:00 PM North Carolina Central Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS W 95–49  7,681 18–8 (6–5)
02/21/2009 5:00 PM at Iowa State Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA FSKC W 50–46  11,922 19–8 (7–5)
02/25/2009 8:00 PM at #11 Missouri Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO ESPNU L 74–94  14,825 19–9 (7–6)
02/28/2009 7:00 PM Nebraska Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS B12N W 77–72  12,528 20–9 (8–6)
03/03/2009 6:30 PM at Oklahoma State Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK ESPN2 L 71–77  12,106 20–10 (8–7)
03/07/2009 12:30 PM Colorado Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS B12N W 76–64  10,152 21–10 (9–7)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament
03/12/2009 2:00 PM vs. Texas Ford CenterOklahoma City, OK
(Quarterfinals)
B12N L 58–61  14,909 21–11
2009 NIT Tournament
03/18/2009* 7:00 PM Illinois State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS
(First Round)
W 83–79 OT 8,130 22–11
03/20/2009* 8:30 PM at San Diego State Cox ArenaSan Diego, CA
(Second Round)
L 52–70  5,100 22–12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
0 Jacob Pullen 6'0" 200 G So. Maywood, IL, U.S. Proviso East HS
1 Fred Brown 6'2" 190 G So. West Palm Beach, FL, U.S. Dwyer HS
13 Justin Werner 6'3" 190 G Fr. Topeka, KS, U.S. Washburn Rural HS
15 Luis Colon 6'10" 265 C Jr. Bayamón, Puerto Rico Krop HS (Miami, FL)
21 Denis Clemente 6'1" 175 G Jr. Bayamón, Puerto Rico Calusa Prep HS (Miami, FL)
University of Miami
23 Dominique Sutton 6'5" 210 G So. Durham, NC, U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, NC)
24 Curtis Kelly 6'8" 250 F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Rice HS
University of Connecticut
25 Buchi Awaji 6'3" 185 G Jr. Los Angeles, CA, U.S. Loyola HS
Florida International University
Citrus College
31 Chris Merriewether 6'3" 210 G Jr. Jacksonville, FL, U.S. Arlington Country Day HS
32 Jamar Samuels 6'7" 215 F Fr. Washington, DC, U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, NC)
33 Victor Ojeleye 6'6" 225 F Fr. Ottawa, KS, U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, NC)
40 Ron Anderson 6'8" 255 F So. Upper Marlboro, MD, U.S. McCallie HS (Chattanooga, TN)
42 Darren Kent 6'11" 230 F Sr. Apple Valley, MN, U.S. Eastview HS

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Statistics[edit]

Season Box Score[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recruits list". Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Schedule". Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Roster". Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.