2009–10 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team

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2009–10 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #7
2009–10 record 29–8 (11–5 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
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Kansas 15 1   .938     33 3   .917
#7 Kansas State 11 5   .688     29 8   .784
#19 Baylor 11 5   .688     28 8   .778
#23 Texas A&M 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Missouri 10 6   .625     23 11   .676
Texas 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     22 11   .667
Colorado 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Texas Tech 4 12   .250     19 16   .543
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Oklahoma 4 12   .250     13 18   .419
Nebraska 2 14   .125     15 18   .455
2010 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll • Through March 28, 2010


The 2009–10 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team represented Kansas State University in the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Frank Martin,[1] who served his 3rd year at the helm of the Wildcats. The team played its home games in Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas State is a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats began conference play with a trip to Columbia, Missouri and faced the Missouri Tigers and finished the year with a home game against the Iowa State Cyclones. They finished the season 29–8 and ranked #7 in the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.[2] They lost to the rival Kansas Jayhawks in the finals of the Big 12 Tournament, 72–64.

The team received a #2 seed for the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and beat North Texas and BYU to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where the Wildcats faced Xavier. The KSU-Xavier game was a double-overtime thriller won by Kansas State 101-96, which CBSSports.com called "one of the best games in the history of the Sweet 16."[3] Kansas State lost in the next round to Butler.

Recruiting[edit]

The following is a list of the recruits that are on the 2009-10 roster.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jordan Henriquez-Roberts
C
Winchendon, MA The Winchendon School 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 27, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Martavious Irving
PG
Lauderdale Lakes, FL Boyd H. Anderson HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 29, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Wally Judge
PF
Jacksonville, FL Arlington Country Day School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 16, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Rodney McGruder
SG
Jacksonville, FL Arlington Country Day School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Oct 18, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Nick Russell
SG
Arlington, TX Grace Preparatory Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 26, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 28   Rivals: 20  ESPN: 16
  • 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:

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/08/2009* 3:00 PM Pittsburg State Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS FSKC W 89–53  12,566 -
Regular Season
11/13/2009* 7:00 PM Loyola Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 92–54  12,528 1–0
11/15/2009* 3:00 PM Western Illinois Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 82–50  12,528 2–0
11/19/2008* 6:30 PM vs. Boston University José Miguel Agrelot ColiseumSan Juan, PR
(O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Quarterfinals)
W 80–70  5,073 3–0
11/20/2009* 7:30 PM vs. Ole Miss José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum • San Juan, PR
(O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff semifinals)
ESPNU L 74–86  5,762 3–1
11/22/2009* 4:30 PM vs. #18 Dayton José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum • San Juan, PR
(O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff 3rd place game)
ESPNU W 83–75  8,357 4–1
11/28/2009* 3:00 PM vs. IUPUI Sprint CenterKansas City, MO
(K-State Holiday Classic)
FSKC W 70–57  7,053 5–1
12/01/2009* 7:00 PM Fort Hays State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 83–76  12,528 6–1
12/05/2009* 8:00 PM #rv Washington State Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS
(Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series)
ESPNU W 86–69  12,528 7–1
12/08/2009* 8:00 PM Xavier Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS ESPNU W 71–56  12,528 8–1
12/12/2009* 6:00 PM vs. #18 UNLV Orleans ArenaParadise, NV FSKC W 95–80  8,320 9–1
12/19/2009* 8:00 PM vs. Alabama #17 Mitchell CenterMobile, AL
(Coors Classic)
Cox W 87–74  5,192 10–1
12/21/2009* 7:00 PM Arkansas-Pine Bluff #12 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 90–76  9,134 11–1
12/29/2009* 7:00 PM Cleveland State #12 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 85–56  12,528 12–1
01/03/2010* 12:00 PM South Dakota #12 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 91–69  10,441 13–1
01/09/2010 1:00 PM at Missouri #11 Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO ESPN2 L 68–74  13,824 13–2 (0–1)
01/12/2010 6:00 PM #rv Texas A&M #13 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS ESPN2 W 88–65  12,528 14–2 (1–1)
01/16/2010 3:00 PM at Colorado #13 Coors Events CenterBoulder, CO B12N W 87–81  10,852 15–2 (2–1)
01/18/2010 8:00 PM #1 Texas #10 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS ESPN W 71-62  12,528 16–2 (3–1)
01/23/2010 3:00 PM Oklahoma State #10 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS B12N L 69–73  12,528 16–3 (3–2)
01/26/2010 7:00 PM at #24 Baylor #11 Ferrell CenterWaco, TX FSKC W 76–74  8,833 17–3 (4–2)
01/30/2010 6:00 PM #2 Kansas #11 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS
(Sunflower Showdown)
ESPN L 79–81 OT 12,528 17–4 (4–3)
02/02/2010 7:00 PM at Nebraska #10 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE B12N W 76–57  10,453 18–4 (5–3)
02/06/2010 1:00 PM at Iowa State #10 Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA ESPN2 W 79–75  12,649 19–4 (6–3)
02/13/2010 5:00 PM Colorado #9 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS B12N W 68–51  12,528 20–4 (7–3)
02/17/2010 6:00 PM Nebraska #7 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS FSKC W 91–87  12,528 21–4 (8–3)
02/20/2010 5:00 PM at Oklahoma #7 Lloyd Noble CenterNorman, OK ESPNU W 83–68  12,425 22–4 (9–3)
02/23/2010 7:00 PM at Texas Tech #6 United Spirit ArenaLubbock, TX B12N W 83–64  9,447 23–4 (10–3)
02/27/2010 7:00 PM Missouri #6 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS ESPNU W 63–53  12,528 24–4 (11–3)
03/03/2010 7:00 PM at #2 Kansas #5 Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS
(Sunflower Showdown)
B12N L 65–82  16,300 24–5 (11–4)
03/06/2010 5:00 PM Iowa State #5 Bramlage Coliseum • Manhattan, KS B12N L 82–85 OT 12,528 24–6 (11–5)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
03/11/2010 6:00 PM vs. Oklahoma State #9 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Quarterfinals)
B12N W 83–64  18,879 25–6
03/12/2010 8:30 PM vs. #21 Baylor #9 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Semifinals)
B12N W 82–75  18,879 26–6
03/13/2010 5:00 PM vs. #1 Kansas #9 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Championship Game)
ESPN L 64–72  19,003 26–7
NCAA Tournament
03/18/2010* 1:50 PM vs. (15) North Texas #7 (2) Ford CenterOklahoma City, OK
(First Round)
CBS W 82–62  13,382 27–7
03/20/2010* 7:10 PM vs. #17 (7) Brigham Young #7 (2) Ford Center • Oklahoma City, OK
(Second Round)
CBS W 84–72  15,668 28–7
03/25/2010* 8:37 PM vs. #25 (6) Xavier #7 (2) EnergySolutions ArenaSalt Lake City, UT
(Sweet Sixteen)
CBS W 101–96 2OT 17,254 29–7
03/27/2010* 3:30 PM vs. #11 (5) Butler #7 (2) EnergySolutions Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
(Elite Eight)
CBS L 56–63  17,587 29–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time[4].
  • Attendance figures represent tickets sold rather than actual attendance

Record breaking season[edit]

Kansas State earned its highest ranking since the 1987-88 season on December 14, as the Wildcats jumped into The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time this season at No. 17. K-State also appeared in the ESPN/USA Today poll at No. 22. The team had been receiving votes in both polls since the preseason. The Wildcats are ranked for the first time in the AP poll since the 2007-08 season when the squad was ranked No. 24 on Feb. 19, 2008. K-State appeared in the poll eight times during the season, including 18th twice on Nov. 20, 2007 and Feb. 12, 2008. The last time the team was ranked as high or higher than 17th was during the 1987-88 when the Wildcats were 14th on Feb. 9, 1988. It is also the highest ranking prior to conference play since K-State was ranked No. 14 in the preseason poll in 1975.

On December 21, Kansas State's rise in the polls reached historical levels, as the Wildcats earned their highest ranking in nearly 36 years on Monday at number 12 in The Associated Press Top 25. Those rankings marked the first ranking since the 2007-08 season when the team checked in at number 24 on Feb. 19, 2008. It is the highest ranking in the AP poll since head coach Jack Hartman led the Wildcats to a number 9 ranking in the poll on March 13, 1973 with a 23-5 record. In addition, it is the highest ranking prior to conference play since K-State was ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll in 1965. The two wins over ranked non-conference teams are a first since the 1958-59 squad knocked off number 4 N.C. State (69-67) and number 14 St. Joseph's (68-55) on consecutive days on Dec. 19-20, 1958. The eight 80-point games after 11 games are the most in school history.

With the win over Cleveland State on December 29, the Wildcats moved to 12-1 on the season and are off to their best start since the 1958-59 squad also began 12-1. Also, the last time a K-State team won nine games in a row was back in 1997-98, when that squad won its first nine games of the season.[5]

On January 12, Kansas State beat Texas A&M 88-65. The victory set a new record for consecutive home wins at Bramlage Coliseum with 13.[6] The school record for consecutive home victories is 20, which occurred in Ahearn Fieldhouse that stretched from January 1981 to January 1982.

On February 15, Kansas State rose to a number 7 ranking. It is the highest in The Associated Press poll in almost 50 years since the Wildcats were ranked sixth on March 13, 1962. It is the highest ranking in the Coaches' poll since USA Today took over ownership of the poll in 1991-92.

The Wildcats have now been ranked among the nation's Top 25 in both polls for 10 consecutive weeks, while they have been ranked among the AP Top 15 for seven straight weeks. It is the longest stretch in the Top 25 since ranking 16 consecutive weeks in the AP poll from 1972–73, while it is the longest stretch in the AP Top 15 since the 1961-62 team was among the Top 10 for 14 weeks in a row from Dec. 19, 1961 to March 13, 1962. Kansas State is off to its best start in nearly 50 years with a 20-4 overall mark. The record ties for the fifth-best start in school history and the best since the 1961-62 squad opened the year at 21-3. The team posted their 20th win of the season against Colorado on 13 February, becoming the first team to tally 20 or more wins in four consecutive seasons. Head coach Frank Martin also became the first head coach to post three 20-win seasons to start a career. It is also the earliest a K-State squad has won 20 games, surpassing the 1958-59 team that won its 20th game on Feb. 16, 1959.[7]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
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Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
0 Jacob Pullen 6'0" 200 G Jr. Maywood, IL, U.S. Proviso East HS
2 Jordan Henriquez-Roberts 7'0" 245 F Fr. Port Chester, NY, U.S. The Winchendon School Winchendon, MA
3 Martavious Irving 6'1" 209 G Fr. Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. Boyd H. Anderson HS
10 Victor Ojeleye 6'6" 225 F So. Ottawa, KS, U.S. The Patterson School
12 Nick Russell 6'4" 200 F Fr. Duncanville, TX, U.S. Grace Preparatory Academy Arlington, TX
13 Justin Werner 6'3" 190 G So. Topeka, KS, U.S. Washburn Rural HS
15 Luis Colon 6'10" 265 C Sr. Bayamón, Puerto Rico Krop HS (Miami, FL)
21 Denis Clemente 6'1" 175 G Sr. Bayamón, Puerto Rico Calusa Prep HS (Miami, FL)
Miami (FL)
22 Rodney McGruder 6'4" 205 G Fr. Washington, D.C., U.S. Arlington Country Day
23 Dominique Sutton 6'5" 210 G Jr. Durham, NC, U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, NC)
24 Curtis Kelly 6'8" 250 F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Rice HS
Connecticut
31 Chris Merriewether 6'3" 210 G Sr. Jacksonville, FL, U.S. Arlington Country Day HS
32 Jamar Samuels 6'7" 215 F So. Washington, DC, U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, NC)
33 Wally Judge 6'9" 248 F Fr. Washington, D.C., U.S. Arlington Country Day

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