1987–88 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team

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1987-88 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 8
AP No. 20
1987-88 record 25–9 (11–3 Big Eight)
Head coach Lon Kruger
Assistant coach Dana Altman
Assistant coach Greg Grensing
Home arena Ahearn Field House
Seasons
« 1986-87 1988-89 »
1987–88 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Oklahoma 12 2   .857     35 4   .897
#20 Kansas State 11 3   .786     25 9   .735
Kansas 9 5   .643     27 11   .711
Missouri 7 7   .500     19 11   .633
Iowa State 6 8   .429     20 12   .625
Oklahoma State 4 10   .286     14 16   .467
Nebraska 4 10   .286     13 18   .419
Colorado 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
1988 Big Eight Tournament winner
As of March 3, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987–88 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team represented Kansas State University in the 1987-88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Lon Kruger who was in his second of four years at the helm of his alma mater. The Wildcats tied a then-school record with 25 wins and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.[1]

The team played its home games in Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas. It was the last season the team played in Ahearn Field House before moving into Bramlage Coliseum. Kansas State was a member of the Big 8 Conference.

Roster[edit]

Starting line-up[edit]

Below is the starting five for the last game of the regular season, against Missouri on March 5, 1988.

Position Player
Forward Mitch Richmond
Forward Charles Bledsoe
Center Ron Meyer
Guard Steve Henson
Guard Will Scott

Class of 1987 recruits[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Carlos Diggins
SG
South Bend, IN Clay HS / Butler County CC 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Buster Glover
SG
Gary, IN Lew Wallace HS / Allen County CC 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 155 lb (70 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Fred McCoy
PF
Washington, DC Woodson HS / Allen County CC 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (100 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
John Rettiger
C
Strong City, Kansas Chase County HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: 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:

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Regular Season
11/27/87*
vs. San Diego State
Sun Met Classic
W 79-68  1–0
Selland Arena 
Fresno, CA
11/28/87*
vs. Fresno State
Sun Met Classic
W 65-50  2–0
Selland Arena 
Fresno, CA
11/30/87*
Cal-State Northridge W 79-68  3–0
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
12/2/87*
UMKC W 81–54  4–0
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
12/5/87*
at Creighton W 88–78  5–0
Omaha Civic Auditorium 
Omaha, NE
12/8/87*
Southwest Missouri State L 80–82 (4OT)  5–1
Ahean Field House 
Manhattan, KS
12/17/87*
Southern Miss L 69–71  5–2
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
12/20/87*
at No. 12 Purdue L 72–101  5–3
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
12/31/87*
at Utah State W 81–69  6–3
Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
1/3/88*
vs. Marquette W 78–57  7–3
Unknown 
Kansas City, MO
1/11/88*
at Southern Miss L 89–91 (OT)  7–4
Reed Green Coliseum 
Hattiesburg, MS
1/16/88
No. 3 Oklahoma W 69–62  8–4 (1–0)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
1/19/88*
Wichita State W 58–47  9–4
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
1/23/88
at Oklahoma State W 76–60  10–4 (2–0)
Gallagher-Iba Arena 
Stillwater, OK
1/27/88
at Colorado W 68–60  11–4 (3–0)
CU Events/Conference Center 
Boulder, CO
1/30/88
at Kansas
Sunflower Showdown
W 72–61  12–4 (4–0)
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, KS
2/3/88
No. 16 Iowa State W 79–68 (OT)  13–4 (5–0)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
2/6/88
Nebraska W 65–63  14–4 (6–0)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
2/9/88
No. 14 at Missouri L 75–79  14–5 (6–1)
Hearnes Center 
Columbia, MO
2/13/88
No. 14 at No. 4 Oklahoma L 95–112  14–6 (6–2)
Lloyd Noble Center 
Norman, OK
2/16/88
Colorado W 83–65  15–6 (7–2)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
2/18/88
Kansas
Sunflower Showdown
L 63–64  15–7 (7–3)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
2/22/88*
Northern Illinois W 88–67  16–7
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
2/24/88
at Iowa State W 83–66  17–7 (8–3)
Hilton Coliseum 
Ames, IA
2/27/88
Oklahoma State W 59–58  18–7 (9–3)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
3/2/88
at Nebraska W 77–67  19–7 (10–3)
NU Sports Complex 
Lincoln, NE
3/5/88
Missouri W 92–82  20–7 (11–3)
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
Big 8 Tournament
3/11/88
vs. Nebraska
Big 8 Tournament
W 75–70  21–7
Kemper Arena 
Kansas City, MO
3/12/88
vs. Kansas
Big 8 Tournament
W 69–54  22–7
Kemper Arena 
Kansas City, MO
3/13/88
 ABC
vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Big 8 Tournament
L 83–88  22–8
Kemper Arena 
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
3/17/88
No. 20 vs. La Salle
NCAA Tournament Opening Round
W 66–53  23–8
Edmund P. Joyce Center 
South Bend, IN
3/19/88
 CBS
No. 20 vs. DePaul
NCAA Tournament Second Round
W 66–58  24–8
Edmund P. Joyce Center 
South Bend, IN
3/25/88
 CBS
No. 20 vs. No. 3 Purdue
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
W 73–70  25–8
Pontiac Silverdome 
Pontiac, MI
3/27/88
 CBS
No. 20 vs. Kansas
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
L 58–71  25–9
Pontiac Silverdome 
Pontiac, MI
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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