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 Home town 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/09/2008*
2:00 PM
Washburn W 81–57 
Bramlage Coliseum (7,733)
Manhattan, KS
Regular Season
11/14/2008*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Florida A&M W 96–57  1–0
Bramlage Coliseum (9,070)
Manhattan, KS
11/16/2008*
2:00 PM
SE Missouri State W 88–68  2–0
Bramlage Coliseum (8,109)
Manhattan, KS
11/19/2008*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Emporia State W 82–60  3–0
Bramlage Coliseum (8,083)
Manhattan, KS
11/22/2008*
6:00 PM
at Cleveland State W 69–59  4–0
Wolstein Center (2,827)
Cleveland, OH
11/25/2008*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Oakland W 83–64  5–0
Bramlage Coliseum (8,356)
Manhattan, KS
11/28/2008*
11:00 PM, ESPNU
vs. Kentucky
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
L 72–74  5–1
Orleans Arena (5,000)
Paradise, Nevada
11/29/2008*
6:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Iowa
Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
L 63–65  5–2
Orleans Arena (2,000)
Paradise, NV
12/07/2008*
7:30 PM, FSN
at Oregon
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
L 70–75  5–3
McArthur Court (8,256)
Eugene, OR
12/11/2008*
7:00 PM, FSKC
vs. Southern Miss W 74–55  6–3
Sprint Center (6,054)
Kansas City, MO
12/14/2008*
6:00 PM
Gardner–Webb W 107–48  7–3
Bramlage Coliseum (8,112)
Manhattan, KS
12/20/2008*
1:00 PM
Centenary W 73–51  8–3
Bramlage Coliseum (8,861)
Manhattan, KS
12/30/2008*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Wagner W 82–53  9–3
Bramlage Coliseum (7,304)
Manhattan, KS
01/03/2009*
1:00 PM, FSKC
Idaho State W 83–57  10–3
Bramlage Coliseum (7,446)
Manhattan, KS
01/05/2009*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Chicago State W 99–68  11–3
Bramlage Coliseum (5,381)
Manhattan, KS
01/10/2009
12:30 PM, B12N
No. 6 Oklahoma L 53–61  11–4
(0–1)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
01/13/2009
7:00 PM, B12N
at Kansas
Sunflower Showdown
L 71–87  11–5
(0–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/17/2009
5:00 PM, B12N
at Nebraska L 51–73  11–6
(0–3)
Devaney Sports Center (11,736)
Lincoln, NE
01/21/2009
8:00 PM, ESPN2
Baylor L 65–84  11–7
(0–4)
Bramlage Coliseum (9,386)
Manhattan, KS
01/24/2009
5:00 PM, B12N
at Colorado W 77–75 OT 12–7
(1–4)
Coors Events Center (6,061)
Boulder, CO
01/28/2009
8:00 PM, FSKC
Missouri W 88–72  13–7
(2–4)
Bramlage Coliseum (9,665)
Manhattan, KS
01/31/2009
3:00 PM, B12N
at No. 11 Texas W 85–81 OT 14–7
(3–4)
Frank Erwin Center (13,186)
Austin, TX
02/03/2009
7:10 PM, FSKC
Iowa State W 65–50  15–7
(4–4)
Bramlage Coliseum (9,489)
Manhattan, KS
02/07/2009
3:00 PM, B12N
at Texas A&M W 65–60  16–7
(5–4)
Reed Arena (10,367)
College Station, TX
02/11/2009
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Texas Tech W 85–73  17–7
(6–4)
Bramlage Coliseum (9,941)
Manhattan, KS
02/14/2009
2:30 PM, ABC
No. 16 Kansas
Sunflower Showdown
L 74–85  17–8
(6–5)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
02/17/2009*
7:00 PM
North Carolina Central W 95–49  18–8
(6–5)
Bramlage Coliseum (7,681)
Manhattan, KS
02/21/2009
5:00 PM, FSKC
at Iowa State W 50–46  19–8
(7–5)
Hilton Coliseum (11,922)
Ames, IA
02/25/2009
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at No. 11 Missouri L 74–94  19–9
(7–6)
Mizzou Arena (14,825)
Columbia, MO
02/28/2009
7:00 PM, B12N
Nebraska W 77–72  20–9
(8–6)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
03/03/2009
6:30 PM, ESPN2
at Oklahoma State L 71–77  20–10
(8–7)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (12,106)
Stillwater, OK
03/07/2009
12:30 PM, B12N
Colorado W 76–64  21–10
(9–7)
Bramlage Coliseum (10,152)
Manhattan, KS
Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament
03/12/2009
2:00 PM, B12N
vs. Texas
Quarterfinals
L 58–61  21–11
Ford Center (14,909)
Oklahoma City, OK
2009 NIT Tournament
03/18/2009*
7:00 PM
Illinois State
First Round
W 83–79 OT 22–11
Bramlage Coliseum (8,130)
Manhattan, KS
03/20/2009*
8:30 PM
at San Diego State
Second Round
L 52–70  22–12
Cox Arena (5,100)
San Diego, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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.