2009–10 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team

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2009–10 Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball
Kansas State Athletics wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 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 Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jordan Henriquez-Roberts
C
Winchendon, Massachusetts 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, Florida 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, Florida 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, Florida 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, Texas 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/08/2009*
3:00 PM, FSKC
Pittsburg State W 89–53  -
Bramlage Coliseum (12,566)
Manhattan, Kansas
Regular Season
11/13/2009*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Loyola W 92–54  1–0
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
11/15/2009*
3:00 PM, FSKC
Western Illinois W 82–50  2–0
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
11/19/2008*
6:30 PM
vs. Boston University
O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Quarterfinals
W 80–70  3–0
José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum (5,073)
San Juan, PR
11/20/2009*
7:30 PM, ESPNU
vs. Ole Miss
O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff semifinals
L 74–86  3–1
José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum (5,762)
San Juan, PR
11/22/2009*
4:30 PM, ESPNU
vs. No. 18 Dayton
O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff 3rd place game
W 83–75  4–1
José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum (8,357)
San Juan, PR
11/28/2009*
3:00 PM, FSKC
vs. IUPUI
K-State Holiday Classic
W 70–57  5–1
Sprint Center (7,053)
Kansas City, Missouri
12/01/2009*
7:00 PM, FSKC
Fort Hays State W 83–76  6–1
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
12/05/2009*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. rv Washington State
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
W 86–69  7–1
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
12/08/2009*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Xavier W 71–56  8–1
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
12/12/2009*
6:00 PM, FSKC
vs. No. 18 UNLV W 95–80  9–1
Orleans Arena (8,320)
Paradise, Nevada
12/19/2009*
8:00 PM, Cox
No. 17 vs. Alabama
Coors Classic
W 87–74  10–1
Mitchell Center (5,192)
Mobile, AL
12/21/2009*
7:00 PM, FSKC
No. 12 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 90–76  11–1
Bramlage Coliseum (9,134)
Manhattan, Kansas
12/29/2009*
7:00 PM, FSKC
No. 12 Cleveland State W 85–56  12–1
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
01/03/2010*
12:00 PM, FSKC
No. 12 South Dakota W 91–69  13–1
Bramlage Coliseum (10,441)
Manhattan, Kansas
01/09/2010
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 11 at Missouri L 68–74  13–2 (0–1)
Mizzou Arena (13,824)
Columbia, Missouri
01/12/2010
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 No. rv Texas A&M W 88–65  14–2 (1–1)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
01/16/2010
3:00 PM, B12N
No. 13 at Colorado W 87–81  15–2 (2–1)
Coors Events Center (10,852)
Boulder, Colorado
01/18/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 10 No. 1 Texas W 71-62  16–2 (3–1)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
01/23/2010
3:00 PM, B12N
No. 10 Oklahoma State L 69–73  16–3 (3–2)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
01/26/2010
7:00 PM, FSKC
No. 11 at No. 24 Baylor W 76–74  17–3 (4–2)
Ferrell Center (8,833)
Waco, Texas
01/30/2010
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 No. 2 Kansas
Sunflower Showdown
L 79–81 OT 17–4 (4–3)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
02/02/2010
7:00 PM, B12N
No. 10 at Nebraska W 76–57  18–4 (5–3)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (10,453)
Lincoln, Nebraska
02/06/2010
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 at Iowa State W 79–75  19–4 (6–3)
Hilton Coliseum (12,649)
Ames, Iowa
02/13/2010
5:00 PM, B12N
No. 9 Colorado W 68–51  20–4 (7–3)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
02/17/2010
6:00 PM, FSKC
No. 7 Nebraska W 91–87  21–4 (8–3)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
02/20/2010
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 7 at Oklahoma W 83–68  22–4 (9–3)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,425)
Norman, Oklahoma
02/23/2010
7:00 PM, B12N
No. 6 at Texas Tech W 83–64  23–4 (10–3)
United Spirit Arena (9,447)
Lubbock, Texas
02/27/2010
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 6 Missouri W 63–53  24–4 (11–3)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
03/03/2010
7:00 PM, B12N
No. 5 at No. 2 Kansas
Sunflower Showdown
L 65–82  24–5 (11–4)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
03/06/2010
5:00 PM, B12N
No. 5 Iowa State L 82–85 OT 24–6 (11–5)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
03/11/2010
6:00 PM, B12N
No. 9 vs. Oklahoma State
Quarterfinals
W 83–64  25–6
Sprint Center (18,879)
Kansas City, Missouri
03/12/2010
8:30 PM, B12N
No. 9 vs. No. 21 Baylor
Semifinals
W 82–75  26–6
Sprint Center (18,879)
Kansas City, Missouri
03/13/2010
5:00 PM, ESPN
No. 9 vs. No. 1 Kansas
Championship Game
L 64–72  26–7
Sprint Center (19,003)
Kansas City, Missouri
NCAA Tournament
03/18/2010*
1:50 PM, CBS
No. 7 (2) vs. (15) North Texas
First Round
W 82–62  27–7
Ford Center (13,382)
Oklahoma City
03/20/2010*
7:10 PM, CBS
No. 7 (2) vs. No. 17 (7) Brigham Young
Second Round
W 84–72  28–7
Ford Center (15,668)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
03/25/2010*
8:37 PM, CBS
No. 7 (2) vs. No. 25 (6) Xavier
Sweet Sixteen
W 101–96 2OT 29–7
EnergySolutions Arena (17,254)
Salt Lake City
03/27/2010*
3:30 PM, CBS
No. 7 (2) vs. No. 11 (5) Butler
Elite Eight
L 56–63  29–8
EnergySolutions Arena (17,587)
Salt Lake City
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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, Illinois, United States Proviso East HS
2 Jordan Henriquez-Roberts 7'0" 245 F Fr. Port Chester, New York, U.S. The Winchendon School Winchendon, Massachusetts
3 Martavious Irving 6'1" 209 G Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. Boyd H. Anderson HS
10 Victor Ojeleye 6'6" 225 F So. Ottawa, Kansas, U.S. The Patterson School
12 Nick Russell 6'4" 200 F Fr. Duncanville, Texas, U.S. Grace Preparatory Academy Arlington, Texas
13 Justin Werner 6'3" 190 G So. Topeka, Kansas, U.S. Washburn Rural HS
15 Luis Colon 6'10" 265 C Sr. Bayamón, Puerto Rico Krop HS (Miami)
21 Denis Clemente 6'1" 175 G Sr. Bayamón, Puerto Rico Calusa Prep HS (Miami)
Miami
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, North Carolina, U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, North Carolina)
24 Curtis Kelly 6'8" 250 F Jr. New York, U.S. Rice HS
Connecticut
31 Chris Merriewether 6'3" 210 G Sr. Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. Arlington Country Day HS
32 Jamar Samuels 6'7" 215 F So. Washington, D.C., U.S. Patterson HS (Lenoir, North Carolina)
33 Wally Judge 6'9" 248 F Fr. Washington, D.C., U.S. Arlington Country Day

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