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Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats athletic logo

University Kansas State University
Conference Big 12
Location Manhattan, KS
Head coach Frank Martin (3rd year)
Arena Bramlage Coliseum[1]
(Capacity: 12,528)
Nickname Wildcats
Colors Purple and White

             

Uniforms
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament runner up
1951
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1948 • 1951 • 1958 • 1964
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1948* • 1951 • 1958 • 1959 • 1961 • 1964 • 1972 • 1973 • 1975 • 1981 • 1988
*indicates opening round of tournament
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951* • 1956 • 1958 • 1959 • 1961 • 1964 • 1968 • 1970 • 1972 • 1973 • 1975 • 1977 • 1981 • 1982 • 1988
*indicates opening round of tournament
NCAA Tournament second round
1956 • 1958 • 1959 • 1961 • 1964 • 1970 • 1972 • 1973 • 1975 • 1977 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1987 • 1988 • 2008
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948 • 1951 • 1956 • 1958 • 1959 • 1961 • 1964 • 1968 • 1970 • 1972 • 1973 • 1975 • 1977 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1993 • 1996 • 2008 • 2010
Conference tournament champions
1947* • 1950* • 1952* • 1958* • 1960* • 1961* • 1963* • 1977 • 1980
* Big Seven/Big Eight Holiday Tournament[2]
Conference regular season champions
1917 • 1919 • 1948 • 1950 • 1951 • 1956 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1963 • 1964 • 1968 • 1970 • 1972 • 1973 • 1977

The Kansas State Wildcats basketball represents Kansas State University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.

Kansas State's men's basketball team began competition in 1902. The program has a long history of success. The first two Missouri Valley Conference titles captured by the school were won in the sport, in 1917 and 1919. Kansas State has gone on to capture 17 conference crowns in the sport. Street & Smith ranked K-State 22nd in its 2005 list of the 100 greatest college basketball programs of all time[3], while Jeff Sagarin listed the program 27th in his all-time rankings in the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia [4].

Frank Martin is the current head coach. As of March 18, 2010 the Wildcats have a record of 1,456–1,040, and a winning percentage of .583.

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History

Through the years the team has participated in 24 NCAA basketball tournaments. Kansas State's best finish at the tournament came in 1951, when they lost to Kentucky in the national championship game. The school has reached the Final Four four times, the Elite Eight 11 times, and the Sweet Sixteen 15 times. Included among K-State's tournament wins are some all-time classics, including a 50-48 win over second-ranked Oregon State University in 1981, and a 83-80 win over Oscar Robertson's University of Cincinnati team in 1958, which Sports Illustrated called "the game of the year."

The best season in the school's history may have been 1959, when the team finished the season ranked Number 1 in the Associated Press Poll. K-State has finished ranked in the Top Ten of the poll on six other occasions, and in the top twenty 12 total times. The team has also posted a winning record at home every year since 1946. In the 1990s, however, the program faded from the national scene.

Frank Martin is entering his third year of coaching at Kansas State. In his first year with the program, the team started the 2007-2008 season ranked in the AP top 25. Kansas State went on to record a 20-11 record with a 10-6 conference record, and was invited to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. At the NCAA tournament – the program's first in 12 years – the team defeated USC in the first round, before falling to Wisconsin in the second. Following the season, Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley was named an All-American and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year.

In the 2008-09 season, Kansas State posted a 21-10 record and a 9-7 mark in the Big 12. The team was invited to the 2009 National Invitation Tournament.

Kansas State has a total of 36 All-Americans, 17 regular-season conference championships and two conference tournament championships.[5] K-State is 28-27 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.[6]

Sunflower Showdown

Kansas State's main rivalry is with the Kansas Jayhawks. The rivalry peaked in the 1950s when both teams were annually national title contenders. The 1987-88 season also proved to be momentous in the rivalry. In the first matchup of the season, on January 30, 1988, Mitch Richmond scored 35 points to lead Kansas State to a 72-61 win to halt KU's then-record 55-game home winning streak. On February 18, KU turned the tables, prevailing 64-63 at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan to deny K-State a victory over KU in the old field house's last year. In what was supposed to be the rubber game, in the 1988 Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, Kansas State won a decisive victory by a 69-54 score. However, the biggest was yet to come. Both teams qualified for the NCAA tournament, and after three wins each in the tournament they faced each other on March 27 in Pontiac, Michigan, for the right to advance to the Final Four. Led by Danny Manning's 20 points, KU turned a tight game into a runaway and prevailed 71-58. Kansas would go on to win the National Championship.

The rivalry slipped in significance after the 1988 season, and from 1994 to 2005, KU won 31 straight games against K-State, the longest streak for either school in the series. KU also posted a 24-game win streak against the Wildcats in Manhattan, which ended on January 30, 2008, when #22 Kansas State upset #2 Kansas 84-75.

NCAA Tournament appearances

Kansas State's overall record in the NCAA Tournament is 28-27.[7]

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10
Seeds→ - 7 8 5 - - - - 9 4 6 11 - - 6 - - 10 - - - - - - - - - - - 11 - 2
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Final Four teams

Elite Eight teams

Sweet Sixteen teams

Other appearances

  • 1980 (# 7 Seed) Beat # 10 seed Arkansas 71-53 in first round; lost to # 2 seed Louisville, 71-69 in second round
  • 1987 (# 9 Seed) Beat Georgia 82-79 in first round; lost to # 1 seed UNLV, 92-78 in second round
  • 1989 (# 6 Seed) Lost to #11 seed Minnesota 86-75 in first round
  • 1990 (# 11 Seed) Lost to # 6 seed Xavier 87-79 in first round
  • 1993 (# 6 Seed) Lost to # 11 seed Tulane 55-53 in first round
  • 1996 (# 10 Seed) Lost to # 7 seed New Mexico 69-48 in first round
  • 2008 (# 11 Seed) Beat # 6 seed USC 80-67 in first round; lost to # 3 seed Wisconsin 72-55 in the second round.

Former players

Retired jerseys

The following players' jerseys have been retired by Kansas State in recent years. They represent the finest basketball players to come through Kansas State. The criteria for determining the honor includes statistical achievement, conference and national records, honors received (such as all-conference, All-American, Academic All-American), character and sportsmanship.[8]

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Year
22 Ernie Barrett 2005
33 Jack Parr 2005
30 Bob Boozer 2005
12 Mike Evans 2006
12 Lon Kruger 2006
10 Chuckie Williams 2006
33 Dick Knostman 2007
25 Rolando Blackman 2007
44 Willie Murrell 2009
23 Mitch Richmond 2009


Wildcats to pros

The following former Wildcats have gone on to play professionally, either in the NBA or elsewhere.[9]

Coaches

Kansas State has had 22 head coaches. A number of notable and successful coaches have led the Wildcats through the years. Following are all the coaches that have been at Kansas State.[10]

Coach Years at KSU Record Percent Awards and Achievements During Tenure
C.W. Melick 1905-1906 7-9 (.438)
Mike Ahearn 1906-1911 26-24 (.520)
Guy Lowman 1911-1914 30-16 (.652)
Carl J. Merner 1914-1916 19-15 (.559)
Zora G. Clevenger 1916-1920 54-17 (.761) • 2 Conference Regular Season Championships (1917, 1919)
E.A. Knoth 1920-1921 14-6 (.700)
E.C. Curtiss 1921-1923 5-28 (.152)
Charles Corsaut 1923-1933 89-81 (.524)
Frank Root 1933-1939 38-72 (.345)
Jack Gardner†^ 1939-1942; 1946-1953 147-81 (.645) • 1 NCAA Championship Game (1951)
• 2 Final Fours (1948, 1951)
• 3 Conference Regular Season Championships (1948, 1950, 1951)
• 3 Conference Holiday Tournament Championships (1947, 1950, 1952)
• 3 years straight ranked in top 5 of AP Poll (1951, 1952, 1953)
Chili Cochrane 1942-1943 6-14 (.300)
Cliff Rock 1943-1944 7-15 (.318)
Fritz Knorr 1944-1946 14-33 (.298)
Tex Winter^ 1953-1968 261-118 (.689) • 2 Final Fours (1958, 1964)
• 4 Elite Eights (1958, 1959, 1961,1964)
• 8 Conference Regular Season Championships (1956, 1958-1961, 1963, 1964, 1968)
• 4 Conference Holiday Tournament Championships (1958, 1960, 1961, 1963)
• 4 years ranked in top 5 of AP Poll (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962)
• 1958 UPI National Coach of the Year
• 1958 Big 7 Coach of the Year
• 1959 Big 8 Coach of the Year
• 1960 Big 8 Coach of the Year
• Developed the Triangle offense
Cotton Fitzsimmons 1968-1970 34-20 (.630) • 1 Conference Regular Season Championship (1970)
• 1970 Big 8 Coach of the Year
• 1970 NABC District Coach of the Year
Jack Hartman 1970-1986 295-169 (.636) • 4 Elite Eights (1972, 1973, 1975, 1981)
• 3 Conference Regular Season Championships (1972, 1973, 1977)
• 2 Conference Tournament Championships (1977, 1980)
• 1975 Big 8 Coach of the Year
• 1977 Big 8 Coach of the Year
• 1977 NABC District Coach of the Year
• 1980 NABC Coach of the Year
Lon Kruger 1986-1990 81-47 (.633) • 1 Elite Eight (1988)
• 1988 NABC District Coach of the Year
• First KSU coach to achieve 20 wins in initial coaching year
• Only KSU coach to take squads to NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons
Dana Altman 1990-1994 68-54 (.557) • 1993 Big 8 Coach of the Year
Tom Asbury 1994-2000 85-88 (.491)
Jim Wooldridge 2000-2006 83-90 (.480)
Bob Huggins 2006-2007 23-12 (.657) • Most wins (23) by a first-year coach in program history
• Most wins by the program since 1987-88
Frank Martin 2007-present 70-31 (.693)* • 2008: First NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years
• 2008 CollegeInsider.com Big 12 Coach of the Year
• 2009-10 season: Best start since 1961-62 season
• 2009-10 season: Highest AP ranking (5th) since 1962
• 2009-10 season: Jim Phelan Award as mid-season National Coach of the Year
• 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year (AP and coaches)
• 2010 USBWA District VI Coach of the Year
†Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
^Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

*Through March 18, 2010

Conference membership history

Record vs. Big 12 opponents

Kansas State
vs.
Overall Record at Manhattan at Opponent's
Venue
at Neutral Site Last 5 Meetings Last 10 Meetings Current Streak Since Beginning
of Big 12
Baylor KSU, 12-10 KSU, 7-4 BU, 5-3 KSU, 2-1 KSU, 3-2 KSU, 6-4 W 2 BU, 9-7
Colorado KSU, 97-44 KSU, 54-10 KSU, 32-31 KSU, 11-2 KSU, 5-0 KSU, 9-1 W 9 KSU, 16-14
Iowa State KSU, 131-77 KSU, 77-23 KSU, 47-45 ISU, 9-7 KSU, 4-1 KSU, 8-2 L 1 KSU, 15-14
Kansas KU, 180-90 KU, 73-44 KU, 81-35 KU, 26-11 KU, 5-0 KU, 9-1 L 6 KU, 33-2
Missouri KSU, 116-115 KSU, 60-44 MU, 63-41 KSU, 15-8 KSU, 4-1 KSU, 7-3 W 1 MU, 16-11
Nebraska KSU, 125-93 KSU, 73-30 NU, 60-35 KSU, 17-3 KSU, 3-2 Tied, 5-5 W 3 KSU, 17-12
Oklahoma OU, 102-90 KSU, 54-34 OU, 59-25 KSU, 11-9 OU, 3-2 OU, 8-2 W 1 OU, 10-5
Oklahoma State KSU, 70-46 KSU, 34-15 OSU, 27-24 KSU, 12-4 OSU, 3-2 OSU, 7-3 W 1 OSU, 12-3
Texas KSU, 11-9 KSU, 6-3 UT, 5-4 KSU, 1-0 KSU, 3-2 UT, 6-4 W 2 UT, 8-6
Texas A&M KSU, 15-6 KSU, 9-0 TAMU, 5-2 KSU, 4-1 KSU, 4-1 KSU, 7-3 W 2 KSU, 11-6
Texas Tech KSU, 13-12 KSU, 8-3 TTU, 7-4 TTU, 2-1 TTU, 3-2 TTU, 7-3 W 2 TTU, 11-6
*As of March 12, 2010.[11]

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