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January 22, 2007Kansas State (13-6, 3-2 Big 12) steps out of conference play one last time, as the Wildcats play host to Chicago State (8-15) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7:07 p.m. K-State, which has already posted 10 wins in non-conference play for just the third time in the last 10 years, will look to tally its most non-league wins (11) since the 1998-99 season.
The game will be televised throughout the state and the Kansas City area by Fox Sports Midwest with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) calling the action. The audio broadcast of the game can also be heard on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (or via the internet at http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/teams/kab) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (color) on the call.
Kansas State broke a seven-game losing streak at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats ran their winning streak to three games with a 69-60 victory over Iowa State. The team has now won six games away from Bramlage Coliseum and has four 'true' road victories for the first time since the 1995-96 season. Junior David Hoskins' first career double-double paced three players in double figures against the Cyclones with 22 points and career-best 11 boards.
A Quick Look at the Wildcats
Kansas State pushed its winning streak to three games on Saturday with a 69-60 win over Iowa State. After trailing 3-2 with 18:15 remaining, the Wildcats took control and led the rest of the way in posting their first win in Ames since 1999. The win also gave K-State six wins away from Manhattan and four 'true' road wins for the first time since the 1995-96 season. Junior guard David Hoskins continued to pace the team with his first career double-double with 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Iowa State. Overall, the team is averaging 71.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting and has three players averaging in double figures led by Hoskins and senior forward Cartier Martin's 14.4 points per game.
The Book on Chicago State
Chicago State enters Monday's contest with an 8-15 overall record after earning an 82-72 win on the road at Western Illinois on Saturday night. The Cougars have won three of their last four games after losing five in a row from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. The team has played 19 of their 22 games away from campus, including road tilts at Texas (92-66), Wichita State (76-64), Indiana (90-69), DePaul (83-56), California (75-51) and Michigan State (69-61). CSU won just five of its first 16 games, but did record impressive road wins against St. Bonaventure (98-95), Texas-El Paso (86-82) and Cleveland State (82-77).
The Cougars are averaging 72.2 points on 44 percent shooting with 32.1 rebounds and have a balanced scoring team with six players averaging in double figures. The senior-laden squad is led by a junior -- guard David Holston -- who is averaging 16.9 points and has connected on a team-best 78 3-point field goals this season. Senior guard Royce Parran averages 13.4 points on 37 3-pointers to go with a team-best 4.4 assists per game, while junior guard John Cantrell adds 11.8 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting. Senior forward Kourtney Calvin averages 11.5 points on 51.5 percent shooting to go with a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game, while senior Cam-Ron Clay posts 10.9 points per game on a team-best 64.6 percent shooting.
Chicago State is led by fourth-year head coach Kevin Jones, who has posted a 40-85 record during his tenure at the school as well as overall. This will be his first meeting with both Kansas State and Bob Huggins in his career.