January 8, 2007

Raiders travel to Kansas State

The 1-0 Red Raiders, 12-4 overall, travel to Manhattan to face the Kansas State Wildcats tonight at 8pm CST. The Wildcats are 8-5 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play. KSU hasn't lost a home game yet, but the best team they have played at home to date is 9-4 William & Mary. Both teams are without key players tonight as Bill Walker is likely out for the Wildcats and Esmir Rizvic is definitely out for Texas Tech.

The Kansas State Wildcats
The Wildcats start four double-figure scorers, though third-leading scorer Walker is expected to miss tonight's game.

Six-foot-seven, 220 pound senior forward Cartier Martin leads the Wildcats in scoring at 14.7 points a game. He shoots .436 from the floor on 78-for-179 shooting, and goes 24-for-71, .338, from the arc. He hits .707 from the stripe where he is second on the team in attempts and has gone 40-for-57 on the season. Martin is one of six KSU players getting over 3.5 rebounds a game. He leads the team in field goal attempts with the 179, and in minutes played at 27 per night.

David Hoskins, 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, is a junior forward who mostly works inside for KSU. He's second on the team in rebounds with 5.2 a night, second in scoring with 13.1 points per game, is one of for Wildcats averaging over two assists per game, and is second on the team in steals with 1.1 a night. He's 60-for-127 on the field, good for .427 overall and is second to Martin in shot attmepts. From the arc, he hits a woeful .188 on 6-for-32 shooting. He's very active inside with the ball, and looks to drive and make contact. He is by far the leader on this team in free throw attempts, going 71-for-94 on the year. That's good for .755 on the season and as such makes him the team leader in makes, attempts, and percentage.

Six-foot-four senior guard Lance Harris is the club's leading three point shooter, going 26-for-64, .406, on the season. Over half of his 119 field goal attemtps have come from the arc, and as such he is not as likely to drive the ball. Harris prefers the spot up jumper if he can get it. He's not a great free throw shooter, hitting .600 overall on 15-of-25 shooting from the stripe. Harris is the other Wildcat getting double-figure points per game, bringing in 10.5 points a night.

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