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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

February 7, 2007

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¢ KU leads the all-time series, 171-89. The Jayhawks had a 31-game win streak over the Wildcats snapped last season at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats won, 59-55, on Jan. 14. KU avenged the loss in Manhattan, 66-52, on March 4.

¢ KU is 77-35 versus KSU in Lawrence and 36-18 in Allen Fieldhouse.

¢ Since the inception of the Big 12, KU holds a 24-1 record against Kansas State. The Jayhawks won the first-ever meeting with K-State, 54-39, on Jan. 25, 1907, in Lawrence.

¢ Kansas State has won three straight conference road games for the first time since the 1987-88 season.

¢ Kansas State's 17-6 record is the best after 23 games since coach Jack Hartman's 1981-82 Sweet 16 squad also produced a 17-6 mark. The win total also ties for the most by a Wildcat squad (the 2003-04 team also produced 17) since the team posted a 20-13 record in 1998-99.

¢ KSU's six league victories ties for the second-most (6-10 done four times) by K-State in the Big 12 era. The last time the Wildcats had more than six wins in a league season was 1998-99 when the squad won seven (7-9).

¢ Kansas State has not been four games above .500 in league play since the 1987-88 squad started Big Eight play with six straight victories.

¢ The win over Texas Saturday was Kansas State's first over a ranked opponent on the road in more than 10 years since beating No. 23 Iowa State, 92-87, on Feb. 28, 1996.

¢ Kansas State has won seven consecutive games dating to the Missouri game on Jan. 13, including six in a row in the Big 12. The team has won 13 of its last 16 contests since starting the season 4-3. The Wildcats' current six-game conference winning streak is the longest since also winning six straight from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 1988. The team has also won three straight conference road games for the first time since beating Oklahoma State, Colorado and Kansas from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30, 1988.

¢ Kansas State has a Big 12-leading seven victories away from Bramlage Coliseum this season, including five 'true' road wins - at Rutgers, North Dakota State, Missouri, Iowa State and Texas - for the first time since the 1995-96 season. This is in contrast to the previous seven seasons, in which, the team posted no more than four wins away from Manhattan in a season and compiled a 15-72 overall mark away from home, including a 10-63 mark in a 'true' road venue.

¢ Senior Cartier Martin has connected on 26 straight from the free throw line. If one takes away his first two misses on a 3-point foul against Colorado State on Dec. 2, Martin has hit on 17-of-18 from the line in the last five minutes. Martin has scored in double figures in eight of the 10 games he has not started for the Wildcats, including four 20-point performances against Maryland-Eastern Shore (23) on Dec. 19, Chicago State (25) on Jan. 22, Missouri (22) on Jan. 31 and Texas (27) on Saturday.

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