Washburn Heads To Manhattan For Exhibition With K-State

By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

Starting introductions
The No. 4-ranked Washburn Ichabods will open up the 2012-13 season with Kansas State on Oct. 30 in Manhattan in the first of three Big 12 exhibition games. The Ichabods will also face Oklahoma and Kansas prior to opening the season on Nov. 14 against Peru State.

Opening Tip . . .
Date: Nov. 30, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Radio Airwaves: KTPK 106.9 FM
Game Notes: Washburn | Kansas State
Online Audio: Through wusports.com (free)
Online Video: Through KStatesports.com
Television: Fox Sports Midwest
Live Stats: Through KStatesports.com
Twitter Updates: twitter.com/wusports
Series: KSU leads 32-16 (3-0 in exhibitions)

'Bod quick notes
• This is the 107th season of Ichabod basketball.
• The Ichabods will take on three Big 12 opponents this season in exhibition play.
• Washburn will face Oklahoma on Nov. 2 and Kansas on Nov. 5.
• Ichabod head coach Bob Chipman is a 1973 graduate of Kansas State earning both his undergraduate and master's degree in Manhattan.
• Chipman played for legendary coach Jack Hartman earning two letters.
• He was a teammate with former Kansas State and current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger.
• Washburn finished the 2011-12 season 25-8 winning both the MIAA regular conference title and the MIAA Tournament championship.
• The Ichabods are ranked No. 4 in the NABC preseason top 25 coaches poll.
• The preseason ranking is the highest the Ichabods have been tabbed in the preseason poll since they were selected No. 3 during the 2004-05 initial top 25 poll.
• The game against Kansas State will be the Ichabods' fourth exhibition game of the season after taking on three professional teams in Sweden and Denmark during a 10-day trip to Europe.
• The Ichabods went 3-0 during the exhibition trip.
• Washburn reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
• The last time Washburn faced a new Kansas State coach, the game went into three overtimes as the Ichabods fell 94-90 in Bob Huggins' first game on the Wildcat bench.

Ichabods in exhibition play
• Washburn, in addition to Kansas State on Oct. 30, will face Oklahoma on Nov. 2 and Kansas on Nov. 5.
• Washburn has played 19 different exhibition games against NCAA Division I schools since the 2000-01 season.
• The Ichabods have played Kansas and Nevada-Las Vegas both six times.
• Washburn has played Kansas State three times in exhibition play.
• Washburn has played Purdue and Missouri-Kansas City each twice.
• Washburn has played Oklahoma once.
• Overall Washburn is 12-19 in exhibition games since the start of the 2000-01 season.
• Washburn is 7-0 against foreign teams (4-0 in China, 2-0 in Denmark, 1-0 in Sweden)
• The Nov. 25, 2000 game at Kansas counted as a real game for the Jayhawks and an exhibition for the Ichabods.

Washburn exhibition games since the 2000 season
Date Opponent Location W/L Score
11/25/00 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. L 56-99*
11/02/01 WU Alumni Topeka, Kan. W 112-79
11/11/01 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. L 84-95
11/08/02 Dawson's All-Stars Topeka, Kan. W 100-83
11/12/02 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. L 66-101
11/04/03 KC Steer Topeka, Kan. W 96-92
11/15/03 Dawson's All-Stars Topeka, Kan. W 93-88
11/08/04 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. L 72-81
11/14/04 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. L 70-79
11/04/05 WU Alumni Topeka, Kan. W 79-77
11/11/05 Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. L 53-73
08/16/06 Zhejiang Normal Jinhua, China W 93-55
08/17/06 Zhejiang Normal Jinhua, China W 109-54
08/19/06 Shanghai Normal Shanghai, China W 115-48
08/20/06 Shanghai Normal Shanghai, China W 110-71
11/02/06 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. L 69-99
11/04/06 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. L (3ot) 90-94
11/06/07 Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. L 47-77
11/13/07 Mo.-Kansas City Kansas City, Mo. L 75-79
11/04/08 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. L 79-98
11/09/08 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. L 57-81
11/11/08 Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. L 56-74
11/10/09 Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. L 52-62
11/02/10 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. L 62-92
11/07/10 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. L 44-90
11/09/10 Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. L 53-88
11/01/11 Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. L 50-58
11/06/11 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. L 59-85
08/03/12 Stockholm08 Stockholm, Sweden W 93-85
08/10/12 Solrød Comets Copenhagen, Denmark W 113-75
08/11/12 SISU Copenhagen, Denmark W 93-70
Overall: 12-19 Against NCAA DI: 0-19
Home: 5-0 Kansas: 0-6
Away: 6-19 Nevada-Las Vegas: 0-6
Neutral: 1-0 Kansas State: 0-3
Missouri-Kansas City: 0-2
Purdue: 0-2
Oklahoma: 0-1

Ichabods on radio
Washburn basketball games can be heard live on KTPK 106.9 FM. The game can also be heard on the internet at www.wusports.com by following the “Live Audio” link on the basketball schedule page. Mark Elliott will have the call on the radio with Jake Lebahn providing color commentary.

The coaches
Washburn Ichabod head basketball coach Bob Chipman
• He is in his 34th season at the helm of the Ichabods.
• He is 721-295 overall.
• He has 480 wins since the Ichabods joined the MIAA, the most of any conference school since the 1989-90 season.
• Has led the Ichabods to 12 MIAA regular season titles and a MIAA-coaching tops of five postseason tournament championships.
• He has led the Ichabods to 12 NCAA National Tournament appearances.
• In home games, he is 417-77 going 364-66 in Lee Arena.
• He is second in all-time coaching victories in active NCAA Division II coaches.
• His 721 coaching wins is 25th in all-time NCAA coaches at all levels.
• He led the Ichabods to the 1987 NAIA National Championship and a 2001 NCAA National game, which was later vacated by Kentucky Wesleyan.
• He is 0-1 against KSU in regular season games falling 76-60 on Nov. 18, 1998.

Kansas state head coach Bruce Weber
• is in his first season as the Wildcats' head coach.
• has compiled a 313-155 record in 14 seasons as a head coach.
• has eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Coached at Illinois from 2003-12, Southern Illinois from 1998-2003.
• Was an assistant coach for Kansas State grad Gene Keady for 19 years at Western Kentucky (1979-80) and at Purdue (1980-98).

Ichabod season preview
Ichabods eye return trip to NCAA Tournament, MIAA Titles
Coming into the 2012-13 season the bulls eye has been clearly marked on the Ichabods' back. Washburn was preseason ranked No. 4 in the nation in the NABC top 25 coaches poll after winning the MIAA title last season as well as the MIAA Tournament championship in Kansas City. Washburn reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and returns 90 percent of its scoring, 94 percent of its rebounding and 96 percent of its scoring so expectations will be high entering the season. The Ichabods finished last season with a 25-8 record and return nine players who saw action last season headlined by All-American and first team all-MIAA selection Will McNeill. Washburn also has a pair of senior honorable mention all-MIAA picks in Martin Mitchell and Bobby Chipman. Joined by two other seniors in Zack Riggins and Joseph Smith, the Ichabods are an experienced group who look to exceed last season's run to the MIAA title.

Washburn back court returns an All-American, All-MIAA selection and depth entering the season
The Washburn back court will have seven returners and will be led by All-American selection Will McNeill and honorable mention all-MIAA pick Martin Mitchell. McNeill recorded one of the best seasons in school history after averaging 20.2 ppg earning NABC and Daktronics All-American honors. McNeill was also named the MIAA Tournament MVP becoming the first Ichabod to win the award while setting the Washburn single-season record for steals with 76 and the career steals record with his 165th. Mitchell averaged 10.2 ppg while leading the team with 119 assists averaging 3.6 per game which was fourth in the MIAA. Junior Jared Henry averaged 4.0 points per game last season in his first year as an Ichabod including a career-high 18 against Lincoln. Sophomore Kyle Wiggins scored 5.4 ppg off the bench in his first season as an Ichabod. A pair of redshirt juniors in Bryce Simons and Leon Flowers will compete for time this season. Simons has averaged 2.5 points a game in his career starting 20 games while Flowers sat out the season after transferring from Colorado State-Pueblo following his sophomore season. Another redshirt, Dalton Abel, will also be ready to play this season after practicing with the Ichabods this season. Incoming freshman Khai Hutchinson was a four-year letterwinner at Leavenworth High School where he shared back court duties with Kyle Wiggins.

Ichabods will have an experienced front court with five returners coming back from last season
Three of Washburn's five returning seniors call the front court home entering the 2012-13 season. None of the five returning forwards have played in fewer than 30 games in their career at Washburn. Last season Bobby Chipman averaged career-best of 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while defensively he blocked 31 shots during the season en route to honorable mention all-MIAA honors. Also returning is fellow starter Zack Riggins who started 30 of 33 games as a junior scoring 6.2 points with 3.3 rebounds a game, topping his sophomore averages of 1.7 and 0.2 rebounds a game. The last returning senior in the grouping is Joseph Smith who averaged 4.2 points per game and 2.5 rebounds a game as a junior. On the Ichabods' trip to Europe, Smith averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game playing only 17 minutes per contest in the three Ichabod wins.
Also returning is junior Alex North who nearly doubled his scoring output between his freshman and sophomore years averaging 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season up from 3.3 and 2.2 respectively. Sophomore Christian Ulsaker averaged 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds a game as a freshman, but scored a career-high 14 against Northwest Missouri in the Ichabods' opening NCAA first round game and then was the team's third-leading scorer on the trip to Europe after averaging 13.7 points per game with 7.7 rebound per game average. Joining the Ichabod front court will be a pair of freshmen in Evan Robinson and Colton Anderson. Robinson was an honorable mention all-state pick after scoring 13 points with 6.0 rebounds a game last season. Anderson, who missed the first half of his senior season with an injury averaged six points and six rebounds a game and on his summer club team he scored 15 points and 12 rebounds a game. He is scheduled to redshirt this coming season.

Last time out for the Ichabods • Washburn 93, SISU 70 • 8/10/12
SOLROD, Denmark -- The Washburn Ichabods wrapped up their exhibition tour of Europe with a 113-75 win over the Solrod Comets. Washburn returns to the USA on Saturday.
The Ichabods trailed 27-26 at the end of the first quarter after trailing by as many as 11 at 26-15 with 2:35 to play in the opening stanza after Will McNeill scored the final eight points of the quarter for the Ichabods.
The Ichabods took the lead for good with at 28-27 after a jumper by Bobby Chipman and the Ichabods would go on to lead by 16 at the break at 57-41. Washburn was 14 of 26 from the field in the second quarter while holding the Comets to 6 of 23 shooting from the field and 2 of 12 from 3-point range.
The Comets would not get any closer than 14 in the third quarter as Washburn stretched its lead to as 29 to end the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Jared Henry.
Washburn finished up the game going 13 of 14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter building a 39-point lead with just over a minute to play cruising to the win.
The Ichabods had seven players reach double figures and three who recorded a double double as they were led by McNeill who paced the Ichabods with 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the field adding eight steals after collecting 11 in Thursday's win. He also had five rebounds. Martin Mitchell scored 19 points tying for a team-high with four assists.
Christian Ulsaker scored 13 off the bench with 12 rebounds with 10 coming on the offensive end. Joseph Smith had a double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Chipman recorded a double double as well with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Wiggins and Henry each had 10 points as well with Henry adding four steals.
Rion Rayfield, who played college basketball at Florida Southern just missed a triple double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Washburn finished 42 of 104 from the field for a 40 percent average while the Comets were 27 of 77 hitting 35 percent of their shots. The Comets had 33 turnovers which turned into 44 points for the Ichabods.
Washburn also had a 54-22 advantage in points scored in the paint and had 20 fast break points.

About Kansas State
• Kansas State returns four starters off last season's 22-11 team which finished 10-8 in the Big 12 reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Rodney McGruder is the leading returning scoring after averaging 15.8 ppg with 5.2 rpg and 1.4 apg starting all 33 games en route to second team all-Big 12 honors.
• Will Spradling averaging 9.3 ppg and 2.8 apg staring all 33 games.
• Jordan Henriquez led the team with 2.4 bpg adding 7.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
• Angel Rodriguez averaged 8.3 ppg and 3.2 apg with 1.3 spg staring 17 of 32 games becoming the first freshman since Steven Henson in 1986 to lead the team in both steals and assists.
• Kansas State will also take on Emporia State on Nov. 4 in an exhibition game.
• The Wildcats also took an overseas trip going to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Aug. 8-17 playing four games going 2-2 against professional teams.

Series history with Kansas State
• The Ichabods are 16-32 all-time against Kansas State and 0-3 in exhibition games.
• Washburn has not beat the Wildcats since the 1945-45 season when they beat KSU 42-38.
• Tuesday's game will be the fourth time Washburn has played Kansas State in an exhibition game.
• Washburn lost a triple-overtime game to the Wildcats on Nov. 4, 2006 in Bob Huggins' first game on the KSU bench 94-90.
• Washburn also fell 81-57 on Nov. 9, 2008 and 90-44 on Nov. 7, 2010 to a No. 3-ranked Wildcat team.

Last meeting with Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A 19-0 run midway through the first half was too much for the Ichabods to overcome in a 90-44 loss in their second exhibition game of the season to a NCAA Division I opponent in No. 3-ranked Kansas State in Bramlage Coliseum.
The Ichabods took an early lead at 3-0 on a 3-pointer by Jadarren Mumpfield as both teams struggled early as K-State led 5-3 at the first media timeout. After the teams traded baskets, Logan Stutz tied the score at 7-7 on a jumper with 13:20 to play in the opening half. However the Ichabods would miss their next 10 shots over a six-minute period and would find themselves trailing 25-9 when Stutz broke the scoring drought with a lay up at the 6:32 mark of the half. The Ichabods trailed 35-21 going into the half after hitting 7 of 29 shots from the field compared to the Wildcats who were 12 of 30. Washburn was 1 of 9 from behind the arc in the half. Each team had identical eight offensive and 15 defensive rebounds.
In the second half the Ichabods improved to 10 of 37 from the field but were 1 of 8 from the free throw line in the half as the Wildcats went 19 of 23 from the charity stripe stretching their lead to as many as 46 with under a minute to play.
Stutz finished with a team-high 12 points on 6 of 12 shooting from the field. De'Andre Washington finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals while Virgil Philistin recorded 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Rodney McGruder led the Wildcats with 18 points hitting all five of his 3-point attempts. Jacob Pullen had 12 points and Curtis Kelly had 11 points.
The Ichabods had 21 turnovers leading to 20 points while the Ichabods forced 15 Wildcat turnovers.

Last time out for Kansas State
(Aug. 13, 2012) – (Kansas Satate Media Relations) -- RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Tijuca Club hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 45 seconds left, as the 22-and-under club team held on to defeat Kansas State, 74-72.
The two teams combined to shoot 78 free throws in the game, including 47 by the home team. The officials also whistled the teams for four technical fouls, including two on head coach Bruce Weber, which caused his ejection early in the fourth quarter.
With the game tied at 8-all in the first quarter, Tijuca took advantage of a K-State technical to score 10 of the next 14 points to take its largest lead at 18-12. However, the Wildcats battled back to within one on three occasions, including 22-21 at the end of the quarter, with help from sophomore Angel Rodriguez's seven points.
K-State started the second half on a roll with a 7-0 run to take its largest lead at 28-22. However, Tijuca slowly chipped away at the deficit to first tie it at 33-all then build a 41-38 lead with three consecutive field goals. The Wildcats closed to the gap to 42-41 at the half on a McGruder basket and Nino Williams free throw. McGruder led all scorers in the second quarter with seven points, including a long 3-pointer.
The lead went back and forth in the third quarter with neither team holding more than a two-point lead before Tijuca scored four of the quarter's last six points to take a 59-55 lead. Tijuca scored nine of the first 12 points of the fourth quarter -- all from the free throw line -- to grab a 66-60 edge. The ejection of Weber sparked the Wildcats, as they scored seven straight points to take a 69-68 lead with 3:32 to go in the game. After a basket by Tijuca, Spradling connected on his second 3-pointer to give the squad a 72-70 advantage with 1:35 to play. However, Tijuca was able to seize the lead for the final time with a 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play and a free throw. McGruder stole the ball with seconds left but his shot fell short.
K-State shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field, including 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from 3-point range, to go with 35 rebounds, 16 assists, six steals and six blocks. The team again was efficient with 16 assists to 23 made field goals. The Wildcats also connected on 74.2 percent (23-of-31) from the free throw line.
McGruder led four players in double figures with 16 points, along with three assists and two rebounds. Spradling added 12, while sophomore Adrian Diaz chipped in 11 points to seven rebounds and four blocks. Rodriguez also had double figures with 10 to go with six assists, three steals and three rebounds. Freshman D.J. Johnson, who had to play more minutes due to foul problems, led all players with nine rebounds.

Bod tweets . . . 140-character or less notes on the ichabods recapping the 2011-12 season
• Washburn tied for the team lead in scoring defense allowing 62.6 ppg #TenaciousD
• Washburn led the MIAA in field goal defensive percentage at .400 #PressureD
• Washburn led the MIAA in scoring margin +9.9 ppg #BigOBigD
• Washburn led the MIAA in free throw percentage at .740 (511 of 691) #AntiShaq
• The Ichabods were third in the MIAA last season (8.5) in steals per game #QuickHands
• Washburn led the MIAA in turnover margin (+4.0) #TakingCareOfTheRock
• Washburn was second in the MIAA in offensive rebounds at 12.3 rpg #SecondChances
• Washburn was third in the league in rebounding margin at +3.5 #boards
• Will McNeill finished second in the MIAA in scoring and 14th in rebounding (20.2 ppg/5.5 rpg) #HeIsAGuardPeople
• Bobby Chipman finished 11th in the MIAA in rebounding at 5.8 rpg #GlassMan
• Will McNeill finished fourth in the MIAA in FG% at .484 (229 of 473) #SelectiveShooting
• Will McNeill finished sixth in the MIAA in FT percentage .819 (185 of 226) #LineTime
• Will McNeill led the MIAA in steals at 2.3 per game #QuickHands
• Bobby Chipman was eighth in the MIAA in blocked shots with 0.9 per #RejectionCity
• Martin Mitchell was seventh in the MIAA in assists with 3.7 per game #DishingTheBall

Ichabod Basketball HIstory
• Washburn is 1,431-969-2 all-time in 2,402 games played
• The 2012-13 season is Washburn's 107th of basketball.
• Washburn is the ninth-winningest program in NCAA Division II history.
• The Ichabods are 477-212 since joining the NCAA Division II ranks, which is the most wins by any program in the MIAA since the 1989-90 season.
• Washburn has won ten MIAA regular season championships and 21 conference championships in school history.
• The Ichabods previously won the MIAA regular season championship in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2012.

Home sweet home
• The Ichabods are 364-66 (.848) all-time in Lee Arena.
• The 2012-13 season marks the 28th season of play in Lee Arena.
• The Ichabods recorded a school-best 28-game winning streak from Nov. 19, 1993 to Feb. 8, 1995 in Lee Arena.

Up Next
The Ichabods will continue their Big 12 exhibition schedule playing in Norman, Okla., as they will take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Nov. 2. Washburn will then face Kansas on Nov. 5 in Allen Fieldhouse and then open the regular season in Lee Arena against Peru State on Nov. 14.

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