'Cats, Tigers tangle Monday night
'Cats, Tigers tangle Monday night
Monday, January 7, 2008
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m. CT
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Bryan Carter (producer)
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 648; Dish Network 444
Coordinates: Galaxy 28, Transponder 17 Slot A&B, KU Band
Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 127
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Tickets are available by calling (800) 221-CATS.
Record: 9-4 (0-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 9-4/1
School Record: 9-4/1
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Dec. 31, 2007
lost to Xavier, 103-77
SID: Tom Gilbert
savannah state tigers
Record: 8-12 (0-0 Independent)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Horace Broadnax
Career Record: 64-146/7
School Record: 22-58/3
06-07 Record: 12-18
Last game: Jan. 4, 2008
defeated Southern Miss, 61-56
SID: Opio Mashariki
G - #2 Blake Young (6.7 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
G - #5 Clent Stewart (8.3 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
F - #4 Andre Gilbert (5.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (15.5 ppg., 6.8 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (24.2 ppg., 13.5 rpg.)
G - #3 Joseph Flegler (8.8 ppg., 1.9 rpg.)
G - #10 Patrick Hardy (4.7 ppg., 2.2 rpg.)
G - #13 Anthony Jones (8.3 ppg., 2.1 rpg.)
F - #14 Lazarius Coleman (7.6 ppg., 4.9 rpg.)
F - #24 Chris Linton (9.0 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)
The squad will look to capture its 10th non-conference win of the season for the 18th time since 1972-73 season and for the third time in the last four seasons. K-State has already guaranteed itself a winning record in non-league play for the 36th straight season dating back to 1972-73. The team has won 37 of its last 49 games against non-conference foes, including a stellar 30-2 mark at home.
The Wildcats are coming off the worst defeat of the season to upstart Xavier, who earned their second straight win in the series with a 103-77 victory on Dec. 31. Despite shooting 57.1 percent in the second half, the team could never overcome an early 14-0 deficit in allowing their highest point total in nearly six seasons. The Musketeers recorded opponent highs in nine categories, including points (103), field goals (32) and field goal percentage (53.3). The 103 points were the most allowed since No. 1 Kansas scored 103 on Feb. 27, 2002.
Monday's contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Midwest (DirecTV 648, Dish Network 444) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action. The viewing area is restricted to the state of
The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 127) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action.
the book on
Despite a poor defensive effort, there were several positives in the 103-77 loss to Xavier on New Year’s Eve. The Wildcats topped 75 or more point for the 11th time this season, which eclipsed the season totals of the past eight seasons, including the 10 recorded by the 2006-07 squad. After setting season-lows for points in a half (28) and field goal percentage in a half (28.6) in the first half, the team rallied to score 52 points on 57.1 percent shooting in the second half. It marked the fifth time this season that the squad has recorded 50 or more points in a half, including the third straight contest.
K-State was led by a pair of freshmen - Bill Walker and Fred Brown - who scored 56 of the team’s 77 points.
The team is averaging 80.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting with 44.7 rebounds, 17.2 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.3 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 70.2 points on 40.6 percent shooting. A pair of Wildcats are averaging in double figures led by Michael Beasley, who ranks sixth nationally in scoring at 24.2 points per game.
Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 13.5 per game, is shooting 54.7 percent from the field, including 35.3 percent from 3-point range to go with 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 30.2 minutes per game. He has registered a double-double in 12 of 13 games and has posted 30 or more points on five occasions. Beasley leads the team in 10 categories, including scoring, field goals (117), free throws (69), rebounds, blocks and minutes. His 12 double-doubles tie Jack Parr (1957) and Willie Murrell (1963) for ninth place for double-doubles in a single-season.
The team’s hottest player since moving back to the interior five games ago, Bill Walker ranks second to Beasley in numerous categories, including scoring (15.5 ppg.), rebounding (6.8 rpg.), field goals (57), field goal attempts (130), blocks (10), double-digit scoring (eight), and double-doubles (three). He has now scored in double figures in 12 of 17 career games, including eight of 11 games this season.
A pair of backcourt mates - Jacob Pullen and Clent Stewart - have also continue to play well for the Wildcats. Pullen, who started the team’s first nine games at point guard, is first on the team in assists (3.2 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.) and third in scoring (9.9 ppg.). The team’s most experienced player with 103 appearances and 77 starts, Stewart has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games, including five consecutive games. Stewart ranks second in minutes (27.7 mpg.) and assists (3.2 apg.), while he is fourth in scoring (8.3 ppg.), rebounding (3.4 rpg.) and steals (1.2 spg.).
Season tickets are sold out for the season, however, there will be selected tickets that have unclaimed from the student allotment available for purchase on an individual-game basis. Less than 50 tickets remain for Sunday’s game, which are priced $20 for the general admission seating in student sections 19-25 in the arena, and are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum, by calling 1.800.221.CATS or online at www.k-statesports.com.
turning up the offense
Since posting a season-low 59 points against Notre Dame on Dec. 4,
turning up the offense, part 2
The Wildcats have scored at least 75 points in 11 of its 13 games this season. The 11 games of at least 75 points equals or surpasses the entire total from the past nine seasons, including the 10 in 2006-07.
The last time the school had more than 11 games of 75 or more points was the 1997-98 season, which produced 14 such contests.
the book on savannah state (8-12)
Savannah State (8-12) broke a two-game losing streak on Friday by posting an impressive 61-56 win over Conference USA member Southern Mississippi at home. The Tigers sprinted out to a 24-5 lead and an eventual 35-20 advantage at halftime behind 57.7 percent shooting in the first half. The Eagles roared back in the second half to close the gap, but the Tigers connected on 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) from the charity strip to clinch the win. Junior forward Chris Linton had 12 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Lazarius Coleman added 11 points and nine rebounds.
The team is led by head coach Horace Broadnax, who has a 64-146 record in seven years as a head coach and a 22-58 mark in three seasons at
series vs. savannah state
This will mark the just the second all-time meeting between
xavier postgame notes
Xavier now leads the all-time series, 4-2, including a 3-0 mark in
K-State set a season-high with nine 3-point field goals, including a individual player high of five by freshman Fred Brown... The five treys were the most by a Wildcat since Cartier Martin connected on 5 against
The Wildcats set season-lows for rebounds (34) as well as points in a half (25) and field goal percentage in a half (28.6)... The 34 boards surpass the previous low of 37 against George Mason on Nov. 22.
Xavier set opponent highs in nine categories, including points (103), field goals (32), field goal percentage (53.3), 3-point field goals (nine), 3-point field goal percentage (52.9), free throws (30), free throws attempted (39), points in a half (59) and field goal percentage in a half (60.7)... The 103 points were the most allowed since No. 1 Kansas also scored 103 on the Wildcats on Feb. 27, 2002.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures led by career-highs by Bill Walker (31) and Fred Brown (25)... It marked the third time that two players scored 20 or more points, including the second straight game. Clent Stewart tallied double figures for fifth game in a row with 10.
cats solid in january
The win against
The team will be looking to capture its 10th non-conference win against
cats good inside the arc
taking advantage of the charity stripe
In recording 80 or more points in four of the last five games,
This season, the Wildcats have hit on 20 or more free throws in seven of 13 games, including a season-high 28 in their 82-75 win over previously unbeaten
beasley, walker among the best
Freshmen Michael Beasley and Bill Walker are starting to prove they are two of the best players in Big 12. The pair are the only two rookies to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding in the Big 12.
Beasley paces the league in four categories - scoring (24.2 ppg.), rebounding (13.5 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.5 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (9.0 rpg.) - and is the top-12 in three others - blocked shots (second -2.0 bpg.), field goal percentage (sixth - 54.7) and free throw percentage (12th - 69.0). He is also owns the most double-doubles (12) and the most 30-point games (five).
The duo have helped K-State lead the league in rebounding (44.7) and offensive rebounds (17.46) and place fourth in scoring (80.9 ppg.).
more beasley and walker
Michael Beasley and Bill Walker became just the fourth duo in
With his 40-point performance against
Walker, who has notched his two 30-point games in the last five games, ties seven other players including notable players Bob Boozer, Mike Evans, Steve Henson and Jack Parr for the 13th-most in a single season. He posted his first career 30-point game against
newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes has been a big success so far for
okay, this guy’s pretty good
Freshman Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season on Dec. 26 after posting a freshman school-record high 40 points in the win over Winston-Salem State on Dec. 22. He went 14-of-22 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, with 15 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes. He scored 28 of his 40 points in the second half, including 24 of the team’s first 29 of the half. Beasley is the first
beasley breaks another one
Michael Beasley made history yet again with his 40-point effort against
wildcats to score 40 or more points
62 by Askia Jones vs.
*47 by Chuckie Williams vs. Holy Cross, 12/5/75
*46 by Mike Wroblewski at
*45 by Bob Boozer vs. Purdue, 12/1/58
*42 by Dick Knostman vs.
41 by Steve Henson vs.
*41 by Mitch Richmond vs.
40 by Mike Evans vs.
40 by Michael Beasley vs.
*Was named an All-American following season.
Michael Beasley will look to become just the sixth player in school history and the first since Gene Williams in 1968-69 to average a double-double for a single-season. He is averaging 24.2 points and 13.5 rebounds per game through 13 games with 12 double-doubles. He would join Bob Boozer (1956-59), Jack Parr (1955-58), Larry Comley (1960-61), Willie Murrell (1962-64) and Gene Williams (1968-69) to average a double-double for a season.
Remarkably, Boozer and Parr averaged a double-double in three consecutive seasons, while Murrell accomplished it back-to-back seasons. At his current pace, Beasley could also top the school single-season scoring and rebounding averages held by Bob Boozer (25.6 ppg. in 1958-59) and Jack Parr (14.5 rpg. in 1956-57).
better in the second half
Michael Beasley tends to get better as the game goes on, averaging 14.0 points on 64 percent shooting to go with 5.7 rebounds per game in the second half this season. He has scored in double figures in nine of 13 second halves this season, including 23 points against Western Illinois (11/17) and 24 against George Mason (11/22) and 28 against
In contrast, he is averaging 9.8 points on 44 percent shooting with 7.5 rebounds per game in the first half. He has scored in double figures in just seven first halves this season, but he did have a double-double (16 points and 17 rebounds) in his first collegiate half in the opener against
Michael Beasley had a memorable first game as a Wildcat, he set three school records as well as two Big 12 marks in helping
Beasley is just the third player in school history to top 30 points and 20 rebounds in a single-game and the first since Bob Boozer (36 points, 23 rebounds) did it against
On Nov. 11, Beasley became just the third player in school history (and first freshman) to tally 30 points in back-to-back games in a win over
first with two 20-point/20-rebound games
Michael Beasley became the first player in Big 12 history to collect two 20-point/20-rebound performances in a single season with his 28-point, 22-rebounds effort against
Beasley turned in his first career 20-point/20-rebound game in the opener against
walker back to full strength
The former high school All-American is finally healthy after playing in just six games as a true freshman in 2006-07 before going down with a season-ending ACL injury at Texas A&M in the first Big 12 contest.
After battling through a variety injuries to start the season,
After suffering through a variety of aliments to start the season, where he missed two of the first five games,
walker named big 12 rookie of the week
Freshman forward Bill Walker earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 10 after averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games against Notre Dame and
For the week,
Walker played arguably his best game as a Wildcat in the team’s 82-75 win over previously unbeaten California on Dec. 9, as he set or tied career-highs in nine categories. He posted a career-high 30 points on 7-of-22 field goals, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, with a career tying 10 rebounds, a career-high four steals and two assists in 35 minutes of action.
The performance followed a solid outing against Notre Dame on Dec. 4, as he tallied 14 points against the Fighting Irish on 6-of-11 field goals with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 33 minutes. He scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half on 5-of-8 shooting in playing all 20 minutes.
A team mainstay the past three seasons, senior guard Clent Stewart has become a guiding force for a young squad. He has been a steady force during a crucial stretch in the last seven games, averaging 10.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists against the likes of
Stewart continues to move up the career charts in three categories (assists, minutes played and games started), in this, his last season at K-State. With two assists against
He currently sits in sixth place all-time in minutes played with 2,753, passing former teammate Lance Harris (2,618; 2003-07) with a season-high 34 minutes against
what brown can do for you
Yet another talented freshman is starting to emerge from the bench, as rookie Fred Brown has posted solid efforts in the past four games. He is averaging 12.8 points on 55.3 percent shooting in that span with 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 assists in 18.0 minutes per game. Brown has scored 51 of his 61 season point total during this span.
He is coming off a career-night against Xavier (12/31) with a career-best 25 points on a team season-best 9-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, in a career-high 24 minutes. The 25 points were nearly triple his previous season high of nine against Florida A&M (12/17) and
After playing a combined 16 minutes in the previous five games, Brown logged 16 minutes of action against Florida A&M with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and four rebounds. He followed with nine points against
young comes through in clutch
Senior Blake Young came through a pair of big 3-point field goals in the second half of the win over
Young, who ranks fifth on the team in both scoring (6.7 ppg.) and rebounding (2.8 rpg.), elevated his play during the key three-game stretch against
pullen shines at the point
Michael Beasley is not the only true freshman to shine so far this season, as rookie Jacob Pullen has played well in the point guard spot. The
He has scored in double figures in eight of the team’s first 13 games, including tying his career-high with 19 points in back-to-back wins over UCF and Rider at the Old Spice Classic. He combined to go 6-of-14 from 3-point range in those victories, including a season-high four treys against the Knights. He has also been stellar from the free throw line, going 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) at the Old Spice Classic to rank second on the team at 70.3 percent for the season. He opened the season with 18 points against
gilbert not just one-game wonder
Junior college transfer Andre Gilbert broke out against Rider on Nov. 25 and even outshined fellow newcomer Michael Beasley. The transfer from Mount San Jacinto College in
samuels, sutton join squad
K-State head coach Frank Martin received a pair of belated holiday gifts on Dec. 26 when high school recruits Jamar Samuels and Dominique Sutton were cleared to begin competing for the Wildcats.
Both Samuels and Sutton come to
Sutton averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.0 steals per game as a senior, while Samuels was the first players off the bench for the Bulldogs. Both players starred on the AAU circuit with the DC Assault alongside Beasley and Ron Anderson.
A 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from
A 6-foot-5, 220-pound shooting guard from
Sutton played two year for The Patterson School after transferring from
Another true freshman making an immediate impact for the Wildcats is Ron Anderson, who ranks first on the team in field goal percentage (58.1) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg.). After scoring just 13 points in the previous six games,
A late addition to the squad in August, he has already performed well during the season, averaging 7.0 points on 75 percent shooting with 6.0 rebounds in 20.7 minutes at the Old Spice Classic. He nearly posted his first double-double against UCF on Nov. 23 with 11 points and eight rebounds to go with three assists after turning in six points and nine rebounds against George Mason. The rookie has registered eight or more rebounds in four games this year, including a career-high 12 against