'Cats to battle No. 10 Aggies Saturday
'Cats to battle No. 10 Aggies Saturday
kansas state (11-4, 1-0 Big 12)
vs. 10/9 texas a&m (15-2, 1-1 Big 12)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tipoff: 3:05 p.m. CST
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Series: Kansas State leads 12-5
(K-State is 7-0 at home in the series)
Terry Gannon (play-by-play)
Steve Bardo (analyst)
Jeff Neubarth (producer)
Preben Martin (director)
Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio,
Sirius Satellite 122
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Sold out. It marks the third time this season that K-State has sold out. Season tickets are sold out for second straight year.
kansas state wildcats
Record: 11-4 (1-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/nr
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 11-4/1
School Record: 11-4/1
vs. Texas A&M: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 12, 2008
defeated Oklahoma, 84-82
SID: Tom Gilbert
texas a&m aggies
Record: 15-2 (1-1 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 10/9
Coach: Mark Turgeon
Alma Mater: Kansas, 87
Career Record: 168-120/10
School Record: 15-2/1
vs. Kansas State: 2-2
06-07 Record: 27-7 (13-3 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 16, 2008
lost at Texas Tech, 68-53
SID: Colin Killian
Kansas State (11-4, 1-0 Big 12)
G - #2 Blake Young (6.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
G - #5 Clent Stewart (8.1 ppg., 3.4 apg.)
F - #4 Andre Gilbert (5.1 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (15.8 ppg., 6.5 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (24.8 ppg., 13.1 rpg.)
Texas A&M (15-2, 1-1 Big 12)
G - #15 Donald Sloan (8.8 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
G - #22 Dominique Kirk (7.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
G - #23 Josh Carter (13.4 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
F - #30 Joseph Jones (11.2 ppg., 5.2 rpg.)
F - #12 DeAndre Jordan (10.1 ppg., 6.9 rpg.)
Kansas State (11-4, 1-0 Big 12) faces one of its most difficult tasks of the season on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats open up the Big 12 portion of their home schedule with No. 9/10 Texas A&M (15-2, 1-1 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum at 3 p.m. The Aggies are the highest ranked team to visit Manhattan since No. 9/9 Kansas on Feb. 19, 2007 and the highest other than Kansas since No. 7/7 Texas on Feb. 22, 2006. K-State has lost five in a row to ranked teams at home.
Saturday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Steve Bardo (analyst) calling the action.
It will be the seventh of a school-record 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including the second on ESPN. The team is 10-23 all-time on ESPN, including 0-1 this season. K-State lost to Notre Dame, 68-59, on the network on Dec. 4, 2007.
The game will be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) behind the mikes. Fans can also listen to the game on Sirius Satellite 122.
Kansas State has a 55-39 record in home conference openers since the formation of the Missouri Valley Conference in 1913, including a 3-8 mark in the Big 12 Conference era. The Wildcats have not won their home league opener since upsetting No. 23 Texas Tech, 68-44, on Jan. 11, 2003, a streak of four consecutive losses. The program, which won its league opener for the first time since the 2002-03 season, has not started 2-0 in conference play since beating Oklahoma State and Colorado to start Big Eight play in 1992-93.
the book on kansas state
Kansas State is coming off one of its biggest wins of the season, as the Wildcats earned their first Big 12 road opening win since 2001 with an 84-82 victory over Oklahoma on Jan. 12 at the Lloyd Noble Center. It was the team’s first win in Norman, Okla., since Jan. 20, 1996, snapping a five-game losing streak, and the first in a Big 12 opener on the road since beating Texas A&M, 53-48, on Jan. 6, 2001.
The Wildcats eclipsed the 80-point barrier for the eighth time this season against the Sooners and connected on a season-best 56.4 percent from the field, which was the highest by a Wildcat squad since shooting 61.5 percent against Cleveland State on Dec. 5, 2006. The 84 points were the most in a regulation (non-overtime) contest in a league opener since scoring 97 against Nebraska on Jan. 8, 2000.
The squad has now scored 75 or more points in 13 of 15 games this season, which already surpasses the season totals of the past eight seasons. It also marked the seventh straight game that the Wildcats have topped the 75-point barrier, which hasn’t happened since the 1976-77 team also did it in seven straight games to start the season.
K-State was once again led by the two-headed attack of freshmen Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, who scored 54 of the team’s 84 points. Beasley, who was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time on Jan. 14, tallied 32 points against the Sooners on 13-of-18 field goals, including the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left. He also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to record his 14th double-double in 15 career games. Walker turned in 20 or more points for the fourth time in the last seven games with 22 points on a career-best 8-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Clent Stewart and Jacob Pullen also performed well, posting nine and eight points, respectively, while combining for 11 assists.
The team is averaging 81.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting with 43.9 rebounds, 17.5 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.4 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 68.0 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Only one team at Kansas State - the 1952-53 squad - has averaged 80 or more points for a season, which averaged 81.4 points in 21 games.
A pair of Wildcats are averaging in double figures led by Michael Beasley, who ranks fifth nationally in scoring at 24.8 points per game.
Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 13.1 per game, is shooting 57.2 percent from the field, including 35.3 percent from
3-point range to go with 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. He has registered a double-double in 14 of 15 games and has posted 30 or more points on six occasions.
Beasley leads the team in 10 categories, including scoring, field goals (139), free throws (82), rebounds, blocks and minutes. His six 30-point contests are just one shy of the single-season school record held by Bob Boozer (1958-59) and Norris Coleman (1985-86), while his 14 double-doubles tie Willie Murrell (1964) and Bob Boozer (1958 and 1959) for third place for most in a single-season.
The team’s hottest player since moving to the interior seven games ago, Bill Walker ranks second to Beasley in numerous categories,
including scoring (15.8 ppg.), rebounding (6.5 rpg.), field goals (69), field goal attempts (150), blocks (12), double-digit scoring (10), and double-doubles (three). He has now scored in double figures in 14 of 19 career games, including 10 of 13 games this season.
Jacob Pullen and Clent Stewart have also continued 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 (3.5 apg.) and steals (1.3 spg.) and third in scoring (9.5 ppg.). The team’s most experienced player with 105 appearances and 79 starts, Stewart has scored in double figures in six of the last nine games. He ranks second in minutes (28.0 mpg.) and assists (3.4 apg.), while he is fourth in scoring (8.1 ppg.), rebounding (3.3 rpg.) and steals (1.1 spg.).
turning up the offense
Since posting a season-low 59 points against Notre Dame on Dec. 4, Kansas State has turned up its offense in the last seven games. The squad is averaging 86.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting (205-of-432), including 36.6 percent from 3-point range (49-of-134), during that span after averaging 76.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting, including 25.9 from beyond the arc, in the first eight. Most notably, the team has taken better advantage of its opportunites from the free throw line, converting on 71.4 percent (147-of-206) in the last seven games compared to 63.6 percent (119-of-187) in first eight.
turning up the offense, part 2
Kansas State has scored 75 or more points in seven consecutive games for the first time since the 1976-77 squad opened the season with seven such contests. The team has already topped the 80-point mark in eight contests, which equals the entire total from the 2006-07 season. It also equals or surpasses the totals from the previous eight seasons (1998-99 to 2005-06). The 84 points against Oklahoma were the most in a league opener in eight seasons since the Wildcats posted 97 points against Nebraska on Jan. 8, 2000. The team recorded 90 or more points in consecutive games against Winston-Salem State and Wagner for the first time in over 10 years since doing it against Coastal Carolina and Wichita State on Dec. 6 and 10, 1997.
Kansas State has scored at least 75 points in 13 of its 15 games this season. The 13 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 13 games of 75 or more points was the 1997-98 season, which produced 14 such contests.
the book on texas a&m (15-2)
Texas A&M (15-2, 1-1 Big 12) saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night, as Texas Tech gave head coach Bob Knight his historic 900th career victory with a 68-53 win. The Aggies shot just 34 percent from the field, including just 23.1 percent in the first half, in posting their lowest point total of the season. It was the squad’s first loss in more than a month since dropping a 78-67 decision to nationally-ranked Arizona on Dec. 2. Senior Joseph Jones and junior Josh Carter led the way with 11 points apiece, while Jones added a team-high nine rebounds in the defeat.
Texas A&M is averaging 76.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting, including 39 percent from 3-point range, with 41.4 rebounds, 15.4
assists, 4.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game. The team is holding foes to 58.2 points per game on 37 percent shooting from the field.
A balanced squad, the team has three players in double figures led by Carter’s 13.4 points per game. Jones is second at 11.2 points per game on 54.2 percent shooting to go with 5.2 rebounds, while rookie star, DeAndre Jordan, is third in scoring at 10.1 points per game on a Big 12-best 74.7 percent shooting to go with 6.9 rebounds.
The team is led by first-year head coach Mark Turgeon, who has a 168-121 record in 10 years overall as a head coach and a 15-2 mark in first season at Texas A&M. He spent two years as the head coach at Jacksonville State (1998-2000) before serving seven years as the head coach at Wichita State (2000-07). A native of Topeka, Kan., and a 1987 graduate of Kansas, he was the first player in Jayhawk history to play in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He served as a team captain in 1986 and 1987, leading the squad to the 1986 Final Four. He also spent five years as an assistant at Kansas (1987-92).
Turgeon owns a 2-2 record against K-State, all coming at Wichita State. His first win at WSU came against the Wildcats, 76-66, in 2000 before registering his first at Bramlage Coliseum with a 65-56 victory in 2001. However, K-State won back-to-back games the next two seasons, 79-66 in Wichita in 2002 and 54-50 in Manhattan in 2003.
series vs. texas a&m
This will be the 18th all-time meeting between Kansas State and Texas A&M in a series that dates back to 1960. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 12-5, including a 7-0 record at home and 6-0 mark at Bramlage Coliseum. The home team has had the advantage in the series with the Aggies winning five of six meetings in College Station.
The series has been tight of late with the last three meetings being decided by six points or less, including a 58-54 win by the Wildcats in Manhattan on Jan. 18, 2006.
last season vs. texas a&m
Kansas State gave No. 11 Texas A&M all it wanted, but the Wildcats were unable to to rally down the stretch and the Aggies escaped with a 69-65 victory at Reed Arena on Jan. 6, 2007. Senior Akeem Wright scored a career-high 18 points and David Hoskins added 11 before fouling out with 36 seconds left to lead K-State. Acie Law paced Texas A&M with 18 points and Joseph Jones chipped in 17.
Kansas State and Texas A&M battled through eight ties and 22 lead changes, including 14 in the second half, as the momentum seesawed back and forth all night long. The Wildcats used a 7-0 run to take a 53-48 lead with just over 12 minutes to play in the second half before the Aggies answered with a 9-2 run of their own over the next five minutes to take the lead for good at 57-55.
oklahoma postgame notes
K-State snapped a five-game losing streak in Big 12 openers with its 84-82 win over Oklahoma... It marked the first win in a league opener since beating Texas A&M, 53-48, on Jan. 6, 2001... It also marked the first win by the Wildcats over the Sooners in Norman, Okla., since a 75-60 win on Jan. 20, 1996.
K-State shot a season-best 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the field... It marked the highest field goal percentage since shooting 61.5 against Cleveland State on Dec. 5, 2006... It also was the second time this season that that team has shot over 50 percent from the field.
Freshmen Michael Beasley (32) and Bill Walker (22) topped 20 or more points in the same game for the second time this season.
K-State served up a historic defensive effort in the win over Savannah State on Jan. 7. The Wildcats helped the Tigers set or tie three NCAA records since the introduction of the shot clock in 1986, including lowest field goal percentage in a half (4.3 percent; 1-of-23), fewest points in a half (4) and fewest field goals in half (1).
In addition, the 25 points were the fewest allowed by a K-State team in the shot clock era and the fewest since Missouri scored just 14 on March 4, 1944. The Wildcats set eight Bramlage Coliseum marks for fewest points (25), fewest points in a half (4), fewest field goals made (9), fewest field goals made in a half (1), lowest field goal percentage (15.5 percent), lowest field goal percentage in a half (4.3 percent) and fewest assists (4). The 60-point margin of victory ranked as the second highest in school history and one point short of the record set in a 115-54 win over Delaware State on Dec. 7, 1991.
better in the second half
Like its superstar freshman, K-State tends to get better as the game goes on, averaging 43.1 points on 51.1 percent shooting (including 33.8 percent from 3-point range) in the second half this season. The team has topped 40 or more points in the second half of 11 games, including 50 or more points in three of the last five games. In fact, the squad is averaging 49.6 points (including a season-best 57 vs.
Wagner) in the last five second halves on 55.6 percent shooting.
In comparison, the team is averaging 37.1 points on 39.1 percent shooting (including 27 percent from 3-point range) in the first half this season. The team has eclipsed the 40-point barrier just five times in the first half and the 50-point barrier just once.
Michael Beasley is averaging 13.9 points on 66.1 percent shooting to go with 5.6 rebounds per game in the second half this season. He has scored in double figures in 11 of 15 second halves, including 23 points against Western Illinois (11/17) and 24 against George Mason (11/22) and 28 against Winston-Salem State (12/22). He had a double-double in the second half against WIU with 23 points and 12 rebounds. In addition, rookies Bill Walker and Fred Brown are shooting better in the second half, connecting on 54.0 and 52.8 percent from the field.
In contrast, Beasley is averaging 10.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting with 7.2 rebounds per game in the first half. He has scored in double figures in just nine 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 Sacramento State on Nov. 9. Walker and Brown are shooting just 40.2 and 40.2 percent from the field in the first half.
not many close wins
Kansas State’s exciting 84-82 win over Oklahoma on Jan. 12 was just third by single digits this season. The 11 wins have come by average of 22.6 points, including four games decided by 30 or more points. The team nearly set the school record for widest margin of victory with its 85-25 win over Savannah State, which was one point shy of the 115-54 win over Delaware State on Dec. 7, 1991. Prior to the win over Oklahoma, the team’s only wins by single digits came in overtime against UCF at the Old Spice Classic and against California on Dec. 9.
taking advantage of the charity stripe
In recording 80 or more points in six of the last seven games, Kansas State has taken advantage of its opportunities from the free throw line. The team has averaged 21 points from the charity stripe (on an average of 29.4 attempts) during its last seven games, while hitting on 71.4 percent of its opportunities. In comparison, the squad averaged just 14.9 points from the line in the first eight games on 23.4
attempts for just an 63.6 percentage. During its four-game winning streak, the team posted 20 or more free throws in four consecutive games for the first time in almost 20 years. The last time the Wildcats did it in three straight contests was during the 1991-92 season.
This season, the Wildcats have hit on 20 or more free throws in eight of 15 games, including a season-high 28 in their 82-75 win over
previously unbeaten California on Dec. 9. The team is averaging 20.7 points (on 30.2 attempts) from the charity stripe in its 11 wins and just 9.5 points (on 15.3 attempts) in its four losses. The squad is also 10-0 when they have more free throw attempts than their opponents and 7-1 when they connect on 70 or better percent from the line.
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 (24.8 ppg.), rebounding (13.1 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.47 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.67 rpg.) - and is the top-10 in three others - blocked shots (second - 2.0 bpg.), field goal percentage (fifth - 57.2) and free throw percentage (10th - 70.7). He is also owns the most double-doubles (14) and the most 30-point games (six).
Walker ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.8 ppg.) and ninth (6.5 rpg.) in rebounding. He also places among the top-15 in three other categories, including sixth in offensive rebounds (2.9 rpg.), seventh in free throw percentage (74.0) and 13th in field goal percentage (46.0).
The duo have helped K-State lead the league in rebounding (43.9) and offensive rebounds (16.73) and place third in scoring (81.4 ppg.).
more on beasley and walker
Michael Beasley and Bill Walker became just the fourth duo in Kansas State history (the first freshman duo) to each score 30 or more points at least twice in the same season and the first in 30 years. The duo joins Bob Boozer (2) and Jack Parr (2) in 1956-57, Mike Evans (2) and Chuckie Williams (4) in 1975-76 and Mike Evans (3) and Curtis Redding (3) in 1977-78.
With his 32-point performance against Oklahoma, Beasley now has notched six contests of 30 or more points this season, which tied Mitch Richmond (6, 1987-88) for second all-time at Kansas State for a single-season. He now just trails Bob Boozer (7, 1958-59) and Norris Coleman (7, 1985-86) for the most in a single season. He also ties Mike Evans (1974-78) for the fifth-most 30-point games in a career. Boozer is the all-time leader with 10 from 1956-59.
Walker, who has notched his two 30-point games in the last six 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 California on Dec. 9 and then topped it with 31 points against Xavier.
newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes has been a big success so far for Kansas State, as the newcomers have posted over 60 percent of the Wildcats’ points (744) and blocks (39) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (366), steals (67) and assists (121).
Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (372) and rebounds (197). In all, four of the top-7 scorers and two of the top-3 rebounders are either freshmen or first-year players in the program. If you include redshirt freshman Bill Walker, who played just six games last year, the totals increase to over 75 percent of the points (949) and blocks (52) and almost 70 percent of the rebounds (450) and steals (83).
okay, this guy’s pretty good
Freshman Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time on Jan. 14 after averaging 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in wins over Savannah State and Oklahoma.
Beasley averaged 28.5 points on 75.9 percent shooting for the week with 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. He began the week with a 25-point effort against Savannah State on Jan. 7 on a team-best 9-of-11 shooting from the field with 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 28 minutes. He capped off the week with a game-high 32 points against Oklahoma on Jan. 12 on 13-of-18 field goals with 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a career-best 37 minutes. He scored the game-winning basket with 2.3 second left to give the Wildcats’ their first win in Norman since 1996.
Beasley is just the second Kansas State player to earn Big 12 Player of the Week twice in a season and the first since Jeremiah Massey did it two times during the 2004-05 season. The player of the week award is also Beasley’s fourth this season after he earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12, 2007 and Rookie of the Week accolades on Nov. 19 and Dec. 26, 2007.
beasley breaks another one
Michael Beasley made history yet again with his 40-point effort against Winston-Salem State on Dec. 22, as he broke fellow rookie Norris Coleman’s mark of 39 points against Colorado on Jan. 18, 1986 for the most by a freshman. He now owns four school records, including for points by a freshman in a debut (32 vs. Sacramento State), most rebounds by a freshman (24 vs. Sacramento State) and most consecutive double-doubles by a freshman (12). The 40 points are the most by a Wildcat since Askia Jones tallied a school-record 62 points against Fresno State in the second round of the Postseason NIT on March 24, 1994. He is the ninth Wildcat in to record a 40-point game, while his 40-point effort ties Mike Evans (40 vs. Colorado, 1/15/77) for the eighth-highest scoring total in a game.
wildcats to score 40 or more points
62 by Askia Jones vs. Fresno State, 3/24/94
*47 by Chuckie Williams vs. Holy Cross, 12/5/75
*46 by Mike Wroblewski at Kansas, 2/7/62
*45 by Bob Boozer vs. Purdue, 12/1/58
*42 by Dick Knostman vs. Oklahoma, 2/14/53
41 by Steve Henson vs. Iowa State, 2/17/90
*41 by Mitch Richmond vs. Oklahoma, 2/13/88
40 by Mike Evans vs. Colorado, 1/15/77
40 by Michael Beasley vs. Winston-Salem State, 12/22/07
*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 24.8 points and 13.1 rebounds per game through 15 games with 14 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).
Michael Beasley had a memorable first game as a Wildcat, he set three school records as well as two Big 12 marks in helping Kansas State to a season-opening victory over Sacramento State on Nov. 9. He posted 32 points on 12-of-20 field goals with 24 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals in 31 minutes.
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 Colorado in 1957. The 32 points were the most points by a freshman in a debut in both Kansas State and Big 12 history, while the 24 rebounds were the most by a freshman in a single-game and the third-most by a Wildcat in school history. The 24 rebounds also eclipsed the all-class Big 12 record of 23 held by Kevin Durant (2006) and Nick Collison (2003).
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 Pittsburg State. He tallied 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting with 14 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes. He is the first player to top 30 points in consecutive games since Askia Jones did it against Colorado (32) and Oklahoma (31) in January 1994.
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 Western Illinois on Nov. 19. In the first 11 years of Big 12 competition, only nine players had posted 20-point/20-rebound games in their career and none had ever done it more than once in their respective careers. He is just the second player in school history to accomplish the feat twice in a season and the first since Jack Parr did it twice during the 1955-56 season.
Beasley turned in his first career 20-point/20-rebound game in the opener against Sacramento State with a freshman-debut high 32 points and 24 rebounds on Nov. 9.
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.
Walker is second to Michael Beasley in both scoring (15.8 ppg.) and rebounding (6.5 rpg.), while he is second in steals (1.3 spg.) and free throw percentage (74.0). He has now scored in double figures in 14 of his 19 career games, including 10 of 13 games this season. Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his young Wildcat career in the team’s last seven games. In gaining the start in each of these contests, he is averaging 19.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting (45-of-88), including 45.8 percent shooting (11-of-24) from 3-point range, with 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 26.0 minutes per game. He has connected on 76.6 percent (36-of-47) from the free throw line during the current streak.
After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in nine straight games for the Wildcats, including a career-high 35 minutes of action against California on Dec. 9. He set or tied career-highs in nine categories against the Bears with 30 points on 7-of-22 field goals with 10 rebounds, two assists and four steals. He posted his second 30-point outing in the last seven games with his career-best 31-point effort against Xavier (12/31). He went a career-high 13-of-23 from the field with six rebounds in 34 minutes. Walker was just as impressive in his first complete Big 12 game against Oklahoma with 22 points on a career-best 72.7 percent shooting.
After suffering through a variety of aliments to start the season, where he missed two of the first five games, Walker began to turn the corner on the final day of the Old Spice Classic. He posted his first career double-double against Rider on Nov. 25 with 14 points and a new career-high 10 rebounds. He continued his impressive play against Notre Dame with a season-tying 14 points on 6-of-11 field goals with six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
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 California.
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 turned in 30 points on 7-of-22 field goals with 10 rebounds. He also went an impressive 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
The effort followed a solid outing against Notre Dame, as he tallied 14 points against the 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 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 nine games, averaging 9.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting with 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists against the likes of Oregon, Notre Dame and California. He has been even better in the last seven games, scoring in double figures in five games and averaging 10.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting with 3.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 29.1 minutes.
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 Oregon on Nov. 29, he broke his second-place tie with Tyrone Adams (1979-82) for career assists with 318. With 348 assists, Stewart now trails just leader Steve Henson (582, 1987-90) on the all-time list.
Stewart currently sits in fifth place all-time in minutes played with 2,813, passing Ayome May (2,764; 1996-99) in playing 28 minutes against Savannah State on Jan. 7. He needs 146 minutes to pass Shawn Rhodes (2,958; 1996-99) for fourth place. At his current pace, he should finish in the top-3 behind only Steve Henson (4,474; 1987-90) and Askia Jones (3,547; 1990-94). In addition, he is now tied for sixth place on the games started list with the 79th start of his career against Oklahoma. He is also eight games from breaking into the top-10 for career games played (105).
what brown can do for you
Yet another talented freshman is starting to emerge from the bench, as Fred Brown has posted solid efforts in five of the last six games. He is averaging 12.2 points on 57.1 percent shooting in that span with 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 assists in 17.2 minutes per game. Brown has scored 61 of his 71 season point total during this span.
He posted 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 Winston-Salem State (12/22). His 81.8 percent shooting from the field ties for the best by a Wildcat with at least five field goals, while his five 3-point field goals are the most by a Wildcat since Cartier Martin had five against Oklahoma on March 3, 2007.
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 Winston-Salem. He continued his impressive play against Savannah State, scoring in double figures for the second straight game with 10 points and five rebounds.
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 California. After missing his first field goal attempt, Young hit his first trey with 3:06 remaining to give the Wildcats’ a two-point lead then followed less than a minute later to break a 69-all tie and give the team the lead for good with 2:19 left. He finished the game with eight points on 2-of-3 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
Young, who ranks sixth on the team in both scoring (6.5 ppg.) and rebounding (3.0 rpg.), elevated his play during the key three-game stretch against Oregon, Notre Dame and California. He averaged 9.3 points on 50 percent shooting, including 41.7 percent from 3-point range, with 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 35.7 minutes.
He is one of just two players (Michael Beasley) to start all 15 games this season. He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 50 consecutive games played dating back to last season.
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 Maywood, Ill., native paces the squad in assists (3.5 apg.) and steals (1.3 spg), is second in 3-point field goals (15), third in scoring (9.5 ppg.) and fifth in minutes played (23.1 mpg.).
Although his scoring totals have gone down, Pullen might be playing his best basketball in the last few weeks. In wins against Savannah State (1/7) and Oklahoma (1/12), the rookie averaged 7.5 points to go with 5.5 assists (with just a 1.0 turnover average). He was stellar in his first-ever Big 12 game against the Sooners, posting eight points to go with a career-tying six assists, including the game-winning assist to Michael Beasley with 2.3 seconds left.
Pullen began the season with double-digit scoring in eight of his first 10 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 wins, including a season-high four treys against the Knights. He opened the season with 18 points against Sacramento State in his first collegian game on 7-of-11 shooting to go with a team-high five assists and two steals.
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 California, nearly doubled his season total for points against the Broncs with a team-high 22 points on 7-of-11 field goals, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, in 28 minutes of action. He followed this performance with yet another stellar effort against Oregon (11/29), posting 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting in a season-high 32 minutes. He averaged 19.0 points on 52.0 percent shooting, including 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, with 4.5 rebounds in those two games. Gilbert came into the Rider game with a total of 13 points in the first five games with a previous high of seven against Pitt State on Nov. 11.
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 Kansas State after playing at The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., for head coach Chris Chaney. The duo played a major role in helping the Bulldogs to a 36-4 overall record and a No. 3 national prep school ranking in 2006-07. The squad advanced to the inaugural Prep School National Championship, where they lost in the semifinals to the eventual national champions Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep, led by future teammate Michael Beasley.
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 Washington, D.C., Samuels played just one season at The Patterson School after a stellar playing career at Archibishop Carroll High School. He averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior, while he
averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as a sophomore.
A 6-foot-5, 220-pound shooting guard from Durham, N.C., Sutton was rated among the top players in the country in 2006, including the No. 57 overall prospect by Scout.com and No. 131 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. He was also ranked among the top-50 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 11 by Scout.com, No. 21 by High School Hoops magazine and No. 39 by Rivals.com. In addition, he was rated the No. 2 in North Carolina by Rivals.com.
Sutton played two year for The Patterson School after transferring from Durham Jordan High School. As a sophomore, he averaged 19.7 points in guiding the Falcons to a 19-8 overall record and the 4-A Western Regional semifinals. He was named to AP All-State second team and was the Durham Sun-Herald Player of the Year.
anderson a monster on boards
Another true freshman making an impact for the Wildcats is Ron Anderson, who ranks second on the team in field goal percentage (58.1) and third in rebounding (4.5 rpg.). After scoring just 13 points in the previous six games, Anderson had a career day shooting the ball against Wagner (12/29). He posted a season-high 14 points in the game on 5-of-6 field goals with six rebounds in 22 minutes.
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 Pitt State on Nov. 11.