K-State hits the road for Colorado Wednesday
K-State hits the road for Colorado Wednesday
kansas state (12-4, 2-0 Big 12)
at colorado (9-8, 1-2 Big 12)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tipoff: 8:05 p.m. CST
Location: Boulder, Colo.
Arena: Coors Events Center (1979)
Series: Kansas State leads 91-43
(CU is 31-29 at home in the series)
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)
Doug Gottlieb (analyst)
Nicole Rachal (producer)
Scott Barke (director)
Coordinates: Galaxy 17, Transponder 21 K Upper
Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 114
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Tickets: Available by calling 303.492.8337 or online at cubuffs.com
kansas state wildcats
Record: 12-4 (2-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 12-4/1
School Record: 12-4/1
vs. Colorado: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 19, 2008
defeated Texas A&M, 75-54
SID: Tom Gilbert
Record: 9-8 (1-2 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Jeff Bzdelik
Alma Mater: Illinois-Chicago 76
Career Record: 84-55/5
School Record: 9-8/1
vs. Kansas State: First meeting
06-07 Record: 7-20 (3-13 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 19, 2008
lost at Texas, 69-67
SID: Andrew Green
kansas state (12-4, 2-0 Big 12)
G - #2 Blake Young (6.6 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
G - #5 Clent Stewart (8.2 ppg., 3.4 apg.)
F - #4 Andre Gilbert (5.1 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (16.0 ppg., 6.3 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (24.6 ppg., 12.6 rpg.)
colorado (9-8, 1-2 Big 12)
G - #1 Marcus Hall (12.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
G - #11 Cory Higgins (8.3 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
G - #13 Xavier Silas (11.0 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
G - #23 Richard Roby (16.3 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)
F - #32 Marcus King-Stockton (2.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
Kansas State (12-4, 2-0 Big 12) continues its travels around the Big 12 on Wednesday, as the Wildcats hit the road to face Colorado (9-8, 1-2 Big 12) at the Coors Events Center at 8 p.m. It will mark just the second road game of the season for the young Wildcats, who opened league play with an 84-82 victory at Oklahoma on Jan. 12.
Wednesday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Doug Gottlieb (analyst) calling the
action. It will be the eighth of a school-record 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including the fourth on ESPNU. The team is 2-1 on ESPNU this season, beating UCF (73-71) and Rider (82-69) on Nov. 22 and 23 on the network at the Old Spice
Classic before falling in Cincinnati to Xavier (103-77) on Dec. 31.
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 114.
Kansas State is off to its best start in conference play in 15 seasons since opening Big Eight play with a 2-0 record in 1992-93. Overall, it marks the 25th time in school history that the Wildcats have started league play at least 2-0. Interestingly enough, the squad has made the journey to Boulder five other times (1951-52, 1959-60, 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1976-77) with an unblemished league mark and has come home with their first defeat. In fact, only Nebraska with six wins has beaten more undefeated K-State squads. The Wildcats have not started 3-0 in league play since they posted a 25-9 overall record and made their magical trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1987-88.
the book on kansas state
Kansas State may have put together its finest effort of the season on Saturday, as the Wildcats knocked off a top-10 opponent for the first time since 2004 with their 75-54 win over No. 10 Texas A&M before a sold-out home crowd. It marked the first defeat of a top-10 opponent since the squad toppled No. 10 Texas, 58-48, at home on March 4, 2004, while it represented just the 17th time that an unranked Wildcat squad beat an top-10 foe. The win also gave the Wildcats a 2-0 record in conference play for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
K-State combined yet another stellar offensive effort with perhaps its best defensive play of the season in posting the largest defeat of a top-10 opponent in school history. The squad topped the 75-point barrier for the eighth consecutive game, tying the 1960-61 team for the longest such streak in school history, while holding the explosive Aggies to just 54 points on 37.8 percent shooting and becoming the first team to out-rebound them this season. The defensive effort was particularly impressive in the second half, as Texas A&M shot just 26.3 percent shooting with 12 rebounds, one assist and six turnovers.
K-State was once again led by the two-headed attack of freshmen Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, who scored 40 of the team’s 75 points. Beasley tallied 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, with a season-low four rebounds against the rugged Aggies. It marked the first time all season that Beasley did not top double-digits in rebounds. Walker, who was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the second time on Monday, posted 19 points on 6-of-14 field goals, including a career-high 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. The team’s backcourt also had an impressive day, as Clent Stewart, Jacob Pullen and Blake Young combined for 26 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assist to go with just four turnovers.
The team is averaging 81.0 points on 45.2 percent shooting with 43.1 rebounds, 17.3 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.4 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 67.1 points on 39.6 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 fourth nationally in scoring at 24.6 points per game. Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 12.6 per game, is shooting 56.8 percent from the field, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range to go with 1.9 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. He has registered a double-double in 14 of 16 games and has posted 30 or more points on six occasions.
Beasley leads the team in 10 categories, including scoring, field goals (146), free throws (87), 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 eight games ago, Bill Walker ranks second to Beasley in numerous categories,
including scoring (16.0 ppg.), rebounding (6.3 rpg.), field goals (75), field goal attempts (164), blocks (14), double-digit scoring (11), and double-doubles (three). He has now scored in double figures in 15 of 20 career games, including 11 of 14 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 (3.6 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.) and third in scoring (9.4 ppg.). The team’s most experienced player with 106 appearances and 80 starts, Stewart has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games. He ranks second in minutes (28.4 mpg.) and assists (3.4 apg.), while he is fourth in scoring (8.2 ppg.), rebounding (3.4 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 eight games. The squad is averaging 85.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting (233-of-486), including 37.8 percent from 3-point range (59-of-156), 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 70.3 percent (156-of-222) in the last eight games compared to 63.6 percent (119-of-187) in first eight.
turning up the offense, part 2
Kansas State has now scored 75 or more points in eight consecutive games, which ties the 1960-61 squad for the most in school history. With exactly 75 points against No. 10 Texas A&M, the team hit the mark for the eighth game in a row, surpassing the seven done by the 1976-77 squad to open the season. The Wildcats have 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) and is the most since the 1997-98 squad did it nine times. 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.
Kansas State has scored at least 75 points in 14 of its 16 games this season. The 14 games of at least 75 points equals or surpasses the entire total from the past 16 seasons, including the 10 in 2006-07. The last time the school had more than 14 games of 75 or more points was the 1990-91 season, which produced 15 such contests.
the book on colorado (9-8)
Colorado (9-8, 1-2 Big 12) dropped a heartbreaker at No. 19 Texas on Saturday, as the Longhorns overcame a nine-point deficit to post a 69-67 win at home. The Buffaloes shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half, including seven 3-point field goals, to post a 37-28 halftime advantage. However, the team cooled in the second half, shooting 35.7 percent from the field, including 0-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior Richard Roby led the attack with 18 points on 8-of-13 field goals, while sophomore Xavier Silas and senior Marcus Hall added 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Colorado is averaging 64.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting, including 34.9 percent from 3-point range, with 30.1 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.4 blocks per game. The team is holding foes to 61.7 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting from the field. A balanced squad, the team has three players in double figures led by Roby’s 16.3 points per game. Roby, who connects on 49.8 percent from the field, also paces the squad in rebounding at 6.0 per game. Hall adds 12.4 points per game, including a team-high 27 3-point field goals, while Silas averages 11.0 points per game.
The team is led by first-year head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who has a 84-55 record in five years overall as a head coach and a 9-8 mark in first season at Colorado. A longtime coach in the NBA, Bzdelik was an assistant coach and/or scout with the Washington Bullets, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets for 14 years before compiling a 73-119 record in three years as the head coach of the Nuggets (2002-05). He has also served as the head coach on the colleigate level on two occasions, including Maryland-Baltimore County (1986-88) and Air Force (2005-07).
First-year assistant Charles Baker spent seven years as an assistant at Kansas State (2000-06) under former head coach Jim Wooldridge.
series vs. colorado
This will be the 135th all-time meeting between Kansas State and Colorado in a series that dates back to 1933. The Wildcats hold an 91-43 advantage in the all-time series, however, the Buffaloes hold a 31-29 edge in games played in Boulder, Colo. Colorado owns a 14-10 lead in the series since the start of the Big 12, including an 8-4 edge in games played at home. The Buffaloes have won six of the last 11 games played between the two squads, including four of the last six games played at the Coors Events Center.
last season vs. colorado
Kansas State swept the season series from Colorado for the first time in 15 seasons last season, posting a 78-59 win in Manhattan on Feb. 10 and an 87-71 victory in Boulder on Feb. 24.
In the first meeting on Feb. 10, senior Cartier Martin scored 10 of the Wildcats’ first 11 points of the second half and sparked the squad to a 78-59 win over the Buffaloes. K-State, which shot 40.8 percent from the field, outscored Colorado, 28-0, off turnovers. Martin led with a game-high 25 points, while junior David Hoskins added 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Freshman Xavier Silas had 16 points.
Hoskins scored 21 points and Martin added 19 as Kansas State picked up its eight victory of the season away from home with an 87-71 win over Colorado on Feb. 24. The Wildcats shot 50.9 percent from the field, including an impressive 66.7 percent in the second half. Juniors Clent Stewart and Blake Young added 16 and 13 points.
texas a&m postgame notes
Kansas State now leads the all-time series with Texas A&M, 13-5, including an perfect 8-0 mark at home against the Aggies.
The win over Texas A&M was Kansas State’s first home win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 10 Texas, 58-48, on March 4, 2004... In all, it represented the 17th time in school history that an unranked Wildcat squad beat a team in the top-10... The 21-point win also was the largest over a team ranked in the top-10 in school history, surpassing the 20 over No. 4 Long Island on Jan. 31, 1951.
Kansas State shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the field for the game... It marked the Wildcats’ third straight game of shooting at least 50 percent from the field... The team also connected on 50 percent or better from the field in the second half for the seventh straight game.
success for both men and women
Kansas State and Baylor are the only schools in the Big 12 to have both its men’s and women’s basketball unbeaten in conference play. The 22nd-ranked women’s squad has won its first four league games, including three over ranked teams, to post a 12-5 overall record, while the Wildcat men’s team has earned victories in its first two conference games for the first time since the 1992-93. The teams knocked Top 25 opponents on the same floor on the same day for the first time since Jan. 11, 2003 last Saturday with K-State men beating No. 10 Texas A&M, 75-54, and the women defeating No. 23 Colorado, 67-60.
improved 3-point shooting
After a dismal start, Kansas State has improved its consistency from the 3-point line in the last seven games where the team is connecting on 40.1 percent (55-of-137) from the field. The improvement is in contrast to the first nine games, where the squad connected on just 25.4 percent (48-of-189). The percentage has increased in the last few games, where the Wildcats have been hitting on 45.5 percent (25-of-55) in the last three games and 42.5 percent (34-of-80) in the last four games. The team has connected on an average of 8.5 treys in the last four games, including a season-best 10 against Texas A&M.
better in the second half
Like its superstar freshman, K-State tends to get better as the game goes on, averaging 42.9 points on 51.4 percent shooting (including 34.8 percent from 3-point range) in the second half this season. The team has topped 40 or more points in the second half of 12 games, including 50 or more points in three of the last six games. In fact, the Wildcats have connected on 50 percent or better from the field in the second half in 11 contests, including seven consecutive games dating back to Florida A&M on Dec. 17. In that span, the team is averaging 46.9 points on 55.6 percent shooting in the second half. Eight players are connecting 50 percent or better from the field during this seven-game stretch, including Michael Beasley (66.1), Bill Walker (65.8), Fred Brown (62.1) and Clent Stewart (52.9).
Five Wildcats are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in the second half this season, including 80 percent by rookie Dominique Sutton. Fellow freshman Michael Beasley is averaging 13.8 points on 64.9 percent shooting, including 45.8 percent from 3-point range. He has scored in double figures in 12 of 16 second halves, including 20-point effort against Western Illinois (11/17), George Mason (11/22) and Winston-Salem State (12/22). Freshmen Ron Anderson (60.9), Bill Walker (52.9) and Fred Brown (52.8) are also all hitting over 50 percent from the field in the second half this season.
In comparison, the team is averaging 36.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting (including 28.1 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. Only one Wildcat - Ron Anderson - is hitting over 50 percent in the first half.
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 victory ranked as the second highest in school history and one point short of the record set on Dec. 7, 1991.
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 12 wins have come by average of 22.5 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.
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 (24.6 ppg.), rebounding (12.6 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.31 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.25 rpg.) - and is the top-15 in three others - blocked shots (third - 1.9 bpg.), field goal percentage (fifth - 56.8) and free throw percentage (11th - 71.3). He is also owns the most double-doubles (14) and the most 30-point games (six).
Walker ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring (16.0 ppg.) and 10th (6.3 rpg.) in rebounding. He also places among the top-15 in three categories, including sixth in offensive rebounds (2.64 rpg.), 10th in free throw percentage (72.7) and 13th in field goal percentage (45.7).
The duo have helped K-State lead the league in rebounding (43.1) and offensive rebounds (16.31) and place third in scoring (81.0 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.
Beasley is tied with Colorado’s Richard Roby for the Big 12 lead with six career 30-point games, while he is only player with six 30-point, 10-rebound games. In fact, he is twice as many as the player in second place - Nebraska’s Aleks Maric - who has three in his career.
Walker, who has notched his two 30-point games in the last eight, 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 (779) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (376), steals (72), assists (126) and blocks (40).
Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (393) and rebounds (201). 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 (1003) and blocks (54) and almost 70 percent of the rebounds (464) and steals (91).
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 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. He capped the week with 32 points against Oklahoma on Jan. 12 on 13-of-18 field goals with 11 boards. He scored the game-winning basket with 2.3 seconds left to give the team its first win in Norman since 1996.
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 24.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game through 16 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) as only players 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 (16.0 ppg.) and rebounding (6.3 rpg.), while he is second in steals (1.4 spg.) and third in free throw percentage (72.7). He has now scored in double figures in 15 of his 20 career games, including 11 of 14 games this season. Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his Wildcat career in the team’s last eight games. In gaining the start in each of these contests, he is averaging 19.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting (51-of-102), including 47.1 percent shooting (16-of-34) from 3-point range, with 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 26.6 minutes per game. He has connected on 74.5 percent (38-of-51) from the free throw line during the current streak.
After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in 10 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 eight 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 again
Freshman forward Bill Walker earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time on Jan. 21 in helping the Wildcats topple a top-10 opponent for the first time since 2004.
In his lone game of the week, Walker posted 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, in helping K-State earn a 75-54 win over No. 10 Texas A&M. He also added four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 31 minutes.
Walker earned his first Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor on Dec. 10, 2007 after averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games against Notre Dame and California. He is the second Kansas State player to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors twice this season after fellow freshman Michael Beasley. In all, either Beasley or Walker has captured Player or Rookie of the Week honors six times this season.
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 eight games, scoring in double figures in six games and averaging 10.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting with 3.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 29.8 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 352 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 2,847, passing Ayome May (2,764; 1996-99) in playing 28 minutes against Savannah State on Jan. 7. He needs 112 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 in sixth place on the games started list with the 80th start of his career against Texas A&M. He is also seven games from breaking into the top-10 for career games played (106).
young comes through in clutch
Senior Blake Young has been one of the biggest keys to the team’s successful start to conference play. Fully healthy for the first time in nearly a month, the guard has averaged 6.5 points on 50 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35.5 minutes per game since the start of Big 12 play. He played perhaps the best game of his career in the upset win over No. 10 Texas A&M on Jan. 18, as he tossed in eight points on 3-of-4 field goals with a career-best nine rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes of action.
Young, who ranks fifth on the team in scoring (6.6 ppg.) and fourth in rebounding (3.4 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 16 games this season. He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 51 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 (3.6 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg), is third in scoring (9.4 ppg.), fourth in 3-pointers (15) and fifth in minutes played (23.0 mpg.).
Although his scoring totals have gone down, Pullen might be playing his best basketball in the last few weeks. In helping the Wildcats to three straight victories, the rookie averaged 7.3 points to go with 5.0 assists (with just a 0.7 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. He was also impressive against Texas A&M with eight points, four assists and two steals.
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.
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 seven 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. He scored 61 of his 71 season point total during this span.
Brown 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. He continued his impressive play against Savannah State, scoring in double figures for the second straight game with 10 points.
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 (56.8) and third in rebounding (4.2 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.