K-State returns home to face Iowa State Saturday

game information
rv/rv kansas state
vs. iowa state

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Tipoff: 5:07 p.m. CST
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528

Series: Kansas State leads 127-76
(K-State is 75-22 at home)

Television: FSN Midwest/ESPN Full Court   
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Lindsay Polette (producer)

Satellite Channels: DirecTV 648; Dish Network 446

Radio: K-State Sports Network; Powercat Passport Internet Audio;   
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 122
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)

Tickets: Sold out.  It marks the fourth time this season that K-State has sold out.  Season tickets are sold out for second straight year.

kansas state wildcats
Record: 13-4 (3-0 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 13-4/1
School Record: 13-4/1
vs. Iowa State: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 23, 2008
won at Colorado, 72-56
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.k-statesports.com

iowa state cyclones
Record: 12-7 (2-2 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Greg McDermott
Alma Mater: Northern Iowa 88
Career Record: 248-150/14
School Record: 27-23/2
vs. Kansas State: 0-2
06-07 Record: 15-16 (6-10 Big 12)
Last game: Jan. 23, 2008
lost at Kansas, 83-59
SID: Mike Green
Website: www.cyclones.com

projected starters
Kansas State (13-4, 3-0 Big 12)
G - #2 Blake Young (6.6 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
G - #5 Clent Stewart (7.8 ppg., 3.2 apg.)
F - #4 Andre Gilbert (5.3 ppg., 2.9 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (16.1ppg., 6.4 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (24.8 ppg., 12.6 rpg.)

Iowa State (12-7, 2-2 Big 12)
G - #22 Bryan Petersen (5.4 ppg., 2.3 rpg.)
G - #4 Wesley Johnson (14.3 ppg., 3.7 rpg.)
F - #13 Rahshon Clark (10.2 ppg., 5.5 rpg.)
F - #21 Craig Brackins (12.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg.)
C - #33 Jiri Hubalek (12.0 ppg., 7.3 rpg.)

game preview
Kansas State (13-4, 3-0 Big 12) returns home to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats play host to Iowa State (12-7, 2-2 Big 12) at 5 p.m.  The contest will begin a stretch of four home games in a five-game span, including back-to-back contests against the Cyclones and No. 2 Kansas.  A win would give K-State at least 10 home wins each of the last seven seasons.

A victory on Saturday would be a historic one for the Kansas State program, as it would represent the 1,400th in school history.  The Wildcats, who rank 47th all-time in victories in NCAA Division I with a 1,399-1,016 (.579) mark, would become the fifth Big 12 program to accomplish the feat, following Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Saturday’s contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Midwest (DirecTV 648, Dish Network 446) as well as nationally on the ESPN Full Court package with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action.  The department announced on Thursday that the three remaining games on FSN Midwest will now be available on ESPN Full Court, allowing more fans across the country to enjoy these games.  It will be the eighth of 10 appearances on the network and one of a school-record 29 televised contests.  The team is 16-1 over the past two seasons on FSN Midwest. 

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 Matt Walters (analyst) behind the mikes.  Fans can also listen to the game on Sirius Satellite 122. 

After its 72-56 win over Colorado on Wednesday night, Kansas State is off to its best start in conference play in 20 seasons since opening Big Eight play with a 5-0 record in 1987-88.  Overall, it marks the 17th time in school history that the Wildcats have started league play at least 3-0.  The win also marked the first time since the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons that the squad had captured back-to-back games against the Buffaloes in Boulder.  In addition, it extended the team’s winning streak in the month of January to 10 games (including eight in Big 12 play).  It is the longest win streak in the month since the team won 21 straight from Jan. 14, 1957 to Jan. 14, 1961.  

the book on kansas state
Kansas State followed up its upset of No. 10 Texas A&M on Jan. 19 with another solid defensive effort to extend its winning streak to a season-tying four games (the team also won four from Dec. 9-29).  The Wildcats held the Buffaloes to just 56 points on 37.8 percent shooting, including 35.7 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 17 turnovers.  It marked the first time since January 2006 that the squad has held consecutive Big 12 foes to under 60 points.  Offensively, the team saw its school-record streak of eight consecutive games of 75 or more points end, as they tallied 72 points on 42.1 percent shooting. 

K-State was once again led by the two-headed attack of freshmen Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, who each scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game.  Beasley tallied his 13th 20-point game and 15th double-double of the season with a game-high 29 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 13 rebounds.  Saddled with early foul trouble again, the rookie nearly registered a double-double in the
second half with 26 points and nine rebounds, which marked the fourth time he has scored 20 or more points in the second half.  The reigning Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week, Walker continued his stellar play of late with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting with eight
rebounds.  Since moving to inside nine games ago, he is averaging 19.3 points on 50 percent shooting with 6.6 rebounds per game.  Walker has scored in double figures in six consecutive contests.  

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.  The Wildcats rank among the top-30 nationally in scoring margin (21st), scoring (22nd) and assists (28th).   

A pair of Wildcats are averaging in double figures led by Michael Beasley, who ranks fourth nationally in scoring at 24.8 points per game.  Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 12.6 per game, is shooting 56.6 percent from the field, including 35.9 percent from 3-point range to go with 1.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists in 30.0 minutes per game.  He has registered a double-double in 15 of 17 games and has posted 30 or more points on six occasions.   

Beasley leads the team in 11 categories, including scoring, field goals (155), free throws (98), rebounds, blocks and minutes.  His six 30-point contests are one shy of the single-season school record held by Bob Boozer (1958-59) and Norris Coleman (1985-86), while his 15 double-doubles tie Gene Williams (1969) for second place.

Rookie Bill Walker ranks second to Beasley in numerous categories, including scoring (16.1 ppg.), rebounding (6.4 rpg.), field goals (81), field goal attempts (176), blocks (14), double-digit scoring (12), and double-doubles (three).  He has now scored in double figures in 16 of 21 career games, including 12 of 15 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 (3.4 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.) and third in scoring (9.2 ppg.).  The team’s most experienced player with 107 appearances and 81 starts, Stewart has scored in double figures in seven of the last 11 games.  He ranks second in assists (3.2 apg.) and third in minutes (28.0 mpg.), while he is fourth in scoring (7.8 ppg.) and steals (1.1 spg.) and fifth in rebounding (3.3 rpg.).

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 nine games.  The squad is averaging 83.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting (257-of-543), including 37.1 percent from 3-point range (62-of-167), 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 70.5 percent (177-of-251) in the last nine games compared to 63.6 percent (119-of-187) in first eight.

turning up the offense, part 2
Kansas State scored 75 or more points in eight consecutive games from Dec. 9, 2007 to Jan. 19, 2008, which tied the 1960-61 squad for the most in school history.  With 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. 

Kansas State has scored at least 75 points in 14 of its 17 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 iowa state (12-7)
Iowa State (12-7, 2-2 Big 12) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end of Wednesday, as the Cyclones dropped an 83-59 decison to No. 2 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.  Despite facing a red-hot Jayhawk squad, Iowa State closed to within 42-32 at halftime, however, the team shot just 25 percent in the second half in falling to 2-2 in league play.  Sophomore guard Wesley Johnson continued his impressive play with a game-high 21 points, while freshman forward Craig Brackins added 13 points and a team-tying eight rebounds.

Iowa State is averaging 66.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting, including 31.2 percent from 3-point range, with 35.2 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.4 blocks per game.  The team is holding foes to 63.8 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting from the field.  A balanced scoring squad, the team has four players in double figured led by Johnson’s 14.3 points per game.  The team leader with 27 3-pointers, Johnson has tallied double figures in nine straight games.  Brackins averages 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, while senior forward Jiri Hubalek adds 12.0 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. 

The team is led by second-year head coach Greg McDermott, who has a 248-150 record in 14 years overall as a head coach and a 27-23 mark in second season at Iowa State.  McDermott has been a head coach at Wayne State (1994-2000), North Dakota State (2000-01) and Northern Iowa (2001-06).  He led Northern Iowa to three straight 20-win season and three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2003-06 before taking the job at Iowa State. 

series vs. iowa state
This will be the 204th meeting between Kansas State and Iowa State in a series that dates back to 1909.  The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 127-76, including a 75-22 advantage in games played in Manhattan, Kan. (including a six-game home winning streak).  The team has a 14-5 mark against the Cyclones at Bramlage Coliseum.

Iowa State holds a 13-10 advantage since the inception of the Big 12, however, Kansas State is 8-4 in games played in that span at home.  Prior to the 2006-07 season, the teams had split their home-and-home series each of the past five seasons with each squad winning on their home floor.  

The Cyclones had won seven in a row at home before the Wildcats earned a 69-60 victory on Jan. 20, 2007, which marked their first win at Hilton Coliseum since 1999.    

last season vs. iowa state
Kansas State swept the season series from Iowa State for the first time since 1999 last season, posting a 69-60 win in Ames on Jan. 20 and a 65-47 victory in Manhattan on Feb. 17.

In the first meeting on Jan. 20, junior David Hoskins scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season as K-State notched its third straight win and its second in a row on the road with a 69-60 win at Iowa State.  Senior Lance
Harris added 18 points and fellow senior Cartier Martin chipped in with 17 for the Wildcats, who won for the first time in Ames since 1999.  The team led for all but 40 seconds early in the first half and committed just seven turnovers.

Kansas State captured its sixth straight over Iowa State at home on Feb. 17 with a 65-47 victory.  Hoskins once again was the leader for the Wildcats with 20 points, as the squad used a big second half run to propel them to victory.  Martin added 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers during a decisive 22-6 spurt, which broke a 22-all tie and gave the team its first season sweep since 1999.  The squad shot 52 percent in the second half and outscored the Cyclones, 43-27.    

colorado postgame notes
Kansas State now leads the all-time series with Colorado, 92-43, but still trails in games played in Boulder, 31-30.  It marks the first time since the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons that the Wildcats have won back-to-back games against the Buffaloes in Boulder.

Kansas State held back-to-back Big 12 opponents under 60 points for the first time since January 2006, while the 56 points were the fewest by Colorado in the series since scoring 54 in Manhattan in 2003 and fewest in Boulder since scoring 47 in 1976.  
  
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 five league games, including three over ranked teams, to post a 13-5 overall record, while the Wildcat men have earned victories in their first three conference games for the first time since the 1987-88.  The teams defeated Top 25 opponents on the same floor on the same day for the first time since Jan. 11, 2003 on Jan. 19 with the 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 eight games where the team is connecting on 39.2 percent (58-of-148) 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 42.4 percent (28-of-66) in the last four games and 40.7 percent (37-of-91) in the last five games.  The team has connected on an average of 7.4 treys in the last five 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 42.6 points on 51.0 percent shooting (including 34.4 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 seven games.  In fact, the Wildcats have connected on 50 percent or better from the field in the second half in 11 contests, including a span of seven straight games between Dec. 17, 2007 and Jan. 19, 2008.  In that span, the team averaged 46.9 points on 55.6 percent shooting in the second half.  Eight players connected on 50 percent or better from the field during that 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 14.5 points on 64.4 percent shooting, including 45.8 percent from 3-point range.  He has scored in double figures in 13 second halves, including 20-point effort against Western Illinois (11/17), George Mason (11/22),  Winston-Salem State (12/22) and Colorado (1/23). Ron Anderson (60.9), Bill Walker (51.4) 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 36.8 points on 39.5 percent shooting (including 28.4 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.

historic night
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 13 wins have come by average of 22.0 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 (24.8 ppg.), rebounding (12.6 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.41 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.18 rpg.) - and is the top-15 in three others - blocked shots (third - 1.82 bpg.), field goal percentage (fourth - 56.6) and free throw percentage (12th - 72.6).  He is also owns the most double-doubles (15) and the most 30-point games (six).

Walker ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring (16.1 ppg.) and 10th (6.4 rpg.) in rebounding.  He also places among the top-15 in three categories, including sixth in offensive rebounds (2.60 rpg.), 11th in free throw percentage (73.5) and 12th in field goal percentage (46.0).

The duo have helped K-State lead the league in rebounding (43.0) and offensive rebounds (16.35) and place fourth in scoring (80.5 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 nine, 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 (820) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (395), steals (76), assists (131) and blocks (41). 

Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (422) and rebounds (214).  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 (1062) and blocks (55) and almost 70 percent of the rebounds (483) and steals (95).

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.

double-double
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 12.6 rebounds per game through 17 games with 15 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).

historic beginning
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 (16.1 ppg.) and rebounding (6.4 rpg.), while he is third in steals (1.3 spg.) and free throw percentage (73.5).  He has now scored in double figures in 16 of his 21 career games, including 12 of 15 games this season.  Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his Wildcat career in the team’s last nine games.  In gaining the start in each of these
contests, he is averaging 19.3 points on 50.0 percent shooting (57-of-114), including 48.6 percent shooting (17-of-35) from 3-point range, with 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 26.6 minutes per game.  He has connected on 75.4 percent (43-of-57) from the free throw line during the current streak.

After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in 11 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 has been just as impressive during Big 12 play, averaging 19.7 points on 54.1 percent shooting, including 53.3 percent from 3-point range.

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.

iron man
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, scoring in double figures in six games and averaging 9.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting with 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28.9 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 2,869, passing Ayome May (2,764; 1996-99) in playing 28 minutes against Savannah State on Jan. 7.  He needs 90 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 81st start of his career against Colorado.  He is also six 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 6.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting with 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 35.7 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 17 games this season.  He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 52 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 (3.4 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg), is third in scoring (9.2 ppg.), fourth in 3-pointers (16) and fifth in minutes played (23.2 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 four straight victories, the rookie averaged 6.8 points to go with 4.0 assists (with just a 0.8 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 posted solid efforts in the last five non-conference games.  He averaged 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.