No. 20 K-State plays host to Nebraska Wednesday

game information
20/24 kansas state (15-5, 5-1 Big 12) 
vs. nebraska (13-6, 2-4 Big 12)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528

Series: K-State leads 121-91
(K-State is 70-30 at home)

Television: FSN Midwest/ESPN Full Court   
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
Doug Stanton (producer)
Satellite Channels: DirecTV 671; Dish Network 449

Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;   
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 125
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Matt Walters (analyst)

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

kansas state wildcats
Record: 15-5 (5-1 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 20/24
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 15-5/1
School Record: 15-5/1
vs. Nebraska: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 2, 2008
lost at Missouri, 77-74
SID: Tom Gilbert

nebraska cornhuskers
Record: 13-6 (2-4 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Doc Sadler
Alma Mater: Arkansas 82
Career Record: 78-38/4
School Record: 30-20/2
vs. Kansas State: 1-1
06-07 Record: 17-14 (6-10 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 2, 2008
defeated Iowa State, 64-56
SID: Jerry Trickie

projected starters
Kansas State (15-5, 5-1 Big 12)
G - #0 Jacob Pullen (9.6 ppg., 3.3 apg.)
G - #2 Blake Young (6.5 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (15.8 ppg., 6.6 rpg.)
F - #23 Dominique Sutton (4.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (24.9 ppg., 12.3 rpg.)

Nebraska (13-6, 2-4 Big 12)
G - #4 Steve Harley (7.7 ppg., 2.7 rpg.)
G - #11 Ade Dagunduro (9.3 ppg., 4.1 rpg.)
G - #24 Cookie Miller (6.0 ppg., 3.9 apg.)
G - #44 Ryan Anderson (9.1 ppg., 5.8 rpg.)
C - #21 Aleks Maric (15.4 ppg., 8.7 rpg.)

game preview
No. 20/24 Kansas State (15-5, 5-1 Big 12) will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday, as the Wildcats begin a two-game homestand at Bramlage Coliseum against Nebraska (13-6, 2-4 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT.  The squad, which has won nine straight and five straight in Big 12 play at home dating back to last year, will be looking for their 12th home win, which would give the Cats at least 12 home wins each of the last five seasons for the first time in school history.  The team has an 86-27 (.759) record at home since 2001-02. 

Wednesday’s contest will be televised regionally on FSN Midwest (DirecTV 671, Dish Network 449) 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 Jan. 24 that theremaining games on Fox Sports Midwest will now be available on ESPN Full Court, allowing more fans across the country to enjoy these games.  It will be the ninth of 10 appearances on the network and one of a school-record 29 televised contests.  The team is 17-1 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 125.

K-State saw its six-game winning streak come to end on Saturday, as Missouri rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to post its first win in the series since 2006 with a 77-74 win at Mizzou Arena.  Leading 44-34 at halftime after connecting 56.7 percent from the field, the Wildcats allowed the Tigers to shoot an opponent-high 64.3 percent in the second half to snatch the victory.  It marked the first time this season that the team lost when leading with 5:00 remaining (13-1), outrebounding their opponent (13-1) and attempting more free throws (13-1).  The Wildcats shot just 39.3 percent in the second half to go along with 10 turnovers, while making a season-low 50 percent (10-of-20) from the free throw line.  With the loss, the squad fell into a two-way tie for the Big 12 lead with Kansas (22-1, 7-1 Big 12) with the halfway point of the conference season nearing on Saturday.   

Freshman Michael Beasley led five players in double figures with his Big 12-leading 17th double-double with team highs in both points (17) and rebounds (10), while senior Blake Young posted 14 points on 5-of-9 field goals, including a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range.  Freshmen Dominique Sutton and Bill Walker each chipped in 11 points and senior Clent Stewart added 10 points and four assists.

Kansas State’s 15-5 start to the season is the best by a Wildcat squad in 15 seasons since the 1992-93 squad also started 15-5. 
Despite the loss on Saturday, the 5-1 start to league play is the best in the Big 12 era and the best since the 1987-88 squad started 6-0.

the book on kansas state
Kansas State remained in both major Top 25 polls on the Monday for the second consecutive week, moving up two spots to No. 20 in The Associated Press poll and staying at No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.  The squad returned to both major polls on Jan. 28 for the first time since November.  The program opened the season with its first preseason ranking since 1975 in The Associated Press poll and climbed to as high as No. 18 before falling out on Dec. 3.   

Kansas State is averaging 80.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting with 42.8 rebounds, 17.0 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.9 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 66.9 points on 40.1 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-25 nationally in scoring margin (18th), scoring (20th) and assists (21st).  The team has topped 80 or more points in 10 games (all wins) this season, which equals or
surpasses the single-season totals of 80-point games from the last nine seasons, including the eight in 2006-07.         

A pair of Wildcats are averaging in double figures led by Beasley, who ranks fourth nationally in scoring at 24.9 points per game.  Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 12.3 per game, is shooting 56 percent from the field to go with 1.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists in 30.0 minutes per game.  He leads the squad in 15 categories, including scoring, double-doubles, 20-point games (15), field goals (182), free throws (113), rebounds, blocks, steals and minutes. 
Beasley, who earned his sixth Big 12 award of the season on Monday, averaged 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games against No. 2 Kansas and Missouri.  He posted a game-high 25 points in helping the Wildcats to their first win over the Jayhawks in Manhattan since 1983, while he collected his 17th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Tigers.  His 17 double-doubles are just one shy of the school record held by Larry Comley (18; 1960-61), while he is five short of the all-time record for the most-ever by a freshman set by Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony (22) in 2002-03. 

Rookie Bill Walker ranks second to Beasley in numerous categories, including scoring (15.8 ppg.), rebounding (6.6 rpg.), field goals (98), field goal attempts (211), blocks (14), double-digit scoring (15), and double-doubles (three).  Since being moved back to the interior 11 games ago, Walker is averaging 18.1 points on 49.7 percent shooting, including 44 percent from 3-point range, with 6.8 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game.  He has now scored in double figures in 19 of 24 career games, including 15 of 18 games this season.

The backcourt of Jacob Pullen, Clent Stewart and Blake Young has also continued to play well for the Wildcats.  Pullen, who started the team’s first nine games, is first on the team in assists (3.3 apg.) and third in scoring (9.6 ppg.).  During the last seven games, Pullen has posted 24 assists to just seven turnovers while averaging 9.0 points per game.  The team’s most experienced player with 110 appearances and 84 starts, Stewart has scored in double figures in nine of the last 14 games.  Young, who has the longest current game streak at 55 games, is averaging 6.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting in Big 12 play with 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 30.8 minutes.  

streaking in january
K-State concluded the month of January on a tear with 12 consecutive victories (including 10 in Big 12 play) dating back to the Baylor game on Jan. 17, 2007.  It is the team’s longest win streak in the month since winning 21 straight from Jan. 14, 1957 to Jan. 14, 1961.  It also marked the ninth time the program has finished the month undefeated and the first time since the 1969-70 team went 6-0.

success for both men and women
Although the men’s and women’s teams suffered defeat for the first time in Big 12 play on Saturday, both squads continue to play well this season.  The 18th-ranked women’s squad saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end against Baylor, however, the team still sits in second place with a 15-6 overall record and 7-1 mark in Big 12 play.  The 20th-ranked Wildcat men earned victories in their first five league games for the first time since the 1987-88 season before falling at Missouri.  Both teams continue to be ranked in the AP Top 25 in the same week for the second consecutive week.  Prior to last week, it marked the first time both were ranked since March 2, 1982. 

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 12 games.  The squad is averaging 82.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting (343-of-737), including 38.7 percent from 3-point range (92-of-238), 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 69.6 percent (215-of-309) in the last 12 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 10 of the last 12 games, including a span of 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.  The Wildcats have already topped the 80-point mark in 10 contests, which surpasses the total from the 2006-07 season.  It also equals or surpasses the totals from the previous 17 seasons and is the most since the 1988-89 squad did it 15 times. 

Kansas State has scored at least 75 points in 16 of its 20 games this season.  The 16 games of at least 75 points equals or surpasses the entire total from the past 18 seasons, including the 10 in 2006-07.  The last time the school had more than 16 games of 75 or more points was the 1988-89 season, which produced 17 such contests.

better in the second half
Despite the contrary in Saturday’s loss, K-State tends to get better as the game goes on, averaging 41.8 points on 49.9 percent shooting (including 34.9 percent from 3-point range) in the second half this season.  The team has topped 40 or more points in the second half of 13 games, including 50 or more points in three 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 and Jan. 19.  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 stretch, including Michael Beasley (66.1) and Bill Walker (65.8).       

Five Wildcats are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in the second half this season, including 66.7 percent by rookie Dominique Sutton.  Fellow freshman Michael Beasley is averaging 14.5 points on 63.8 percent shooting, including 48.1 percent from 3-point range.  He has scored in double figures in 15 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 (55.6), Bill Walker (51.7) and Fred Brown (47.6) are also all hitting over 45 percent from the field in the second half this season.

In comparison, the team is averaging 37.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting (including 31.5 percent from 3-point range) in the first half this season.  The team has eclipsed the 40-point barrier seven times in the first half and the 50-point barrier just once.  Only one Wildcat - Anderson - are hitting over 50 percent in the first half.

improved 3-point shooting
After a dismal start, Kansas State has improved its consistency from the 3-point line in the last 11 games where the team is connecting on 40.2 percent (88-of-219) from the field.  In the span, four Wildcats - Clent Stewart (48.7), Michael Beasley (46.2), Fred Brown (45.8) and Bill Walker (44.4) - are connecting on 40 percent for better from beyond the arc.  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 during the last seven games, where the team has averaged 8.3 treys on 42.3 percent (58-of-137).  

off to a good start
First-year head coach Frank Martin has posted an impressive debut as the Wildcats’ mentor.  His 15-5 start to his career is now the best start ever by a first-year head coach, while his 5-1 start in league play is also the best by a rookie coach.   His 15 victories have already surpassed the win totals of some of the program’s most legendary coaches, including Jack Gardner (6), Tex Winter (11), Cotton Fitzsimmons (14) and Jack Hartman (11).  Bob Huggins set the mark for most wins by a first-year coach with 23 in 2006-07.

the book on nebraska (13-6)
Nebraska (13-6, 2-4 Big 12) has recovered from its rough start to Big 12 play with consecutive league victories, including a 64-56 win over Iowa State at home on Saturday.  The Cornhuskers had to face No. 2 Kansas twice in the first two weeks of the season in between a narrow home loss to streaking Baylor and on the road to Colorado.  Reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Aleks Maric guided four players in double figures with a team-high 14 points to go with a team-best 13 boards, while Ryan Anderson and Sek Henry each added 11 points.  

Nebraska is averaging a 68.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting, including 34.9 percent from 3-point range, with 34.9 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 9.0 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.  The team is holding foes to 58.1 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting from the field. 

A balanced scoring squad, the team has four players scoring seven or more points led by Aleks Maric’s 15.4-point per game average.  He has connected on 56.3 percent from the field to go with a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game.  Junior Ade Dagunduro averages 9.3 points to go with 4.1 rebounds, while sophomore Ryan Anderson adds 9.1 points, including a team-high 30 3-pointers, and 5.8 rebounds. 

The team is led by head coach Doc Sadler, who has a 78-38 record in four years overall as a head coach and a 30-20 mark in his second season at Nebraska.  Sadler, who posted the third-most wins by a first-year coach in school history, spent two years as the head coach at Texas-El Paso from 2004-06.  He led the Miners to consecutive postseason appearances, including the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  He spent five years as the head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith from 1998 to 2003, where he guided the squad to a 120-39 record, before becoming an assistant to Billy Gillispie at UTEP in 2003.

series vs. nebraska
This will be the 213th all-time meeting between Kansas State and Nebraska in a series that dates back to 1906.  The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 121-91, including a 70-30 advantage in games played in Manhattan.  K-State holds a narrow 13-10 edge in the series since the inception of the Big 12, including wins in nine of the last 11 played at home.  The Wildcats have won five of the six against the Huskers in Manhattan, including a 61-45 win in its last meeting on Jan. 27, 2007.

This will be the first meeting between Frank Martin and Doc Sadler on the hardwood.  Sadler has a 1-1 record against Kansas State.   

last year vs. nebraska
Kansas State and Nebraska split the season series for the third straight season in 2007 with each team winning on its own home floor, as the Wildcats posted a 61-45 at home on Jan. 27 before the Cornhuskers earned a 74-63 victory at home on Feb. 13.

Junior Clent Stewart scored 14 points, and Kansas State earned its first four-game conference winning streak in 17 years by beating
Nebraska, 61-45, at Bramlage Coliseum.  Junior David Hoskins added 11 points and senior Cartier Martin had 10 for K-State, which won despite making only five second-half field goals.  Neither team shot better than 36 percent from the field, while the Wildcats
converted 81.3 percent (26-of-32) from the free throw line.

Junior Aleks Maric posted a career-high 41 points, as Nebraska posted an 74-63 win over Kansas State in Lincoln On Feb. 13.  Maric went 13-of-19 from the field and 15-of-25 from the free throw line in just 29 minutes of action.  Cartier Martin led three Wildcats in double figures with 22 points off the bench, while senior Lance Harris added 15 points.  K-State shot just 41.1 percent from the field. 

the streak is over!
Kansas State ended 24 years of frustration against archrival and No. 2 Kansas in Manhattan with an 84-75 win on Jan. 30.  It marked the squad’s first victory over the Jayhawks at home since an 58-57 win at Ahearn Field House on Jan. 29, 1983 and the first-ever at Bramlage Coliseum, ending a 19-game losing streak.  It was also the highest ranked team to fall to the Wildcats in 14 years since they knocked off No. 1 Kansas, 68-64, on Jan. 17, 1994 and the highest at home since stunning No. 1 Missouri, 65-58, on Feb. 8, 1990.  The win also left Memphis as the lone undefeated team in the nation.  The 84 points were the most allowed by Kansas this season and the most in the series in more 29 years since a 96-69 Wildcat win on Jan. 20, 1979.

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 rookies to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding in the Big 12. 

Beasley paces the league in four categories - scoring (24.9 ppg.), rebounding (12.3 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.25 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.00 rpg.) - and is the top-10 in three others - blocked shots (third - 1.75 bpg.), field goal percentage (third - 56.0) and free throw percentage (eighth - 73.9).  He is also owns the most double-doubles (17) and the most 30-point games (six).

Walker ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.8 ppg.) and ninth (6.6 rpg.) in rebounding.  He places among the top-15 in three categories, including sixth in offensive rebounds (2.61 rpg.) and 11th both in free throw percentage (72.2) and field goal percentage (46.4).

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 33-point performance against Iowa State, Beasley now has notched seven contests of 30 or more points this season, which ties Bob Boozer (7, 1958-59) and Norris Coleman (7, 1985-86) for the most in a single season in Kansas State history.  He also ties Mitch Richmond (1986-88) for the fourth-most 30-point games in a career.  Boozer is the all-time leader with 10 from 1956-59.

With his effort against the Cyclones, Beasley is now the active Big 12 leader in career 30-point games (just ahead of Colorado’s Richard Roby), while he is the only player with seven 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.  In comparison to other recent National Freshmen of the Year, Beasley’s seven 30-point, 10-rebound games are equal to Kevin Durant’s entire total from the 2006-07 season (35 games) and more than twice as many as Carmelo Anthony’s total (3) during the 2002-03 season.

Walker, who has notched his two 30-point games in the last 12, 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 (956) and blocks (47) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (455), steals (88) and assists (155). 

Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (497) and rebounds (245).  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 (1241) and blocks (61) and over 65 percent of the rebounds (566) and steals (108).

okay, this guy’s pretty good
Freshman Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time on Feb. 4 after averaging 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games against No. 2 Kansas and Missouri.

Beasley averaged 21.0 points on 50 percent shooting, including 80 percent from 3-point range, for the week with 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 34 minutes per game.  He began the week with a game-high 25 points with a career-best four treys in the Wildcats’ 84-75 win over the Jayhawks.  He capped off the week with a solid effort at Missouri by collecting his 17th double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The player of the week award is also Beasley’s sixth this season after he earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12 and Jan. 14 and Rookie of the Week accolades on Nov. 19, Dec. 26 and Jan. 28.

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 24.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game through 20 games with 17 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.

Beasley’s 17 double-doubles are only five shy of the all-time record for most-ever by a Division I freshman.  The record-holder is Carmelo Anthony, who had 22 (including 18 in regular season) in 2002-03.

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 in 29 minutes.  He is the first player to top 30 points in consecutive games since Askia Jones 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. 

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 (6.6 rpg.), while he is third in steals (1.1 spg.) and free throw percentage (72.2).  He has now scored in double figures in 19 of his 24 career games, including 15 of 18 games this season.  Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his Wildcat career in the team’s last 12 games.  In gaining the start in each of these contests, he is averaging 18.1 points on 49.7 percent shooting (74-of-149), including 44 percent shooting (22-of-50) from 3-point range, with 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 26.0 minutes per game.  He has connected on 73.4 percent (47-of-64) from the free throw line during the current streak.

After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in 14 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 11 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 17.0 points on 51.4 percent shooting, including 43.3 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 12 games, scoring in double figures in seven games and averaging 9.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting with 3.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 30 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 361 assists, Stewart now trails just leader Steve
Henson (582, 1987-90) on the all-time list. 

Stewart currently sits in fourth place all-time in minutes played with 2,983, passing Shawn Rhodes (2,958; 1996-99) in playing a season-high 37 minutes against Missouri on Feb. 2  He needs 107 minutes to pass former teammate Cartier Martin (2,958; 2003-07) for third 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 84th start of his career against Missouri.  He is also three games from breaking into the top-10 for career games played (110).

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 6.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 30.8 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.  He continued his solid in the win over No. 2 Kansas with a team-high five assists to go with zero turnovers with three points and two rebounds.  He posted double-digit scoring for the first time since December at Missouri with 14 points on 5-of-9 field goals, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.

Young, who ranks fifth on the team in scoring (6.5 ppg.) and fourth in rebounding (3.3 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 20 games this season.  He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 55 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 (3.3 apg.) is second in steals (1.2 spg.), third in scoring (9.6 ppg.), fourth in 3-pointers (19) and fifth in minutes played (22.7 mpg.).

Pullen might be playing his best basketball in the last few weeks, capped by his career-high 20-point performance in the win over No. 2 Kansas on Wednesday.  He went 4-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, to go with a 10-of-10 effort from the free throw line.  During the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak, he averaged 10.0 points to go with 4.0 assists (with just a 0.8 turnover average).  He was solid 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 remaining.  He continued his impressive play in the win over No. 10 Texas A&M with eight points, four assists and two steals, while he registered double figures for the first time in Big 12 play with 13 against Iowa State.

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.

kent strong off the bench
Junior Darren Kent has become a key component of the Wildcats’ success of late in the last four contests, as he has averaged 4.8 points on 52.9 percent shooting, including 50 percent from 3-point range, with 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.2 minutes per game.  He posted a career-high 11 points against Iowa State on Jan. 26 on
4-of-5 field goals, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.  He also tallied six rebounds to go with five points against Colorado Jan. 23.

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 not playing much of the early conference season, he played a Big 12-high 18 minutes against Missouri on Feb. 2 with 3 points. 

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 forward from Durham, N.C., Sutton was rated among the top players in the country in 2006, including the No. 57 overall prospect by and No. 131 prospect in the Rivals150 by  He was also ranked among the top-50 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 11 by, No. 21 by High School Hoops magazine and No. 39 by  In addition, he was rated the No. 2 in North Carolina by

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.