No. 20 K-State hosts Oklahoma State Saturday

game information
20/24 kansas state (16-5, 6-1 Big 12)
vs. oklahoma state (11-11, 2-6 Big 12)

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Tipoff: 5:05 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528

Series: K-State leads 68-44
(K-State is 33-14 at home)

Television: ESPN   
Ron Franklin (play-by-play)
Bob Wenzel (analyst)
Jeff Neubarth (producer)
Preben Martin (director)

Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;   
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 130
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (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: 16-5 (6-1 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 20/24
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 16-5/1
School Record: 16-5/1
vs. Oklahoma State: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 6, 2008
defeated Nebraska, 74-59
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.k-statesports.com

oklahoma state cowboys
Record: 11-11 (2-6 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Sean Sutton
Alma Mater: Oklahoma State 92
Career Record: 33-24/2
School Record: 33-24/2
vs. Kansas State: 1-0
06-07 Record: 22-13 (6-10 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 6, 2008
defeated Colorado, 64-63
SID: Mike Noteware
Website: www.okstate.com

projected starters
Kansas State (16-5, 6-1 Big 12)
G - #0 Jacob Pullen (9.7 ppg., 3.5 apg.)
G - #2 Blake Young (6.5 ppg., 3.3 rpg.)
F - #12 Bill Walker (15.9 ppg., 6.7 rpg.)
F - #23 Dominique Sutton (4.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
F - #30 Michael Beasley (25.3 ppg., 12.3 rpg.)

Oklahoma State (11-11, 2-6 Big 12)
G - #00 Byron Eaton (9.9 ppg., 3.0 apg.)
G - #2 Obi Muonelo (9.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)
G - #23 James Anderson (14.9 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
F - #5 Marcus Dove (9.8 ppg., 5.7 rpg.)
C - #21 Ibrahima Thomas (6.3 ppg., 4.2 rpg.)

game preview
No. 20/24 Kansas State (16-5, 6-1 Big 12) will continue its winning momentum on Saturday, as the Wildcats conclude their brief two- game homestand at Bramlage Coliseum against Oklahoma State (11-11, 2-6 Big 12) at 5 p.m. CT.  The squad will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to the Cowboys, including a two-game drought in Manhattan.  The Wildcats’ last win in the series came on Feb. 2, 2002 when the squad knocked off No. 9 Oklahoma State, 70-61, at home.

Saturday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Ron Franklin (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) calling the action.
It will be the ninth of a school-record 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including the third on ESPN.  The team is 11-23 all-time on ESPN, including 1-1 this season.  K-State lost to Notre Dame, 68-59, on the network on Dec. 4, 2007 before posting a 75-54 victory over No. 10 Texas A&M on Jan. 19 at home.  

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 130.

K-State got back on the winning track on Wednesday, as the Wildcats dispatched of Nebraska, 74-59, at Bramlage Coliseum.  The team once again put together a solid first-half performance, connecting on 53.1 percent from the field and ecliping the 40-point barrier for just eighth time this season in the opening stanza.  Both teams shot poorly in the second half, as the Wildcats used clutch shooting from rookie Michael Beasley to post its 10th win in the last 12 meetings with the Cornhuskers in Manhattan.  With the victory, the squad is now just a half-game behind No. 4/5 Kansas (22-1, 7-1 Big 12) for first place in the Big 12 with the halfway point nearing on Saturday. 

Beasley was once again the story for Kansas State, as he notched his school-record tying 18th double-double against Nebraska with 35 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of action.  His 35-point effort tied Bob Boozer (vs. Missouri, 3/1/58) and Mitch Richmond (vs. Kansas, 1/30/88) for the eighth-highest total for a conference game in school history and the highest in the Big 12 era.  It also gave him his eighth 30-point game of the season, which breaks his tie with Boozer (1958-59) and Norris Coleman (1985-86) for the most by a player in a single-season in school history.  In addition, his 15 field goals tied four other players for the third-most in a conference game in school history and the most by a Wildcat player since Askia Jones had 18 against Fresno State on March 24, 1994.  

Kansas State’s 16-5 start to the season is the best by a Wildcat squad in 26 seasons since the 1981-82 squad also started 16-5.  Despite the loss on Saturday, the 6-1 start to league play is the best in the Big 12 era and the best since the 1987-88 team also started 6-1.

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 80.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting with 42.6 rebounds, 17.1 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.9 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 66.6 points on 40 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 17 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 25.3 points per game.  Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 12.3 per game, is shooting 56.9 percent from the field to go with 1.7 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists in 30.3 minutes per game.  He leads the squad in 15 categories, including scoring, double-doubles, 20-point games (16), field goals (197), free throws (116), rebounds, blocks, steals and minutes. 

Beasley, who earned his sixth Big 12 award of the season on Monday, leads the conference in scoring and rebounding in both overall and conference-only games.  He has 18 double-doubles in just 21 games, which ties the school single-season record held by Larry Comley (18; 1960-61), while he is four shy 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 (15.9 ppg.), rebounding (6.7 rpg.), field goals (104), field goal attempts (227), blocks (14), double-digit scoring (16), and double-doubles (three).  Since being moved back to the interior 13 games ago, Walker is averaging 18 points on 48.5 percent shooting, including 40.4 percent from 3-point range, with 7.0 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game.  He has now scored in double figures in 20 of 25 career games, including 16 of 19 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 (3.5 apg.) and third in scoring (9.7 ppg.).  During the last eight games, Pullen has posted 32 assists to just nine turnovers while averaging 9.3 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.  He is expected to be out for the second consecutive game on Saturday, as he continues to mourn the loss of his mother, Vanessa, who lost her courageous battle with bone cancer on Tuesday.  The team, which wore pink shooting shirts to honor her memory against Nebraska, will continue to wear a patch on their uniforms bearing her initials. 

Young, who has the longest current game streak at 56 games, is averaging 6.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting in Big 12 play with 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 31.4 minutes.  

homecourt advantage
Bramlage Coliseum continues to be one of the best home courts in the Big 12 Conference, as the Wildcats have constructed a 227-84 (.730) mark at home since the arena opened in 1988.  The team has proven to be even better in the last seven seasons, where they have posted double-digit win totals each season and an 87-27 (.763) overall. 

With the win over Nebraska, Kansas State collected its 12th home victory of the season and has now posted at least 12 home wins in five straight seasons for the first time in school history.  The squad has won eight straight overall and five in a row in Big 12 dating back to last season.  The Wildcats are one win shy of tying three other marks (1989-91, 2002-03 and 2005-06) for the second-longest
winning streak in Bramlage Coliseum history and just three short of the record 11 set in 1997-98.  The team already has two victories at home over top-10 opponents (No. 2 Kansas and No. 10 Texas A&M), which has not happened in the same season since K-State knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 1 Missouri during the 1989-90 season.

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 Feb. 2, 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 No. 5 Baylor, however, the team is just a half-game behind the Bears for first place with a 15-6 record and 7-1 mark in Big 12 play.  The 20th-ranked Wildcat men are off to their best-ever start during the Big 12 era and their best overall since the 1987-88 squad also started 6-1.  Both teams continue to be ranked in the AP Top 25 in the same week for the second consecutive week, which has not happened since March 1982.

off to a good start
First-year head coach Frank Martin has posted an impressive debut as the Wildcats’ mentor.  His 16-5 start to his career is now the best start ever by a first-year head coach, while his 6-1 start in league play is also the best by a rookie coach.   His 16 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.

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 13 games.  The squad is averaging 82.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting (371-of-799), including 37.4 percent from 3-point range (98-of-262), 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 percent (227-of-329) in the last 13 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 13 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 21 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.

okay, we’re going with the opposite
The trend so far this season has been that Kansas State tends to get better as the game goes, as the team is averaging 41.2 points on 49.3 percent shooting (including 33.2 percent from 3-point range) in the second half this season.  In comparison, the Wildcats are averaging 38 points on 41 percent shooting (including 32.4 percent from 3-point range) in the first half this season.  However, in the last two games, this trend has turned with the squad averaging 44.5 points on 54.8 percent shooting in the first half in comparison to just 29.5 points in the second half on 37.9 percent shooting.  After topping the 40-point barrier just six times in the first half in the first 19 games, the team has eclipsed the barrier in the games against Missouri and Nebraska.  In comparision, K-State has posted 40 or more points in the second half of 13 games, including three 50-point outings.  The team has also connected on 50 percent or better from the field in the second half of 11 contests, including a span of seven straight games.       

improved 3-point shooting
After a dismal start, Kansas State has improved its consistency from the 3-point line in the last 12 games where the team is connecting on 38.7 percent (94-of-243) from the field.  In the span, four Wildcats - Clent Stewart (48.7), Michael Beasley (45.2), Fred Brown (44.0) and Bill Walker (40.4) - 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 eight games, where the team has averaged 8.0 treys on 39.8 percent (64-of-161).
  
the book on oklahoma state (11-11)
Oklahoma State (11-11, 2-6 Big 12) snapped a six-game losing streak on Wednesday, as the Cowboys earned a 64-63 win over Colorado at Gallagher-Iba Arena.  The six losses, of which four came on the road, were by a combined 30 points and by an average of just 5 points per game.  The squad built a nine-point first-half lead behind a strong defensive effort before hanging on for the one-point victory.  The team had six players score six or more points against the Buffaloes led by freshman sensation James Anderson, who posted 16 points on 6-of-13 field goals.  Junior Byron Eaton added 13 points. 

Oklahoma State is averaging a 69.5 points on 43 percent shooting, including 33.1 percent from 3-point range, with 32.8 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 9.0 steals and 3.4 blocks per game.  The team is holding foes to 65.5 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting from the field. 

A balanced scoring squad, the team has five players scoring nine or more points led by James Anderson’s 14.9-point per game average.  He has connected on a team-high 50 3-pointers, including 16 in Big 12 play, to go with 3.5 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game.  Junior Terrell Harris averages 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while junior Byron Eaton averages 9.9 points with team-highs in both assists (3.6 apg.) and steals (2.2 spg.).  Senior Marcus Dove adds 9.8 points per game and team-highs in rebounding (5.7 rpg.) and blocks (1.2 bpg.).

The team is led by head coach Sean Sutton, who has a 33-24 record in his second season at Oklahoma State.  A longtime assistant to his father, Eddie, at OSU, Sutton has been involved with the Cowboy program for 17 sasons, including two as a player, 13 as an assistant and two as the head coach.  During that span, Oklahoma State has a compiled a 381-166 record with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances. 

series vs. oklahoma state
This will be the 113th all-time meeting between Kansas State and Oklahoma State in a series that dates back to 1927.  The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 68-44, including a 33-14 advantage in games played in Manhattan.  OSU holds a 10-1 edge in the series since the inception of the Big 12, including wins in four of the last five played at Bramlage Coliseum.  The Wildcats won 61 of the first 81 meetings between 1927 and 1988, however the Cowboys have now captured 24 of the last 31, including eight of the last 13 in Manhattan.  K-State’s last win in the series came on Feb. 2, 2002, when the Wildcats upset  the ninth-ranked Cowboys, 70-61, at Bramlage Coliseum.

This will be the first meeting between Frank Martin and Sean Sutton on the hardwood.  Sutton has a 1-0 record against Kansas State.   

last year vs. oklahoma state
K-State dropped its lone meeting with Oklahoma State in 2007, as the Cowboys posted an 84-70 win at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Feb. 27.

Senior Cartier Martin scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and junior David Hoskins added 20 despite being saddled with foul trouble and eventually fouling out with 2:45 to play.  But the Cowboys were perfect from the free throw line down the stretch, connecting on their final eight attempts to put the game away.  JamesOn Curry and Terrel Harris each scored 22 points for Oklahoma State, which shot 55 percent from the field for the game.

OSU led by 11 at the break and built a 19-point cushion with 9:50 left after Harris scored nine straight points to put the Cowboys up 62-43.  Seven straight Wildcats points over the next 2:10 pulled the Cats within eight and Stewart’s trey with 2:27 to go again cut OSU’s lead to eight, but that’s as close as the Wildcats would get.
 
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 (25.3 ppg.), rebounding (12.3 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.29 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.00 rpg.) - and is the top-10 in three others - field goal percentage (second - 56.9), blocked shots (third - 1.67 bpg.) and free throw percentage (10th - 73.0).  He is also owns the most double-doubles (18) and the most 30-point games (eight).

Walker ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.9 ppg.) and ninth (6.7 rpg.) in rebounding.  He places among the top-15 in three categories, including sixth in offensive rebounds (2.81 rpg.) and 11th in free throw percentage (72.6) and 12th in field goal percentage (45.8).

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 35-point performance against Nebraska, Beasley now has notched eight contests of 30 or more points this year, which surpasses 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 Chuckie Williams (1972-76) and Norris Coleman (1985-87) for the second-most 30-point games in a career in school history, just two behind all-time leader Bob Boozer (10, 1956-59).

With his effort against the Huskers, Beasley remains the active Big 12 leader in career 30-point games (just ahead of Colorado’s Richard Roby), while he is the only player with eight 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 eight 30-point, 10-rebound games are one more than 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 13, 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 on Dec. 31.

newcomers a big part of success
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes have had a dramatic impact for Kansas State this season, as the newcomers have posted over 60 percent of the Wildcats’ points (1002) and blocks (49) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (471), steals (96) and assists (165). 

Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (532) and rebounds (258).  He has already shattered Ed Nealy’s (230; 1979) freshman mark for rebounds (230), while he is 78 points away from breaking Norris
Coleman’s (1986) rookie record for points (609).  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 season, the totals increase to over 75 percent of the points (1304) and blocks (63) and over 65 percent of the rebounds (591) and steals (116).

okay, this guy’s pretty good
Freshman Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time on Monday 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.  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, 2007 and Jan. 14, 2008 and Rookie of the Week accolades on Nov. 19 and Dec. 26, 2007 and Jan. 28, 2008.

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 25.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game through 21 games with 18 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 18 double-doubles are only four 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 (15.9 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.), while he is third in steals (1.1 spg.) and fourth in free throw percentage (72.6).  He has now scored in double figures in 20 of his 25 career games, including 16 of 19 games this season.  Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his Wildcat career in the team’s last 13 games.  In gaining the start in each of these contests, he is averaging 18 points on 48.5 percent shooting (80-of-165), including 40.4 percent shooting (23-of-57) from 3-point range, with 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 26.3 minutes per game.  He has connected on 73.9 percent (51-of-69) from the free throw line during the current streak.

After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in 15 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 48.9 percent shooting, including 37.8 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 6.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 31.4 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 21 games this season.  He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 56 consecutive games played dating back to last season. 

pullen shines at the point
Michael Beasley is not the only true freshman to shine so far this season, as rookie Jacob Pullen has played well in the point guard spot.  The Maywood, Ill., native paces the squad in assists (3.5 apg.) is second in steals (1.2 spg.), third in scoring (9.7 ppg.), fourth in 3-pointers (21) and fifth in minutes played (23.4 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 Jan. 30.  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 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 dished a
career-high eight assists against Nebraska to go with 11 points.

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 five contests, as he has averaged 4.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range, with 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.4 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 were the most 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 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 (3.9 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.