No. 18 K-State Travels to Texas Tech

game information
18/22 kansas state (17-5, 7-1 Big 12)
vs. texas tech (12-10, 3-5 Big 12)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tipoff: 8:05 p.m. CT
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Arena: United Spirit Arena (1999)
Capacity: 15,098

Series: Tied 11-11
(Texas Tech leads 6-3 at home)

Television: ESPN2   
Ron Franklin (play-by-play)
Hubert Davis (analyst)
Eric Posman (producer)
Mike Roig (director)

Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;  
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 155
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

Tickets: Available for $10, $15, $20, $25 by contacting the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office by calling (888) 462.4412.

kansas state wildcats
Record: 17-5 (7-1 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): 18/22
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 17-5/1
School Record: 17-5/1
vs. Texas Tech: First meeting
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 9, 2008
defeated Oklahoma State, 82-61
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.k-statesports.com

texas tech red raiders
Record: 12-10 (3-5 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Pat Knight
Alma Mater: Indiana 95
Career Record: 0-2/1
School Record: 0-2/1
vs. Kansas State: First meeting
06-07 Record: 21-13 (9-7 Big 12)
Last game: Feb. 9, 2008
lost at Nebraska, 73-62
SID: Randy Farley
Website: www.texastech.com

game preview
No. 18/22 Kansas State (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) starts the second half of the Big 12 schedule on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech (12-10, 3-5 Big 12) at United Spirit Arena beginning at 8 p.m. CT.  The squad, which has won just four meetings in the series since the start of Big 12 play, will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to the Red Raiders in Lubbock.  The Wildcats’ last road win in the series came on Dec. 4, 1986.

Wednesday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Ron Franklin (play-by-play) and Hubert Davis (analyst) calling the
action.  It will be the 10th of a school-record 13 appearances on national television for the Wildcats, including the second on ESPN2.  The team is 1-9 all-time on ESPN2, including 0-2 this season. Kansas State lost to George Mason, 87-77, on the network on Nov. 22, 2007 before dropping an 80-77 decision to No. 17 Oregon on Nov. 29, 2007.
  
The game will be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) behind the mikes.  Fans can also listen to the game on Sirius Satellite 155.

Kansas State capped the first half of Big 12 play on a strong note, as the Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak to Oklahoma State with a decisive 82-61 victory on Saturday before a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum.  The 82 points were the most scored against the Cowboys since the start of conference play and the most by the Wildcats in the series since they collected 88 in a win at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 28, 1987.  Although K-State shot a season-low 38.7 percent from the field, the team had nearly twice as many field goal attempts as OSU (75 to 41 attempts) and held a 51-29 rebounding advantage.  The Wildcats also outscored the Cowboys, 38-14, in the paint and held a 28-7 edge in second-chance points.  After Monday’s game, K-State is now back in first-place by a half-game over Kansas and Texas.

Freshman Michael Beasley paced the Wildcats in scoring for the 17th time this season, as he led three players in double figures with 23 points and 13 rebounds to go with three assists, three blocks and two steals in 33 minutes.  It marked his school-record and nation-leading 19th double-double of the season, as he broke his tie with Larry Comley (18; 1960-61).  Fellow rookie Jacob Pullen posted double figures for the fourth time in five games with 17 points with a season-high five three-point field goals, while redshirt freshman Bill Walker ran his streak of double-digit scoring to 11 games with 14 points to go with eight rebounds and a career-tying five assists.

Kansas State’s 17-5 start to the season is the best by a Wildcat squad in 26 seasons since the 1981-82 squad also started 17-5. 
Despite the loss on Saturday, the 7-1 start to league play is the best in the Big 12 era and the best since the 1974-75 team also started 7-1.

the book on kansas state
Kansas State remained in both major Top 25 polls on the Monday for the third consecutive week, moving up two spots in both polls to No. 18 in The Associated Press poll and to No. 22 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 80.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting with 43.0 rebounds, 17.1 assists, 8.2 steals and 3.9 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 66.3 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 (16th), scoring (20th) and assists (21st).  The team has topped 80 or more points in 11 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 trio of Wildcats are averaging in double figures led by Beasley, who ranks fourth nationally in scoring at 25.2 points per game.  Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 12.3 per game, is shooting 56.2 percent from the field to go with 1.7 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.4 assists in 30.5 minutes per game.  He leads the squad in 15 categories, including scoring, double-doubles, 20-point games (17), field goals (205), free throws (121), rebounds, blocks, steals and minutes. 

Beasley, who became the first player in Big 12 history to be named the conference’s Rookie of the Week for three consecutive weeks, leads the conference in scoring and rebounding in both overall and league-only games.  He has a school-record 19 double-doubles in just 22 games, while he is three 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 (15.8 ppg.), rebounding (6.8 rpg.), field goals (110), field goal attempts (249), blocks (14), double-digit scoring (17), and double-doubles (three).  Since being moved back to the interior 14 games ago, Walker is averaging 17.7 points on 46 percent shooting, including 38.3 percent from 3-point range, with 7.1 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game.  He has now scored in double figures in 21 of 26 career games, including 17 of 20 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 3-point field goals (26) and third in scoring (10.0 ppg.).  During the last nine games, Pullen has posted 34 assists to just 11 turnovers while averaging 10.1 points per game. 

The Wildcats look to receive a boost with the return of Stewart, who has missed the last two games after the loss of his mother, Vanessa, who lost her courageous battle with bone cancer on Feb. 5.  The team’s most experienced player with 110 appearances and 84 starts, Stewart has scored in double figures in nine of his last 14 games.  The squad, which wore pink shooting shirts to honor her memory against Nebraska on Feb. 6, will continue to wear a patch on their uniforms bearing her initials. 

Young, who has the team’s longest current game streak at 57 games, is averaging 6.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting in Big 12 play with 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.1 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 228-84 (.731) 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 88-27 (.765) overall. 

With the win over Oklahoma State, K-State collected its 13th home victory of the season and has posted at least 12 home wins in five straight seasons for the first time in school history.  The squad has won nine straight overall and six in a row in Big 12 dating back to last season.  The current winning streak ties three other marks (1989-91, 2002-03 and 2005-06) for the second-longest winning streak in Bramlage Coliseum history and just two short of the record 11 set in 1997-98.  The Wildcats already have 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. 1
Missouri and No. 3 Oklahoma 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 17th-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 16-6 record and 8-1 mark in Big 12 play.  The 18th-ranked Wildcat men are off to their best start since the 1981-82 season.  Both teams continue to be ranked in the AP Top 25 in the same week for the third straight week, which has never happened in the programs’ respective histories.

off to a good start
First-year head coach Frank Martin has posted an impressive debut as the Wildcats’ mentor.  His 17-5 start to his career is now the best start ever by a first-year head coach, while his 7-1 start in league play is also the best by a rookie coach.   His 17 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.  His 17 wins are the seventh-most among all first-year coaches this season in Division I and fourth-most among coaches in their first college jobs. 

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 14 games.  The squad is averaging 82.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting (400-of-874), including 38.1 percent from 3-point range (107-of-281), 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 scored 80 or more points nine times (all wins) in the last 14 games compared to just twice (both wins) in the first eight.

turning up the offense, part 2
Kansas State has scored 75 or more points in 11 of the last 14 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 11 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 17 of its 22 games this season.  The 17 games of at least 75 points equals or surpasses the entire total from the past 19 seasons, including the 10 in 2006-07.  The last time the school had more than 17 games of 75 or more points was the 1987-88 season, which produced 19 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 41.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting (including 33.6 percent from 3-point range) in the second half this season.  In comparison, the Wildcats are averaging 38 points on 41 percent shooting (including 33.2 percent from 3-point range) in the first half this season.  However, in the last three games, this trend has turned with the squad averaging 42.3 points on 49.5 percent shooting in the first half in comparison to just 34.3 points in the second half on 37.5 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 14 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 13 games where the team is connecting on 39.3 percent (103-of-262) from the field.  In the span, three Wildcats - Clent Stewart (48.7), Michael Beasley (47.1) and Fred Brown (46.4) - are connecting on 45 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 nine games, where the team has averaged 8.1 treys on 39.8 percent (73-of-180). 
 
the book on texas tech (12-10)
Texas Tech (12-10, 3-5 Big 12) saw its losing streak reach two games on Saturday, as the Red Raiders dropped a 73-62 decision at
Nebraska.  The squad ran into a red-hot Cornhusker team that shot 49 percent for the game, including 56.5 percent in the first half.  Texas Tech shot just 39 percent for the game, including 35.5 percent in the second half, in falling for the eighth time in nine road games.  The team used a balanced scoring effort, as senior Martin Zeno led four players in double figures with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting.  Junior Alan Voskuil posted 14 points and freshmen John Roberson and Mike Singletary added 12 and 11 points, respectively.     

Texas Tech is averaging a 69.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting, including 38.1 percent from 3-point range, with 30.7 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 7.0 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.  The team is holding foes to 64.7 points per game on 42.8 percent shooting from the field.  In contrast to a poor road record, the Red Raiders have one of the best home court advantages with wins in 10 of their 11 games this year. 

A balanced scoring squad, Texas Tech has three players scoring in double figures led by Zeno’s 16.0-point per game average.  He has connected on 47.1 percent of his field goals (115-of-244) and is also the team leader in rebounds (4.5 rpg.) and minutes (30.7 mpg.).  Roberson averages 12.5 points to go with a team-best 3.4 assists per game, while Voskuil adds 12.1 points per game to go with team-highs in 3-point field goals (44) and steals (1.6 spg.). 

The team is led by head coach Pat Knight, who took over for his legendary father, Bob, on Feb. 4.  The elder Knight won a Division I men’s record 902 games during his 42-year career that included stops at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech.  The younger Knight, who was a four-year lettermen (1991-95) for his father at Indiana, spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Indiana, Akron and Texas Tech.  During his time as an assistant coach, he helped teams post seven 20-win seasons and advance to six NCAA Tournament appearances.

series vs. texas tech
This will be the 23rd all-time meeting between Kansas State and Texas Tech in a series that dates back to 1955.  The all-time series is tied at 11-each, however, the Red Raiders have won 10 of the 14 meetings since the start of Big 12 play in 1996.  Texas Tech owns a 5-0 record against K-State in Lubbock since the inception of the league.  The Wildcats’ last road win in the series came back on Dec. 4, 1986 when they posted a 73-72 victory at Municipal Auditorium.  Last year, K-State snapped a five-game losing streak in the series with a 66-45 win in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.     

last year vs. texas tech
The squads split their two meetings last season, as Texas Tech posted a 62-52 win at Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 8, 2007 before Kansas State posted its first win in the series since 2003 with a 66-45 win in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.

K-State shot just 30.2 percent from the field, including 13.3 percent from beyond the arc, as the Red Raiders collected a 62-52 on Jan. 8.  Only one player - junior David Hoskins - scored in double figures for the Wildcats, while senior Jarrius Jackson led three Tech players in double figures with 23 points in playing all 40 minutes.

In the rematch at the Big 12 Championship, senior Lance Harris had a team-high 20 points to pace three players in double figures.  K-State shot 48.1 percent from the field, including 52 percent in the first half, while out-rebounding Texas Tech, 39-25. 
 
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 (25.2 ppg.), rebounding (12.3 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.32 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.00 rpg.) - and is the top-15 in four others - field goal percentage (second - 56.2), blocked shots (third - 1.73 bpg.), free throw percentage (11th - 72.5) and steals (12th - 1.45).  He owns the most double-doubles (19) and the most 30-point games (eight).

Walker ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.8 ppg.) and ninth (6.8 rpg.) in rebounding.  He places among the top-15 in three categories, including fifth in offensive rebounds (2.90 rpg.), 11th in field goal percentage (44.2) and 12th in free throw percentage (72.4).

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 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 (1055) and blocks (52) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (490), steals (103) and assists (171). 

Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (555) and rebounds (271).  He has already shattered Ed Nealy’s (230; 1979) freshman mark for rebounds, while he is 55 points shy of breaking Norris Coleman’s (609; 1986) rookie record for points.  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 due to a knee injury, the totals increase to over 75 percent of the points (1371) and blocks (66) and over 65 percent of the rebounds (618) and steals (124).

okay, this guy’s pretty good
Freshman Michael Beasley became the first player in Big 12 history to win Phillips 66 Rookie of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks on Monday after averaging 29.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in helping the Wildcats to wins over Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
Beasley’s five rookie honors are tied for the second-most in Big 12 history with Texas A&M’s Clifton Clark (1998-99) and one less than the record set by Texas’ Kevin Durant in 2006-07.  The player of the week award is also his seventh 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, Dec. 26, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

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 five school records, including for points by a freshman in a debut (32 vs. Sacramento State), most single-game rebounds by a freshman (24 vs. Sacramento State), most single-season rebounds (271) and most double-doubles (19).  The 40 points are the most 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 25.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game through 22 games with 19 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 19 double-doubles are only three 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 (6.8 rpg.), while he is third in steals (1.1 spg.) and fourth in free throw percentage (72.4).  He has now scored in double figures in 21 of his 26 career games, including 17 of 20 games this season.  Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his Wildcat career in the team’s last 14 games.  In gaining the start in each of these contests, he is averaging 17.7 points on 46 percent shooting (86-of-187), including 38.3 percent shooting (23-of-60) from 3-point range, with 7.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.8 steals in 26.4 minutes per game.  He has connected on 73.6 percent (53-of-72) from the free throw line during the current streak.

After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in 16 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 14 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 16.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting, including 35 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 seven times this year.

iron man
A team mainstay the past three seasons, senior guard Clent Stewart has become a guiding force for a young squad.  Although he missed the last two games due to the death of his mother, Vanessa, Stewart had been a steady force during a crucial stretch.  In the 12 games before his absence, he averaged 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 the clutch
Senior Blake Young has been one of the biggest keys to the team’s successful start to conference play.  Fully healthy for the first time in nearly a month, the guard has averaged 6.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting with 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.1 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 (3.4 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 22 games this season.  He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 57 consecutive games played dating back to last season. 

pullen shines at the point
Michael Beasley is not the only true freshman to shine so far this season, as rookie Jacob Pullen has played well in the point guard spot.  The Maywood, Ill., native paces the squad in assists (3.5 apg.) and 3-pointers (26), is second in steals (1.3 spg.), third in scoring (10.0 ppg.) and fifth in minutes played (23.6 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 scored in double figures for the fourth time in five games with 17 points against Oklahoma State with career-best five 3-point field goals.

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 six contests, as he has averaged 4.0 points on 47.4 percent shooting, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range, with 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 17.7 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, 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 has played in each of the last three contests with a high of 18 minutes against Missouri on Feb. 2.

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 (54.9) 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.