K-State concludes regular season at Iowa State Saturday

game information
kansas state (19-10, 9-6 Big 12) 
vs. iowa state (14-16, 4-11 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2008
Tipoff: 3:05 p.m. CT
Location: Ames, Iowa
Arena: Hilton Coliseum (1971)
Capacity: 14,356

Series: Kansas State leads 128-76
(Tied 45-all in Ames, Iowa)

Television: ESPN Plus/Big 12 Network   
Fred White (play-by-play)
Paul Splittorff (analyst)
Bob Helmers (producer)
Channels: Kansas City (Metro), Topeka (KSNT), Wichita (KSAS)

Radio: K-State Sports Network;
Powercat Passport Internet Audio;  
Yahoo! Internet Radio, Sirius Satellite 123
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

Tickets: Available for purchase for $15, $25 at the ISU Athletic Ticket Office at 888.478.2925 or online at www.cyclones.com.

kansas state wildcats
Record: 19-10 (9-6 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Frank Martin
Alma Mater: Florida International, 93
Career Record: 19-10/1
School Record: 19-10/1
vs. Iowa State: 1-0
06-07 Record: 23-12 (10-6 Big 12)
Last game: March 4, 2008
defeated Colorado, 78-72
SID: Tom Gilbert
Website: www.k-statesports.com

iowa state cyclones
Record: 14-16 (4-11 Big 12)
Ranking (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
Coach: Greg McDermott
Alma Mater: Northern Iowa 88
Career Record: 250-159/14
School Record: 29-32/2
vs. Kansas State: 0-3
06-07 Record: 15-16 (6-10 Big 12)
Last game: March 5, 2008
lost at Missouri, 81-75, in 2 OTs
SID: Mike Green
Website: www.cyclones.com

game preview
Kansas State (19-10, 9-6 Big 12) concludes the regular season on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State (14-16, 4-11 Big 12) at Hilton Coliseum at 3 p.m. CT.  The squad will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak on the road and in the process capture back-to-back wins at Hilton Coliseum for the first time since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.  A win would also give the Wildcats’ 20 wins for the second straight season and clinch the No. 3 seed at next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.  The program has not posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.

Kansas State has already clinched a bye at the Big 12 Championship for the second consecutive season and just needs a win to earn its highest-ever finish in Big 12 play and its highest league finish since also earning third place in Big Eight play in 1988-89.  Just a game ahead of Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, the team could still lose on Saturday and earn the No. 3 seed as the Wildcats own the tie-breaker over both the Sooners and Aggies with its regular season wins.  However, a loss and a win by Baylor at Texas Tech on Saturday gives the Bears the No. 3 seed and K-State the No. 4 seed.  The No. 3 seed plays the last contest on Friday, March 14 against the winner of the game on Thursday between the No. 6 and No. 11 seeds.  The No. 4 seed plays the second game of the day on Friday against the winner of Thursday’s contest between No. 5 and No. 12 seeds.       

Tuesday’s contest will be televised regionally on the Big 12 Network via ESPN Plus (KMCI - Kansas City; KSNT - Topeka; KSAS - Wichita) with Fred White (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (analyst) calling the action.  The game is also available nationally on the ESPN Full Court package.  It will the sixth and final appearance on the network and one of a school-record 29 televised contests.  

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 119.

Kansas State snapped a four-game losing and sent out its four seniors on a winning note, as the Wildcats held off a pesky challenge from Colorado on Tuesday night with a 78-72 win.  The victory gave the squad 14 wins at home for the second straight season, tying two other teams for the most in a single-season at Bramlage Coliseum.  K-State led by as many as 17 in the first half, including 14 at halfime, before Colorado rallied within 45-42 with 13:42 remaining.  However, the squad held off a furious rally to post its second consecutive regular season sweep of the Buffaloes.  The team was once again led by the two-headed freshmen attack of Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, who combined for 58 of the 78 points and 20 of the 40 rebounds.  With his 13th 30-point effort of the season, Beasley broke Mitch Richmond’s (768; 1987-88) school single-season scoring mark.

the book on kansas state
Kansas State fell out of both major Top 25 polls on Feb. 25 for the first time in four weeks.  The squad began its recent four-week run in the rankings on Jan. 28 and climbed as high as No. 18 in The Associated Press poll and No. 22 on the coaches’ poll on Feb. 11.  The program opened the season with its first preseason ranking since 1975 in the AP poll and advanced as high as No. 18 before falling out on Dec. 3.   

Kansas State’s 19 wins this season is the third-highest total in 14 seasons and the best start to a season since the 2006-07 squad went 20-9.  The nine league wins are the second-highest total in the last 20 seasons and the second-best in the Big 12 era. 

Kansas State is averaging 79.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting with 41.8 rebounds, 16.2 assists, 7.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per game, while holding their foes to 69.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting.  Only one team at Kansas State - the 1952-53 squad -  has averaged more points in a single season with 81.4 points per game in 21 games.  The Wildcats rank among the top-35 nationally in scoring (19th), assists (29th) and scoring margin (31st).  The team has topped 80 or more points in 13 games (12 wins), which equals or surpasses the single-season totals of 80-point games from the last 17 seasons.         

A trio of Wildcats are averaging in double figures led by Beasley, who ranks third nationally in scoring at 26.9 points per game.  Beasley, who paces the nation in rebounding at 12.6 per game, is shooting 54 percent from the field to go with 1.7 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.  He leads the squad in 15 categories, including scoring, double-doubles (26), 20-point games (23), field goals (277), free throws (193), rebounds, blocks, steals and minutes.

With his effort against Colorado, Beasley became the first player in school history to score 30 or more points in four consecutive games, while also pushing his career and single-season school records for 30-point games to 13.  He broke his tie with Drew Gooden with his effort, giving him the Big 12 single-season record for double-doubles.  

Beasley, who needs 20 points to become just the third player in Big 12 history to top 800 in a single season, owns 26 school single-game, single-season, career and freshman records and 13 Big 12 single-game, single-season and freshman records.  He is the leader in single-season scoring (780), rebounding (366), double-doubles (26), 40-point games (four), 30-point games (13), 20-point games (23), 20-point, 20-rebound games (two) and double-digit rebounds (27).  He leads the nation in five categories, including 40-point games, 30-point, 10-rebound games (13), 20-point, 10-rebound games (20), rebounding average and double-doubles.  He broke Big 12 records for points in a single-game (44), points in a half (28) and field goals made in a half (12) against Baylor on Feb. 23.

Beasley, who became the first player in Big 12 history to win any weekly award in six consecutive weeks when he was selected the Rookie of the Week on Monday, leads the conference in both scoring and rebounding in overall and league-only games.  Overall, he has earned Player or Rookie of the Week honors 10 times this season,  which ties Texas’ Kevin Durant (four player, six rookie) for the most combined honors in the Big 12 men’s basketball history. 

Rookie Bill Walker ranks second to Beasley in numerous categories, including scoring (16.3 ppg.), rebounding (6.5 rpg.), field goals (158), field goal attempts (340), blocks (17), double-digit scoring (22) and double-doubles (four).  Since moving back to the interior 21 games ago, Walker is averaging 17.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting with 6.6 rebounds in 27 minutes per game.  He has scored in double figures in 26 of 33 career games, including 22 of 27 games this season.

The backcourt of Jacob Pullen, Clent Stewart and Blake Young has also continued to play well for the Wildcats.  Pullen, who has come off the bench the last three games, is first on the team in assists (3.4 apg.) and 3-point field goals (37) and third in scoring (9.8 ppg.).  He has scored in double figures in seven of the last 12 games, including a season-best 20 points against No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 30.

Stewart, who ranks among the school’s career leaders in assists (384), minutes (3,173), games played (117) and starts (91), ranks second in minutes (28.9 mpg.) and assists (3.2 apg.) and fourth in scoring (7.2 ppg.).  He missed two games following the passing of his mother, Vanessa, who lost her battle with bone cancer on Feb. 4. Young, who has the longest current streak at 64 games, ranks third in minutes (28.6 mpg.), assists (2.0 apg.) and steals (1.0 spg.).  He is joined by Beasley as the only players to start all 29 games.

homecourt advantage
Bramlage Coliseum continues to be one of the best home courts in the Big 12 Conference, as the Wildcats have constructed a 229-85 (.729) 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 89-28 (.761) overall. 

With the win over Colorado, Kansas State tied the Bramlage Coliseum single-season mark (14) for victories for the third time (1998-99 and 2006-07), including the second straight season.  Included in those wins is two over top-10 foes (No. 2 Kansas and No. 10 Texas A&M), which has not happened in the same season since 1989-90.

success for both men and women
One of the best stories in college basketball this season has been the rise of both the men’s and women’s squads at Kansas State.  The 19th-ranked women’s team collected its first outright Big 12 regular-season title with a 21-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in league play.  The squad has won 16 of its last 19 games, which includes a 10-game winning streak from Dec. 28 to Feb. 2, and enters next week’s Big 12 Championship as the No. 1 seed.  The men’s team has already posted its third-highest win total in the past 10 seasons and has its second-most wins (nine) since the inception of the Big 12.  For the first time in their respective histories, both teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 poll at the same time for four consecutive weeks.

off to a good start
First-year head coach Frank Martin has posted an impressive debut as the Wildcats’ mentor.  His 19-10 start to his career ties Lon Kruger for the second-best by a first-year head coach, while his 9-6 start in league is second only to his mentor, Bob Huggins, for the best by a rookie coach.  His 19 wins have 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).  Huggins set the mark for most wins by a first-year coach with 23 last year, while Kruger had 20 in 1986-87.  Martin’s 19 wins are the seventh-most among all first-year coaches in Division I this year 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 21 games.  The squad is averaging 80.5 points on 45 percent shooting (585-of-1299), including 34.8 percent from 3-point range (146-of-419), 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 11 times (10 wins) in the last 21 games compared to just twice (both wins) in the first eight.  Also, the squad has eclipsed the 100-point barrier twice in the span, which has not been done twice in the same season since 1997-98.   

turning up the offense, part 2
Kansas State has scored 75 or more points in 15 of the last 21 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.  The Wildcats have already topped the 80-point mark in 13 contests, which 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 21 of its 29 games this season, which is not only twice the total from the 2006-07 season (10), but the most by a squad in a single-season in school history. 

rebounding a strength
One of the strengths of this year’s team has been its ability to rebound the ball.  The Wildcats rank fifth nationally in rebounding margin (8.3) and are among the top-5 in the Big 12 in four categories, including first in rebounding (41.8), rebounding margin and offensive rebounds (16.55) and fourth in defensive rebounds (25.24).  The team is on pace to average 40 or more rebounds in a season for just the fifth time in the last 40 seasons and post its highest rebound average since the 1998-99 season (42.5).  The nation’s leader in rebounding, freshman Michael Beasley is on pace to break Kevin Durant’s (390; 2006-07) Big 12 freshman mark for rebounds and has an outside shot at eclipsing Drew Gooden’s (423; 2001-02) conference record.  He broke Jack Parr’s (340; 1955-56) school single-season mark for rebounding against Texas on Feb. 25.  He already owns the the single-season record for double-digit rebounding games (27) as well as the freshman single-game (24) and single-season rebounding marks.

the book on iowa state (14-16)
Iowa State (14-16, 4-11 Big 12) saw its losing streak hit four games on Wednesday, as the Cyclones dropped a two-overtime heartbreaker to Missouri, 81-75, at Mizzou Arena.  The squad dropped its ninth straight game on the road, including all eight in league play.  Tied at 69-all heading into the second overtime, Missouri outscored Iowa State, 12-6, in the final five minutes to snap a two-game losing streak at home in the series.  Freshman reserve Diante Garrett led three players in double figures with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while senior center Jiri Hubalek added 15 points, a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.  Freshman forward Craig Brackins posted 13 points and a game-high three blocks.

Iowa State is averaging 64.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting, including 31.4 percent from 3-point range, with 34.8 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 5.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.  The team is holding foes to 65.6 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting from the field. 

A balanced squad, the team has three players in double figures led by Hubalek’s 13.1 points per game.  He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field with a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game.  The team leader with 44 3-pointers, sophomore forward Wesley Johnson is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game on 39.9 percent shooting.  Brackins adds 10.7 points per game, while senior Rahshon Clark posts 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.    

The team is led by second-year head coach Greg McDermott, who has a 250-159 record in 14 years overall as a head coach and a 29-32 mark in second season at Iowa State.  McDermott has been a head coach at three schools - Wayne State (1994-2000), North Dakota State (2000-01) and Northern Iowa (2001-06).  He led Northern Iowa to three straight 20-win season and three NCAA Tournament bids from 2003-06 before taking the job at Iowa State in 2006.

series vs. iowa state
This will be the 205th meeting between Kansas State and Iowa State in a series that dates back to 1909.  The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 128-76, including their current four-game winning streak.  The two teams have split the previous 90 meetings in Ames, Iowa, with the Wildcats snapping a seven-game losing streak at Hilton Coliseum with a 69-60 win last season.  The Cyclones have won 15 of last 19 meetings between the two teams at home.

Iowa State holds a 13-11 advantage since the inception of the Big 12, including a 9-2 mark in games played in that span at home.  Prior to the 2006-07 season, the teams had split their home-and-home series for the past five seasons with each squad winning on their home floor.  

last meeting vs. iowa state
Freshman Michael Beasley tallied 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead Kansas State to an 82-57 win over Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 26.  The Wildcats snapped out of a offensive slump just before halftime led by Beasley, who capped a 17-point, six-rebound effort with a 3-pointer seconds before halftime to give the team a 46-30 lead.  The team exploded in the second half as Beasley continued his impressive play by scoring 16 points in the first nine minutes after the break.  His baseline jumper started a 23-11 run that was capped when Fred Brown stole the ball and raced down the court for a dunk, lifting the crowd to its feet and fiving the Wildcats a 74-41 advantage.  Fellow freshmen Jacob Pullen and Bill Walker posted 13 and 10 points, respectively, while junior Darren Kent added 11 points.  Iowa State was led by forward Wesley Johnson, who posted 20 points and four 3-pointers, and guard Craig Brackins, who added 10 points.   

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 84 points were the most allowed by Kansas this season and the most in the series in more 29 years since a 96-69 win on Jan. 20, 1979.  Coach Frank Martin became the first first-year coach to win his first game at home against Kansas since E.A. Knoth did it twice in 1921.

beasley, walker among the best
Freshmen Michael Beasley and Bill Walker are proving they are two of the best players in Big 12.  They are two of only three rookies (along with Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin) to rank in the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in the Big 12.  In fact, they are the only freshmen to rank in the top-5 in scoring in league-only games. 

Beasley paces the Big 12 in seven categories - four in overall games - scoring (26.9 ppg.), rebounding (12.6 rpg.), offensive rebounds (4.28 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (8.34 rpg.) - three in conference-only games - scoring (29.3 ppg.), rebounds (12.0 rpg.) and defensive
rebounds (7.87 rpg.).  He also owns the most double-doubles (26) and the most 30-point games (13).  In addition, he is the top-10 in three overall categories and five conference-only statistics.

Walker ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.3 ppg.) and 10th (6.5 rpg.) in rebounding.  He places among the top-15 in three other categories, including sixth in offensive rebounds (2.63 rpg.), ninth in free throw percentage (72.4) and 10th in field goal percentage (46.5).

among best scoring tandems
Michael Beasley and Bill Walker are among the best scoring tandems in Division I, as they rank third nationally with a combined at 43.2 points per game.  The duo trails VMI’s Reggie Williams (27.8 ppg.) and Chavis Holmes (18.3 ppg.) and Niagara’s Charron Fisher (27.8 ppg.) and Tyrone Lewis (15.9 ppg.) among all scoring tandems in Division I.  Beasley and Walker are one of just four duos nationally to combine for 40 or more points and the only ones that are both freshmen.  The 43.2 points per game average is also on track to be the best in Big 12 history, more than a point ahead of the 41.9 points averaged by Texas Tech’s Cory Carr (23.1 ppg.) and Tony Battie (18.8 ppg.) in 1996-97.  Even more impressive is the fact that two players are combining for 46.4 points per game in league-only games and rank first and third in the Big 12 in scoring in these games (Beasley - 29.3 ppg. and Walker - 17.1 ppg.).  The duo became the first duo in school history to each top 30 points in the same game against Baylor, as Beasley scored a Big 12-record 44 points and Walker added 31.

top scoring tandems in division I (all classes)
46.1, Reggie Williams (27.8) & Chavis Holmes (18.3), VMI*
43.7, Charron Fisher (27.8) & Tyrone Lewis (15.9), Niagara
43.2, Michael Beasley (26.9) & Bill Walker (16.3), K-State
42.5, Lester Hudson (25.5) & Marquis Weddle (17.0), UT-Martin
39.9, Ben Woodside (20.7) & Brett Winkelman (19.2), N.D. State*

top scoring tandems in division I (freshmen)
43.2, Michael Beasley (26.9) & Bill Walker (16.3), K-State
33.1, Donte Greene (17.4) & Jonny Flynn (15.7), Syracuse
32.4, O.J. Mayo (20.1) & Davon Jefferson (12.3), USC

top scoring tandems in big 12 history
43.2, Michael Beasley (26.9) & Bill Walker (16.3), K-State
41.9, Cory Carr (23.1) & Tony Battie (18.8), Texas Tech (1996-97)
41.3, Kevin Durant (25.8) & A.J. Abrams (15.5), Texas (2006-07)
40.2, Paul Pierce (20.4) & Raef LaFrentz (19.8), Kansas (1997-98)
37.6, Kareem Rush (21.1) & Clarence Gilbert (16.5), Missouri (2000-01)

*Season concluded

more beasley and walker
Michael Beasley and Bill Walker are just the second duo in Kansas State history (the first freshman duo) to each score 30 or more points at least three times in the same season and the first in 30 years.  The duo joins Mike Evans and Curtis Redding, who each did it three times in 1977-78.  The tandem are on pace to be best the scoring duo in school history and just the second to combine for 40 points, joining Jack Parr (20.6 ppg.) and Bob Boozer (19.6 ppg.) in 1956-57.  

With his 33-point performance against Colorado on March 4, Beasley now has notched 13 contests of 30 or more points this season, which already surpasses Bob Boozer (10, 1956-59) career mark for the most in school history.  He has already shattered the previous school single-season mark of seven done by Bob Boozer (1958-59) and Norris Coleman (1985-86).  With his effort against the Buffaloes, he is the nation’s leader in 30-point, 10-rebound games (four more than VMI’s Reggie Williams).  He is also the Division I leader in 20-point, 10-rebound games with 21 (five more than Santa Clara’s John Bryant).  In comparison to other National Freshmen of the Year, his 12 30-point, 10-rebound games are two more than Kevin Durant’s entire total from the 2006-07 season (35 games) and are four times as many as Carmelo Anthony’s total (3) during the 2002-03 season.

Walker, who has notched his three 30-point games in the last 21, ties three other players - Mike Evans (1977-78), Curtis Redding (1977-78) and Mike Wroblewski (1961-62) for the 10th-most in a single season.  He posted his first career 30-point game against California on Dec. 9 and then topped it with 31 against both Xavier and Baylor.

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 (1386) and blocks (65) and over 50 percent of the rebounds (639), 3-pointers (98) and steals (123).  Most of these have come from phenom Michael Beasley, who owns over 30 percent of the team’s points (780) and rebounds (366).  He already owns both the overall and freshman marks for single-season scoring and rebounding, while he is on pace to post the highest single-season scoring average.  In all, seven of the top-9 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 (1825) and blocks (82) and over 65 percent of the rebounds (815), 3-pointers (129) and steals (148).

okay, this guy’s pretty good
Freshman Michael Beasley became the first player in Big 12 history to win any weekly award in six consecutive weeks, as he was named as the Big 12 Rookie of the Week on March 3 after averaging 34.5 points and 13.0 rebounds last week.  The streak of six straight weekly awards for Beasley is the second-longest string of consecutive honors in Big 12 history in any league-sponsored sport.  The longest streak is eight weeks in a row by Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris, who did it to end the 2005-06 season. Beasley’s eight rookie honors are the most by any men’s basketball player in Big 12 history.  The player of the week award is his 10th overall this season, which ties Texas’ Kevin Durant for the most combined awards in Big 12 history, 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, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 Feb. 25 and March 3, 2008.

beasley nets 40 yet again
Michael Beasley became the first player in Kansas State history to post three 40-point, 10-rebound performances in the same season, as he collected a career-high and Big 12-record 44 points on 14-of-25 field goals with 13 rebounds in 38 minutes against Baylor on Feb. 23.  In doing so, he set league marks for scoring (28, first half) and field goals (12, first half).  He also topped the 40-point plateau against Winston-Salem State on Dec. 22 (40 on 14-of-22 shooting with 15 rebounds) and Missouri on Feb. 16 (40 on 12-of-22 shooting with 17 rebounds).   In fact, a 40-point, 10-rebound effort had only been recorded twice in school history prior to this season, as Bob Boozer had 45 points and 16 rebounds against Purdue on Dec. 1, 1958 and Mike Wroblewski had 46 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas on Feb. 7, 1962.  

His first 40-point effort against Winston-Salem State broke Norris Coleman’s (39 vs. Colorado, Jan. 18, 1986) freshman mark for points.  His 44-point effort against Baylor is the fifth-highest scoring total in a game and second-highest in a conference contest.  It also is the most points in a game since Askia Jones tallied a school-record 62 points against Fresno State in the second round of the NIT on March 24, 1994 and the highest in a league contest since Mike Wroblewski had 46 points against Kansas on Feb. 7, 1962.  His two 40-point efforts tie Mike Evans (40, vs. Colorado, 1/15/77) for the ninth-highest scoring totals in a single-game in school history.

Michael Beasley is well on his way to becoming 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 26.9 points and 12.6 rebounds per game with 26 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.

Already the most ever by a freshman in Division I history, Beasley’s 26 double-doubles are the most by a Big 12 player in a single-season regardless of classification.  Remarkably, he has posted a double-double in a half five times (four in first half and once in the second half) this season.  At his current pace, Beasley has a chance at the single season scoring and rebounding averages held by Boozer (25.6 ppg. in 1958-59) and 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 emerging as a star
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 scoring (16.3 ppg.) and rebounding (6.5 rpg.), blocks (0.6 bpg.) and free throws (92), while he is also second in 3-point field goals (31) and third in steals (0.9 spg.).  He has now scored in double figures in 26 of his 33 career games,
including 22 of 27 games this season. Walker might be playing the finest basketball of his Wildcat career in the team’s last 21 games.  In gaining the start in each of these contests, he is averaging 17.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting (134-of-278), including 35 percent shooting (29-of-83) from 3-point range, with 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.7 steals in 27 minutes per game.  He has posted all eight of his career 20-point games during this span, including three 30-point outings.

After battling through a variety injuries to start the season, Walker has played in 23 straight games for the Wildcats, including a career-high 38 minutes of action against Baylor on Feb. 23.  He tied his career-best with 31 points against the Bears on 13-of-21 field goals to go with a new career-high 11 rebounds.  It marked his third 30-point game in just the last 21 games, including his third double-double.  He posted his first career 30-point game against California on Dec. 9 to go with 10 rebounds then topped it later that month with 31 points against Xavier on Dec. 31.  He went a career-high 13-of-23 from the field against the Musketeers with six rebounds in 34 minutes. 

Walker has been just as impressive during Big 12 play, averaging 17.1 points on 48.3 percent shooting, including 31.7 percent from 3-point range, to go with 6.2 rebounds per game.  The scoring average is the third-highest in the Big 12.  He has eclipsed the 20-point barrier five times in Big 12 play, including the 31-point effort against Baylor, 27 against Texas Tech on Feb. 13, 25 against Colorado on March 4 and 22 against both Oklahoma on Jan. 12 and Kansas on Jan. 30.

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 Kansas 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 12 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 two games due to the death of his mother, Vanessa, Stewart had been a steady force this season.  He ranks second on the squad in minutes (28.9 mpg.) and assists (3.2 apg.), fourth in scoring (7.2 ppg.), 3-point field goals (27) and fifth in rebounding (3.0 rpg.)

Stewart continues to move up the career charts in four categories (assists, minutes played, games started and appearances), 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 384 assists, Stewart now trails just leader Steve Henson (585, 1987-90) on the all-time list.  He currently sits in third place all-time in minutes played with 3,173, passing former teammate Cartier Martin (3,090; 2003-07) with 36 minutes against Baylor.  He will finish his career behind leader Steve Henson (4,474; 1987-90) and Askia Jones (3,547; 1990-94).  In addition, he is in fifth place on the games started list with his 91st career start against Colorado.  He also broke into the top-10 list for career games played at Kansas and is now tied for sixth with 117 games played.

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 6.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 30.7
minutes per game since the start of Big 12 play.  He played perhaps the best game of his career in the upset win over No. 10 Texas A&M on Jan. 18, as he tossed in eight points on 3-of-4 field goals with a career-best nine rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes of action. 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 on Feb. 2 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 (6.3 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 29 games this season.  He also has the longest active game streak on the team with 64 consecutive games played dating back to last season. 

pullen shines at the point
Michael Beasley is not the only true freshman to shine so far this season, as rookie Jacob Pullen has played well in the point guard spot.  The Maywood, Ill., native paces the squad in assists (3.4 apg.) and 3-pointers (37), is second in steals (1.2 spg.), third in scoring (9.8 ppg.) and fifth in minutes played (23.7 mpg.).

Pullen might be playing his best basketball in the last four 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’ last 12 games, he is averaging 10.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting, including 38.2 percent from 3-point range, to go with 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals.  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.  He scored in double figures for the seventh time in last 12 games with 19 points against Texas on Feb. 25.

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.

kent solid off the bench
Junior Darren Kent has become a solid contributor off the bench for the Wildcats this season, averaging 13.7 minutes in 26 appearances.  He has averaged 14.6 minutes in the last 12 games, including double-digit efforts in 10 games in that span.  Kent has scored in 14 contests, including five or more points on seven occasions.  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 five-point efforts against Colorado on Jan. 23, at Missouri on Feb. 2 and at Kansas on March 1.

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 also scored 61 of his 71 season point total during this span.  He 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).  He connected on an individual season-best 81.8 percent from the field against Xavier, 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 Big 12 season, he has averaged 8.7 minutes in nine of the last 10 games with a high of 18 minutes against Missouri on Feb. 2.

anderson a monster on boards
Another true freshman making an impact for the Wildcats is Ron Anderson, who ranks first on the team in field goal percentage (55.9) and third in rebounding (3.9 rpg.).  After scoring just 13 points in the previous six games, he had a career day shooting the ball against Wagner (12/29).  Anderson 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.  After a slow start to Big 12 play, he has played well against in the last seven leagues games.  He has averaged 3.1 points on 50 percent shooting (7-of-14) in that span with 3.3 rebounds on just 9.7 minutes per game.