January 9, 2007

Cats misfire in first game without Walker

ESPN's Big Monday had not visited Manhattan, Kan., in four seasons and in hindsight this was not exactly the type of performance Bob Huggins envisioned for his Kansas State Wildcats on national television.

K-State shot a pitiful 30 percent from the field against Coach Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders as the Wildcats struggled throughout the 62-52 loss to find an offensive rhythm in their first game without Bill Walker.

Walker, K-State's athletic freshman who had played in just six games since becoming eligible in December, injured his left knee in Saturday's loss at Texas A&M and the school announced prior to Monday's game that Walker would miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured ACL.

"It would be nice to make a few shots. It would help," Huggins said. "In fairness to our guys, we spent a lot of time trying to incorporate Bill into what we do and we're back to being without him, but that's not an excuse."

Walker's arrival in the K-State lineup on Dec. 17 had ushered in a higher level of defensive pressure and new sense of offensive confidence for the Wildcats, but those seemed like distant memories for the Cats.

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