January 24, 2008

Cats insist focus is clearly on Cyclones

BOULDER, Colo. -- Bill Walker, class clown and dunkmaster of the Kansas State Wildcats, shows his emotional side on the court, but inside the Wildcats locker room, the 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman is also settling into a leadership role. Yes, the Wildcats fended off the Colorado Buffaloes 72-56 Wednesday night at the Coors Event Center to move to 3-0 in Big 12 play, but senior Clent Stewart said Walker's postgame message was easy to understand.

"Like Bill says, 'This game here was the third round. Iowa State is the fourth round of a 16-round fight. We've got to take them one round at a time'," Stewart said of K-State's 16-game Big 12 schedule.

Round 3 is in the books for the Wildcats, who looked sluggish at times at Colorado but did enough to win the game. And that was the most important stat of the night according to the Wildcats.

"I think every win is an important win. If we go out and play Manhattan Middle School, it would be an important win for us," said freshman sensation Michael Beasley, who ravaged the Buffaloes for 29 points and 13 rebounds. "We've got 13 games to go and we can't stop here."

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