December 31, 2007

Cats offer horrific effort against Xavier

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A box score doesn't always paint an accurate picture of a game. Kansas State's 103-77 loss to Xavier on Monday was not one of those instances. Head coach Frank Martin's team committed 16 turnovers and went 27 for 62 from the floor, and the Wildcats' performance was every bit as ugly as both the score and the statistics indicate.

"We were not focused at all tonight," said freshman power forward Bill Walker following the loss. "That's entirely on us. Frank gave us a game plan to win the game. We just didn't execute it at all."

K-State's uninspired effort was an epidemic from which few were saved. K-State super freshman Michael Beasley, who looked like a shadow of the dominant force he has been for the season's entirety in the game, shot just 1 of 6 from the floor and turned the ball over on six occasions. Beasley's five points were a career low, and nearly 21 less than the 25.8 the forward was averaging prior Monday's contest.

"They were physical," Martin said of Xavier's defensive effort against Beasley. "They never gave him anything. They've played high-level players before. You're talking about guys that have guarded Greg Oden. They aren't going to come in and say, 'Oh God, we have to guard Mike Beasley.'"

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