Up Next: Kansas State Upstarts

Colorado hosts Kansas State Wednesday night (7 p.m.) at the Coors Events Center. Colorado head coach Jeff Bzdelik spoke about a couple of the Wildcat players in Monday's Big 12 media teleconference.

The Kansas State Wildcats boast two of the better freshmen in the conference, if not the country, in Michael Beasley and Bill Walker. Both have earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards this season, including this week when Walker got the honor after helping K-State beat then-No. 10 Texas A&M.

K-State is 12-4 overall, 2-0 in the conference. The Buffs are 9-8, 1-2

Q: Can I get your impressions of Michael Beasley and his contributions to the Kansas State team this year?
Jeff Bzdelik
: Well, I can tell you this: After 18 years of coaching in the NBA, Michael certainly is an NBA talent. In fact, I would encourage him to go pro before our game Wednesday. (laughs). I say that tongue in cheek. He's really talented. People compare him to a young Derrick Coleman, and I think that's a great comparison. He's strong, he scores in a variety of ways, he's got great hands. Just a real talented player.

Q: What about the combination when you throw Walker in there? How tough is that to handle inside?
Jeff Bzdelik
: Obviously, they're a handful, and they've proven that nationwide. We're going to have to be at our very best just to have a chance to be competitive against those two great talents.

And then of course you cannot overlook the rest of their team. They're well coached, and they're confident.

Q: Can you talk about your offensive philosophy and where that's rooted. And can you talk about Kansas State trying to defend you guys?
Jeff Bzdelik
: To me it's just playing the game the right way. Ball and player movement predicated on reading the defense and spacing. It's just the way you should play.

Now, in order to make that work, you need all of your players to have the ability to pass, dribble and shoot. And players need to play unselfishly. Because at times you're going to be cutting hard to get somebody else open. As we all know, players have to buy into it.

Slowly they're starting to understad what we want, and we've been able to get high percentage shots (of late). We need to continue to get better in that regard and when we get those opportunities make those shots and make those plays.

But the thing we need to improve upon is we need to be more disciplined and less selfish. And that's something I spoke to my team to a moment ago.

Q: How easy or how hard was it for you guys to adjust to your style of offense?
Jeff Bzdelik
: Well, we're still in the learning process. It's important that we recruit in a way that will help the system. In other words, we need to recruit players, like I said, who can pass, dribble and shoot, and who have a high basketball IQ. That's important for the system to really thrive.

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