Two Points Better Than One?

First, it was Jacob Pullen, then it was Clent Stewart, and now, it's both. Heading into the stretch run of the 2007-08 Big 12 basketball season, Kansas State coach Frank Martin is trying to decide who to start at the point guard spot, or, whether to start both of his candidates.

Individually, K-State won't have an all-Big 12 point guard, but combine the talents, and the position is in solid hands with the freshman Pullen and the senior Stewart.

Frank Martin admits that he doesn't have it figured out quite yet, but he's tinkering with the idea that two points are better than one.

For the majority of the season, Kansas State has played either Clent Stewart or Jacob Pullen at the point guard position. Saturday in the 100-53 blowout of the Missouri Tigers, the Wildcat coach went with both in the starting lineup.

We're trying to figure that out right now, said the KSU coach. I wasn't happy with the way we opened the Texas Tech game, so we decided to go with this, and it worked well tonight.

Pullen and Stewart each played 23 minutes and each scored eight points and three assists. Stewart had three rebounds and two steals, while Pullen had a blocked shot. The two combined for six turnovers Stewart with four and Pullen with two.

I thought it worked out well, Stewart said. We both know the importance of filling the lanes, so the two positions are interchangeable.

This season for the total year, Pullen is averaging 3.3 assists to 2.4 turnovers per game, while Stewart is at 3.1 hand-outs and 2.1 give-aways.

In Big 12 games only, Pullen ranks eighth in the league at 3.2 assists, while teammates Stewart and Blake Young are each at 2.9. Pullen's assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0 ranks fifth high in the league.

"I just want minutes," Pullen said on starting or coming off the bench. "We play well individually and we play well together. It doesn't matter to me."

As a two-headed position, K-State is getting all-Big 12 production. With Pullen at 10.2 and Stewart at 7.7, K-State is getting 17.9 points per game, to go along with their combined 6.4 assists.

As a team, the position has done more than its share in ranking K-State second in the league in team assists at 15.8, second in steals at 79 and third in assist-to-turnover at 1.15.

In a week where Kansas State plays a pair of smallish teams in Nebraska and Baylor, look for the Wildcats to stay with the 6-4 Stewart and the 6-0 Pullen on the floor at the same time, to go along with shooting-guard Blake Young.

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