With adversity, comes opportunity. For the Kansas State Wildcats Men’s Basketball team, it’s an opportunity for younger players to step up and fill the void left by their two senior leaders, Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly. Both were found to have received impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing at a department store in Manhattan earlier this year. Pullen, a first-team All-American guard, will be missing a second of three games tonight as the Wildcats face the University of Missouri/Kansas City at home in Bramlage Coliseum. Kelly, a preseason first-team Big 12 selection, has yet to find out how long his suspension will be. Combined, the two account for over 30% of the team’s scoring and their absence was certainly a factor in a narrow loss to UNLV earlier in the week.
So the question in Wildcat Nation today is whether or not this young team will respond. The Wildcats played fairly well despite a 23/6 turnover to assist ratio against the Runnin’ Rebels. Poor free throw shooting has also haunted this team all year. Head Coach Frank Martin will be looking for answers with Big 12 conference play just a couple weeks away.
About the Author
Written by Chad Craghead
A 1988 graduate from Wichita State University, Chad has followed WSU as well as Kansas State athletics for over 30 years, along with being a lifelong Boston Red Sox and L.A./St. Louis Rams fan.