Kansas State Basketball: Fighting For Respect


Kansas State Men’s Basketball can’t seem to get any respect. The team is off to the best start in years and nobody outside of Riley County believes in them.

Despite a big win on the road Saturday, they lost 3 votes in the Monday December 19, Associated Press National Poll.

Bruce Weber’s Wildcats received 4 votes in the December 12 AP poll.

The December 12 Poll reported

“Others receiving votes: Florida 44, Wichita St 33, Virginia Tech 32, Maryland 31, Valparaiso 9, TCU 8, Middle Tennessee 7, Miami 6, Minnesota 6, Kansas State 4, UCF 2, Syracuse 2, Ohio State 2, Pittsburgh 2, Michigan State 2, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Loyola (CHI) 1”

A week later, the poll reported

“Others receiving votes: Florida 48, Virginia Tech 40, Maryland 27, Seton Hall 15, Oklahoma St. 8, Valparaiso 7, Minnesota 6, Miami 5, Northwestern 4, Clemson 1, Iowa St. 1, Kansas St 1, Loyola of Chicago 1.”

That makes absolutely no sense?

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This Wildcat team is going to surprise some teams when the conference season begins. They deserve some love from the national media and going backward in the polls is crazy considering the way they are playing.

Kansas State dominated Colorado State on Saturday and is now 6-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points and moved to 25-2 under head coach Bruce Weber when eclipsing the 80-point barrier.

The 89 points tied for the most this season, along with the 89 scored vs. Hampton on November 20.

The Wildcats connected on 51.6 percent (16-of-31) of their field goals in the first half Saturday and now have connected on 50 percent or better in at least one half in all 11 games this season.

With 9 triples Saturday, K-State has at least 7 3-pointers in 9 games… The Wildcats are now 55-17 under Bruce Weber when connecting on at least 6 3-pointers, including 9-0 this season.

Seven Wildcats connected on at least one 3-pointer for the second time this season… Before doing it against in a win over Green Bay, the team had not done it in a game since 2011.

K-State has now made at least one 3-pointer in 283 consecutive games dating back to the 2008-09 season.

The 90 percent (18-of-20) shooting from the free throw line was the highest with a minimum of 20 attempts under Bruce Weber and tied for the seventh-highest in school history, along with 90-percent (27-of-30) against BYU in the NCAA Tournament on March 20, 2010.

These are all good signs as the Wildcats are set to open Big 12 play December 30 when they host Texas.

The ‘Cats return home on Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m., as they host Gardner-Webb (5-5) in the final non-conference game of the season.