Kansas State Wildcats Basketball Season Preview History
Kansas State Wildcats 2011-12 Men's College Basketball Preview
There are three things Frank Martin always bring to the table: intensity, 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament berths. Last year, the Kansas State Wildcats coach brought the school its fourth straight of both the former and latter under him, and is looking to make it five despite the loss of Jacob Pullen and his points.
The main spoke will have to be junior shooting guard Rodney McGruder, who will have to lead the team after learning how to do it for two years playing with Pullen. McGruder is a fantastic shooter who has range (averaging two three-pointers a game) and had 11.1 points per game. But to make up for Pullen’s points and leadership, McGruder will need help from three other team vets, fellow junior SG Martavious Irving, sophomore point guard Will Spradling and sophomore guard/forward hybrid Shane Southwell. If they live up to their promise that got them to Manhattan, then Frank Martin will surely get his fifth 20-win season and NCAA Tournament push.
Kansas State University 2010-11 Men’s Basketball Preview:
The “Octagon Of Doom” doesn’t sound like a hospitable place, and that’s what KSU fans were going for when they nicknamed the home of the Wildcat basketball team, Bramlage Coliseum. They don’t let you forget it either, wearing t-shirts and holding signs that read “DOOM” on them and singing the school fight song before each game. If you’re an opposing player, the 13,000 fans will shake newspapers simultaneously as you’re introduced or chant “left, right, left” on your way to the bench if you’ve fouled out. And this was all before the 2010-11 season, where expectations are through the roof. If you want to be there when even larger pandemonium strikes Manhattan, Kansas, TicketCity has you covered.
You could say the pandemonium began when pre-season Big 12 Player of the Year Jacob Pullen arrived on campus three years ago. The now-senior boasts a resume that has him putting up 19 points a night and setting school records for three-pointers and steals. Alongside him, coach Frank Martin looks to use the team’s tremendous size upfront with forwards Curtis Kelly, Jamar Samuels (last year’s Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year) and Florida International transfer Freddy Asprilla. Big things are afoot in Manhattan, and it’s not just the team’s shoe size, but another possible deep run in this year’s NCAA Final Four.