I'm impressed by you folks to the west. Kansas State looks like a damn good team and it's exciting to see them approaching a top 10 ranking as we get closer to conference play. I'll probably get blasted by my own for admitting as much but right now Kansas State has some serious experience and things seem to be coming together in all the right places.
Pullen and Clemente are a damn formidable pair of guards. Clemente obviously showed a lot last year but Pullen seems to be thriving in his third season. He's shooting much more efficiently and seems confident as an upperclassman.
The inside trio of Curtis Kelly, Jamar Samuels and Dominique Sutton has also put it together. I'm impressed with Kelly's transition as often times transfers can stumble. With Samuels and Sutton it isn't a huge uptick in production but having both entering their third season with the Wildcats I would have to believe it's starting to click better for them and the roles are becoming more comfortable.
Throw in a fairly deep and reasonably productive bench and Frank Martin seems to have put together a very solid unit. Saturday should be fun as I do think MU is a better team then their early season struggles, but regardless this Kansas State team looks the part and I'd have to say is probably a more well rounded group and possibly a better team in the long run than the Beasley/Walker year.
I guess we'll see you in a few weeks. Manhattan is going to be a tough place to come away with a win this year for anybody. Feel free to start by beating Texas, that way if we stumble...it doesn't sting as much. Of course at that point, I suppose you guys would be front runners for the Big 12 then wouldn't you?