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K-State Falls to UNLV, 63-59

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KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 21:  Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats watches from the bench during the game against the UNLV Rebels on December 21 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats watches from the bench during the game against the UNLV Rebels on December 21 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Despite a valiant effort by the players who followed the rules and were actually available to play, K-State dropped a four-point, 63-59, decision to UNLV on Tuesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

I give a lot of respect to the guys who played tonight.  They played their hearts out and had a chance to win a game over a very good opponent.

Now, on to the other issues.  If you're going to call out the fans, then you'd better make certain you're going by the book.  I've been a fan of Jacob Pullen since his freshman year, but I lost a lot of respect for the young man with the revelations tonight.

As for Curtis Kelly, he can never wear the purple and white as far as I'm concerned.  To paraphrase Denny Green, he is who we thought he was.  I wanted to believe that he'd changed, that he was ready to make the most of his second chance, that Frank Martin was the influence that was going to get through to him.  It's all bullshit.  He still cuts corners, he takes handouts, and he's not a good influence on this team.

Commence the meltdown if you so choose.  This season began with a top-five ranking and dreams of a Final Four.  At this point, I'd be happy to know that our players will abide by the well-established rules.