Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin, looking more rested than he has in weeks, met with the media one final time today before heading off to the Final Four.
He said he has yet to look back at video replays of either K-State’s epic win over Xavier in the Sweet 16 or disappointing loss to Butler in the Elite Eight, but remembered both so vividly that he could describe every possession.
Martin said he felt bad for Jacob Pullen, because after draining big shot after big shot all season, he had to watch a key three-pointer rattle in and out late against Butler. Had that trey stayed down, K-State would likely be headed to Indianapolis.
Martin also said he still can’t believe the Wildcats held off Xavier. Regrettably, his lasting memory of the NCAA Tournament was watching Jordan Crawford hit a step-back three (from about 30-feet away) at the end of the first overtime. K-State went on to win in double overtime, but at that moment Martin remembers saying, “I don’t know if we can overcome this.”