Daily Archives: Jan. 13, 2011

Farewell to … three solid linemen

Editor’s Note: The Kansas State football team is about to lose several key seniors to graduation. In the coming weeks, we will bid farewell to many of them. In this edition: Wade Weibert, Zach Kendall and Kenneth Mayfield.

The middle of Kansas State’s offensive line is going to look a lot different next year.

Center Wade Weibert and guards Zach Kendall and Kenneth Mayfield are all graduating, leaving a big gap in the Wildcats’ roster that needs to be filled.

All three were excellent run blockers and team leaders as seniors. They paved the way up front for Daniel Thomas to run for big yardage, and were always dependable in the locker room. How K-State goes about replacing them will be key throughout spring and summer practices.
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Postgame: Colorado 74, K-State 66

Stats and basketball analysis could be used to explain why Kansas State once again allowed a comfortable lead to turn into a disappointing 74-66 loss to Colorado on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum.

But in this instance, neither are needed. Frank Martin covered everything pretty well with this statement:

“We have too much drama on our basketball team,” Martin said. “It is hard to move forward when you are constantly dealing with guys that are in-out, in-out, in-out. We are not very disciplined. Mentally, we have a couple of rough patches as far as getting through the tough moments.”

Against Colorado, those tough moments came with less than 3 minutes remaining in the first half. K-State led 33-24, and it seemed as if the Wildcats were on their way to a routine victory over the Buffaloes. But then Colorado reeled off nine straight points to finish the half and quickly took a 51-40 lead in the second.

It was a game-changing run reminiscent of previous losses to Florida and Oklahoma State. And just like those defeats, K-State was unable to come back.
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Jacob Pullen doesn’t like the NIT

Coming into last season, Jacob Pullen compared playing in the NIT to drinking boxed wine.

Following Kansas State’s 74-66 loss to Colorado on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum, the senior guard took his displeasure of the postseason tournament to another level.

“This is my last go-around,” Pullen said. “I’m not going to the NIT. I won’t play basketball in the NIT. I’m saying that now. If we lose, and we have to go to the NIT, I will not play.”

With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats (12-5 overall, 0-2 Big 12) are still a few losses away from anyone seriously discussing their chances of missing the NCAA Tournament.

But the last time they started league play 0-2 (during the 2008-09 season) they were one of final teams left out of the Big Dance.
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