Three thoughts from Kansas State’s 80-73 victory over Iowa State on Saturday:
1. Iowa State and Kansas State do not like each other.
A few years ago, Kansas State players went out of their way to let the public know they detested Missouri. They didn’t like the way the Tigers played or acted. So K-State made beating them a high priority. I’m not sure if their dislike for Iowa State has reached those levels, but it could be close. K-State and Iowa State played one of the most physical games I’ve seen in a long time. Their were hard plays, harder fouls, taunting and Marcus Foster took a shoe to the face. Melvin Ejim looked like he wanted to fight during a few dead balls, and Shane Southwell clapped in Ejim’s face when he was hit with a technical foul in the second half. K-State was the tougher, and more composed, team on Saturday. That’s a big reason why it won. But if these teams meet again in Kansas City, things could get even more physical.