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Virginia Tech Vs. Kansas State: Reactions To Wildcats 73-57 Victory

The Kansas State Wildcats took care of business against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Manhattan, Kan. on Tuesday afternoon. People are starting to react to the game and the common theme is that K-State has a hell of a defense. They did a good job defensively against Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Here's what people are saying about K-State 73-57 victory.

Was Virginia Tech exposed at K-State? - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
But Kansas State exposed why Virginia Tech has very little chance of winning the ACC, and frankly, why Delaney is back at school. He is not a point guard who can run a team against legit pressure. That is not to say the Hokies cannot beat Duke (they get them at home). But their struggles against the immense pressure of the Wildcats, despite the fact that Jacob Pullen barely played in the first half and Curtis Kelly never suited up, is a sure sign of trouble considering how mightily they struggled to get good shots and run solid offense despite their vast experience on the floor.

That's the best part of this win for Kansas State. Pullen was largely non-existent having played just 14 minutes in the game and only a couple in the first half after getting into early foul trouble. Pullen, and Curtis Kelly, didn't have much of an impact on the game. And they still beat a ranked opponent by 16. That's a good day.

Kansas State Storms Past Virginia Tech -- NCAABB FanHouse
"He did what he was supposed to do," Pullen said. "He did not turn the ball over, he made some shots and made some plays for other people." Spradling's play seemed to set the tone as the Wildcats pulled this one off with great defense and hustle. Kansas State outrebounded Virginia Tech 41-33 in a physical game that produced 44 personal fouls between the two.

Pullen's replacement was freshman Will Spradling and he did a good job keeping with K-State's defensive mentality. He added five points in 27 minutes.

K-State roars back, beats Virginia Tech - KansasCity.com
Jacob Pullen took charge in the second half, and No. 3 Kansas State pulled away from No. 22 Virginia Tech for a 73-57 victory on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Pullen still ended tied for the team-high with 13 points.

Cats growl against Va Tech | CJOnline.com
"I've had to answer the question about, well, how are you going to handle everyone coming after you since you're the hunted now?" Martin said. "Obviously, we handled that pretty good today, and we handled it pretty good with two of our upperlcassmen not playing as much."

K-State head coach Frank Martin is right. It's still early but some questions about this team are out the window. They've shown they can handle being the hunted. Doing it consistently is the key.