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ESPN's College Hoops Marathon, Virginia Tech Vs. Kansas State: What They're Saying

The Kansas State Wildcats will host the Virginia Tech Hokies on Tuesday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum as part of ESPN's 24-hour college hoops marathon. Here's what people are saying about the game, which starts at 3:00 p.m.

K-State ready for early test vs. Virginia Tech -
When Martin agreed to play Virginia Tech last summer, he said he did so because he expected to have Dominique Sutton, Samuels and Kelly to turn to for early leadership. Sutton, a forward set to be a senior, transferred, and Samuels has been slow to recover from a minor eye injury. Martin has been so displeased with Kelly’s practice habits that Kelly was benched against James Madison.

Virginia Tech-Kansas St. Preview - Nov. 15, 2010 - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball -
Martin hopes his team can learn from Friday's slow start. Kansas State, which shot a dismal 17 of 32 from the free-throw line, faced an early 6-0 deficit and allowed James Madison to shoot 50 percent in the first half. "It was complete breakdown after complete breakdown defensively," Martin said. "Those are things we're going to have to grow up with and overcome."

#3 Kansas State to host #23 Virginia Tech at home
Without Kelly in the lineup for the Wildcats, Kansas State will have to rely on their forwards to pick up the slack. In their previous game against JMU, the Wildcat forwards combined for just ten points. Additionally, the Wildcats were only able to out-rebounded an undersized James Madison team by one. The Kansas State front-court has to be the X-factor this game. The Hokies do not possess as much size or depth in the front-court as the Wildcats, but Wildcat forwards will certainly have to play better than they did against JMU.

K-State faces early challenge in Virginia Tech - Kansas State Collegian - Sports
Only two juniors have played at K-State before this year: forward Jamar Samuels, who played against James Madison after sitting out the exhibition games with an eye injury; and forward Victor Ojeleye, who played sparingly last season but has had more opportunities this season because of the effort and consistency he brings to the team. "When you've got a team with 10 freshmen and sophomores, you'll have a lot of unique challenges because you don't know what the heck they're going to do from day to day," Martin said. - an online service of the Salina Journal
K-State's Jacob Pullen and Tech's Malcolm Delaney, a pair of senior guards with All-America credentials, have crossed paths on several occasions leading up to the 3 p.m. showdown at Bramlage Coliseum. "He's a good player," Pullen said of Delaney. "I've seen him at camp, I've seen him since high school with (AAU) Team Melo. I've seen him a lot.

Wildcats face tough slate |
"Not fun," Martin said, summing up the experience. "When you've got a group of kids like we've got, as young as we are, and you're playing a team that's real good and that's senior-laden, as a coach you don't get out of bed and say, 'I want to do that.' "

Hokies Journal - Virginia Tech basketball faces first big nonconference test
The WIldcats, though, will likely be without a key player as well. Kansas State Coach Frank Martin said this week that for a second straight game, he may not dress forward Curtis Kelly. Kelly missed the Wildcats' season-opening win over James Madison because Martin has been critical of his practice habits. Kelly averaged 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season, but more importantly for the Hokies, he is the one Wildcats interior player with a proven track record in high-level college basketball.

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With Tech forwards Allan Chaney (heart condition), Cadarian Raines (foot), and JT Thompson (knee) sidelined, the Hokies are likely going to have some issues down low. "We scheduled our schedule thinking that we had the deepest frontcourt I’ve ever had," said Seth Greenberg, head coach. "We’re playing Jarell Eddie and Terrell Bell out of position — but we can do it."