The Kansas State Wildcats looked like the best team in the country Monday night defeating No. 22 Gonzaga 81-64 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. for the CBE Class. The first thing you notice about K-State is their depth, which is incredible. They're among the deepest teams in the country. Everything they do just fits so well together.
Think about this: K-State just beat the No. 22 team in the country and nearly destroyed them. They already beat then-No. 24 by a good margin. This team is impressive.
That seems to be the sports writer's theme this morning. Here's what folks are saying about Kansas State's victory over Gonzaga.
Kansas State Uses Depth, 3-point Shooting to Overpower Gonzaga -- NCAABB FanHouse
Martin pulled from star sixth man Jamar Samuels, Will Spradling, Victor Ojeleye, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts and even suspended star Curtis Kelly was let out of the doghouse as the fourth-ranked Wildcats' bench sparked them to an 81-64 win over No. 22 Gonzaga in front of a mostly purple-clad crowd of 18,630. "It just seemed like they kept bringing guys in," Few said. "There were just so many of them."
No. 4 K-State handles No. 22 Gonzaga 81-64 - KansasCity.com
"The depth we have in our front line is amazing," Pullen said. "We can continue to throw people at you … That’s what we hang our hat on. We feel like we have an army of people. We’ve got guards, we’ve got depth. We feel like we’re one of the deepest teams in the country."
In search of an identity: Kansas State punishes Gonzaga - The Slipper Still Fits
Like we have seen so many times, in so many big games in the past few years, each and every one of Gonzaga's flaws was exposed on national TV. Poor perimeter defense? Check, K-State shot 46% from three. Lousy offensive execution? Check, Zags shot 33% from the floor. Abysmal rebounding? Triple check, Gonzaga out-rebounded 36-23 unofficially. Tons of credit goes to Kansas State. They are third for a reason. What Frank Martin has done with that program after Bob Huggins left is remarkable. Many other programs in that situation have simply faded from national discussion
Back in black, Cats rip Zags | CJOnline.com
Like Johnny Cash, K-State (4-0) always looks more comfortable in black. The last time the Wildcats sported this look, they were tearing through the West regional en route to the Elite Eight. Incidentally, that was the last time K-State looked this complete. With forward Curtis Kelly back from a three-game absence, K-State overwhelmed the Zags in front of a partisan crowd at Sprint Center.