The Kansas State Wildcats have dropped out of the top 10 in both polls following their loss over the weekend to the Florida Gators in the Orange Bowl Classic. The loss was surprising, to say the least, but in some ways it could help jumpstart the Wildcats as we enter the thick of the season.
Frank Martin and Co. will face UNLV at 8:00 p.m. this evening at Kansas City's Sprint Center. The last time Kansas State played at the Sprint Center it was losing to the Duke Blue Devils but it's hoping for a different result this time around.
"We've just got to stay the course," Martin said. "We obviously continue to show our immaturity and our inability to sustain focus and effort, which has been my concern from Day 1 with this basketball team. It's a department we have to get a lot better in."
Martin was talking about losing some leaders like Denis Clemente, which has been an underrated loss. Martin consistently refers to things like maturity when talking about his team because I'm not sure they know who that definitive leader on the team is at this point -- or at least not enough of them.
Kansas State returns to the Sprint Center where it'll "host" a home game for the fourth consecutive season. In a sign of Wildcat fever in the area, the game is sold out.
"One of our goals as an institution and athletic department is to have a dominant presence in the Kansas City area, which is home to more than 28,000 K-State alums," said athletic director John Currie. "Coach Martin and our coaching staff have our basketball team off to a terrific start this season, and we appreciate the support of our fans in the Kansas City area. It will be a tremendous environment Tuesday night at the Sprint Center."
Check out Bring On The Cats for more on the game.