The Kansas State Wildcats came around to play like the team we know them as. K-State beat Texas Tech on Saturday, 94-60, moving to 13-5 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play. K-State had lost two games in a row entering this one.
Kansas State's big dogs all had a strong game. Jamar Samuels added 22 points for the 21st ranked Wildcats, Jaco Pullen had 21 points while Rodney McGruder added 16 points and a whopping 15 boards. Curtis Kelly, back from suspension, scored 12 points.
Head coach Frank Martin said after the game he showed his team film of other victories they've had this year to remind his players how well they can play. K-State had lost two in a row, Freddy Asprilla had just announced he was leaving the program and folks were wondering if this was rock bottom for them. People were legitimately question whether they were a tournament team or not (and, no, Jacob Pullen doesn't think they're NIT bound).
Kansas State played like a team on a mission and reminded us once again why they were a preseason top three team. Texas Tech is 0-3 in the Big 12 and 8-10 on the season so K-State's victory isn't a signature win or anything like that but it did get them back to playing at a high level.
Kansas State will need that momentum as they head to Columbia, Mo. on Monday to face the 15th ranked Missouri Tigers.