For Frank Martin's Kansas St. Wildcats basketball team, sometimes it takes going through the season to figure out the intricacies of a coach's system and "way of doing things."
As the Wildcats prepare for the Texas Longhorns many players have noted that they've begun to catch onto the things that they work on in practice, and how well they do it, can translate into the amount of minutes they might receive in a given game. Especially if players are running the steps.
"You kind of know the lineup from practice," guard Jeremy Jones said. "If you have a good practice and you do what Frank wants, you're going to play a lot of minutes. If you struggle in practice, it's a 50-50 chance."
Jones, a reserve guard, had a feeling he was in line for major minutes Saturday against Oklahoma, presumably because he saw how many of his teammates were running the stairs of Bramlage Coliseum during practice.
No such conditioning was required this week, which probably bodes well for Wednesday's game against Texas.
"We haven't had anybody on the stairs for two days," coach Frank Martin said.
The Wildcats are trying to recover from their upset loss to Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman, and a date with the Texas Longhorns in Manhattan awaits them on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. CT.