Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin loves to use the word “energy.”
After most of the Wildcats’ victories, he credits his team for playing with it. After most of the Wildcats’ losses, he blames his team for playing without it.
After hearing those phrases so many times, they begin to sound cliche. But I think everyone can understand what he’s talking about after K-State’s impressive 84-68 win over top-ranked Kansas on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats didn’t just play with energy, they zoomed around the court like they were fueled by a nuclear reactor. They played with passion, they played with heart and it showed in all areas. Their defense was better than it has been all season, their offense was more aggressive than it has been in months and Jacob Pullen was at his all-time best. (more…)