NCAA Tournament practices began at the Ford Center yesterday in Oklahoma City, and the eight teams that took the court in front of media and fans will soon be playing for real.
The Kansas State basketball team hasn’t been in this environment since 2008, when it went to Omaha and upset USC in the first round, but players and coaches say they feel right at home heading into today’s game with North Texas.
Jamar Samuels has kept himself loose by telling curious onlookers in Oklahoma City that he and his K-State teammates are in town for a water polo tournament.
“It feels good to just ride around in a bus with a police escort,” Samuels said. “Everybody is looking in the bus trying to see who you are. Then you get off the bus and people are still trying to find out who you are.
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“Everybody on the team wears a hood so nobody can really see who we are. We don’t have Kansas State warm ups or anything. We have Jordan warm ups. When people come up and ask what school you go to. We tell them K-State. We don’t even tell them we’re on the basketball team. We tell them water polo. They go for it, though. They think we’re a water polo team.” (more…)