MANHATTAN — For the second straight game, Kansas State meticulously blew out a mid-major opponent at Bramlage Coliseum.
And for the second straight game, Wildcats coach Frank Martin wasn't thrilled about the way his team played.
But unlike K-State's season-opening win, he wasn't angry in his post-game news conference on Sunday. Maybe that's because the Wildcats didn't show any glaring weaknesses on their way to an 82-50 victory over Western Illinois.
"I'm in a better mood," Martin said.
K-State won the rebounding battle 48-31, shared the ball well on the way to 15 assists and shot 50.8 percent from the field.
In its first game, K-State (2-0) was outrebounded by Loyola-Chicago's small lineup. Still, Martin took exception to the way Western Illinois (0-2) was able to snare 13 offensive rebounds.
"One of the reasons that we've had a chance to win games the last couple years is because we offensive rebound," he said. "That's been our little ticket to competing with other people, and we're allowing other people to do that to us.
"You're not going to beat certain teams if you continue to do that."
By certain teams, Martin meant the major conference opponents that await the Wildcats in the Puerto Rico Tipoff, which begins Thursday. K-State's first game will start at 6:30 p.m. against Boston University.
After that, the Wildcats will face Indiana or Ole Miss and then possibly Georgia Tech or Villanova. Each of those teams will feature much bigger and better front lines than Loyola-Chicago and Western Illinois.
"We've gotta pick it up before we go to Puerto Rico," said Jamar Samuels, who led K-State with 19 points. "The competition is a lot better (there) than it was this weekend."
Kansas State will also have to improve on defense. Despite holding Western Illinois to 28.8 percent shooting, the Wildcats — in particular their newcomers — were slow with their rotations and that allowed Matt Lander to score 20 points and the Leathernecks to lead 12-10 at the 12:53 mark of the first half.
"Defensively," Martin said, "we're so bad."
K-State was also slow to make shots from beyond the three-point line, connecting on 1 of 11 three-point tries in the first half. Coming out of the locker room with a 31-20 lead, though, the Wildcats fixed that problem, making 4 of 6 in the second half.
They started the second half on an 11-2 run and never looked back. In the closing moments, they led by as many as 35 points.
Jamar Samuels led all K-State scorers with 19 points. Denis Clemente had 13. Wally Judge, Rodney McGruder and Jacob Pullen finished in double figures as well.
The most individual praise, however, was saved for freshman Jordan Henriquez-Roberts. By grabbing 10 rebounds, scoring seven points, blocking five shots and dishing out two assists, he did a little bit of everything.
"Those are some stats right there," Curtis Kelly said. "He basically filled up everything besides the steals."
That's one thing K-State hopes to repeat in the Caribbean.