MANHATTAN — With a week off to prepare for Saturday's game against Colorado, Kansas State basketball players have been blessed with an unusual amount of free time lately.
Jacob Pullen says he's used that time to nap.
Dominique Sutton indicates he is now caught up with his school work.
Jamar Samuels brags that he's improved his video-game skills.
The past few days have been relaxing, no doubt. But each of them is eager to get back to their normal routine.
"I'm getting very anxious," Samuels said. "It's time to get back on the floor and play. Practice is good, but sometimes you get tired of beating up on your teammates. We're all looking forward to playing on Saturday."
K-State coach Frank Martin likes that attitude. Because while he is glad his team is filled with refreshed players, that means nothing if they are stuck in vacation mode.
"You've got to be fresh mentally, emotionally and physically," Martin said. "If we approach this week the right way, we should be able to take advantage of (it)."
So far, Martin believes the Wildcats have. Both he and Pullen said the practices have gone well, and were a benefit to the entire roster.
After on off day Sunday, Monday was filled with film sessions and calmer than normal individual drills. Tuesday was treated like normal and so was Wednesday, albeit with added conditioning exercises.
Today and Saturday will be no different than any other two days leading up to a game, except K-State goes into them with no lingering issues to address.
"There was a lot of shooting and a lot of breakdown drills that we haven't been able to incorporate into practice in a long time, since Christmas," Martin said.
After watching film of K-State's last game against Iowa State, Sutton said the team has improved in several areas.
"We cleaned up some stuff we needed to clean up," he said. "We didn't get after it, we just had a bit of a walkthrough and did a couple drills. It was kind of a light week, but today and tomorrow we'll go in there and get after it and prepare for Colorado."
Pullen said he is ready now.
"I'm looking forward to playing some games again," Pullen said. "It gets boring just practicing all the time."