Kansas State guard Denis Clemente said that he has learned from last year's incident in which he slapped Kansas guard Tyrel Reed in the back of the head during KU's 84-75 win in Manhattan. The lesson was pretty simple.
"Don't be stupid," Clemente said. "There are going to be things going on, and you can lose your mind. You've gotta be focused for 40 minutes and pay attention to what you're doing. It can be crazy with the crowd."
Kansas players indicated this week that they maintain no ill will toward Clemente, who was suspended for one game by K-State coach Frank Martin after the incident. Also in that game, Clemente elbowed KU guard Brady Morningstar and received a technical foul, though Clemente said afterward that Morningstar had elbowed him first.
"I apologized because I'm not going to attack a dude," Clemente said. "My game is to play hard, but I don't want to hurt nobody."
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Clemente was asked if he thought KU's players would try to get in his head today.
"If they try, I don't want to look at it that way," Clemente said. "If they try to do that, it's on them. I don't care about that. I'm going to play my game, and I'm going to help my team. If they're going to play dirty, then play dirty. But that's not the player I am."