Today, we find out how Kansas State responds.
With their eye-opening loss to top-ranked Duke in the championship game of the CBE Classic now three days behind them, the Wildcats return to Bramlage Coliseum today to take on Texas Southern in a much less anticipated matchup.
The stakes won't be nearly as high, but it will still be an important matchup for one big reason: It will answer the question of whether K-State has moved on.
Shortly after falling to the Blue Devils, coach Frank Martin said he expected his team to handle the loss in a positive way.
"We are a very young team and we will use this as a great learning experience," he said. "It did not work out today, but that is what happened and we'll be better next time."
Maybe it will be that simple. Senior guard Jacob Pullen is coming off one of his worst performances — four points and four turnovers — against the Blue Devils and seemed outmatched by Duke freshman Kyrie Irving. Senior forward Curtis Kelly finally got a chance to shine after sitting out the team's first three regular-season games and scored 19 points to go with six rebounds.
Those factors should equal a motivated group of upperclassmen, at least.
Against Texas Southern (1-4) a top-effort likely won't be needed. But it won't be long before K-State hits the road to play difficult games against Washington State on Dec. 3 and Florida on Dec. 18.