Kansas State University

Cats go from road tested to home laugher

MANHATTAN — After surviving one of its most difficult early-season games at Washington State, Kansas State is home tonight to play what should be one of its easiest.

Winless Alcorn State is a matchup of teams on opposite ends of the college basketball world. K-State, ranked fifth nationally and off to a 7-1 start, is at the top. The Braves, ranked 283rd in the RPI and 0-6, are at the bottom.

The Wildcats will not likely need late heroics again, instead looking for ways to get something out of a blowout.

Winning at Washington State may have given the Wildcats confidence and an emotional boost, but it's not like they were flawless in the victory.

"We've still got a lot more stuff to work on and a lot more stuff to work at," senior forward Curtis Kelly said.

The improvement could start by holding onto the ball. After committing 21 turnovers against Washington State, the Wildcats are averaging 16.6 turnovers. That number is too high for coach Frank Martin's liking.

The Braves are allowing an average of 90 points, and are unable to pressure ball handlers the way the majority of K-State's opponents can. Creating open shots and getting back to defend against transition baskets will also be priorities.

With three straight games away from Bramlage Coliseum coming up, this will be K-State's best opportunity to work through its troubles in a game setting.