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K-State basketball 2014-15: Kellis Robinett breaks down the Wildcats

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber begins his third season in Manhattan.
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber begins his third season in Manhattan. The Wichita Eagle

If college basketball had no postseason, Kansas State basketball fans would have little to complain about from Bruce Weber’s teams.

Since arriving on campus in 2012, Weber has guided the Wildcats to a a pair of 20-win seasons, a conference championship (the program’s first since 1977) and victories over every team in the Big 12.

With talented scorer Marcus Foster returning for his sophomore season, along with starters Wesley Iwundu, Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams and promising newcomers Justin Edwards, Stephen Hurt and Brandon Bolden, K-State seems poised for another strong regular season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Question is: Does this team have what it takes to deliver Weber his first meaningful postseason victory since leaving Illinois?

The postseason is ultimately where the true success of K-State will be measured. In 2013, Weber couldn’t get the Wildcats past No. 13 seed La Salle in Kansas City, Mo. Last year, it was overmatched against Kentucky. The early exits left an unfinished feeling on both seasons. This time, they are hoping for more.

K-State hasn’t advanced past the round of 64 since 2012, and it hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 since 2010. Both those streaks could come to end, if everything lines up correctly.

That responsibility falls on Weber. Unlike previous seasons, when K-State’s roster has been limited on size and depth, Weber has more talent than he knows what to do with right now. Should he start Nigel Johnson or Jevon Thomas at point guard? Should he split Foster between point guard and shooting guard? Should he bring Edwards off the bench? Should he go small with Iwundu, Williams and Gipson? Or should he go big with Brandon Bolden and Hurt?

Those questions will create competition at every position, which should help everyone.

Searching for answers to those questions is a good problem to have. But it is still a problem. Team chemistry is not a given. Can Weber keep happy 11 players who think they deserve playing time? Can he create lineups that bring out the best in those players?

The talent is there for a memorable run, but he won’t have much room for error early on with nonconference games against Texas A&M and Tennessee on top of a daunting trip to the Maui Invitational.

This season may say a lot about Weber. He has proven his coaching abilities at K-State, but not like this. And never in the postseason.

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

Wildcat men’s roster

No.

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Home (School)

1

Jevon Thomas

G

6-0

So.

Queens, N.Y.

2

Marcus Foster

G

6-3

So.

Wichita Falls, Texas

5

Tre Harris

G

6-5

Fr.

Edwardsville, Ill.

10

Malek Harris

F

6-8

Fr.

Orland Park, Ill.

11

Nino Williams

F

6-5

Sr.

St. Louis (Leavenworth)

12

Mason Schoen

G

6-3

Fr.

Overland Park (BVNW)

14

Justin Edwards

G

6-4

Jr.

Whitby, Ontario

21

Brandon Bolden

F

6-11

So.

Sumter, S.C.

23

Nigel Johnson

G

6-1

So.

Ashburn, Va.

25

Wesley Iwundu

F

6-7

So.

Houston

32

Evan Beucler

G

6-5

Fr.

Dallas

33

Brian Rohleder

G

6-3

Jr.

Wichita (Carroll)

40

Shawn Meyer

G

6-3

Sr.

Kansas City, Mo.

41

Stephen Hurt

F

6-11

Jr.

Murfreesboro, Tenn. (NW Florida CC)

42

Thomas Gipson

F

6-7

Sr.

Cedar Hill, Texas

50

D.J. Johnson

F

6-9

Jr.

St. Louis

Wildcat men’s schedule

All times p.m. unless noted

Date

Opponent

TV

Time

Sunday

Washburn (exh.)

FSKC

2

Friday

Southern Utah

FSKC

8

Nov. 17

UMKC

FSKC

7

Nov. 21

at Long Beach St.

FSKC

9:30

Nov. 24

x-Purdue

ESPN2

1:30

Nov. 25

x-TBA

TBA

TBA

Nov. 26

x-TBA

TBA

TBA

Dec. 2

Neb.-Omaha

FSKC

7

Dec. 6

at Tennessee

ESPN2

2:15

Dec. 9

Bradley

7

Dec. 14

Savannah St.

FSKC

5

Dec. 20

y-Texas A&M

ESPNU

6

Dec. 28

Texas Southern

FSKC

2

Dec. 31

Georgia

ESPNU

3

Jan. 3

at Oklahoma St.

ESPNU

TBA

Jan. 7

TCU

ESPNN

8

Jan. 10

at Oklahoma

ESPNU

6

Jan. 14

Texas Tech

ESPNN

7

Jan. 17

Baylor

ESPNU

2

Jan. 20

at Iowa St.

ESPN2

6

Jan. 24

Oklahoma St.

ESPN/2

11 a.m.

Jan. 27

West Virginia

ESPN2

6

Jan. 31

at Kansas

ESPN/2

1

Feb. 4

at Texas Tech

ESPNU

8

Feb. 7

Texas

ESPN/2

3

Feb. 11

at West Virginia

ESPNU

6

Feb. 14

Oklahoma

ESPN2

7

Feb. 18

at TCU

FSKC

7

Feb. 21

at Baylor

ESPNU

Noon

Feb. 23

Kansas

ESPN

8

Feb. 28

Iowa St.

ESPN/2

TBA

March 7

at Texas

ESPN/2

TBA

March 11-14

y-Big 12 Tournament

x-at Lahaina, Hawaii

y-at Kansas City, Mo.

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