November 17, 2007

Wildcats to tune up with W.Illinois

If Kansas State hopes to be competitive against top-tier opponents during next week's Old Spice Classic, its performance will have to be a far cry from the one it turned in against Division II Pittsburg State last Sunday. And while freshman Michael Beasley has been as advertised so far, the rest of the Wildcats will have to show progress in tonight's contest with Western Illinois if they hope to march into their first true test with a much-needed aura of confidence.

K-State coach Frank Martin has made it clear that some of the early games on his team's 2007 schedule provide nothing more than a chance for his young team to mesh. That will all change, however, when his team arrives in Orlando next week.

It's then that things become, as Martin says, about championships.

For now the Wildcats (2-0) must concentrate on showing positive strides when they take the court. Sure, K-State will likely beat Western Illinois like a snare drum, but winning isn't the only thing when it comes to tonight's 6 p.m. game with the 1-1 Leathernecks.

"We've got a ways to go. For us to have a chance to play with big boys, we've got to continue to grow," Martin said.

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