Kansas State impressive, off to 4-1 start
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:21 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2009 1:22 pm
There have been lots of winners over the past week thanks to these exempt tournaments.
Syracuse is one.
Purdue is another.
But another team heading into Thanksgiving with high spirits is Kansas State, which beat Boston University and Dayton to finish third in the Puerto Rico Tip-off (ultimately won by Villanova). KSU is now 4-1 with the only loss coming to Ole Miss. The Wildcats play IUPUI on Saturday.
"I feel good," KSU coach Frank Martin said by phone after his team stretched a three-point lead in the final minute and beat Dayton 83-75. "Dayton is a really good basketball team. They won 27 last year and returned their whole team. They're good. ... And I was told after the game that 20 of the past 21 times Dayton has been in a one-possession game with a minute to go, they've won. So for our guys to hang in tough and to, understanding the type of team Dayton is, figure out a way to win is good. We're disappointed that we didn't play for the championship. But in the long-term, in the big picture, we did what we said we were going to do, which is get better as a basketball team."
Among the early bright spots for Kansas State has been Curtis Kelly.
The 6-foot-8 forward transferred from UConn, sat out last season and became eligible this season. He's averaging 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He got a season-high 22 points in a 92-54 win over Loyola-Chicago.
"Curt has been absolutely great," Martin said. "And remember, his sophomore year at UConn he dislocated his elbow and missed the last six weeks; he didn't even practice. So for him to be where he's at right now, it's phenomenal."