November 7, 2007

Martin's official KSU debut nears

Don't ask Frank Martin whether he has any special feelings for his official Division I coaching debut as No. 25 Kansas State opens its regular season against Sacramento State on Friday night at Bramlage Coliseum. Martin said during a Wednesday teleconference that he has simply been too wrapped up in preparing his young Wildcats for the road ahead. But forgive him ahead of time if he steals a glance or two at the sellout crowd.

The 41-year-old Martin expects a large group of family members, friends and supporters from his native Florida to be in attendance for the 7 p.m. tipoff, which will be televised by Fox Sports Net Midwest.

Martin discussed injuries, goals and the national media hype train that has followed Michael Beasley to Manhattan as the nation's top-rated incoming freshman also prepares to make a splash in a game that counts:

Frank, could you update us on injuries and who might not play on Friday?
Not sure of that yet. Everybody has been at practice. Clent Stewart has been at practice on a limited basis, so it's still a little early. We'll figure that out as we get a little closer to game time, but everyone else has practiced.

What did you learn from last week, Frank?
That we're young. We're young and our room for improvement is huge. It's something that needs to continue to take place. We've got some guys that are eager and want to continue to learn.

When you went back and looked at the tape was there anything that was a pleasant surprise?

Team defense; we spent time between our Marquette scrimmage and that game, just rotations and guys getting to certain areas of the floor. We did a helluva better job at that.

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