November 10, 2007

Wildcats prepare to face Pittsburg State

After taking a one-day hiatus, the Michael Beasley show will resume at Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday when Kansas State takes the court with Pittsburg State in its second regular-season game. And while the Gorillas, a Division-II opponent, don't pose much of a threat to the Wildcats' record, K-State head coach Frank Martin sees the game as a vital one, not so much due to the competition, but because of the contest's timing.

K-State, which stepped off the court with Sacramento State less than 48 hours ago, will need to exhibit endurance and the ability to play on short rest when they take the floor -- a task that Martin believes is paramount, especially given his team's upcoming schedule.

"We go to Orlando in two weeks, and we're going to have to play three games in four days," Martin said. "So we have to learn how to play a quick turnaround. Early in the season, I wanted to challenge our team to understand what it's like to play a game, prepare and line up to play again in less than 48 hours. That's a learning process. Kids that don't have to do it, have no idea how hard it is."

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