December 29, 2007

Improved D making a difference for Cats

Since taking the reigns of the Kansas State basketball team prior to this season, Coach Frank Martin has insisted that the last aspect of a young team to develop is defense. Yet, judging by the Wildcats' last two performances, what was supposed to be the final piece in a championship puzzle is falling into place a bit sooner than expected.

The Wildcats, though still inexperienced, have seemingly put the defensive struggles that plagued them in early-season games in the rear view, looking like a cohesive unit while holding its last two opponents to a combined 107 points and causing 47 total turnovers.

"Hands down," was Martin's reply when asked if the defensive performance in Saturday's 101-59 win over Wagner was his team's best defensive performance of the year.

"We've taken the last few weeks to re-break everything down and re-teach them," he added. "They want to win. That's what they care about. They lined up and have defended well the last two games."

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