January 1, 2008

Martin remains confident in his Cats

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The last day of 2007 was certainly not Kansas State's best. The Wildcats were embarrassed in a 103-77 loss to Xavier on New Year's Eve, and how Coach Frank Martin's team responds in the following weeks could go a long way in defining the season. Yes, leaving Monday's fiasco in last year will be of paramount importance as K-State stares down a rapidly approaching Big 12 schedule.

"I'm not going to take three months of work, and flush it down the toilet because of a bad day," Martin said.

The ramifications of the Wildcats' fourth non-conference loss can't be effectively measured as of yet, but the team's early-season performance, as a whole, looks mediocre on paper. K-State missed plenty of chances to win key non-conference and now will be under the microscope in the months to come. How it bounces back in its first string of conference games might just tell fans everything they need to know about their young team's resolve.

"I just hate losing," said freshman forward Bill Walker. "Losses hurt more than anything."

Despite Walker and company's disdain for defeat, inexperienced teams such as the Wildcats don't exactly have a reputation for possessing copious amounts of perseverance. Still, Martin warns what's true for a part, is not always true for the whole.

"There's a big difference between a 22 or 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old kid," Martin said. "Our guys are fighting their hearts out and they're going to continue to do that. We're going to continue to grow and get right."

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