Salute Cover

Fridays at The Salute

Fridays at The Salute

I don’t usually write in series form, but this one happened by accident. Or if you ask Coach Bruce Weber maybe it all happened by grand design.

I’ll be the first to admit that I thought this team was capable of winning the Big 12. We had size, depth, athletes and an experienced head coach that were all up for the challenge and hungry. Then November and December came and went and I was questioning whether or not this team could win 5 games in the Big 12 when January hit.

Next came a benching of the team’s best player and arguably their leader and a loss to Oklahoma State. If your best player can’t figure out what he needs to do to find the previous year’s success, how can the team succeed?

Then all of a sudden the team comes home to beat TCU. Shock Lon Kruger and the Sooners in overtime. And another home win over a lower tier Big 12 team. That’s when I wrote last week’s “Fool’s Gold Edition” where I cautioned you that outside of Oklahoma, the teams we beat weren’t that great. I wasn’t surprised when I launched WatchESPN at work and saw the Cats down 14-2. That’s kind of what I expected and it made me feel like I understood where this team was. So imagine my surprise as the workday is winding down and the team and fans are just firing up.

I don’t mind being wrong about a coach, player or the entire team as long as it means they are outperforming my expectations. From this time last week they have. I expected an 0-2 week with blow-outs, especially in Ames.

But that didn’t happen. No, this team might have found what was lost between March to November. I couldn’t be more excited for the potential this team has now, but I still feel cautious. I won’t proclaim them Big 12 contenders just yet. Baylor isn’t the top 25 team they were a few weeks ago. Iowa State looked flat after the win over KU.

This week’s tests come at home against Oklahoma State and West Virginia. If they go 2-0 this week I will feel much better about our tournament hopes and Big 12 contention. Things are looking up for this team. It’s just kind of funny that this momentum started with Marcus Foster sitting down.

About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

Related Posts