Kansas St./Va. Tech quick hits

Kansas State took care of business against Virginia Tech and was finally able to break away in the last ten minutes, winning 73-58.

Here are a couple of quick impressions:

– Frank Martin has to be encouraged that the Wildcats beat a ranked opponent without Curtis Kelly and with a lackluster performance from Jacob Pullen. There won’t be many games this season in which Pullen has more turnovers than assists and doesn’t make a three pointer. And he probably played the fewest amount of minutes he will all season because of foul trouble (14). But it does bode well for K-State that Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving were able to pick up some of the slack with Pullen out.

– After playing under 10 minutes a game last season and looking relatively unpolished, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts has been a pleasant surprise through K-State’s first two games. It’s a small sample size but thus far Henriquez-Roberts has been a matchup problem. His playing time will take a hit when Kelly comes back, but having a solid seven-footer on the bench only makes K-State that much more dangerous.

– K-State went 14-28 from the free throw line against Va. Tech and I’ll have to think that will warrant one of the “spirited” moments from Martin that we’ve all become enthralled with. The biggest offenders were McGruder (1-5) and Jamar Samuels (5-9).

– Finally, kudos to the K-State family to filling up Bramlage on a Tuesday afternoon. Not that it would be hard to get excited for a top 5 team’s first big home game, but I can’t imagine that happening any place else in the conference other than Phog Allen.

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