Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Haskin: Wildcats 8th in Conference Standings

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Haskin: Wildcats 8th in Conference Standings

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Apathy is now the buzzword for Kansas State basketball and the meltdown this season has become.

Maybe it is a bit too early to make such a declaration, at least among the fan base.

Apathy should not be altogether evident next week at the Wildcats' last two home games. They draw Kansas on Big Monday, a game that packs Bramlage Coliseum no matter how late the tipoff or what day of the week. Then, K-State concludes its home schedule with Iowa State, a fun rival to watch, though beatable whenever the Cyclones venture on the road.

That Saturday, Feb. 28, seniors will be introduced for the last time. There should be passionate applause from fans, who know now that Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams are all in the eyes of Bruce Weber, the second head coach each starter has played under at K- State.

Players who, apparently, are not committed, not invested, in giving it their all happen to represent the future of the program. Or at least what we thought might be the future, featuring a rising star in Marcus Foster and a promising all-around contributor in Wesley Iwundu.

With the benching of both those players for most of the second half in a dreadful 69-55 loss Wednesday at TCU, apathy has creeped (surged?) into the K-State lexicon, and has been attributed to both fans and players.

But has there really been enough time to spill every rush of anger and frustration during this disjointed, and disappointing, 13- 14 run? Included in a 6-8 Big 12 mark that puts the Cats in eighth place are lopsided defeats at TCU and Texas Tech by spreads of 14 and 17 points.

Hardly the kind of outcomes that elicit an apathetic response from fans. Not yet anyway after K-State reached the postseason each of the past eight seasons, six times in the NCAA Tournament.

Remember the definition of apathy. How the devastating feeling prevailed under Jim Wooldridge after it began to wash over K-State basketball under Tom Asbury. Each coached six seasons. Together they guided K-State to one NCAA berth.

Now, Weber is at a crossroads with a program that has dropped 18 of its last 31 games. …

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