Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

#12 Iowa State at K-State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

#12 Iowa State at K-State

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MANHATTAN -- Sustaining a high energy level from one game to the next has been difficult for Kansas State.

Coming off their biggest win of the season this past Monday at home over No. 8 Kansas, the Wildcats will have to find an energy reserve when they take on No. 12 Iowa State at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

"I don't think it's going to be too hard," K-State guard Nigel Johnson said of being prepared for the Cyclones. "It's another big game. It's not our arch-rival, but it's a rivalry game. I would say they are next after KU, just because we always play each other strong and it's always a good game."

The Wildcats (14-15, 7-9 Big 12) are playing back-to-back home games for the first time since Jan. 24-27 (Oklahoma State victory, West Virginia loss) and it's their final home game on senior day for Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams and Shawn Meyer.

"We just have to bring the confidence from that (KU) game over to this one," Williams said. "Knowing it's our last game in Bramlage, we have to bring that fight and momentum over to this game.

"They are a ranked team, and it should be a packed house, so we should feed off the crowd like we did Monday night. We had a really good practice (Thursday). After you beat Kansas, everybody is on a high and feeling good. A lot of guys have more confidence now."

Iowa State (20-7, 10-5) is still in contention for the Big 12 championship, part of a three-way tie for second place one game behind KU. The Cyclones' title run took a hit Wednesday with a home loss to Baylor.

The Wildcats played one of their better games of the season Jan. 20 at Iowa State, dropping a 77-71 decision.

K-State coach Bruce Weber has stressed playing within the moment, and to that end the Wildcats must put the KU game behind them but still draw on that victory to sustain their energy and confidence.

"I think you almost might need a better energy level," Weber said. "These guys (Cyclones) are so good offensively with so many weapons. Not that Kansas isn't good offensively and defensively, but they spread you out so we'll need a great effort.

"We seem to play better at home with great energy. …

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