The Kansas State Wildcats have been the only team in the Big 12 capable of challenging the Kansas Jayhawks for the Big 12 title for the past few years. When Head Coach Frank Martin left for the South Carolina Gamecocks last season, the Wildcats hired Bruce Weber, expecting there to be a year or two before Kansas State got back to contending for the Big 12 Title. They were wrong.
Weber’s Wildcats have a 25-5 overall record as well as a 14-3 record in the Big 12 and are one win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys away from sharing the Big 12 title with Kansas. Kansas State also has a top 10 national ranking and should get a third seed in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have had an amazing season and, despite losing both games to Kansas, have set themselves up to make a run to the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
This turnaround so quickly by Kansas State is surprising because Martin and Weber are two completely different styles of coaches. Where Martin is fiery and in command, Weber is a little more calm and collected. If a player was to take a bad shot or miss a free throw under Martin, he would be benched. Weber is a little more supportive, and it seems to be working for the Wildcats.
Weber took a program that had the potential to collapse and not only kept it afloat, but kept Kansas State winning and competing in every game that the Wildcats played. Weber deserves at least to be a finalist for the National Coach of the Year and deserves to win if Kansas State can win the Big 12 tournament.