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January 17, 2010, 10:21 AM ET
Kansas State’s incredibly numerous fouls, day 8

by John Gasaway

Welcome to continuing coverage of Kansas State’s incredibly numerous fouls. Last week I noted that: 1) this is the best Wildcat team in years; and 2) they are no stranger to free throws, for and against. Both of this team’s first two conference games featured 70 or more total free throws.

In yesterday’s 87-81 win at Colorado, however, Frank Martin’s team took FT frequency to new heights, even for them. Fans in Boulder were treated to no fewer than 94 free throws in a 40-minute game. K-State’s number of FTs (54) actually exceeded its number of attempts from the field (53).

As seen in yesterday’s game, the ‘Cats get to the line a lot and certainly that can be an important part of any balanced offense. What’s amazing, though, is that this team is still operating at an overall FT deficit in Big 12 play, having attempted 115 freebies while watching opponents shoot 122. Even by the notably foul-happy standards of the Big 12, Kansas State is on-track to smash major-conference reality on both sides of that equation.

Tomorrow night Kansas State will host number one-ranked Texas in Manhattan, a collision that will be featured as the game of the night on ESPN. It figures to be a great game along classic college hoops lines, the proverbial Toughest Road Test Yet for the nation’s top-ranked team. Just know going in, however, that if performance to date is any indication, there will be a ton of fouls.

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