October 29, 2007

Wildcats continue to search for wins

Fatigued and beat-up entering last weekend, Kansas State coach Ron Prince believes the "psychology of winning" coming off a 38-point win against Baylor might make things a little better for the Wildcats this week. It better. They will play three of their final four regular season games on the road starting with a visit to Iowa State on Saturday. Win out and K-State will be brimming with momentum, but destiny still won't be in its hands.

"We made our own bed," Prince said. "All we can do is try and go out and win this week. It would be a very good growth moment for us to go on the road and win this game knowing we won one game on the road a year ago.

"For us to get our second win would be a good start. To start that kind of mentality of winning on the road again would be significant for us and we'll go from there."

On paper, K-State, 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12, has the easiest ride the rest of the way in the league. The combined league record of its three remaining Big 12 opponents: 4-10. And that's with Missouri, 7-1 and 3-1, traveling to Manhattan on Nov. 17.

K-State will face Iowa State, 1-8 and 0-5, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Then it will travel to Nebraska, which has one once in the Big 12 season.

The Wildcats remain behind No. 8 Kansas, 4-0 and No. 9 Missouri in the North. Prince believes experts/pundits/fans remember teams for their performance during November and reassess goals and big-picture items with his team entering the stretch.

But they probably don't do it this week. He implores the Wildcats to "keep focused" day to day, adding, "Who knows what we'll be playing for at the end?"

"There are too many teams playing each other at the end here to go and say you have this thing locked up or are out of it," he said. "We're not going to take that kind of look, just keep on trucking here."

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