Wildcats insist their legs won't be tired

March, 26, 2010
3/26/10
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Kansas State guard Denis Clemente didn't fall asleep until 5 a.m. EST Friday.

Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen didn't close his eyes until an hour later.

Kansas State coach Frank Martin laid on the bed in his hotel room for hours, trying to comprehend what his team had just accomplished only a few hours earlier.

In one of the more memorable finishes in NCAA tournament history, the No. 2-seeded Wildcats beat No. 6-seeded Xavier 101-96 in double overtime at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday night.

Kansas State advanced to play No. 5-seeded Butler in Saturday's regional final, with the winner advancing to next week's Final Four in Indianapolis.

"I didn't sleep at all," Pullen said. "I stayed up until like 4 a.m. I was just excited. I laid there starting at the wall, with the TV on and everything."

Added Clemente: "I couldn't go to sleep. I kept waking up. I just can't believe where we're at right now. I open my eyes and say, 'That's for real, what I'm doing right now.' I just kept waking up every 15 minutes, just reliving the moment."

Martin said he and his assistant coaches watched tape of Butler for most of the night. He finally went to his hotel room around 5 a.m. EST, but "laid there in bed, just kind of staring at the ceiling."

"I kind of replayed the game we just played through my mind," Martin said. "It's what I do every game. I think about every decision I had to make so I can reflect, so I can help myself make better decisions for the next game when the same situations occur."

Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels said he isn't concerned about being tired against Butler, after the Wildcats had to play 50 minutes against the Musketeers.

"Not at all because all of us played AAU basketball," Samuels said. "In AAU basketball, we played at least five or six games in one weekend. So fatigue isn't an issue for us. We're just trying to hydrate and stay focused on the game for Saturday."

The Wildcats went through a light practice Friday, but Martin said he was going to spend most of his time teaching his players through film study and game planning.

"When the ball gets tossed in the air and the buzzer sounds, adrenaline takes over," Pullen said. "It could be our last game of the season. When we get into the game and our adrenaline starts pumping and we understand what we're playing for, we should be fine."

Martin doesn't have any doubt his players will be rested.

"That's what Sunday is for," Martin said. "I'll sleep a lot on Sunday."

Mark Schlabach | email

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