MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The euphoria that came with winning a share of its first regular-season conference title in nearly four decades wore off quickly at Kansas State.
That tends to happen when a team is dumped by a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament.
All the goodwill that Bruce Weber earned during his first season in Manhattan dissipated when Angel Rodriguez's last-second shot glanced off the rim and the fourth-seeded Wildcats were sent packing in the second round in March.
Now, they're rebuilding after losing top scorer Rodney McGruder and 7-footer Jordan Henriquez to graduation, and after Rodriguez decided to transfer to Miami.
Kansas State plays an exhibition game against Pittsburg State on Friday night before opening the regular season Nov. 8 against Northern Colorado.