Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/5/12

Over the last few weeks, KansasState climbed into the Top 25 and amassed an 11-1 record before losing at Kansas last night. Their best wins have come on the road against Virginia Tech, on a semi-neutral floor against Alabama, and in Hawaii against Long BeachState to win the Diamond Head Classic. Their loss came in double overtime against West Virginia, again on a semi-neutral floor.

So even before the Kansas game, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this team, and last night’s loss didn’t exactly help me figure it out. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 23-5 lead nearly 12 minutes into the game, but the Wildcats fought back to get within three points with 12:27 left. A 21-7 run by KU put the game away though, leaving me as confused as ever about how good K-State is or is not.

At the risk of upsetting Frank Martin, I thought it best to take a deeper look at some of their stats this year.

Through the first eight games of the season, KansasState’s offensive efficiency was typically between 0.96 and 1.03 points per possession, which won’t get anyone too excited. Starting with the three games in Hawaii, the Wildcats reeled off four straight games with at least 1.20 ppp but were held to just 0.77 ppp against the Jayhawks.

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