Kansas State's bench had become a popular place in the first half Wednesday night.
Rodney McGruder had taken a seat after picking up two fouls in the first 2 minutes against Texas. Martavious Irving quickly joined him. And then Will Spradling staggered in their direction after breaking his nose, blood spilling into a towel pressed tightly against his face.
Didn't seem to matter one bit, though.
The way the No. 18 Wildcats were playing, coach Bruce Weber could have grabbed the equipment manager off the end of the bench and put him into the game with the same result.
Kansas State rolled to an 83-57 victory.
''We were all disappointed after last week,'' said Weber, whose team was coming off back-to-back losses to Kansas and Iowa State. ''We challenged them to play hard.''
They certainly did that.
Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Omari Lawrence added a career-best 12 and Angel Rodriguez chipped in 11 points and eight assists as the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2) rolled to their m...