Nothing was expected from Kansas State this year. Jacob Pullen and his somewhat renowned beard are long gone, and in the preseason the Wildcats were picked to finish sixth in a new-look 10-team Big 12.
That prediction now needs revisiting. Frank Martin's team is 11-1, and if not for an incredible performance by West Virginia's Kevin Jones in the Mountaineers' double-OT win in Wichita on Dec. 8, Kansas State would be 12-0 right now. So how did we not see the Wildcats in the preseason? And can Martin's team continue its surprising run in a very strong Big 12? Let's take a look at those questions .