Is Kansas State for real?

Through great defense, drawing fouls and playing to a system, the Cats surprise

Updated: January 2, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
MartinPeter G. Aiken/Getty ImagesFrank Martin's system at Kansas State is working.

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 ….