Here are his answers to my questions. Mine will shortly be up over at TB's blog, Bring on the Cats. Make sure you check him out all the way up to game time, he is the best K-State blog out there.
1) Make a case for Michael Beasley to be the National Player of the Year.
Beyond the numbers, he just makes the game look easy. Tyler Hansbrough, who I consider Beasley's leading challenger for player of the year, is one heck of a player. But he makes the game look hard. He plays it well, but he makes it look like it requires more effort than it does. Beasley is, in my opinion, underrated just because he looks like he isn't trying. I'd love to look like I wasn't trying and be fourth in scoring and first in rebounding.
2) How do you feel about Frank Martin as a Head Coach? Is he good enough to be the long-term answer, or once this Michael Beasley and Bill Walker run is over should the Wildcats rebuild with another coach, one with previous collegiate head coaching experience.
At this point, I don't know if he's the long-term answer, but that says more about the skeptic I am than Martin's coaching ability. If we were winning by playing Memphis ball--i.e., everybody trying to create their own shot--then I'd be really worried about next year's prospects after Beasley and Bill Walker are gone. But if you have a system, you can plug in good players who execute it and it will still work. We have some good players on the roster, and are supposed to have some good recruits in future classes. If he can coach and recruit, there's no reason he won't be at K-State for as long as we will pay him.
3) What is your take on The Streak? Do you like the throwback unis and the 'Blackout at Bramlage' take on it, blowing the game out of proportion until the Wildcats finally win? Or do you prefer the attitude Beasley and Company are taking this year, treating the game just like any other game.
To get back to answering the question, I'm not a fan of anything that makes it seem like a bigger deal than it is. I've said this conference year we are playing a series of 16 one-game seasons, and this game is another one. In that sense, I like the mindset of Beasley, Walker, etc. because I think sometimes we make too much out of the streak and that puts more pressure on the players. But beyond all that, it helps to have players like Beasley and Walker because they know they are good players and won't be intimidated going up against the likes of Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Mario Chalmers, and the rest. In the past we've had marginally talented players who knew they would be overmatched, but most of our guys now will not be in awe.
4) Which Kansas State team is the "real" one, the team that lost by 26 to Xavier and by 10 to George Mason, or the team that demolished Texas A&M and won in Norman?
5) Finally, how far do you think the Wildcats can realistically make it in March? It looks like, barring a complete collapse, the Wildcats will definitely make the Field of 65, but how far in the Tournament can you make it? Sweet 16? Elite Eight? Final Four?
Of course my dearest wish is that the committee somehow sees fit to drop the Cats in the Houston Regional, because I just got my tickets in the mail today
TB did a tremendous job in answering my questions, providing insight into how a Powercat is viewing this game.