Notes, video from Kansas State's practice day in St. Louis

Kansas State has practiced and fulfilled its media obligations for the day and the Wildcats are currently shooting in front fans at the Scottrade Center. Will Spradling, by the way, looks right at home. He is making everything. Anyway, here are a few tidbits that Bruce Weber and players shared with media today:

Willie Cauley-Stein of Olathe Northwest excels at defending the middle for Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein’s shot-blocking will be on display Friday when No. 9 seed Kansas State takes on No. 8 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Cauley-Stein played high school basketball for Spearville and Olathe Northwest before leaving the Sunflower State to play at a traditional powerhouse. Now he is going to try and beat a team filled with familiar faces.

K-State loss should hurt, but program is headed in right direction

Already, a key season for K-State’s program under coach Bruce Weber can be officially considered a success, no matter a 91-85 loss to Iowa State on Thursday that makes for a one-and-done Big 12 Tournament. The Wildcats care a lock for the NCAA Tournament in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for a program that has long struggled for sustained success.

K-State’s Marcus Foster admittedly tired heading into postseason

Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster, an unheralded recruit from Wichita Falls, Texas, has indeed made a name for himself this year. Still, Foster understands his future will only remain bright if he learns to do more. That means developing into a complete player, a process that will require work and improvement. Not just as a sophomore or as an upperclassman — right now.