When Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang told Wildcat fans to expect to win after taking down Kansas in the 2022-23 season, fans took a little bit longer than expected to warm up to the idea.
Tang addressed the attendance level during the 2023-24 season at a recent press conference mentioning, “The student section has been good, but not great. We sold, I think, over 8,000 passes and I haven’t seen close to 8,000 in there.”
Tang continued by saying, “I appreciate the ones who have been there. I say all the time that we have the best student section in America and I don’t think I’ve seen that yet this year. That’s just being real honest. Love them. Love every one of them. But that is just being real honest.”
Jerome Tang’s Wildcats are operating without two of their top players to start off the season with senior wing Nae’Qwan Tomlin suspended, and senior guard Ques Glover recovering from a lingering knee injury.
K-State started off 6-2 through the first eight games with wins over Bellarmine, South Dakota State, Providence, Central Arkansas, Oral Roberts, and North Alabama, and losses against No. 21 USC and No. 12 Miami.
Tang finished by saying, “I know our athletic department appreciates the money, but I want to see their butts in the stands. I hate cold weather. The thing I hate more than cold weather is an empty gym. I can put up with the cold weather if the gym is packed. If we’re not using the ticket get it to somebody who will be there. Our guys deserve it.”
Kansas State will take the court next on Tuesday, December 5th against the Villanova Wildcats in Manhattan in the Big 12/Big East Challenge.