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Kansas State's goofy pregame tunnel dance has become a ritual

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

With all due respect to Jacob Pullen's cartoonish beard, Frank Martin's piercing glare or the purple-clad mob of students at the Octagon of Doom, none of those are the best thing about watching Kansas State basketball.

That's because the Wildcats have brought back the pregame tunnel dance that became an instant fan favorite last season.

The tradition started before a game against Xavier early last season when guard Martavious Irving noticed his teammates appeared a little flat as they waited to take the floor prior to tip off. He and 7-footer Jordan Henriquez-Roberts concocted a way to get the Wildcats to loosen up.

"Everybody seemed like they didn't want to play and I felt a bad vibe," Irving told Rivals affiliate last March. "Jordan started beating on the wall and I started dancing around and messing around with people and it became a ritual."

At home or on the road, regular season or NCAA tournament, Kansas State did the tunnel dance prior to every game last season. With so many of last year's players back, it looks like the dance is returning for a second season as well.


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