K-State got a win on Tuesday night against South Dakota, 64-62. But that’s about where the positives end for the Wildcats. While improving to 6-3 is nice, it came in two point win against a bad basketball team.
K-State’s offense could not get the job done. The Wildcats shot 38.7% from the field, but that wasn’t the worst part. They struggled to get up shots, and couldn’t get the ball inside very well. While it was nice to see Shane Southwell and Marcus Foster combine for 35 points, they attempted a combined 34 shots. Another negative for K-State is that they only shot 50% from the free throw line in the game. Missed free throws in the second half almost cost the Wildcats the game.
South Dakota played well on offense, on the other hand. K-State’s defense wasn’t all that bad, but the Coyotes just were very smooth on offense. They ran their system well, and it led to easy baskets for center Trey Norris who had 18 points.
K-State needs to get something going on the offensive end. While their defense has been pretty good all year, the motion offense just has not been reliable. K-State doesn’t have a huge presence inside. Their best scorers are Marcus Foster and Shane Southwell. Both of them like to either score on drives or shots from the outside. The offense needs someone that can post up inside, go up, and score points. Thomas Gipson had 13 last night, but he needs to be even better. The better Gipson is, the further this team can go.
It was easy for K-State to have a letdown game after beating an undefeated Ole Miss team. Getting a win is all that really matters for the Wildcats. They put another “W” on their and have a lot of things to work heading into the last part of non-conference play.
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