If you’re not excited for Kansas State Wildcats basketball now, get yourself to a doctor’s office. The Wildcats upset the No. 6 team in the country and start conference play with a bang. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, climb aboard.
The Wildcat scoring was led by freshman Marcus Foster who put up 17 points in the win. Foster also had eight rebounds and just two turnovers.
“I just wanted to stay calm and stick to what I do,” Foster said. “I just wanted to be able to play defense, help my teammates when they needed help, and score the ball because that is what I am good at. You cannot let yourself get uptight in this type of game against the number six team in the nation with a lot of [future] professionals on their team. I just calmed my nerves before the game and when I got out there I just played.”
Three of the freshmen played well, including Foster. Wesley Iwundu scored nine points and Jevon Thomas scored eight with five assists. Nigel Johnson didn’t see much of the floor so he only accumulated one assist and one missed shot on his stat sheet.
But the surprise of the game was junior Nino Williams. Williams had a total of 15 points, and seven of them came from the free throw line. The biggest three points he scored were the last three points of the game. He was sent to the line with 13 seconds left and his team up three points. He missed his first shot but nailed his second. K-State then led by 4–in case you’re not good at math. Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte hit a three-pointer with just 6.4 seconds left. When the Wildcats got the ball back, Nino was fouled again. This time he hit both shots from the line, and OSU’s Marcus Smart missed the game-tying three point attempt.
K-State also played their style of defense. While Oklahoma State did score 71 points, that’s 14 less than their season average. K-State has been doing that sort of thing to every one this year. While the offense hasn’t always been there, the defense has for the Wildcats.
K-State’s next game is in Fort Worth against TCU. That game will tell us a lot about the maturity of this team after a win like this. But until Thursday, Wildcat fans can relish in the victory of their greatly improved team.