Jan 14, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats fans toss confetti into the air before player introductions before the start of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. K-State won the game 72-66. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State Wildcats Beat Oklahoma Sooners, 72-66


K-State did their part to help the slight drought in Kansas on Tuesday night as they made it rain. While that was a cheesy opener, it’s true. The Wildcats shot an astounding 52.4% from 3-point land. 52.4% from the field is a pretty solid night for most teams, but the Wildcats shot that from behind the arc. In fact, K-State had a lower overall field goal percentage (42%) than 3-point percentage. The three-pointer helped them get their third conference victory of the year and improve to 13-4.

The Wildcats had five different players reach double digits against the Sooners. Marcus Foster led the way with 18, Shane Southwell put in 16 while also accumulating eight rebounds, Wesley Iwundu had 11, and Will Spradling and Nino Williams scored 10 points a piece.

Scoring is nice, but that’s not what won the game for K-State. Oklahoma is 5th in the nation in points per game with 87, and the Wildcats held them to just 66. That’s very impressive. They don’t match-up well with teams that have great big men, but K-State seems to hold their own against any other type of opponent. If they can figure out how to contain postmen, this defense could take a step from good to great.

The schedule was not friendly to the Wildcats, with them playing three of their first four conference games against ranked opponents. But K-State survived the onslaught and is in a good position right now sitting at 3-1 in the Big 12. While a conference title is not likely unless this team finds a way to beat KU, they are starting to build a nice NCAA tournament resume.

While the schedule seemingly lightens up a bit for the Wildcats, this is when it gets toughest for freshmen. When they aren’t playing top 25 teams every game, it is easier to lose focus. It is up to Bruce Weber and his coaching staff to keep this team afloat, something they have done an excellent job of thus far.

 

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