Waco, Austin, Lawrence, Ames, and Morgantown. Visits to all of these places have resulted in “doom” for K-State when they leave their octagon. Although it took two overtimes to vanquish them, the Wildcats sustained yet another road loss on Saturday.
Who can K-State blame? It’s not the game changing freshman Marcus Foster. Foster put in 18 points and added 10 assists. While shooting just 33 percent isn’t ideal, he is the least of the Wildcats’ worries. It is also not the X-Factors Nino Williams and Omari Lawrence. Williams had 20 points, and Lawrence played good defense with three steals.
The problem was K-State couldn’t stop a nosebleed in the paint in the second half. Isaiah Austin scored 18 points for Baylor, and his teammate Cory Jefferson had 21. The Wildcats bottled up Brady Heslip for 39 minutes and 39 seconds.
That final second was the difference. Heslip sank a three-pointer to tie the game as regulation expired. It was gut wrenching for K-State, but they still had a chance to win the game
In the first overtime, the teams played identically. But in the second overtime, it was clear who deserved to win the game. Baylor absolutely dominated in every aspect of the game.
Road wins are necessary to make the tournament, and so far K-state just has one, against lowly TCU. If the Wildcats want to make noise in the big dance–or even make it–they have to learn how to win away from Bramlage Coliseum. That has been the thorn in the side of their season. If it can be rectified, this is a dangerous team. If not, March in Manhattan will not be very interesting.
The Wildcats host the TCU Horned Frogs Wednesday night in Bramlage. Home, sweet, home!