Anthony Davis. Steven Tyler. K-State beating Texas Tech. What do all these things have in common? They were (or are) ugly, but they work. The Wildcats’ victory came in a game that was close, but not very much fun to watch. It doesn’t matter–they got a road win.
K-State was able to pull out a victory against a team who is better than their record indicates. This victory will take off some pressure when the Wildcats play Iowa State on Saturday. The fear of missing the NCAA tournament is no longer really a threat in Manhattan. That should be the biggest takeaway from for the men who wear purple.
For once on the road, K-State did not lack effort. It was nice for fans to see the Wildcats playing their hardest for the full 40 minutes. But what they made up for in effort, they lacked in common sense. Dumb fouls were like a plague in this game that tried to kill both teams.
K-State and Texas Tech played the first half fairly equally, but for the first 10 minutes of the second half, it looked like the Red Raiders could run away with the game. After a flagrant foul that would have been called a horse collar tackle in football, K-State took over.
The huge 14-point swing didn’t last long, as the Wildcats tried to find a way to lose. Fortunately, Texas Tech’s run fell short and K-State got the victory by four points.
Senior Will Spradling told K-State Sports:
“We just kept coming at them, kept playing hard. We’ve had a problem on the road where we have moments that we stop playing hard and they’ll make big runs. Tonight they made runs, but during those runs we were still playing really hard and made runs right back at them.”
Spradling had 10 points for his team in an outing that some would consider less-than-stellar. Thomas Gipson also put in 10, and Wesley Iwundu scored 12. Marcus Foster was the leading point-man for the Wildcats as always, with 17 points.
The Wildcats did not play an incredible game, but they won, and that’s all that matters when trying to move up in the Big 12 standings. They will have another tough test on Saturday as they face Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum.