The Kansas State Wildcats played on the road on Monday night against a team that is above .500. I think you can predict the outcome. The Wildcats lost to Oklahoma State, 77-61.
Bruce Weber’s squad didn’t start slow. In fact, they had a seven point lead after playing eleven minutes in the game. But with 6:11 left in the first half, Oklahoma State took the lead and never gave it up again.
One of the big differences for K-State was senior guard Will Spradling picking up two fouls early. That forced Weber to leave his point guard on the bench. K-State’s offense got sloppy, and their defense lost their fire.
“It’s a major difference,” junior Thomas Gipson said. “He gets us a majority of our offense. Nigel [Johnson] and J.T. [Jevon Thomas] are young, so they’ve just got to learn sooner or later. They have to be focused. Will’s a senior, so he’s been through it. He’s a major part of this team”
Big Gip couldn’t have said it any better.
The second half was just bad for the Wildcats. Oklahoma State just looked like the better team, and K-State never really challenged that. While the Wildcats did have a run in the second half that cut their deficit to seven points. But a dunk by Cowboy Brian Williams and a three by Phil Forte ended any dreams of a comeback.
Thomas Gipson was far and away K-State’s best player on Monday night. He tied for a team-high 10 points, and also pulled down 13 rebounds. Wesley Iwundu had 10 points and 10 rebounds as well. Marcus Foster was only able to score nine points, and it took him 16 shots to get there.
K-State again played poorly on the road. This deficiency is going to spell doom for this team when the Wildcats can’t play in Bramlage Coliseum. If the Big 12 Tournament or NCAA Tournament was in Manhattan, K-State would be sitting pretty. But since they are not, there is cause for major concern.
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