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Wednesdays at The Salute

Wednesdays at The Salute

The month of November is such a great time to be a K-State fan. Football is heating up with a big game against West Virginia tomorrow night, and basketball is finally back.

If you haven’t figured out, I love football. The unfortunate thing about football is that when you lose one or two games, your hopes of making a national championship are virtually over. However, in basketball as long as you win a few big games, don’t lose to a terrible team and have a decent conference record, you’re still in good shape to make the big dance.

After the first few games, I’m feeling hopeful and cautiously optimistic.

Here are my concerns:

  • Overall, we have a young team that hasn’t played together very long, which could cause a few problems.
  • Defense. I know it’s early but we haven’t been as nearly aggressive as we have over the last few seasons. We need to work on defensive boards and guarding the perimeter and taking away second-chance points.

Here’s what makes me optimistic:

  • Offense. We have huge potential to be successful when we’re in control of the ball. Just in the first two games, we’ve scored over 80 points, which didn’t happen often last season. For the first time in a few years we have multiple players that can shoot the long ball; Marcus Foster, Nigel Johnson, and Tre Harris. Between the three, they’ve made 16/23 from the perimeter. There have only been two games but five players are averaging double-digits.

It’s certainly quite early to make predictions of what this season will be like but I love the potential of this team. Thomas Gibson is solidifying his role as the leader and that’s really important. Not only does it give newer players someone to look up to and listen to but also it shows the importance of being aggressive. Thomas Gibson is a tough, grind-it-out player. I love his ability to take control of difficult game situations and make something out of nothing type plays.

Right now, I would put K-State finishing in the upper half of the Big 12. I’m not ready to jump the gun and say they will finish first, but anything can happen, especially in basketball. They will definitely make the NCAA Tournament but only they can determine how deep they’ll go.

Buckle your seatbelts! It could be a wild ride this season and I’m beyond excited to see what happens!

BRING ON THE CATS!

About The Author

Dara is a 2013 graduate of Kansas State University and misses Manhattan everyday. She works overnight at KSN in Wichita as the morning show producer and all other times watching sports, writing about sports, and tweeting about sports. Follow her on Twitter at @SportsWithDara.

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