2013-14 bb gameday final

It’s very rare that two non-conference teams play each other more than once in a season. It’s even more rare that two teams would do so in a matter of one week’s time. The first meeting in Manhattan was all Wildcats from beginning to end. This one had a very slow start with Kansas State up 3-0 at the end of the first media time-out. Kansas State never really ran away with this one, they just gradually gained a basket here or there while Long Beach State couldn’t find the bottom of the bucket.

What I liked:

  • The half-court defensive effort, especially the help defense early in this game. It really lead to the slow start for LBSU and led them to start throwing it up from outside. LBSU went 0-20 to end the half which covered over 13 minutes of play.
  • The efficiency of the freshmen with their shots. They aren’t pushing the issue, just letting the game come to them and it’s looking good.
  • Thomas Gipson. He was a big threat inside and picked up the rebounding that had been missing in previous games and finished with a cool 18 point, 10 rebound double-double. He is still undersized for the Big 12, but serviceable this season.
  • Rebounding margin. I don’t think its any surprise that when you out-rebound a team you get a big advantage. The rebounding margin of +5 helped keep LBSU at bay while the K-State’s offense sputtered.

What I didn’t:

  • Not capitalizing on LBSU’s first long bucketless drought. They won’t survive against average competition if they can’t get more offense when the other team is struggling.
  • The inconsistency of the officials. I wouldn’t limit it to just this game. The overall officiating of this tournament has been very sketchy at best.
  • The seniors. I know I have been hitting Shane hard on Twitter lately, but he lead the team into halftime with 4 of the teams 12 TO’s. That’s not senior leadership. Will is struggling on offense. He isn’t taking any shots and racked up fouls. Omari continues to take shots from the outside instead of using his quickness to get to the paint and draw fouls. I would give freshman a pass, not seniors.
  • Turnover Margin. The Cats did a horrible job of keeping the ball in their possession and they didn’t do a very good job of forcing turnovers from an over-matched Long Beach team. Cats finished -11 in TO margin.
  • Killer instinct. This team has yet to step on the throat of their competition. They were able to push the lead to 24, but let LBSU gain momentum and cut it down to 15 very quickly.

This win wasn’t a season changer, but it was good to come back from Puerto Rico with at least one win. I hope the players enjoyed their vacation. They need to come back with a renewed sense of urgency and dedication to getting better. Too many missed shots from inside 5 ft, too many turnovers and the inability to pull away with authority.

This team still has Justin Edwards to add to the roster in a little less than a month. Hopefully he can insert himself quickly into this line-up and give the Wildcats a better look come Big 12 play. Next up for Kansas State is Central Arkansas back in the friendly confines of the Octagon of Doom at 3PM.

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About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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