MBB Right on Kimball (3)

Coming into this game, I had a horrible feeling that we were going to lose by 20 points. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am for being wrong. Welcome back, Marcus Foster. Tonight, we played like a different team. We showed up and we fought hard.

What I liked:

  • First half free throw shooting. 13/15
  • The way we controlled the tempo the first half. Slowing down the game allowed us to limit OU’s high-speed offense.
  • Having Foster and Harris back in action is great.
  • Holding OU 1-11 from the 3PT in the first half.
  • Our offensive boards in the first half.
  • Much better sense of urgency tonight. Especially our ability to drive the ball down the floor to score. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve seen us drive inside and attack the rim!
  • Stephen Hurt played very strong the second half. Excellent defense and offensive execution.
  • Somehow, and I don’t even know how to explain it, but we went on a 14-2 run shooting 29%.
  • Nino Williams continues to play hard. I love it.
  • Marcus Foster’s ability to control the game, even when he isn’t shooting great. After the 3-game suspension, he played with MUCH better body language. He’s a glue guy and we need him in the game. His 3-pointer with less than 5 seconds left was absolutely nuts. My first thought was “oh my gosh why in the world would you take that shot?!” Then, when it went it, I remembered exactly why he took it.

What I didn’t like:

  • FG shooting in the first half. 23%.
  • Marcus Foster shooting almost ice-cold from the free throw line.
  • During the last 3 minutes of the game we didn’t attack the rim. OU went on a 7-0 run. Then, with 1:30 left in the game, we shot a terrible 3 instead of taking more time off the clock and driving the ball inside to either score or draw a fall.
  • Thomas Gipson has always played with a chip on his shoulder. During the last few games, his body language hasn’t been the best. He is excellent from the free throw line. He needs to go up strong under the basket, he will score.

What an incredible game. It was the first time in a long time that we actually looked like we wanted to win the game. And, as it turns out, wanting to win and actually winning are some how correlated. We have a long way to go but tonight was a good starting point. We’re not done yet. Keep fighting!

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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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