MBB Right on Kimball

The first of three contests for K-State against SEC schools ends in a loss. K-State lost to Tennessee 65-64. The Wildcats have two more chances to make their presence felt in the SEC with games against Texas A&M and Georgia still ahead.

What I liked:

• Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat: It’s hands down my favorite Tallgrass seasonal brew and it was perfect for a dreary winter afternoon watching basketball.
• Doubleheader: Wildcat basketball as an appetizer for a huge game for the football team. So much EMAW on one day is crazy fun. K-State has done the doubleheader with a women’s basketball game followed by a men’s game, could you imagine a hoops game in Bramlage followed by a football game in Bill Snyder Family Stadium at night? Manhattan might melt down.
• Halftime: I was able to get some laundry done and fix myself a snack. So, that’s a positive.

What I didn’t like:
• C-USA: The Conference USA football championship game was endlessly long and caused me to miss the start of the game. Which led to something I like, listening to the radio broadcast through the K-State Athletics app. Then twitter told me to switch to ESPNews.
• Sloppiness: Maybe it’s the youth and inexperience or the pressure of playing on the road, but it’s been ugly. The Cats had way too many sloppy turnovers, bad fouls and more. I know some of it is because of the Vols zone and their length, but it’s got to get better.
• 3 point struggles: The Wildcats started 0-8 from beyond the arc. They would eventually hit a few. Most of them came from Foster, but it was too little to late.
• 1st half Foster: Before the game even tipped off, I drafted a few line for Marcus Foster in the “What I liked” section. Did I jinx him?
• ESPN2 announcers: They had so little knowledge of K-State. I can only assume Tennessee fans felt the same way about their knowledge of the Vols.
• JT: Jevon Thomas was wild and out of control throughout the game, but was particularly bad down the stretch.
• Defense: I use the term “defense” loosely because the Cats aren’t playing it. It’s as if the paint is a red carpet for opponents to stroll down.

I’m completely at a loss with this team. Talented enough to nearly beat Arizona on a neutral court. Yet, looked like garbage at Tennessee. The Wildcats have to get better in their next two at home.

Go Cats! Beat Bradley!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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