It sure is nice to see your team win a game wire-to-wire. That’s something I didn’t expect to see after watching the first ten games of the season. Thanks to an overtime game on ESPNU I wasn’t able to see the first part of the first half, but it’s nice to see that lead keep expanding as your nerves are eating you alive. The team continues to grow, improve and come together.

What I liked:

  • Aggressiveness. I sure didn’t expect to win this game, let alone from beginning to end. The intensity was noticeably higher than any other game this season, save Arizona. I sure hope this team had a great finals week and will continue to improve while classes are out.
  • Shooting. We had five sharpshooters on the at all times in the first half. Shot the highest percentage ever outside the octagon. Shooting cooled off in the second half, but the team still finished above 60%.
  • Dominance. Wire-to-wire victory and complete control. That’s not to say that we were perfect, but it might be the most complete game we have played so far this season. I would have said it was “Complete” Dominance if we didn’t miss four five six straight free throws in clutch time.
  • Wesley Iwundu. He was the glue guy last season and the injury in the preseason has really slowed down his progression. The two minute span of TO, rebound, full court drive with a dunk and then tracking down a ball and flipping it over his head to Nino was amazing. We need more of that.
  • Free Throws. But only the ones Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams shot. The duo went eleven for twelve from the charity stripe and when Gipson stepped up when the game was in the balance I felt more confident in his shooting than I ever have. That’s a good sign.

What I didn’t:

  • Turnovers. Once again we had more turnovers than our opponents. I don’t expect a spotless performance night in and night out, but we have to be better at possessing the ball.
  • Mental mistakes.  Offensive charges on one end and dumb fouls on the other. It’s been a story over the past five or six seasons, so it’s not a huge worry. Just frustrating.
  • Killer instinct. Or more specifically the lack thereof. The game was never really in question, but I am tired of watching us go on a small five or six point surge only to give those points back to them on the defensive end.
  • Slow block/charge calls. I have often suspected officials of waiting to see if the ball goes in before calling a defensive foul. This year the NCAA made it a point of emphasis. They are supposed to wait to see the result before calling the foul.
  • Attendance. Don’t get me wrong, the Sprint Center looked pretty full. The problem I had with attendance is that I wasn’t in it. For the first time since we started playing a non-con game in Kansas City I wasn’t able to make the trip, but I think the crowd did a good job making it a home crowd.

The aggressiveness was great to see out of this team. That was one thing that had been lacking so far this season. If the Wildcats want to make a huge leap, they have to cut out the turnovers and mental mistakes. It’s hard to get up and running when you keep shooting yourself in the foot. I still think there is tons of talent on this team, it just needs to jell. Hopefully we took a step forward to that tonight. The next home game is December 28th in Manhattan, followed by Georgia on New Year’s Eve if you aren’t in San Antonio for another football game.

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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