MBB Right on Kimball (2)

When your faced with a situation and your back’s against the wall, you can rise up to the occasion or you can continue to free fall. Today, we had another opportunity to press on after the suspensions of Foster and Harris. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t pull it out. The biggest problem, offense.

What I liked:

  • Tre Harris coming off the bench to drain three 3’s in a row after being on a 10 minute field goal scoring drought.
  • The way we closed out the first half. Tre Harris brought this team back to life.
  • First half FT shooting. 85.7%
  • We were much more aggressive driving the ball to the basket during the second half.
  • We limited turnovers this game to 5.
  • Nigel Johnson’s hit big shots down the stretch to finish with 10.
  • I liked that we played with more energy and enthusiasm in the second half.

What I didn’t like:

  • Lack of drive inside. Instead of forcing the ball inside to get easy points, we forced bad outside shots. Constantly passing the ball around the perimeter without any penetration won’t get you anywhere. If you drive the ball inside, you’ll have a better opportunity to score or get fouled. Everyone knows that.
  • Lack of energy and enthusiasm.
  • Defense under the basket. Game after game, we continue to allow teams to destroy us under the basket.
  • FG shooting the first half. 24% isn’t acceptable.
  • 5-second violation out of a timeout.
  • Offense. Again, we struggled to score.
  • There were many points in the game where it looked as if we were zombies on the court going through the motions.

I love K-State and I love this team. However, the way we’re playing right now is unacceptable. If you can’t score, you can’t win. We have to find a way to get better. It’s time to leave the excuses at the door and play basketball. There are times when I feel like I’m more fired up about the game at home on my couch than some of the players that are in the game. Someone needs to get fired up. Get angry, get aggressive! There are plenty of games to still be played. There’s always something to play for, even if it is just your own integrity.

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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