MBB Right on Kimball

So, another game without Marcus Foster and another loss. Many of the Wildcats’ weaknesses were exposed, particularly on the defensive end of the court. Aside from the late rally, it wasn’t much fun to watch.

What I liked:

• Purple Power: The Wildcats (often called the Purples) wore purple tonight. Thank you, signed – K-Staters against black uniforms.
• The start: K-State wasn’t great before the first media timeout, but save for a lucky banked in three pointer that gave WVU a lead. On the road, though, I’ll take a three point deficit at the first media break.
• WVU fouls: The Mountaineers were assessed their 7th team foul at the 13:57 mark of the first half. This K-State team is better at the line than recent teams, so that’s a really good thing.
• El Nino: Nino Williams probably had his best game since getting hurt versus West Virginia in Manhattan. The senior finished with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting.
• Bolden time: Brandon Bolden got some playing time. That’s good for the future of the program, right?
• Nigel!: Despite the taunts, Nigel Johnson rose above and had one of his best scoring games as a Wildcat. The sophomore guard had 14 points. Sadly, he had two critical miss free throws late.

What I didn’t like:

• ESPNU Announcers: It’s not that they were awful. I just prefer the old Big 12 network guys. Even Reid Gettys.
• Tre: He missed!? He missed a three!? I thought he never missed! Wait, he missed two in a row!?
• D/WVU shooting: They didn’t miss in the opening minutes (9 of 11). Some of them were easy, unchallenged shots. Others weren’t so easy, but they still didn’t miss many.
• Failure under pressure: I don’t mean in the clutch. The Wildcats can’t handle a press. This is the reason this team desperately missed Will Spradling.
• Turnovers: Too many.
• End of half: It was a complete meltdown. Dunks. Turnovers. Easy WVU buckets.
• 2nd half: Pretty much all of it.

If there’s any good news from this game, Marcus Foster (and Malek Harris) will be back. Will that make a difference? I don’t know. This team’s deficiencies go way beyond scoring struggles. The lack of strong play from ball handlers is bad. Thomas Gipson needs more help down on the block (wouldn’t it be awesome to have two good post players on the court at the same time). Their are a few guys that Bruce Weber clearly isn’t comfortable having major minutes on the defensive end. The conference slate doesn’t get any easier.

Go Cats! Beat OU!

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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