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I was supposed to be in Bramlage today, but the weather conspired against me. From what I could see on tv, it appeared to conspire against the crowd as well, but that didn’t stop the Cats from putting forth the sort of effort necessary to bring home another win against a top 25 team on senior day.

What I liked:

  • Wesley freaking Iwundu. He’s been fantastic in these past two games… and all year defensively. If anyone hadn’t noticed yet, that game winning steal and score proved it.
  • The lineup of Nigel Johnson, Justin Edwards, Iwundu, Nino Williams, and Thomas Gipson. They play really well together, and have represented the core of players that are going to find productivity this season.
  • Finding ways to get to the basket. This is not a team that’s going to beat you by shooting quick 3s. in fact, that’s the sort of thing that is going to get players put on the bench.
  • These announcers. They’re hilarious. Not in a good announcing way, but in a hilarious to listen to way. Every time Iowa State turned over the ball they told us how rarely Iowa State turns over the ball. They told us that Justin Edwards nice move to score was just like Jordan’s move on the Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals… I mean, it was a good move and all, but whoa there, tiger.
  • The overkill on security. As funny as it is, it had to be done. Perception is everything. Well, so is winning. Let’s do both.
  • Getting back to .500.

What I didn’t like:

  • Freaking snow. The forecast was awful so I had resigned myself to not making the trek to Manhattan. Then it appears to lighten up and roads look ok… so I get the car with juts enough time to get there… only to find the roads in KC still suck, I get stuck in traffic, and have to turn around and watch at home. Have some senior day respect, Mother Nature.
  • Our inability to defend 3 point plays, particularly in the first half. Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds. If we allow our defense to get as spread as Iowa State is capable of, we open up Niang for points under the basket all day long. The way we defended KU was fantastic, but the same concept just couldn’t work against Iowa State. They simply have more weapons.
  • Marcus Foster is back in the valley. After having a non-productive game against KU in which he played hard and drew the defense away while he was in, he followed it up with a non-productive game in which he didn’t play hard, shot hair trigger 3s, and didn’t do much work to defend. You never know what you’re going to get from him these days, but today he looked like he was totally checked out. What I don’t get is that he stays engaged on the bench. It’s as though he wants the Cats to win and play well, he just doesn’t care on a given day if he happens to be a part of it.
  • The apprehension to play Sandstorm. Yes, not playing it is dumb. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that the students will find a way to chant profanities to anything. But also, the blame lies on the students as well. It’s just not worth losing Sandstorm. Let’s clean it up in 2015-16.
  • Being only .500

So this list is a thing now: @ #16 Oklahoma, #22 Baylor, #17 Oklahoma, #8 KU, #12 Iowa State. Then go ahead and add to that nice wins over Purdue, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State. It’s not the quality wins that hurt us this year, that’s for sure. Win at Texas next week, and the first 2 games of the Big 12 tournament, and we put ourselves back into the discussion for an NCAA tournament bid, as crazy as it sounds. Even if that happens, I don’t think we’ll get in, but after what this team has been through, being back in the discussion, meanwhile securing an NIT bid, sounds all right1.

Bring on the ‘Horns.

 

  1. No, I’m not calling the season a success. I’m saying given where the team was a week ago, that would make the last 2 weeks a success. []

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