Sunday Seconds: First Mike Tufano February 10, 2013 Sunday Seconds Greetings from The Salute… a blog dedicated to K-State sports, including Kansas State basketball… the premiere basketball program in the state of Kansas. I don’t need to tell you that after yet another kU loss (are they even worth celebrating anymore?) and K-State’s 4th win in a row, Kansas State sits alone atop the Big XII conference standings. Even a loss tomorrow night would put us in a tie with kU for first place with 7 games to play. A win puts us firmly in the drivers seat with a 2 game lead. Win tomorrow night and it’s time to start talking about whether or not 2012-13 is the greatest year in the history of K-State sports. K-State is now 4-0 when starting McGruder, Angel, JO, Southwell, and Will. Interesting given that last night JO was essentially invisible in the game and Gipson had one of his best as Wildcat. You could say similar things about Will and Martavious (who is in a streak of 3 games scoring in double figures). Gipson seems to be coming together when coming off the bench. As better as he is at the 5 than JO right now, I’m not sure I’d want to change up that dynamic. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. Other things K-State leads the Big XII in (Counting only conference games): Nothing. Naysayers would say that’s a sign of a fluke record. Others would say it’s a sign of being good at everything, just not the best or worst at anything. Quote of the week: Senior Guard Rodney McGruder On being first in the Big 12… “It feels good, but it is not the end of the Big 12 yet, we can’t really think about that. You have to go out and play every night. I know we have the target on our backs, and everyone wants to be in first, so we have to go out every night and compete.” Things an individual K-State player leads the Big XII in (counting conference games only): FGs made (Rodney), 3pt FG percentage (Rodney), Block percentage (JO). Opponent quote of the week: Iowa State Head Coach Fred Hoiberg On difference in the game …. “It just seemed like every time a shot went up they got the rebound and it led to points. We got outscored 20 to 10 on second chance points and off turnovers 27-13, that is just too many to beat a great team on the road. That is not a good team that is a great team. They are well coached, they have veteran players, they are very difficult to defend because of all of their weapons out there, and they exposed us on some things. I thought turnovers and rebounding was the difference.” If yesterday had been the Buck-A-Board game it would have been $26 for those who pledged for all rebounds. That broke down to $14 for defensive rebounds and $12 for offensive boards. We’ve got a long way to go to make our goal, please pledge and help us support The Global Orphan Project. Next up… well, you know. Just a road game against some second place team in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. Let’s make it 4.