Kansas State Basketball over KU

The party’s over. It’s time to clean up and move on. Now is the time when you regroup and refocus on the rest of the Big 12 schedule and get back to business, starting with Baylor tomorrow.

I’ll admit I had supreme confidence this week. I was strutting around in purple every single day. That’s really not an exaggeration or even out of the ordinary, but this week it felt different putting the colors on. None of my co-workers are KU fans, but you never know when a T-shirt fan will pop out of hiding. They were much more difficult to spot in the wild this week.

<Obligatory Rodney McGruder buzzer-beater from last season>

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</Obligatory Rodney McGruder buzzer-beater from last season>

Unfortunately, the time for gloating is over. We have to move on. Sure it looks like an easy game to go down to Baylor and get a victory, especially the way they have been playing. They sit in ninth place in the Big 12 with an anemic 3-8 record after trouncing TCU, a team which accounts for two of their three league wins. Their third big 12 win is at Oklahoma State, another team struggling with just four conference wins.

Despite their woeful record, Baylor still has the pieces to give Kansas State fits. Baylor started Big 12 play ranked seventh in the nation. They have a stone cold sharpshooter in Brady Heslip. Isiah Austin is their 7’1″ center who can step out and nail threes. Cory Jefferson is their rebounding post. They have the parts to be a very balanced team.

Their biggest weakness is their coach, Scott Drew. Yeah, I am guilty of piling on when he is down, but he gets some of the best recruits from Texas year in and year out and has a hard time getting these guys to compete at the top of the Big 12. He hasn’t found a way to get his team to play disciplined basketball. Their offense is average in the Big 12, but their defense is one of the worst in the conference.

The scariest part of this team is their overall size. They are one of the tallest teams in the country. Adversely, Kansas State it one of the shortest. That didn’t prove to be a huge weakness for the ‘Cats on Monday night, but playing on the road has been very difficult.

What are the keys to this game? My answer is unchanged from the KU game. Don’t beat yourself and limit your mistakes. Play within your offense and don’t get selfish with the ball. Defend as a team. The rotation of help defense against KU was amazing. I think we could burn a few thousand DVDs and sell those to coaches at all levels across the world. So I have listed play offense as a team, play defense as a team and my third key is don’t let the road beat you. Don’t  let the game slip away like it did at Texas and Iowa State.

You got drunk beating #15 Texas by 17 on Saturday. You got drunk beatting #7 KU in overtime on Monday. Don’t show up to Waco hungover after a weekend bender. Make this a business trip.

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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