Wildcat Formation: Growing Pains Edition PowercatRyan January 24, 2014 Features, Wildcat Formation Ouch! That shot hurt. Even tape delayed on my DVR two hours later, that shot really stung. I managed to avoid any score updates and got to enjoy the game on Tuesday like it was live. I got to live the game in all of it’s frustrations and happiness the way sports should be enjoyed. The shot that ended Tuesday night’s game was a real bummer, but it wasn’t “The Shot” that we remember from McGruder. That one essentially won us a Big 12 title. It may not take the sting out of the loss in Austin, but I would trade the joy we all felt from that shot and the aftermath of a Big 12 regular season title for the pain and suffering of losing the sixth game of an 18 game season. One thing that should prove positive is the growth that this Freshmen team will gain from that loss. Marcus Foster had family there to watch him and it was pretty visible from Kansas State’s opening possession that Foster was going to try to take the game over. He finished with 8 points, shooting for just 25% and a woefully low 17% (Foster and Southwell both went 1-6) from behind the arc… and it still came down to the final possession. Yes, there were bright spots. The overall player of the game, hands down, was Thomas Gipson. The man was a beast in the paint and the back-and-forth between he and Cameron Ridley was really fun to watch. The one play that comes to mind it the alley-oop from Foster to Wesley Iwundu.That showed a lot of promise and the long pass from Foster was on the money and Iwundu handled it perfectly. As a fan that was in college for the Wooldrige era, I have seen a lot of failed alley-oops and only a handful that have worked. This one is the best alley-oop I have seen from Kansas State in a while. What makes it even more special is it was from a freshman to a freshman. I guess that unintentionally displays that one play does not win you a game and one play doesn’t lose you a game either. The team rebounded very well as a unit. Not a single Wildcat had more than 5 rebounds in the game, yet they out rebounded the best rebounding team in the league in their building. I hate to sound like those fans you know that always shout, “JUST WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!” but this team is young and growing with every possession. The team is playing a lot better than I expected heading into the Big 12 season and I see more results from the freshman than I thought I would as well. The semester just started on Tuesday. This team is already taking they failed their first exam and have another one tomorrow. They have had three days to go over what they missed, do some homework and prepare for this one and they know their overall grade is riding on it. Let’s see how they respond and apply themselves on Exam #2.