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Winning on the road isn’t easy. Kansas State is proving that this season. The ‘Cats are a ugly 1-5 in road games this season, all in the Big 12. Tomorrow marks the next questions in road tests as Kansas State travels to Norman, Oklahoma to take on former coach Lon Kruger.

Call me crazy, but this is where the Wildcats will finally get their second road win of the season. Going back to the Beasley season, K-State is 3-1 in Norman. A lot has changed over the course of seven seasons. Neither team has a Beasley or Griffin. The coaches have been rotated out. Hell, four conference teams have left and two others have jumped in.

There is a lot that has changed since these two teams met earlier this season, a 72-66 win in Manhattan for the Wildcats. That game featured something that this team needs to find again. Balance. Five players posted double-figure scoring efforts in the victory. The ‘Cats got on the right track Wednesday when four players scored in double figures.

The five games prior to that, no more than three players scored in double figures. Texas Tech was the first of those five games. Marcus Foster scored two points. Two. Since then, Foster has been on a tear. He has averaged 21.6 points per game. Sounds like a player trying to be the only scoring option, right? Nope, over that same span Foster has averaged 4.5 assists including 16 total assists in the last two game.

Foster is just more comfortable in the offense. He trusts his teammates to get open and get the bucket. Part of the reason for Foster’s improving assist numbers has to be Will Spradling. Will has found the open spot on the court and drained the three-ball lately. That’s something this team has been looking for all season.

Another key component to the game tomorrow is health. Will Shane Southwell be back? Will he be any where close to 100%? Hopefully the nearly two weeks of rest will have him back on the court, but he isn’t the only one banged up. Coach Weber mentioned having seven players in the training room before shoot-around on Thursday.

While injuries are piling up this team is coming together. The defense has been there all season, home or away. It’s just the small things that have eluded them away from Bramlage. The hustle, the intensity, the fight, the killer instinct. Those four things and a couple clutch free-throws will win the game on Oklahoma.

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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