Three points: Kansas State vs. Savannah State


Nov 26, 2014; Lahaina, Maui, HI, USA; Kansas State Wildcats coach Bruce Weber talks to his team in a timeout in a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the Kansas State Wildcats not playing their best basketball of late, they have a chance to put away a 3-7 Tiger team this afternoon in the Octogan of Doom as they enter their final stretch before beginning conference play.

Three points that K-State needs to do to get back on the right track:

Take care of the ball – In the last two games, the Wildcats turned the ball over 22 times in a loss to Tennessee and 17 times in K- State’s most recent win over Bradley. With Texas A&M and Georgia looming in the coming days before conference play begins after the turn of the calendar, the Wildcats need to clean it up on the offensive side of the ball.

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  • Need a better start – Against Bradley last Tuesday, the Wildcats scored only 18 points in the first half, including an eight-minute dry spell where K-State missed six-straight field goals. The Wildcats shot a season-low 23.1 percent in the first half compared to 42.9 percent in the second half. It was the same story against Tennessee in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. K-State shot 25 percent in the first half and trailed the Vols 25-17 at the break.

    Defense – This could be and should be a game where K-State’s defense shines. Savannah State averages more than 20 turnovers per game and
    haven’t won a game away from home all season. Through nine games, K- State’s opponents have shot better than the Wildcats with the opponents shooting 46 percent. Savannah State has only shot 38 percent through 10 games.

    The Wildcats and Tigers tip off at 5 p.m. Central Time in Manahattan, Kan.