Jan 3, 2015; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys forward/center Michael Cobbins (20) handles the ball against Kansas State Wildcats forward Stephen Hurt (41) during the first half at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
How many “tough” losses can a team have before enough is enough?
The Kansas State basketball team looked to break a two-game losing streak, but a 15-0 second-half run by the Oklahoma State Cowboys made it three losses in a row.
"“It was another tough loss for our guys,” K-State Wildcat coach Bruce Weber said after the 61-47 loss to the Pokes on Saturday. “I liked our energy to start, but we weren’t able to maintain it in the second half and Oklahoma State was able to use the experience with their guards.”"
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record … Something is going to have to change.
Weber even made changes to the lineup.
He went with Nino Williams, Thomas Gipson, Justin Edwards, Nigel Johnson and Wesley Iwundu Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Jevon Thomas and Marcus Foster – usual starters – played 16 and 14 minutes, respectively. The duo scored a combined four points and grabbed two rebounds.
Williams, who was the Big 12 Player of the Week two weeks ago, played only 10 minutes, scoring four points after getting into foul trouble early.
The search continues for players whom Weber trusts to win him games.
They also need more leadership and consistency.
The Wildcats have the talent to win, but aren’t.
Are we seeing a repeat of what happened in Illinois, where Weber won the first couple seasons with Bill Self’s players and then became an average team before being fired? Is it just youth and inexperience? Or, is it something else?
There are still a lot more questions than answers surrounding K-State basketball, and there will continue to be as long as someone doesn’t step up for the Wildcats.
Everything Weber is trying is failing and failing miserably.
K-State is now 0-3 in true road games, which doesn’t bode well.
The bumpy road the ‘Cats are experiencing won’t be getting smoother anytime soon.
They get a one-loss TCU team at Bramlage on Wednesday and visit a ranked Oklahoma on Saturday.
If K-State hopes to salvage the 2014-15 season, they need to do it quickly.