The Kansas State Wildcats played one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 conference on Wednesday. Kansas State lost their 4th straight home game 80-68
You know former Kansas State player and current Oklahoma State Coach Brad Underwood wanted to even the score with Bruce Weber. He did just that.
It was great to have a healthier D.J. Johnson in the starting lineup and he contributed 5 early points but that was one of the few highlights.
The ‘Cats have had a difficult time starting games. That was not the case on Wednesday.
Bruce Weber’s team, in their sharp grey uniforms, missed a few scoring opportunities early but their good defense held the Cowboys scoreless until the 14:10 mark of the half. How did OSU ever get to 80 points?
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OSU missed 8 of their first-9 shots and the Wildcats scored 8 points off Cowboy turnovers and could have had more.
Before you knew it, the ‘Cats had a 14-point lead. It didn’t last long.
The final minutes of the half were frustrating and OSU made a 14- nothing run on the ‘Cats.
Despite that, I think I was just happy to see Kansas State in the lead and nobody in foul trouble at the break.
Dean Wade was aggressive early and had 6 first half points
He also hit a big bucket to get the second half underway but was hesitant to take shots down the stretch. He did hit a big 3 with 3-minutes to play. However, by that time it was almost too late.
The Wildcats gave up the lead for the first time 47-46 at the16 minute mark of the game.
The ‘Cat defense did little in the second half.
DJ Johnson picked up his 4th foul with just over 10 minutes to play and that hurt.
Carlbe Ervin hit the first 3 of the second half for Kansas State at the 6-minute mark.
When he’s the player hitting 3s, the ‘Cats are in trouble and they were.
Bruce Weber’s team finished the way many fans thought they would, with another loss at Bramlage.