The Wildcats could not finish around the basket against Marquette. After falling down in the first half, the Wildcats fought back, almost literally, and pulled to within one with just over 12 minutes to play. The shooting was poor. Kansas State shot just 32% from the field and 30% from behind the arc. Kansas State also struggled at the free-throw line making just 18 of 30 free throws. Kansas State thrived on its defense last season, but in this game they allowed Marquette to shoot 42% from the field and 55% from behind the arc.
Kansas State isn’t going to have the season they had last year. They are lacking some of the experience they had and the scorer they had in Dean Wade. The defense will need to be as good as it was last season to give themselves a chance early in the season against good teams.
Bruce Weber’s team will improve more than most during the season. His teams have always done that. He’s a really good basketball coach. If the team buys in, and they will, they will be better in February and March than they are now.
Room for Improvement
G Cartier Diarra has to shoot better. He was 3-for-12 in this game. He scored 14 points but was very inefficient offensively. Diarra did pull down eight rebounds and dish out five assists so he wasn’t terrible in the game, but Kansas State needs him to shoot for a higher percentage or look to pass instead of taking some of those shots.
F Xavier Sneed only played 25 minutes because of foul trouble. In addition to that he shot just 2-for-9 from the field. He pulled down just five rebounds because of his limited time.
Kansas State hosts Alabama State on Wednesday.