If there is one benefit to having a young team in a season when there are so many good teams in the Big 12, Kansas State is likely going to improve a lot more this season. Teams often improve when facing top competition. And it looks like Kansas State is actually making progress. They played Texas Tech close on Saturday and then lost to Texas by just three on Tuesday.
Under 16: Selton Miguel and Nijel Pack are not surprisingly leading the way for Kansas State. Miguel with an early three and a nice assist to Davion Bradford along with two triples from Pack have Kansas State up 14-11 early.
Under 12: Texas is 4-for-4 behind the arc early which draws the Kansas State defense out and allows the Longhorns to go right by them to the basket. The Wildcats are just about as hot from the outside and now also getting to the basket. Both teams are shooting well early. Texas leads 19-18.
Under 8: Miguel continues to attack the basket. This is the best I have seen him play. Davion Bradford is having a tough time guarding Greg Brown, because Brown can stretch it out to behind the arc and hit three pointers. Brown has 12 points early. He averages 11 per game. Brown is also scoring on lobs now. Bradford is having a really tough time guarding him all over the court. Both teams are shooting well. Texas leads 29-28.
Under 4: The best thing Kansas State is doing is making shots, but part of that comes from running their offense better and taking better shots. They look better in this game. This game is tied at 34. I did not expect this.
End of Half: Texas remains on fire from deep. Bruce Weber gets a warning for basically being a sixth player on the court as he has both feet on the court running into the corner yelling at an official. Texas leads 43-39 at the half.
Under 16: Kansas State starts the second half struggling on both ends and committing several fouls, four to be exact. Texas is finding plenty of open shots and hitting them. Texas leads 53-41.
Under 12: Defensive pressure is starting to bother Kansas State. And the Wildcats just can’t continue making shots at the rate they were in the first half. Texas leads 62-48.
Under 8: Nigel Pack forces his shot at times but you don’t mind it with this Kansas State team, because he’s their best option. The other options aren’t terribly close although it appears to be getting better. Texas leads 64-55.
Under 4: Wow. Texas’ Courtney Ramey missed a shot so badly that the official assumed Kansas State got a piece of it and gave the out of bounds ball to the Longhorns. Replays showed that the Kansas State player was not close to blocking the shot. It was just one of the worst shots you have ever seen. And Kansas State goes on a little bit of a run to cut the Texas lead to 68-64.
End of Game: I can’t even explain the last four minutes. Kansas State kept fighting. The Wildcats cut the score to one but Texas holds on for the 80-77 win.