After Kansas State’s win at TCU, the question we had was if that could be something off of which the Wildcats could build.
We learned on Tuesday that the answer was yes. Kansas State won at TCU their last time out for their first win of 2021. They followed it up with a win at home against Oklahoma.
Usually, when Kansas State plays well this season, either Nijel Pack, Mike McGuirl, or both have big games. Pack was just 2-for-12 in this game. But McGuirl was 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-9 behind the arc on his way to 19 points and seven rebounds.
Kansas State had to keep the score low to have a chance to win. They struggle offensively, so they cannot get into a shootout. And they did that in this game. They allowed Oklahoma to shoot just 39% while the Wildcats shot 38% themselves. In other words, they gave themselves a chance.
One of the most surprising players on the Wildcats is Davion Bradford. I did not expect him to play as well as he has played for a good part of the season, and he just keeps getting better.
The only player Kansas State is possibly losing because of graduation is Mike McGuirl. Of course, he can come back just like everyone playing this season. But if nobody transfers, the rest of this young squad will all be back together.
If you think these two games are the exceptions rather than the rule, you must consider making a change and replacing Bruce Weber. But if you think that Bruce Weber cleaned house after last season and is building a young team with promise, then you stick with him. And never forget, with schools missing out on a lot of money last season with the cancellation on the conference and NCAA tournament, and this year because of limited seating, very few can afford to be buyout coaches contracts and pay both the fired coach and a new coach at the same time.
I was harsh on Kansas State earlier in the season. This team did not look like a Big 12 team. But they have played much better the past few weeks, and now they have back-to-back conference wins. I don’t think Bruce Weber is going anywhere.