by: Court @courtmac17
While Kansas State got the 56-61 win against Colorado State on Saturday, it wasn’t pretty. The Wildcats had finals the week before the game and didn’t have a practice collectively as a team at all. Weber also gave them Wednesday off, but everyone was still at the gym at some point that day.
K-States home stand started off on a positive not when they beat the North Dakota Fighting Hawks yesterday in Bramlage. The Wildcats had a very low scoring game and only score 24 in the first half and 39 in the second. Poor shooting plagued both Kansas State and North Dakota especially in the first half and combined to shoot 18 of 50 from the field to go along with 19 turnovers.
Even though K-States three point shooting this season hasn’t been good Barry Brown came off of the bench and scored 15 points and was 3 of 5 from the three point line. Brown was the leading scorer for the Cats against the Fighting Hawks. Brown helped spark a trio of three pointers early in the second half and it sparked an 11-0 run, which helped the Wildcats stretch a 24-21 halftime lead to 38-27. The Wildcats won 63 to 49. Kansas State shot 38% from the field, 29% behind the arch and 46% at the line. North Dakota shot 49% from the field, 17% from behind the arch ad 60% at the line.
On Tuesday December 29th the Wildcats will take on the Saint Louis Bilikens. In the past SLU has had some really god teams, but it doesn’t look like this is their year. The Bilikens are 5-6 with three of those loses coming in their last three games against UT Martin, Indiana State and Southern Illinois. SLU was picked to finish ninth out of ten teams in the Missouri Conference after finishing 12-21 last year. The Bilikens are 3-0 on the road this year beating Sam Houston State, North Texas and Murray State. Four Bilikens are averaging double figures in scoring.
This is the latest in a season SLU has had four double digit scorers since 2006-2007 season. Mike Reynolds leads the team with 11.9 ppg. He also leads the team in assists (39) and steals (17).
Prediction: The Wildcats defense will be able to keep him and the rest of the team under control and beat SLU next Tuesday.