So…Saturday didn’t turn out the way any K-State fan wanted it to. The football team closed out a rough season with a 23-45 loss to Arkansas. The basketball boys opened up Big 12 play with an upsetting 87-83 double OT loss to West Virginia, and the Women’s basketball team lost 87-73 to TCU-their second straight Big 12 loss of the season.
The Wildcats started off strong (or so it seemed) with an Elijah Lee interception on the first possession that led to a ten yard touchdown by Winston Dimel. Arkansas responded immediately with a six play drive ending in a 22 yard Alex Collins score. K-State then kicked a field goal, but Arkansas came right back down the field to score again. After that, Arkansas never looked back. The game summed up the Wildcats season as a whole. The play at QB was inefficient, their receivers couldn’t catch the ball, and the defense couldn’t make any tackles. Alex Collins, of Arkansas, ran for 183 yards and 3 TDS and Brandon Allen threw for 315 yards. The Wildcats only managed 79 yards on the ground, a whole six more yards than they had at half.
This will be a very interesting off-season for the Cats. No one knows what new talent is being brought in or if Snyder is even staying around for another year. There have been rumors that Snyder is going to retire. I am keeping my mouth closed on that subject until something happens.
Saturday, against West Virginia, was nowhere close to what K-State basketball fans pictured. Even though the game was close the entire way and K-State had a 34-33 lead at half, West Virginia defeated K-State in double overtime 87-83. Bob Huggins switched to the 1-3-1 in the second half and it gave the Wildcats trouble. Jaysean Paige was the main reason the Cats lost. The senior scored 25 points off the bench. Barry Brown led the scoring for the Cats with 20 points. With the game tied at 83, Tarik Phillip drove to the basket and hit a mid-range jumper to give the Mountaineers the lead.
On the next K-State possession Dean Wade missed a three point chance. Wesley Iwundu tired to score a layup, but was blocked on the Wildcats last chance to score. The Wildcat fans did not agree with the majority of the fouls called, or not called. The difference between the two teams was that West Virginia made 20/31 free throws, while the Wildcats made 28/43. K-State was also 3/19 from the three point arch. K-State has had troubles throughout the years with free throws and it doesn’t look like it has changed this year.
The Cats look to redeem themselves on Tuesday night against Texas in Austin. When Texas plays tough and aggressive, they can beat almost anyone. At the beginning of the season it didn’t look like Texas would beat anyone, but they have won 7 of their last 8. If the aggressive Texas doesn’t show up, then K-State can pull out a W in Austin.
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