Kansas State basketball lost 65-43 to West Virginia yesterday in a game they were forced to play without starting guard Nijel Pack due to an eye issue. There’s not much to say about this one, as it was ugly on both sides until West Virginia went on a 17-0 run in the second half to break it wide open. Let’s take a closer look…
“Our defense was better in the second half. It was much better in the second half. (In the) first half, both teams were miserable. Both teams didn’t make any shots. In the second half, (junior guard) Sean (McNeil) started making some shots for us. (Senior guard) Taz (Sherman) scored. Derek got involved a little more. We obviously can score when you look at our numbers over the past three weeks.”…Bob Huggins, post-game
JM: I found this quote interesting because Huggins evaluated both teams as being “miserable.” He was being honest and he was right, but you usually don’t see coaches evaluate the opposing team negatively like that.
“We don’t have ball handlers and passers…”…Bruce Weber, post-game
JM: Weber was discussing not having Nijel Pack on the floor and the fact that he doesn’t have any ball handlers and passers when he is not out there. He also doesn’t have any shooters, but he didn’t mention that. It’s an indictment of Weber that he pretty much concedes defeat when he doesn’t have Pack out there running things.
“I have had to reinvent our offense at least six times if not more during the season because of different situations.”…Bruce Weber, post-game
JM: What? Why?
“It is hard for the guys because we thought maybe yesterday that we might not have him (Pack), but you are trying to practice early and trying to get here, so how much can you do?”…Bruce Weber, post-game
JM: Let’s see if I’ve got this right. He was trying to install a new offense in a morning practice prior to flying to Morgantown to play and using that as the excuse why they lost?
“The ball handling is the biggest thing. (Senior guard) Mike (McGuirl) got four (fouls), and he was dead tired, but we still had to keep him in the game at times just because he can pass the basketball and give us a chance.”…Bruce Weber, post-game
JM: There’s NOBODY else on the roster than can pass the basketball? Did I read that right?
“Again, they are averaging 90 (points) the last five (games), and we held them to 65.”…Bruce Weber, post-game
JM: Holding them to 65 doesn’t matter when you only score 43.
“K-State is now 7-19 on the season, including 3-14 in Big 12 play… The Wildcats finish the season with a 2-7 mark on the road, all in league play… The 19 losses tie for the third-most in school history.”…kstatesports.com
JM: This isn’t the most losses Weber has had in a season. He had 21 losses last season. He also had 19 losses in the 2007-08 season at Illinois. Not to mention he’s had years with 16 losses and 17 losses while at K-State, but who’s counting?
“K-State scored its 43 points on a season-low 29.4 percent (15-of-51) shooting, including 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range, while connecting on 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line.”…kstatesports.com
JM: 15 of 51 from the field? That seems bad until you read they were 3 of 19 from three point land! Yikes!
I think would be best to erase this one from my memory as soon as possible. Up next is Iowa State in Bramlage next Saturday at 3:00 on ESPN Plus.
Thank God the season’s almost over. I hear the K-State baseball team is doing well, so I might check that out. Till next time….