Kansas State Wildcats Need Help From the Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Wildcats along with the Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma State Cowboys are all knotted with 9-3 records. They have put some space between themselves and the rest of the conference as the next closest teams are all 7-5.
However, the Jayhawks have beat the Wildcats in both of their meetings this season, which means that in order for them to win the Big 12, they will need the Cowboys to beat the Jayhawks on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats play the West Virginia Mountaineers, Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Baylor Bears and the TCU Horned Frogs in their next five games. These are the bottom five teams in the conference. They then play their last conference game against the Cowboys, who they beat earlier in the season. This would be the way to break the tie if they could win out and Kansas loses one game.
Can this scenario play itself out?
Well the Cowboys can definitely beat the Jayhawks, because they just went into Phog Allen Fieldhouse a few weeks ago and shocked the basketball world by breaking the Jayhawks 33-game home winning streak.
Now can the Wildcats run off six more wins including beating the Cowboys?
It all depends on their offensive production, as even in the Wildcats loses (except against Kansas this week) their defense has been acceptable.
Head coach Bruce Weber will need to continue to get production from his star Rodney McGruder who is averaging 15.0 points per game. Angel Rodriguez had a great game in his last outing, scoring 22 points, but that will not always be there, but it is welcomed. They also need sharp shooting Shane Southwell to stretch defenses and to get good movement in their motion offense.
If the offense can help its defense, then the Wildcats have a legitimate shot a winning the Big 12.
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