Bob Huggins returned to Manhattan tonight to take on his old team the Kansas State Wildcats. He received a warm welcome from all the fans. Huggins hoped it would have been a different outcome but instead was behind at the half by 13 and went back to Morgantown with a loss.
The Wildcats led all the game and never looked back. They played tremendous defense against the Mountaineers with each player doing a great job stopping the Mountaineers. They have a great amount of role players on this team from Rodney McGruder, Angel Rodriguez, Shane Southwell, Nino Williams to Will Spradling. Spradling had a fantastic game leading the team in scoring with 19 points and had a chance to score a career-high but the ball came out of the rim.
The Mountaineers were on a run to catch back up to the Wildcats but thanks to Eron Harris who decided to shove Spradling, the Wildcats were given four free throws. He was whistled for a technical foul and a fouled out out of the game. Spradling hit all four free-throws and took the momentum away from the Mountaineers.
Even coach Huggins was whistled for a technical foul in this losing battle. This team really needs to find shooters and figure out how to play basketball again. The best player for them tonight was Deniz Kilicli who was the only one to score in double digits. Terry Henderson came into this game being hot behind the arc but tonight was a totally different story. The positive thing they can take out of this game is that they crashed the boards and was even with the Wildcats on rebounds. Usually the Wildcats have out rebounded their opponents this season.
Now Kansas State sits in first place in the Big 12 for just a little bit. They get to wait till Wednesday night to see who will join them, Kansas or Oklahoma State. The Wildcats are a very smart team and they know what they are doing. They are playing great right now since the blowout at Kansas and look like a very confident team hoping to take the Big 12 crown away from the Jayhawks. They are a tough team to beat in Manhattan with their only loss coming to Kansas in the Big 12. Coach Bruce Webber has them team ready to play in March and go far in the NCAA tourney.
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