The Kansas State Wildcats keep inching their way to something they haven’t experienced in a generation, a Big 12 Conference Championship. They are doing their best to keep winning every game from now to the end of the regular season to keep in step with their nemesis the Kansas Jayhawks.
Saturday night against Texas was an easy step towards that goal. As they traveled to Austin to play this game they were a focused team on a mission. They are playing so much better than when they lost against Kansas or you could say blown out of the water. Several players have really stepped up and played great down this stretch.
In the Texas game, the Wildcats trailed only for a matter of seconds. They played focused and determined to go home victorious. Point guard Angel Rodriguez said this, “We’re trying to win a championship you know?” “We’ve got to play at a high level. We’ve still got a couple of games. If we keep doing what we do, we should be all right.”
They played at that high level by making nine three-pointers against the toughest perimeter defense in the country and having four players score in double figures in a game they controlled by early in the second half.
The Wildcats were a blistering 20 of 22 from the free throw line to snuff out any hopes of a Texas rally. Texas was more aggressive on defense and moved the basketball a lot better this time than the last time they played. Myck Kabongo had an impressive 24 points, the most he’s scored in four games since returning. The Longhorns really never had a chance to take this game away from the Wildcats. This is the Longhorns’ worst season in 15 years under coach Rick Barnes.
For the Wildcats it was again their senior leader. Rodney “Mighty” McGruder led this team in scoring with 2o points. Coach Bruce Webber has really motivated this team to execute plays and have a winning mindset. In this game they kept their composure, and made the extra passes to get some easy baskets. With only four more games left in the regular season, the Wildcats are on a mission to not just win the Big 12 but to win the National Championship as well. Their toughest test will be their last game at Stillwater against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. If they keep playing with the passion and determination they had today, they will go far in March.
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