The Kansas State Wildcats coasted to a 75-55 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Monday and now sit alongside the Kansas Jayhawks atop the Big 12 Conference standings. K-State hasn’t won a conference title since 1977 but this season is poised to break that trend, especially with an uncharacteristic Jayhawks squad dropping games they normally wouldn’t have much of a problem with.
The Wildcats are 13th in the nation with nearly 17 assists per-game, led by 5.2 apg by sophomore Angel Rodriguez.
Rodriguez averaged 7.5 apg over the past four games — all wins — and dished out seven against TTU, along with four steals and 16 points.
Leading-scorer Rodney McGruder is giving up the ball a little more these days, making it easier for guys like Rodriguez to light up the stat sheet and making it more difficult for opposing defenses to key in on K-State’s offense. The senior can still be a double-digit scorer but the beauty Kansas State is that scorers are coming out of the woodwork.
K-State shoots 44-percent from the field but have two games of shooting at least 50-percent in its last four contests — all wins, two by at least 10 points. KU has a similar slate but given the Jayhawks’ recent struggles, the door is wide open for a banner to be raised in Manhattan.
The Wildcats have three regular-season games left, all against teams who they’ve beaten before.
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