TCU traveled to play the Kansas State on Tuesday night as part of the Wildcats’ senior night. It is very hard for any team to come in to the Bramlage Coliseum to best these Wildcats, especially on a night when they honor their seniors. The trio of seniors Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving and Rodney McGruder – already the winningest senior class in school history with 99 victories – was honored in front of several fans, friends and family.
The win on Tuesday night against the Horned Frogs tied the 2008-09 and 2010-11 teams for the most wins (16) at Bramlage Coliseum and the 2010-11 squad for the highest home winning percentage (16-1, .941) in school history. This team has broken lots of records and are still aiming for one more in the coming days, a potential Big 12 championship.
Bruce Weber, the Wildcats head coach, has a 25-5 record on the year, which is the second-best start by a first-year K-State coach in its 109-year history of the program. Weber’s 24 wins are the most ever by a first-year head coach. He has really brought his style to play to this Wildcat team that already had the intensity that Frank Martin left them before leaving for South Carolina. They are on a mission to win the Big 12 and are now a step closer in doing that.
This was a game they needed to win to keep tied with Kansas for first place in the Big 12. Thanks to the impressive play of Angel Rodriguez they were able to take down the Horned Frogs. Rodriguez played like a emotional leader on the court leading these Wildcats to a home victory. Most importantly was the consistent effort of “Super” Shane Southwell whom played a great first half. Southwell scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, including two threes that helped Kansas State take a 15-4 lead.
For TCU, it was the sensational Kyan Anderson who tried to will his team for the upset. Anderson had 29 points and did everything he could do in this losing effort for the Horned Frogs. The only problem was he was the only one really playing strong and didn’t get much help from his other teammates. Anderson scored most of all the first few points and Garlon Green was the only other TCU player to get more than one field goal in the opening half. The Frogs had some slippery hands by turning the ball over several times to let the Wildcats take advantage . This has been a tough year for TCU and the one game they will take some momentum from is beating Kansas, the upset of the century, at home.
Kansas State’s next step to claiming a piece of the Big 12 crown is Saturday in Stillwater against the mighty Oklahoma State Cowboys. They hope to have Will Spradling back for the game. Spradling didn’t play tonight because he has been suffering from a bruised sternum.
The match-up is set and all eyes will be on this game, especially the Kansas Jayhawks who play at Baylor on Saturday. There could be a three-way tie if Kansas State and Kansas loses on Saturday but that in itself should be a motivating factor for both the Wildcats and the Jayhawks to win.