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Oklahoma State 80, K-State 68: Denouement

The end draws near.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

K-State overcame a 14-point first-half lead to notch an 80-68 home loss to Oklahoma State tonight in Manhattan.

When the two teams met on January 18th in Stillwater, K-State was 13-5 and 2-3 in Big 12 play, while Oklahoma State was 11-7 and 0-5 in Big 12 play.

After tonight: K-State 17-11 (6-9). Oklahoma State 19-9 (8-7).

There are two coaches in the country we can say with confidence would be K-State’s coach today if athletic director John Currie wanted them. One is Frank Martin, who is in the process of leading South Carolina to the NCAA Tournament, rebuilding a program that went 60-63 in the four years before his arrival and hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2004.

The other coach is the guy who led Oklahoma State to a win tonight, and will coach them in the NCAA Tournament next month in his first year on the job.

There’s no pleasure in writing a post like this. Bruce Weber is a good man who can, in the right situation, be a successful basketball coach. But he’s not meeting any reasonable standard for success at K-State. He has this year’s team, which is his own creation, playing at a per-possession level that approximates what they achieved in 2012-13.

That team won a Big 12 title. This team won’t make the NCAA Tournament.

So joylessly I write that it’s time to replace Weber in Manhattan. And if John Currie can’t see that this is required, then he needs to answer to General Myers and the K-State fanbase why Weber deserves more time and, more importantly, why we should trust his judgment when it comes to personnel decisions.