Kansas State beat Baylor 56-54 in a game the Wildcats almost didn’t win. As Jon Morse notes, Kansas State almost managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
As upset wins go, this one was sort of unsatisfying. The Wildcats started out hot and built up a huge lead in the first half. But in the second half, the team came out sluggish. With just a quarter to go, Kansas State inexplicably shifted into prevent mode and nearly prevented a victory. It was hard to understand, it was frustrating, it was classic Bruce Weber.
Nonetheless, it was a rare win over a top-rated RPI team, and it should go a long way towards securing an NCAA bid. In beating Baylor, the Wildcats demonstrated grit, energy, and character, i.e. things Weber has been looking for all season. Whether these things will help the team on a difficult conference stretch remains to be seen. For now, at least the losing streak is over.
Up next, it’s Big Monday against #3 Kansas in Manhattan. Let’s go, Cats!
The women weren’t quite so fortunate last night. Looking for an upset win over #12 Texas in Austin, Kansas State came up short and lost 63-58. This was Texas’ 16th consecutive win.
For the Wildcats, Kindred Wesemann and Breanna Lewis led the team with 21 points and 14 points respectively. Kayla Middlebrook had 12 points. But the Wildcats did not have a great shooting day and were also out-rebounded 37-34.
The Wildcats return to Bramlage for the next game, a 1 PM game against Iowa State on Saturday. It’s the annual Pack the House game, with tickets and concessions available for just $1.
Track and Field
The Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln ended yesterday with some noteworthy results in track events for Kansas State.
Leading the pack was Lukas Koch who won the mile-run event with a personal-best time of 4:05.95. That helped Koch break into the school all-time Top 10. His time is currently ninth, and this was the first win in a mile-run event for Kansas State since 2006. Koch’s time is also the best in the Big 12 this year.
A number of Wildcats recorded personal best marks at the event, but as Cliff Rovelto noted, “we have a long way to go.”