Oof da. Oklahoma State last year, Kansas State the year before that, and K State again. Every year a weaker team upsets us on the road. I don't really subscribe to the theory that there are good losses, but I am not worried about this loss by any means. Kansas State needed/wanted this game a lot more than we did, it was on the road, and they shot the lights out. It happens.
I'm not really worried about the offense. Turning it over on a fourth of our possessions is troublesome, but not something I expect to continue, and the Jayhawks did shoot 54% from two. Obviously the three point shooting was off as only Elijah and Brady made three balls, but again that is something I don't expect to see a lot of in the future.
In the end I'm going to treat this how it is: a game in which we played terribly against an inferior opponent. It happens, and I expect the team to shrug it off and move on. We didn't really learn anything new about this Kansas team, despite what many people have said. We already knew they struggled with playing down to their competition, and every elite team loses games on the road. Duke got blown out at Georgetown last year and all they did was win a national title.
Obviously the most disappointing thing is that this ends the quest for 7 straight Big 12 titles. It sucks, but I am not a fan because Kansas wins Big 12 titles. I am a fan who expects national titles. College basketball is ultimately played in March. The best team doesn't always win the national title, but the national title is the one that matters, not the conference title.
And as for possible road woes? As Ken Pomeroy put it - and something I have been saying for years - there are no true road games in the NCAA Tournament.
- I suppose everyone is a goat in some form or another in a game like this, but Markieff took only 3 shots, and made 1 of them. He also didn't grab a rebound. I'm pretty appalled by those numbers, and I feel sorry for Colorado's post defenders.
- Marcus I guess had the best game. He was 4-7 from two and 5-7 from the line and had three steals.
- Actually, Tyrel Reed probably had the best game, going 3-5 from two and 8-9 from the line. He also has emerged as our go to perimeter guy.
- Yes he had a bad game, but I am sure all anyone will want to talk about is how some walkon should be playing ahead of Tyshawn so I'll just not say anything further.