Missouri started off this game 6 in the nation and undefeated on the year. They ended this game licking their wounds and wondering where it all went horribly wrong.
Thirty-six hour before K-state had suffered its own 18-point smack down from inter-state rival Kansas. Coach Frank Martin was fuming after this loss and destroyed the DVD of the game and smashed it into a million pieces in front of his team, going on about how their defense had broken down and their game plan vanished. Now just 36-hours later, Kansas St. was celebrating like it was the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
Kansas St. was lead by McGruder who dropped in a game-high 20 points. K-state impressively shot 49% from the field and 33% beyond the arc. McGruder made a conscious effort to get to the rim and stated after the game “I needed to have a different mindset in this game and not settle for 3-pointers.”
Mizzou didn’t help themselves by only shooting 32.7% from the field, but the reality was K-state simply looked like the better team. Their lead only grew throughout the game and ass the minutes evaporated the only question left in the arena was how much Mizzou was going to lose by. Some see a loss like this as a good thing for a squad like Missouri because it helps them shrug off the pressure of being undefeated and focus on making the improvements necessary to win in March.
The question for Kansas is whether K-state can maintain this level of play throughout the season. This game could just be a fluke as a rebound to their embarrassing loss to Kansas earlier in the week with emotions running high. Can K-state deliver this level of ball when they don’t have that kind of inherent motivation?
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