Purple Kansas is good, I'm just not sure how good. But I felt good about the KU game, and I feel even better about this one.
Who will get the tip-in points? Legend is an unknown to the game and will be nervous for the match.
The battle of the boards is where the game will be won at. Who will make the hustle plays? cyguy is known for his defense so who can provide that spark? lots of questions for the clones this year.
I think the tactics and the hustle points get the wildcats a win at Hilton Haxball Colliseum.
This game will be closer since of some lapse of focus from the cats from time to time.
Kansas St. sweeps 5-1,5-1, 5-2.
I appreciate everyone is anxious for this matchup but do research before spouting the clones to win.:jimlad:
I honestly feel better than I normally do about these kind of games... I say 77-62 ISU
Before the two Kansas schools, I thought we would split 1-1. I'm going to be optimistic and say we come to play this game. State wins 74-63.
I think the "letdown" comes in one of the Oklahoma/OSU road games.
I definitely think ISU will win this game, but it is not going to be easy. I have seen KSU play like 3 or 4 times this year, and to me, they are a very good defensive and rebounding team. As would be expected with their coach, they really get after the ball on defense. I think their weak spot is their offense......they don't seem to have a lot of scoring options from what I have seen.
One stat that scared me was that, in conference, they have averaged almost 16 offensive rebounds per game........and ISU is not exactly outstanding with interior defense.
Purple Kansas- 67
Is it actually tough for the team to move past this? Our guys clearly believe that they should win each game.
I don't think we'll struggle to show up and play Tuesday. Then we win a close one and keep marching.
Same as the OSU game. Spradling will light us up and we'll be "off." I expect us to find a way to win a close, hard fought game.
I'm thinking ISU is going to feed off the big win Saturday and carry through. ISU 72 KSU 63. Boom!
I do like that their leading scorer appears to be a perfect matchup for Babb defensively. If Babb can take the 6'4" McGruder out of the game, not only do they lose most of his 15 points (20 points in conference), but they also lose one of their most consistent rebounders at 5.5 a game (5.9 in conference). Note that 46% of his rebounds have been on the offensive glass (49% in conference play!). He's also leading them in minutes played at 32.0 per game (35.0 in conference) so not having the player they expect here, could certainly send their team into disarray. This certainly makes me feel a little better about the Cyclones' chances.
They may be a deep team that plays 8 at least 18 minutes a game and in conference play plays 11 at least 10 minutes a game, but McGruder is the straw that stirs the drink for them.
Man, I love having a defensive stopper like Babb.