Sunday’s box score
K-State 74, North Florida 55
Percentages: FG .364, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Beech 2-4, P. Smith 2-5, Jeune 1-4, Granberry 1-10, Rodriguez 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 6 (Wallace 3, Daniels 2, Beech). Turnovers: 20 (Rodriguez 5, Jeune 3, P. Smith 3, Granberry 2, Wilson 2, Wallace 2, Beech, Daniels, McRoy). Steals: 6 (Wilson 2, Daniels, Rodriguez, Granberry, Wallace). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .379, FT .700. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Lawrence 1-2, McGruder 1-4, Spradling 1-4, Williams 0-1, Rodriguez 0-2, Irving 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 3 (McGruder 2, Diaz). Turnovers: 16 (Lawrence 3, Southwell 3, Gipson 2, Rodriguez 2, McGruder 2, Diaz, Spradling, Williams). Steals: 10 (Spradling 4, Lawrence 2, Johnson, Henriquez, Gipson, Irving). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–12,119. Officials–Joe DeRosa, Keith Kimble, Greg Rennegarbe.
Thanksgiving in New York
The Wildcats have to adjust their Thanksgiving plans according to their location this year – they’ll be in New York playing in the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden against Delaware on Wednesday.
K-State will have a short practice Monday in Manhattan then fly east. The NIT has Thanksgiving day covered for all four teams, catering both brunch and dinner that the Wildcats, Delaware, Pittsburgh and Michigan will attend together.
An anticipated matchup between K-State backup center Adrian Diaz and North Florida forward Andy Diaz never materialized. Andy, Adrian’s older brother, limped out of the tunnel in a track suit as the Ospreys went to warm up before the game and didn’t play.
“I called Coach Weber and asked him if we could delay the game a few days so the brothers could play against each other,” North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll said, joking. “He didn’t return my call, so we had to go ahead and play.”
Adrian came off the bench and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and was one point short of his first career double-double.
Big 12 experience
Driscoll has plenty of experience against Big 12 opponents — he spent six seasons as the top assistant to Scott Drew at Baylor and is in his fourth season at North Florida. The Ospreys won a school-record
After the game, he pointed out some obvious and what he believed were not-so-obvious differences between the conferences.
“First, we know going into the year that the only way we get to go to the NCAA Tournament is if we win our conference tournament,” Driscoll said. “And then there’s other stuff, that I think you guys don’t see ... we can’t prepare for (K-State’s) size, we can’t simulate their pressure. We just don’t have the guys to do that in practice.”
OK, maybe they were both pretty obvious points.
The win over North Florida concluded a six-game stretch to open the year at home for K-State, with two exhibition wins and four regular-season wins.… The Wildcats used the starting lineup of Angel Rodriguez, Will Spradling, Rodney McGruder, Nino Williams and Jordan Henriquez for the fourth time this season.…K-State has hosted North Florida for three straight seasons and won all three times.
— Tony Adame