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Wildcat report (Nov. 18)

  • Published Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s box score

K-State 74, North Florida 55

N. FLORIDAMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Wallace295-93-32-61313
Jeune242-50-04-6145
P Smith273-81-20-2019
Wilson251-22-21-1414
Granberry302-131-20-2136
Beech206-111-44-70415
McRoy190-20-00-2130
Rodriguez120-30-00-0210
Daniels141-21-21-2023
Totals20020-559-1513-31102255

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.

KANSAS ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Williams183-64-42-20110
Henriquez152-71-22-8005
Rodriguez171-40-00-2622
McGruder247-131-11-30116
Spradling221-60-00-3403
Southwell170-02-21-3222
Irving203-52-20-3318
Lawrence141-50-10-1113
Diaz143-63-68-10059
Gipson203-96-106-90112
Orris50-00-00-0000
Johnson141-52-27-8024
Totals20025-6621-3029-54161674

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.

North Florida

262955
Kansas St.403474

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.

Sorry, bro

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.

Worth noting

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

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