Colorado’s 87-75 victory over Kansas State on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament revealed two things about the Wildcats.
1. If they draw an opponent with skilled guards capable of both driving to the basket and making threes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, they will be in a lot of trouble.
2. K-State doesn’t take three losses to the same opponent very well.
Let’s start by examining that first revelation. The Wildcats lost to the Buffaloes for the third time this season, mostly because they didn’t know how to guard Alec Burks and Cory Higgins.
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The talented, oversized duo of guards combined for 52 points and demanded so much attention from K-State’s defense that they also set their teammates up with open shots.
“That’s the problem with playing Colorado,” K-State coach Frank Martin said. “They’re a hard matchup for us, because their two wings are real good off the dribble and our weakness the whole year has been our ability to guard the dribble.” (more…)