The encouraging thing to take away from Kansas State’s 75-73 loss to Baylor on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum is that Rodney McGruder is becoming the go-to player the Wildcats need him to be.
He made 10 of 14 shots, including two three-pointers, against the Bears and led all scorers with 30 points.
“He’s a heck of a player,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “We didn’t have many answers for him.”
A month ago, the junior forward was impossible to predict. Would he score two points like he did against Alabama? Or would he score 28 points like he did against Long Beach State?
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K-State is a much different team than a year ago, when Jacob Pullen had to score in bunches for the Wildcats to win. Their offense doesn’t flow through a single player. Frank Martin wants balance, and so do his players. But it’s always good to know who your go-to scorer is. Based on what McGruder has done in his past five games (his scoring totals have been 28, 14, 15, 20 and 30) he is that go-to scorer.
Though his contributions weren’t enough for K-State to beat Baylor, they were impressive. And yet another sign of the player McGruder has become. (more…)