Kansas State’s 71-61 victory over West Virginia was strange.
There were 49 fouls and 53 free throws. The game lasted much longer than 2 hours. Nothing seemed to come easy.
The Wildcats were the stronger team in that environment, and took advantage of the physical game by building a 21-point lead and winning with ease. On the other side of the court, West Virginia struggled to make shots and Bob Huggins picked up a technical for arguing with officials.
The above picture sums up the game well. It was a fight, and K-State won. Let’s look back on it in the latest edition of Player Ratings:
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Will Spradling – 9: When Spradling gets to the free-throw line seven times, you know things are going well for K-State. The junior guard made all seven of his free throws against West Virginia and tied a career-high with 19 points. He made five of nine shots and led everyone in scoring. This was his best game in a while.Last game: 6. Average: 6.6.
Nino Williams — 7.5 Williams hasn’t done much of anything since scoring 17 points and grabbing five rebounds in a big victory over Oklahoma State, but he erupted on Monday. He had 13 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes, and gave the Wildcats a nice lift off the bench. He picked an ideal time to play well after a 10-game drought. Starter Shane Southwell was off his usual game.Last game: N/A. Average: N/A. (more…)