Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Defense Causes Misery for Missouri ; Wildcats: Wade, Iwundu Pace Cats

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Defense Causes Misery for Missouri ; Wildcats: Wade, Iwundu Pace Cats

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The offense will likely be hit and miss throughout the season for Kansas State's basketball team, so coach Bruce Weber is counting on defense as a foundation.

With a 37-percent shooting night and its lowest point total of the young season, the foundation was rock solid Monday when the Wildcats limited Missouri to 31-percent shooting for a 66-42 victory in the opening round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center.

"We always take a lot of pride on the defensive end and shutting people down," Weber said. "In the first couple of exhibition games we were actually better on defense than we were in practice and they carried it into the first few games."

K-State took a step backward, giving up 42 first-half points to South Dakota last Friday. The Wildcats came back strong against Missouri, advancing to the CBE championship game against No. 9 North Carolina late Tuesday night.

North Carolina, the preseason No. …

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