Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Youthful Wildcats Outplayed ; Haskin: Freeman Reminiscent of Young Kobe against Wildcats

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Youthful Wildcats Outplayed ; Haskin: Freeman Reminiscent of Young Kobe against Wildcats

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MANHATTAN -- There is only so much basketball consistency to expect out of Kansas State.

The Wildcats are promising. They showed every bit of their potential and then some in beating Oklahoma. They even got to stay at home for another game Wednesday, but No. 21 Baylor rallied without senior brute Rico Gathers to derail Kansas State 82-72 at Bramlage Coliseum.

"We had an unbelievable game Saturday, magical in some ways, and today they played magical," K-State coach Bruce Weber said.

Surprising? Not really.

The inexperience K-State possesses in spots is overshadowed only by inconsistency ... and the devastating loss of Kamau Stokes, who actually was demonstrating a consistent command of the game as a freshman point guard.

Facing zone pressure that enabled the Bears to force 22 turnovers in the first matchup, a double-overtime loss for the Cats in Waco, K- State sustained little rhythm. It committed 12 turnovers against nine field goals while digging an 11-point halftime deficit. It never did grab the lead, shooting just 39 percent while getting as close as five in the second half.

Defense was even worse for K-State.

"They made some shots, but we broke down," Weber added. "We should be angry and be able to show people we're capable of making a run. We've got to play great defense.

"They beat us on dribble-drive, they beat us on post dunking ... obviously we didn't have the defensive focus we've had the rest of the year, which is obviously disappointing."

The last time the Cats won consecutive games was in December, before the beginning of Big 12 play. The opponents during that three- game sizz were Colorado State, North Dakota and Saint Louis.

Hardly what you get battling through the Big 12, where six teams are ranked, the league's RPI is the best in the country and two- thirds of the league games have been decided by 11 points or less.

Almost makes you want to quit worrying about what two schools would make the best additions for the conference.

Then again, if you happen to coach hoops, you really don't care. …

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