Tech’s leading rebounder, Martin Zeno, doesn’t even average five per game. There is balance in the Red Raiders’ offense, but you all know how I feel about balanced scoring – it just means you don’t have a go-to guy. For proof, see Kansas.
I don’t see how Tech beats Kansas State. Now, if the Wildcats beat themselves, as they did in Columbia, that’s another issue. And if K-State paid too much attention to what just happened in Austin and is reveling in being the pace-setter in the Big 12, well, that would be a shame.
But I don’t think that’s the case. Mike Beasley said after the Oklahoma State game he knew how hard it was to win at the United Spirit Arena, which means it’s a challenge for the Wildcats, and I think they respond to challenges. It’s really a matter of motivation. Not in the sense that Frank Martin has K-State ready to play, but more in the sense that if the Wildcats want to come out and dominate, I think this is a game where it’s going to be possible.
We all the Red Raiders run good offense and that won’t change under Pat Knight. But when I doubt, I usually fall back on talent as the tie-breaker. And to be honest, I’m not in doubt. I like the Wildcats – comfortably.
PREDICTION: K-State 74, Texas Tech 59