Post-mortem, Missouri (02/16)

What did we learn from Saturday?

1. Missouri isn’t very good. Serviceable, but not tremendous.

2. Don’t upset Mike.

3. This team won’t lose again at home – sorry, Texas.

Which leads us to this week, which might be the most critical stretch of the season for the Wildcats. Has this team grown from its road woes? In fairness, each conference road loss came with certain circumstances. The game in Missouri was more about what K-State failed to do, which was close out the Tigers. And the game at Texas Tech was simply about the Wildcats failing to play with purpose early and being unable to adequately defend the Red Raiders’ motion offense – at least in the first half.

There is little margin for error when winning on the road – look at the two road victories K-State recorded. They weren’t blowouts by any stretch, and the Wildcats never let up in either.

Handling Nebraska in Lincoln will be difficult. Beating Baylor in Waco is going to be extremely difficult. And I don’t think a split does anything for K-State, if the Wildcats are intent on taking the Big 12 title. It’s a sweep or bust, and finally, after what I saw Saturday, I think this team is capable.

What do you think?