Daily Archives: March 8, 2008

K-State at Iowa State (03/08)

FINAL, KSU, 73-69

Pullen with the game of his life. Unbelievable take. Wow. Guess that answers the questions about his confidence being shaken. Another goaltending call on Bill, which Frank didn’t care for. Clock is ticking, fans are getting louder. Mike misses his shot, and the Clones have possession with 22 seconds left and down 3. McDermott calls timeout. Terrific energy in here right now. Wonder if McDermott is drawing up something for a two or if he’s going for the dagger. A quick hitter and then the foul? We’ll see… Garrett dribbles around, gets in the lane and launches a runner. He misses, and I don’t think that’s what McDermott drew up. Walker rebounds and is fouled. He misses, and K-State gives a foul on Garrett. Smart call – up 3, the Clones have to make and intentionally miss. The guard makes the first, and you know what’s coming. Iowa State burns a timeout. The K-State coaches are imploring their guys to box out. Mike corrals the rebound. He’s fouled, and the fans make for the exits. Frank looks relieved. All of the Wildcats do, really. With 1.9 left, he gets No. 1. And No. 2 makes it official. He walks over to the bench. It’s over. K-State wins. Barely.

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My take, Iowa State (03/08)

Today should reveal everything we need to know about Kansas State. Really.

Hate to make too much of one game, but — as Brian McNamee might say — it is what it is. Oh, there’s a pretty good chance K-State is already in the NCAA tournament field, but why leave it to chance? The Wildcats have to play today in Ames with that as motivation. Have to.

I can’t see Iowa State’s guards doing too much damage, but one of my favorite players in the Big 12, Wesley Johnson, might. He’s going to be a tough cover, but Andre and ‘Nique should do OK on him, right? Elsewhere, you have to like the matchups – Bill with Brackins and Mike with Jiri.

Advantage, K-State — even if it’s on the road. The Wildcats have too much on the line. Or so you’d think…

Make sure to check here during the game for my updates.