Daily Archives: Jan. 17, 2013

Player Ratings: Martavious Irving shines

TCU might be ready to compete for a Big 12 championship in football next season, but it will be a long time before the Horned Frogs can do the same in basketball.

Heck, it might be a while before they finish .500 in conference play.

Trent Johnson’s team is low on talent, TCU’s arena is by far the most outdated hoops venue in the league and the Frogs don’t currently have what it takes to give most Big 12 teams a game.

For those reasons, there was nothing surprising about K-State’s 67-54 victory on Wednesday. Even on the road, the Wildcats were heavy favorites. Everyone expected them to win easily, and they did by taking a 67-42 lead with 6:19 remaining and easing off the gas.

At 3-0 in conference play, big games now await No. 16 K-State. Oklahoma, also undefeated in the league, and No. 4 Kansas come to Bramlage Coliseum next.

But for now, let’s look back on last night’s victory with some player ratings.

Rodney McGruder – 9.5: The senior wing is turning into a constant for K-State. It can depend on him each and every night. He scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds in 32 minutes.
Last game: 8.5. Average: 9.16.

Martavious Irving – 9: Irving came off the bench and delivered some fantastic defense. He forced a 10-second violation and a 5-second violation with pressure defense and grabbed three steals. Throw in eight points, five assists and one turnover and Irving had one of his finest games.
Last game: 6. Average: 7.
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