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Trent Johnson’s team is low on talent, TCU’s arena is by far the most outdated hoops venue in the league and the Frogs don’t currently have what it takes to give most Big 12 teams a game.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.
Jordan Henriquez – 8.5: I won’t be surprised if Henriquez moves back into the starting lineup this weekend. The senior has played well lately, and he scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds against TCU. His size made a big difference. His endurance could be better, though. He only lasted 24 minutes.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.5.
Adrian Diaz – 7: The seldom-used forward helped K-State in a big way by coming off the bench to score eight points and snare two rebounds. His size inside helped the Wildcats pull away in the first half.
Last game: N/A. Average: 3.5.
Will Spradling – 6.5: Made two three-pointers and didn’t commit a turnover in 30 minutes of action. He could have done more, but it was a solid game from Spradling all the same.
Last game: 6. Average: 6.16.
Shane Southwell – 6: The junior guard shook off a dreadful first half to score seven points and grab six rebounds. He played the game of his life against West Virginia. Now he is searching for consistency.
Last game: 9.5. Average: 7.16.
Angel Rodriguez – 6: Rodriguez was the third-best guard in a K-State uniform. He only scored three points, and wasn’t very active on offense. But he deserves credit for dishing out three assists and having a turnover-free night.
Last game: 7. Average: 6.66.
Omari Lawrence – 5: Lawrence did some positive things when he saw action, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound.
Last game: N/A. Average: 2.5
Thomas Gipson – 4: Bruce Weber put his arm around Gipson before the start of the second half and had a heart-to-heart with the sophomore forward on the bench. Gipson played a poor first half, and he wasn’t going to play much in the second half. He had four points and two turnovers. Not the type of game you would expect against an overmatched opponent. It will be interesting to see how Gipson responds.
Last game: 5. Average: 5.66.
Nino Williams – 2: Not only was Williams held scoreless, he was never in position to make a basket. Williams took horrible shots, and he missed them badly. Weber only gave him 8 minutes of playing time. Hard to argue he deserved more.
Last game: 6.5. Average: 5.83.