This time, it wasn’t just one player helping Rodney McGruder. Everyone pitched in.
Shane Southwell, Angel Rodriguez and Will Spradling all scored at least 12 points, and the Wildcats won their eighth-straight game. K-State will likely move into the top 15 when the national polls are released Monday.
That means Tuesday’s Sunflower Showdown at Bramlage Coliseum will be a matchup of highly ranked teams. First place in the Big 12 will also be on the line. K-State set up that matchup by handing Oklahoma its first conference loss on Saturday. Here’s a look back with player ratings:
Rodney McGruder — 9: K-State’s leading scorer was held scoreless for more than 13 minutes on Saturday. In the end, that didn’t matter. Once McGruder found the bottom of the net, he kept shooting it well and finished with 20 points. The senior wing played all 40 minutes and was once again the best player on the floor.
Last game: 9.5. Average: 9.12.
Shane Southwell — 8: Southwell delivered 10 of his 12 points in the first half when Oklahoma was clamping down on Rodney McGruder. He made sure the Wildcats stayed close until McGruder got going. Then K-State pulled away. He also did a nice job on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds.
Last game: 6. Average: 7.37.
Will Spradling — 8: Spradling has now shot the ball well in back-to-back games. He made three three-pointers on Saturday, and scored 15 points. He also didn’t lose a turnover in 34 minutes. When he is making shots, K-State is a totally different team.
Last game: 6.5. Average: 6.62.
Angel Rodriguez — 7.5: This number will seem low for a player who sent out nine assists, grabbed three steals and only committed one turnover and two fouls, but Rodriguez loses points for missing 10 shots. Though he did score 12 points, and helped K-State seal the deal late, he made some poor decisions on offense. His shots get blocked far too often inside.
Last game: 6. Average: 6.87.
Thomas Gipson — 6: It was another mostly quiet day from Gipson, but he helped K-State’s offense flow and scored three points while grabbing four rebounds.
Last game: 4. Average: 5.75.
Martavious Irving — 6: Irving didn’t make the same impact he did at TCU, but he still did some nice things. He played good defense and had three assists. Three turnovers were a negative, though.
Last game: 9. Average: 6.75.
Adrian Diaz — 6: Diaz seems like he has worked his way back into the rotation. He’s still got a long way to go before he is playing major minutes, but he made good plays against Oklahoma. His dunk right before halftime brought the crowd to its feet. He had four points and two rebounds.
Last game: 7. Average: 4.1.
Jordan Henriquez — 5.5: He was hardly involved on offense, but he did a lot on defense. Henriquez blocked three shots and came up with a steal. He will next be challenged by Jeff Withey.
Last game: 8.5. Average: 7.
Nino Williams — 3: Another down game from Williams. He was held scoreless in 7 minutes.
Last game: 2. Average: 5.1.