How much better is Kansas State than Texas this season? The Wildcats easily defeated the Longhorns with and without Myck Kabongo.
The talented Texas point guard was back in the starting lineup on Saturday, but it didn’t matter. K-State shot the ball well from all over (it made 20 of 22 free throws and 9 of 18 three-pointers) and won without much trouble 81-69.
It was its third straight victory by double digits. With Texas Tech coming up next at Bramlage Coliseum, that streak could easily be extended to four. The Wildcats are playing some of their best basketball at the moment.
Let’s look back on its latest win in another edition of Player Ratings:
Rodney McGruder – 9: This was one of McGruder’s better games. The senior guard scored 20 points on 13 shots and also grabbed six rebounds. He got to the free-throw line and played strong defense without committing fouls. That was important in this game.
Last game: 7. Average: 8.1.
Shane Southwell – 8.5: Southwell followed one of his worst games with one of his best. The junior guard made three three-pointers, including an off-balance trey just before halftime that swung momentum K-State’s way for good, on his way to an 11-point night. But he was also effective in other areas, sending out six assists and grabbing six rebounds.
Last game: 4. Average: 7.4.
Angel Rodriguez – 8: Foul trouble limited him from playing more, and that’s something he needs to watch in future games. Some of his fouls were unnecessary. Still, he was a difference-maker when he was on the floor. Rodriguez had 16 points, six assists and two rebounds.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.4.
Thomas Gipson – 6.5: Gipson was at his best in the second half, when he continually got open under the basket and made easy, unguarded shots. He made five of six shots before finishing with 10 points and four rebounds
Last game: 7. Average: 6.1.
Jordan Henriquez – 6.5: It seemed like a relatively quiet game from K-State’s starting forward, but then you look down at the stat sheet and see he had six points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Last game: 6. Average: 5.7.
Will Spradling – 6: Spradling didn’t play much in the first half after taking a hard hit to the chest, but he gave K-State a nice left with a three-pointer and two free throws in the early minutes. He played through pain in the second half and finished with eight points.
Last game: 9. Average: 6.5.
Martavious Irving – 5: It was another quiet game from Irving, though he did more against Texas than he did against West Virginia. He had five points and played solid defense.
Last game: 3. Average: 6.1.
Nino Williams — 4: Williams wasn’t able to follow up his strong effort against West Virginia. He scored two points in 5 minutes.
Last game: 7.5. Average: N/A.
D.J. Johnson — 4: The freshman forward came off the bench to convert an and-one layup and grab a rebound in 5 minutes of action.
Last game: N/A. Average: N/A.
Omari Lawrence – 3: Lawrence saw more time than usual with Rodriguez and Spradling both on the bench in the first half, but he didn’t take advantage. He made a few foolish decisions and was held scoreless.
Last game: 4. Average: N/A.