Daily Archives: March 10, 2013

Player Ratings: OSU 76, K-State 70

You know what happened. Oklahoma State beat K-State 76-70, ending the Wildcats’ hopes of winning an outright Big 12 championship. Then Baylor crushed Kansas Saturday evening and K-State ended up claiming a share of the title.

Let’s jump right into the final edition of Player Ratings. This was an 18-game deal, only. Sorry. Instead of ranking players how the played on Saturday, I ranked them by overall average:

Rodney McGruder – 8: McGruder did everything he could. He scored 22 points, grabbed four rebounds and played 39 minutes. He missed nine shots, but he made up for that by getting to the free-throw line eight times. He was K-State’s best player all season and helped the Wildcats take a second-half lead on Saturday.
Last game: 7. Average: 8.1.

Angel Rodriguez – 3.5: This was one of his worst games. He missed 13 shots and turned the ball over four times. He was reckless and continually tried impossible shots in traffic. He might have also been nervous. He missed all four of his three-point attempts badly. It was surprising to see, because Rodriguez has played so well lately.
Last game: 9. Average: 7.4.

Shane Southwell – 5: Southwell missed some open three-pointers that could have changed the game. Even so, he had seven points, three rebounds, a steal and a block in 22 minutes. He did some good things. Overall, it was a breakthrough conference season for Southwell.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.0.
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My all-Big 12 ballot

The Big 12 coaches will announce their all-Big 12 basketball team today. The media will announce theirs on Monday. You get a sneak peek of my ballot now.

I am a voter for the Associated Press all-conference team. Below is a look at how I voted, with players ranked from 1-10.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jeff Withey, Kansas.
This was a difficult decision that came down to the final day of the regular season. An argument could be made for Rodney McGruder, Marcus Smart, Ben McLemore and Withey. I chose Withey, because of his consistent production (he had 12 double-doubles, one triple-double and was far and away the Big 12′s top post player) and his defense. Withey was arguably the best shot-blocker in the country, and he impacted games in ways no other Big 12 player could.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bruce Weber, K-State.
This was an easy one. Weber inherited a roster that was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 standings and ended up guiding the Wildcats to their first conference championship since 1977.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Will Clyburn, Iowa State.
The Utah transfer ranked in the top 5 in both scoring (15.2 points) and rebounding (7.1 boards). He came up big in several of Iowa State’s victories, and produced for the Cyclones inside and out.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State.
Smart transformed Oklahoma State from an underachiever to a top 15 team in his first, and likely only, year on campus. He did it all, ranking near the top of the Big 12 in scoring, assists and steals.
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