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.
Thomas Gipson – 8: Gipson delivered a strong game when K-State needed him most. With Jordan Henriquez limited to 10 minutes because an injured back, he scored 15 points on 10 shots and grabbed six rebounds. Gipson has been hot-and-cold lately. But when he plays well, K-State benefits.
Last game: 6.5. Average: 6.3.
Martavious Irving – 6: Irving scored eight points and had an assist in 25 minutes, but K-State’s offense flowed better when Will Spradling was in the game.
Last game: 8. Average: 6.3.
Will Spradling – 6: Spradling showed his value by sending out three assists and not losing any turnovers in 19 minutes. He helps K-State’s offense even when he isn’t scoring. The Wildcats need him in the lineup to complement Irving and Rodriguez.
Last game: 1. Average: 6.1.
Jordan Henriquez — 2: His back went out at the wrong time. K-State was helpless against Le’Bryan Nash with him on the bench.
Last game: 4. Average: 5.4.
Nino Williams — 5: He came off the bench to grab six rebounds and score two points.
Last game: 3. Average: N/A.