Three thoughts from Kansas State’s 65-47 victory over TCU on Tuesday in Fort Worth:
1. Thomas Gipson is starting to look like the player who makes Kansas State go.
Bruce Weber told an interesting story following K-State’s 18-point win over TCU. He said K-State coaches approached Gipson near the end of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, when the Wildcats were playing their worst, and asked Gipson to become the team’s vocal leader. It didn’t have one, and they thought he was the man for the job. Almost instantly, he embraced the role. That much was evident Tuesday, when he called out teammates in huddles for a slow start and encouraged teammates on the court. At one point, he noticed Omari Lawrence hanging his head after a missed defensive assignment and repeated the phrase “It’s over” to him until he regained his confidence. Lawrence went on to score four points and grab two rebounds. Gipson also scored 19 points and snared eight rebounds on Tuesday. Afterward, TCU coach Trent Johnson described K-State as “mentally strong.” When asked about that comment, Weber gave credit to Gipson. “His leadership has been so important,” Weber said. “He has been rock solid.”