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Postgame Thoughts and Player Ratings: Kansas State 65, TCU 53

Three thoughts from Kansas State’s ugly (yes, I think ugly should be in bold) 65-53 victory over TCU on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum:

1. The Wildcats need a healthy Shane Southwell.
An argument can be made for Nino Williams replacing Shane Southwell in the starting lineup. The junior forward has scored 20 and 11 points with Southwell on the bench with an injury to his left ankle. That’s a lot more production than Southwell has given K-State lately. Still, the Wildcats need Southwell in their rotation. Why? Because when Williams gets into foul trouble and Wesley Iwundu plays poorly, as was the case against TCU, Bruce Weber puts walkon Ryan Schultz into the game. They are much better off with Southwell on the floor. Williams and Southwell are both foul-prone players. Williams averages nearly three fouls and fouled out against TCU. Southwell has a bad habit of picking up two quick fouls. When both players are healthy, they have some room for error. One of them can afford to be in foul trouble. When only one of them is healthy, they have to play cautiously. K-State is at its best when Weber can sub them in and out for each other.
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