Three thoughts from Kansas State’s 77-61 loss at Oklahoma State on Monday:
1. Will Spradling has to play 30-plus minutes for K-State to win.
Spradling never appeared more important than he did against the Cowboys. For the second straight game, he picked up two early fouls and barely played in the first half. With the senior shooter and leader of Bruce Weber’s motion offense on the floor, K-State took a quick lead. With him on the bench, Oklahoma State roared to a 35-27 halftime advantage. The Wildcats lose much of their offensive flow without Spradling. He is the only player on the roster who does as much without the ball as he does with it. Spradling only played 23 minutes on Monday, and you can blame both Spradling and Weber for that. Spradling committed two needless fouls by challenging OSU guards more than he needed to. He has to play smarter. But Weber should also have enough trust in Spradling to play him while he is in foul trouble. With the game slipping away from K-State in the first, Weber would have been smart to risk playing Spradling for a few more minutes.