Semi Ojeleye creates buzz after big game

If you didn’t know Semi Ojeleye scored 50 points in a high school basketball game earlier this week, you need to pay closer attention. Seriously, it was all over the Internet.

But if this is the first you’re hearing about it, here’s the skinny: Ojeleye, a 6-foot-6 junior small forward out of Ottawa who is the brother of Kansas State senior Victor Ojeleye, hit eight three-pointers, made all 10 of his free throws and scored a career-high 50 points during a 103-70 win over Spring Hill.

“I started off the game making my first three or four shots,” Ojeleye said. “My teammates did a good job of finding me. We moved the ball really well. I got into a good rhythm and everything just came together for me.”

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith was reportedly in attendance for Ojeleye’s big game, but college coaches everywhere heard about it. They were already paying attention. Ojeleye says he has scholarship offers from K-State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Marquette and Missouri.

With more 50-point efforts, that list will surely grow. But he’s trying not to think about that at the moment.

“A lot of people have been telling me, ‘Good game’ lately,” Ojeleye said. “I’m just trying to stay humble, be positive and stay thankful.”
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Sunday Rewind: K-State 24, Missouri 17

Overall Assessment: When Kansas State’s 24-17 victory over Missouri was complete Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Collin Klein summed up the afternoon by describing his mindset heading into the final drive of the game.

Bad weather, a pair of reversed calls and two late Missouri touchdowns tried to put a damper on things, but Klein would have none of it. When K-State got the ball with 5 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, it led by seven points and didn’t want to let things get dramatic the way they did the past two weeks.

Saturday’s victory was the Wildcats’ most complete effort of the season, and Klein wanted to make sure it ended with him taking a knee.

“It was our time,” Klein said. “We were saying to each other, ‘We’ve got to go win the game.’ The defense has been playing great and doing a great job for us. That was really our chance to run off about 5 minutes of clock. It’s something you’ve got to be able to do. It’s a family affair. You’ve got be there for your team and we were able to do it.”

Yes they did. K-State’s defense once again carried the flag, but its offense showed considerable toughness and poise in the second half. It did what it had to to help the Wildcats improve to 5-0. Like Snyder likes to say, “It was a team victory.” Here’s a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Looking ahead to gameday: Missouri

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2011 schedule. Next up, Baylor.

The Missouri Tigers lost Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith to the NFL, and for that reason no one is predicting them as a legitimate contender for a Big 12 championship this season.

But that doesn’t mean they still can’t make a run at 10 wins.

Missouri returns nine starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that lost to Iowa in the Insight Bowl last year. That’s more than enough talent to beat most of the opponents on its schedule.

Even though the Tigers don’t appear to be as strong as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Texas A&M, they do look a step above everyone else in the league. They open the season ranked in the Top 25.
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Postgame: Missouri 38, K-State 28

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Mistakes doomed the Kansas State football team on Saturday. The Wildcats turned the ball over four times and let a close game slip away from them in the third quarter. Here’s a deeper look:

THE GOOD
1. Collin Klein once again looked fantastic running the ball. The sophomore quarterback came off the bench to lead K-State on three scoring drives and amassed 141 rushing yards on 18 attempts. He also completed four of six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Defenses have yet to figure him out. In the first half he converted a third-and-long near his own end zone by breaking loose for 36 yards on a quarterback draw. Questions remain about his throwing ability, but the bigger question after Saturday’s game was why didn’t he play more?

2. Tre Walker is making a huge impact on K-State’s defense as a freshman. The linebacker led the Wildcats with 12 tackles and also grabbed an interception in the third quarter.
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Gameday Preview: K-State at Missouri

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Kansas State is out to build off its big win over Texas. Missouri is trying to get its season back on track.

There will be a lot on the line at 11:30 a.m. today when the Wildcats take on the Tigers at Faurot Field. Both teams are trying to improve their bowl stock, and pick up a big win before heading into their final two games.

Missouri is undefeated at home this season and is a two-touchdown favorite according to the odds makers. But with K-State’s uncertain quarterback situation and improved defensive play of late, this game is not easy to figure. At the least, it should be closer than Missouri’s 38-12 win over K-State last season.
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This week’s player to watch: Michael Egnew

Michael EgnewThe Missouri football team is once again prominently featuring a tight end in its offense this season.

His name is Michael Egnew.

Through nine games, he has caught 66 passes for 531 yards and three touchdowns. His receptions total is the most in the nation among tight ends. The next closest (Iowa State’s Collin Franklin) has 40 to his name.

Pretty impressive, but if you are familiar with Missouri’s offense under coach Gary Pinkel, a pass-first tight end is nothing new. Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman were both All-Americans at the position, and some argued that Danario Alexander could have been listed as a tight end last season.

Egnew is simply the latest in a long line of big targets for Mizzou quarterbacks to throw to.
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Bill Snyder discusses QB situation

Will Collin Klein start against Missouri on Saturday? Or will Carson Coffman regain the top quarterback spot?

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder did not address that topic during his weekly segment of the Big 12 Teleconference today, but he did say there is a chance both quarterbacks will see action.

“I’ve never been committed to saying that we can only play one guy,” he said. “We’re in a position where we have less than 70 guys on scholarship. We don’t have a stock pile of people. We have to play to the talents of the youngsters that we have.

“You have to utilize all your youngsters the best that you can. That’s true at the quarterback position like it is anywhere else … I don’t have a problem playing two.”

Klein made the first start of his career against Texas two days ago and torched the Longhorns with his running ability. The sophomore rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and added a whole new element to the Wildcats’ running attack. But he was also asked to throw the ball four times. Coffman is a stronger passer.

Snyder said he would like more balance against Missouri. So platooning both quarterbacks could make some sense.
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Comparing Kansas State to other undefeated teams across the nation

A loyal reader passed along an interesting question this morning:

“How does Kansas State compare to all the other undefeated teams across the country?”

Well, there are 25 teams with perfect records out there and they can be grouped into four categories.

Eighteen are ranked in both the AP and USA Today Top 25 Polls. Three are ranked in only one of the polls. Two are receiving votes in both polls. Two more are being ignored by the voters completely.

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Looking ahead to Gameday: at Missouri

Gabbert

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. Next up, Texas.

If Nebraska doesn’t win the Big 12 North this season, Missouri will likely be the team that does.

Most college football experts are predicting the Tigers to make a run at double-digit wins, and challenge the Cornhuskers one last time before they leave for the Big 10.

With Blaine Gabbert returning to lead the offense after throwing for 3,593 yards and 24 touchdowns as a freshman last year, and 15 starters returning overall, Mizzou’s offense will once again be powerful. But will the Tigers have enough defense to make it through a brutal four-game stretch in the middle of the season?
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Mountain West mum on expansion talk

With the Mountain West Conference deciding not to add Boise State to its current nine-team lineup last week, most around the country assume the league is waiting to see if it can make a run at whatever teams are left out in the cold from of a possible Big 12 breakup.

That would make Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State and possibly Missouri and Baylor teams that could hear from the Mountain West in the coming weeks.

K-State president Kirk Schulz and athletic director John Currie insist they haven’t had contact with any league other than the Big 12 to this point.

As for the Mountain West, it isn’t saying much of anything right now. A spokesperson for the league said Thursday afternoon that commissioner Craig Thompson has received more than 40 interview requests, and that he is opting to put out a general statement rather than speaking to so many reporters.

The statement reads: “The Mountain West Conference is fully in tune with the ongoing developments in the intercollegiate athletics landscape, including today’s announcement of a change in other conferences’ memberships. We remain in communication with key parties and are continuing to implement our internal strategies. These deliberations are ongoing and will be remain confidential until the appropriate time.”