Postgame Thoughts and Player Ratings: Kansas State 66, Texas Tech 58

Three thoughts from Kansas State’s 66-58 victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum:

1. This might be the worst K-State can play while winning a conference game.
Marcus Foster scored two points. Shane Southwell made one shot. Thomas Gipson was on the floor for 11 minutes. Everything about those statistics screams loss, but the Wildcats found a way to beat Texas Tech without significant contributions from their main three scorers. Will Spradling, Wesley Iwundu and a surprisingly strong bench effort saved the day for K-State. In some ways that is a good sign. The Wildcats have enough depth to win when their starters aren’t at their best. It is also a negative sign. How many other teams are getting this little from their best players in late January? Gipson has posted back-to-back poor games. Southwell hasn’t done anything special since the West Virginia game. And Foster has been all over the map lately. K-State needs consistency from all three moving forward. It had enough depth to hold off Texas Tech at home, but it will need more than that to win more difficult games.
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A few minutes with … Kirby Hocutt

Kansas State fans first met Kirby Hocutt more than 20 years ago as a linebacker on some of Bill Snyder’s early teams. He helped the Wildcats reach their first bowl game under Snyder – the Copper Bowl in 1993 – and he left the program as a memorable player.

Today, he is better known as an athletic director. In the past year, he has made sweeping changes at Texas Tech, hiring Kliff Kingsbury as the Red Raiders’ new football coach and hiring Tubby Smith as the Red Raiders’ new basketball coach.

After a 7-0 start to the football season, fan excitement boomed in Lubbock. Back-to-back losses have brought Texas Tech down to earth a bit. Now it will try to bounce back against Hocutt’s alma mater.

Hocutt was kind enough to talk about that matchup, his current job and his former school in a wide-ranging interview earlier this week. Some of the conversation was covered here. Here are the other highlights.

What kind of relationship do you have with Bill Snyder?

He is why I pursued a career in college athletics. The five years I spent playing under Coach Snyder, I enjoyed that time at Kansas State. I learned from Coach Snyder and Coach (Bob) Stoops and all of the coaches. Those experiences are still valuable to me today.
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The Week Ahead: Kansas State, Texas Tech both looking to make a statement

When Texas Tech raced to a 7-0 start, many labeled the Red Raiders as overrated. Why? Well, for starters their four conference victories came against TCU, Kansas, West Virginia and Iowa State, the Big 12′s weakest teams.

They have since lost back-to-back games to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. And they have since fallen from the top 10 down to No. 25. If they want to stay in the mix for a conference championship and keep their national ranking, they need to beat Kansas State on Saturday in Lubbock.

It appears Texas Tech chose a good week to unveil special uniforms with the words “Never Quit” on the back.

K-State at Texas Tech figures to be a highly competitive game. Much like the Red Raiders, the Wildcats’ only Big 12 wins have come against teams in the bottom four, West Virginia and Iowa State. They have won two in a row in blowout fashion, but they still have plenty to prove. A win would get them within one victory of bowl eligibility and give them legitimate hope of finishing in the top half of the conference standings after a 2-4 start.

Here is a look at that and everything else you need to know about the week ahead:
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Now at the podium: Texas Tech

Under Mike Leach, the Texas Tech Red Raiders became famous for throwing the ball on practically every single play.

They piled up enormous offensive numbers, won a lot of games and churned out impressive quarterback after impressive quarterback.

But now that Texas Tech’s pirate-loving coach is gone, and former Auburn head man Tommy Tuberville has taken his place everyone wants to know what the Air Raid offense will look like.

Will there even be an Air Raid offense?

“We’ll change it to some degree and put our own stamp on it,” Tuberville said. “But we’ll throw the ball.”
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Postgame: K-State 83, Texas Tech 64

When Kansas State’s 83-64 victory over Texas Tech was complete Tuesday at United Spirit Arena, there was no reason for the Wildcats to celebrate.

Oh sure, they crushed the Red Raiders in business-like fashion and won their first game in Lubbock, Texas since the 1980s, but the victory was expected.

After winning six straight games overall and six straight on the road (all against Big 12 competition) the Wildcats have come to look at results like Tuesday’s as ordinary.

In his postgame news conference, K-State coach Frank Martin said his players spent so little time patting each other on the back that they were already thinking about Saturday’s game against Missouri before leaving the locker room.
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Winning at Texas Tech is never easy

Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena is one of the tallest buildings in Lubbock, and much like every large structure on the South Plains, it can be seen from a long ways off.

The 15,000-seat arena is relatively new and has no great history. There are no intimidating banners hung from its rafters and fans only pack the place for big games when the home team is having success. It is not yet a landmark in West Texas.

Yet, it is a facility that has been good to the Red Raiders over the years. Not only does Texas Tech regularly play like a top 25 team at home, it pulls a major upset at home every season.

For that reason, the No. 6 Kansas State basketball team could be in for its toughest game since the beginning of February tonight.
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Live Blog: Texas Tech 66, K-State 14

And Texas Tech wins it 66-14. Check in later for a postgame report.

4:09 Fourth Quarter
Thomas seems OK on the sidelines, but Keithen Valentine has been playing late in the blowout.

Texas Tech just threw its eighth touchdown pass of the game, which is the most every allowed in a single game by K-State.

Brutal loss here in Lubbock. Steven Sheffield’s line alone was 490 yards and seven touchdowns.

Indivudally, Jeffrey Fitzgerald and Keithen Valentine have played good games for the Wildcats. Fitzgerald came up with a sack and a pick 6. Valentine may end with more than 100 yards and a TD.
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