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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weber: Wildcats lacked fight early at Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber looks to grab his players attention during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber looks to grab his players attention during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KANSAS 68, K-STATE 57

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Following Saturday's 68-57 loss to Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber made it clear that he knew the formula for competing with the Jayhawks on their home floor.

“If you're gonna win here, you've gotta guard them and fight them, and I'm not saying with fists,” said Weber after a game in which his Wildcats did very little of either.

Landing a couple of punches might not have hurt the Wildcats, who fell to 12-10 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play and took plenty of abuse from the Jayhawks (18-3, 7-1), particularly during the opening eight minutes in which KU built a 20-5 lead.

After the game Weber talked about his disappointment with the way his team competed. And during the timeout that followed his team falling into that 15-point hole, the K-State coach demonstrated what he wanted to see, first by screaming at forward Nino Williams and then by turning to grab a nearby clipboard and slamming it to the ground in the KSU huddle.

Asked about the outburst, Weber was calm but blunt.

“(I was) just disappointed,” he said. “We talked about having some pride and guarding and not letting them just drive down the lane and get layups.”

The Jayhawks got plenty of layups — and dunks — during a first half that featured Kansas shooting 41 percent from the floor and K-State shooting just 17 percent. The Wildcats made just six first-half field goals, two of which were set up by assists.

The Wildcats improved a great deal in the second half, when they shot 56 percent from the floor and used 13 points from Marcus Foster and 12 more from Thomas Gipson to keep KU from making the final score an embarrassment. The Wildcats routinely kept the deficit around 11 or 12 points throughout the second half, but every time they were there, they watched the Jayhawks push it back to 15 or 16 instead of cutting it to single digits.

Weber opened his postgame meeting with the media by praising the job KU coach Bill Self has done and the play of junior forward Perry Ellis.

“He's just rock solid,” Weber said of Ellis. “Even last year he was. But because (he's) a no-frills (player), people forget about him.”

Ellis led the Jayhawks with 16 points and 12 rebounds and reached double digits in both categories by halftime. According to Weber, it was numbers and players like those that beat K-State on Saturday, not the mystique of the building or anything like that.

“They do it to everybody,” Weber said of the early burst that paced KU to victory. “You have to give credit to Coach Self and what he's done with this group. To be (7-1) at the turn in the best league in the country, it's a mixture of some veterans and Frank Mason's involvement and Kelly (Oubre, 8 points, 9 rebounds) and making some strides.”


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Comments

Bryce Landon 5 years, 9 months ago

What's the over-under on how much longer Bruce Weber stays at K-State?

Joe Ross 5 years, 9 months ago

I was thinking the same thing about Rick Barnes at Texas!

Kent Wells 5 years, 9 months ago

Barnes has to be done after his coaching job this year. To much talent for 3-5....

Walter Bridges 5 years, 9 months ago

I wonder what Myles Turner is thinking about his decision to play for Texas right about now.

Kent Wells 5 years, 9 months ago

Weber should have started his post game press conference by holding a mock funeral for his employment chances after this season....

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 9 months ago

I remember when these two teams when toe to toe every year. 49 out of the last 53 is unbelievable.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 9 months ago

I think you guys are being a little too hard on Coach Weber. I would be surprised if his job is in jeopardy at this point.

As for Rick Barnes, that's another story. The fans down there have to be frustrated by their poor performance as the preseason co-favorite. This year was supposed to resurrect his image with all his starters back and the addition of Myles Turner. After such a big loss at Baylor last night, I'm sure that the "boo birds" are out.

Mick Allen 5 years, 9 months ago

Nice Kent. I was just amazed that Liberace throwing the clipboard did not put fight in his 'cats. Squeaky is a tool. Texas, OSU and KSU can't be happy with their head basketball coached. I agree that Squeaky that survive this year. Ford, after losing at home to OU last night and I believe 5 out of the last 6 and Barnes are in trouble.

Kent Wells 5 years, 9 months ago

I live in Texas, Texas isn't happy. But they're too distracted by what they think is a dumpster fire of a football program to notice the real train wreck that is their basketball coach. Losing 5 of 7 and at least one more of the next two well draw some attention. Slim Pickins for a coach in Stillwater, but I'm thinking T Boone is pickins a new coach soon. Weber gets one one more season unless the old man assumes hoops responsibilities. Then KSU is looking for 2 coaches next off season...

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 9 months ago

Do you have it on good authority that snyder is retiring or is that speculation?

Walter Bridges 5 years, 9 months ago

Knowing the formula only helps if you have the ingredients.. Weber didn't.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 9 months ago

have to agree. I feel Barnes is done. dunno but something is going on there I believe has to be like has been said to much talent for them to have the type of record they have. not only are they getting beat but they are getting beat BAD. ya true not all is Barnes fault but most he is just not getting it out of his players Turner Myles is not goin to make his living by shooting 3's. he needs to be posted up down low shot would be unstoppable and he has showed briefly, and then you have Jonathan Holmes what happened to this guy I think he has really regressed this yr a lot of times it looks like just goin thru the emotions. thank God we don't have those kinds of concerns. GO HAWKS

Russ McCaig 5 years, 9 months ago

isnt this year 3 for Weber at KSU? ...he is just about done riding the recuits of Martin...and just like Illinois, once he rode out Self's recruits he was on his way...he ought to start looking to see what up and up coach is going to get the next big job and sneak off to that program after this year....

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