This Saturday, Frank Martin and the Kansas State Wildcats head to the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas to face the Baylor Bears. Kansas State is just coming off a home loss to in-state rival Kansas. At .500 in Big 12 play, Kansas State desperately needs this win for their NCAA Tournament hopes. A win in the road against a top 15 team would be a great on their resume. Here is how I see the game playing out.
Backcourt: Kansas State’s Will Spradling had a decent game against KU, but that was about it for K-State’s backcourt. Freshman guard Angel Rodriguez struggled mightily and the other guards were non factors. Baylor’s versatile Pierre Jackson and sharp shooter Brady Heslip get a huge advantage here.
Frontcourt: K-State senior Jamar Samuels had a big game on Monday against KU, despite losing the game, K-State had a bright spot in seeing Jamar being able to do well underneath the basket as well as being able to step out and hit the three. However, Baylor has one of the best frontcourts in the conference. Led by all Big 12 candidate Perry Jones III. Expect Perry and Quincy Miller to have a big day inside.
Bench: Kansas State does have a deep bench, but it seems lately as if no one wants to step up and lead the team. Baylor has a solid bench, and due to their production and KSU’s lack of production, I’ll give Baylor the edge
Intangibles: The game is being played in Waco, and Baylor won the only previous meeting this year which was in Manhattan. Baylor won that game by two points. KSU needs this game badly. So even though it’s at Baylor, K-State is out to prove that Baylor’s win in Manhattan was a fluke. Small edge to the Cats here
Prediction: I think the Wildcats are out to prove something in this game. Even though they need this game before a tough road test at Mizzou, I don’t see them being able to out play the Bears in Waco.
Baylor 75 K-State 64