Kansas State falls to 14-2 (4-1) towards TCU in an 82-68 loss, struggling their first convention lack of the season.
Each Ok-State and TCU got here into this matchup rating amongst the highest of the Massive 12 in scoring, and a fast-paced starting mirrored that. TCU leads the league in quick break factors with over 21.38 factors per recreation.
Scoring closely favored TCU within the first half as they capitalized early off of Ok-State offensive turnovers, happening a 10-0 run within the first jiffy of play. TCU recorded over 43 factors within the first half with 36 of these factors scored within the paint and 16 off of Wildcat turnovers. TCU seemed comfy working their high-flying fast-paced offense whereas Ok-State struggled to get any offensive rhythm going.
Ok-State’s largest concern within the first half was turnovers. They dedicated 12 turnovers with unhealthy passing and unusually quiet play from guard Markquis Nowell. The Wildcats struggled to get to the foul line, capturing zero free throws in the whole half whereas committing six private fouls.
Inside protection was a battle for Ok-State as effectively. TCU heart Eddie Lampkin Jr. led scoring for the Horned Frogs with 13 factors within the first half.
The second half was a lot of the identical, with TCU working the courtroom. The bodily type of play for TCU proved a mismatch for the Wildcats.
A Nowell-to-Johnson lob seals one other shut Ok-State victory
Nowell had by far his worst efficiency of the season for the Wildcats, cooling off of his record-breaking three-game stretch with 14 factors, 4 assists, two rebounds and 6 turnovers. He regained a little bit of confidence within the waning 5 minutes of play to get some rhythm again, scoring 12 of his 14 factors.
The Massive 12’s second-leading scorer Mike Miles Jr. recorded a double-double on the day for TCU with 13 factors, 11 assists and 5 rebounds.
Ok-State started to regain some momentum in below 5 minutes — getting again into vary of 15 factors from a 26-point deficit — however merely ran out of time. The momentum shift marks a great signal for Ok-State to bounce again into the following matchup.
Whereas a tricky loss for Ok-State, the Wildcats will look to their subsequent opponent in a extremely anticipated matchup towards Kansas within the Sunflower Showdown at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Bramlage Coliseum.