• Key play: Rodney McGruder sparked a K-State run when he hit the first of three straight three-pointers.
• Key stat: The Wildcats made seven three-pointers.
• Key play: McGruder made a driving layup at the start of the half to extend K-State’s lead, and show that it wasn’t letting up.
• Key stat: K-State’s Angel Rodriguez didn’t commit a turnover.
Rodriguez under control
Sophomore point guard Rodriguez did a nice job of avoiding the mistakes and excessive fouls that have held him back lately, and still maintained his aggressive approach.
Rodriguez had an impressive all-around game with 12 points, nine assists and three steals. He only committed one turnover and two fouls.
Coch Bruce Weber said Rodriguez gained motivation from playing in front of his mother, who is visiting Manhattan this week. Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico, so it is rare that he gets to play in front of family in the Sunflower State.
• Oklahoma didn’t enter Saturday’s game with a national ranking, but it was considered a top-25 team in the RPI. Along with victories over Florida and Oklahoma State, the Wildcats have a handful of wins that could help them on Selection Sunday.
“It was a good, hard-fought win in conference play against a very, very good team,” Weber said. “Lon (Kruger, Oklahoma coach) has done a really nice job.”
• Will Spradling credited his hot shooting effort to being able to read Oklahoma’s defense. He said he was well prepared, and knew how to get open against the Sooners.
• Weber is looking forward to facing Kansas for the first time as K-State’s coach.
“I have seen some of the clips and the excitement in this place from the game where K-State beat KU for the first time in Bramlage,” he said. “It is a big game and they are very good.”
• Former Wildcats coach Tex Winter was honored in a pregame ceremony. He was joined on the court by former K-State player Ernie Barrett. Many other former players were in town, and had their names called during halftime.
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