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Defensive weaknesses show in K-State loss at Texas

Updated: 2014-01-22T05:23:49Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

Defensive weaknesses

For as good as K-State has been on defense, the Wildcats showed two weaknesses Tuesday: They lack the height and depth to defend the Longhorns’ big frontcourt, and they weren’t as good in transition as they were in half court.

Texas led at halftime by getting the ball into Cameron Ridley and running every time it grabbed a rebound.

K-State made adjustments in the second half to slow Texas but needed a little more.

“We really could not get stops,” coach Bruce Weber said.

• Weber had a theory on why K-State received below-average production from several players.

“We have some moments where we still … can’t let egos get involved and personal matchups and all that stuff,” Weber said. “It has to be about our team to be successful.”

• Texas coach Rick Barnes complimented Thomas Gipson, who scored 24 points.

“I thought he worked hard for his space and buried us down there,” Barnes said.

Ridley, who defended him most of the game, added: “He was really good offensively. He knows how to use his body well.”

Gipson agreed, saying he thought K-State didn’t play together the way it has recently.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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