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Kansas State notes: TCU coach Trent Johnson praises Wildcats

TCU forward Brandon Parrish slammed the ball through the hoop despite the efforts of Kansas State forward Nino Willams in the second half Wednesday.
TCU forward Brandon Parrish slammed the ball through the hoop despite the efforts of Kansas State forward Nino Willams in the second half Wednesday. The Associated Press

TCU basketball coach Trent Johnson complimented Kansas State after Wednesday’s game, saying that few teams in the Big 12 play consistently harder than the Wildcats.

“That is not a 13-14 basketball team,” Johnson said.

In time, he thinks Bruce Weber will get K-State back above .500. He thinks the Wildcats need more from sophomore guard Marcus Foster, though.

“Marcus Foster is a special player,” Johnson said, “but obviously there is something going on there.”

Foster scored five points in 17 minutes against TCU, rarely playing in the second half. He has been through an up-and-down season, twice leading K-State to last-second victories over Oklahoma while also serving a three-game suspension for violating team rules.

▪ Walk-on Brian Rohleder earned praise from Weber and his teammates following the game. Nino Williams said Rohleder sparked K-State in the second half, while Weber said he should probably use him more going forward. Rohleder was held scoreless in 15 minutes, but he did have three assists and three rebounds.

▪ K-State’s 16 percent shooting percentage in the first half was the third-lowest figure for a half in school history.

▪ K-State has lost to Big 12 also-rans TCU and Texas Tech this season. In his first two years, Weber was undefeated against both teams.

▪ TCU is moving back to an on-campus arena next season. It is currently playing its home games at a Fort Worth high school arena while its normal home undergoes renovations.

First half

Key play: Karviar Sheperd closed out the half with a dunk, giving TCU a 35-15 lead.

Key stat: K-State made 16 percent of its shots.

Second half

Key play: Chris Washburn had a traditional three-point play that put TCU ahead 50-35.

Key stat: Brian Rohleder played 15 minutes.

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