Defense key to K-State’s Big 12 run


After starting Big 12 play 0-2, K-State has reeled off five straight conference wins. 

“I really believe that K-State is playing better than everybody right now,” Bill Self on the Wildcats’ recent Big 12 play.

“I think this is one of the best teams in college basketball,” said Tech Texas head coach Chris Beard.

For the ‘Cats, it starts with defense.

You just don’t get an easy basket against them,” says Self.

K-State is holding teams to 58.5 points per game, which is fourth in the country.

“We are fortunate we have some defensive stoppers and guys that really take pride and that’s not every kid in the country and some are not capable and some are capable and don’t want to. We’ve got guys that are capable and they wanna be defensive stoppers,” said K-State head coach Bruce Weber.

It starts wiith Barry Brown who was named as one of 15 candidates for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.

“Barry does what Barry does, locks people down,” said senior forward Dean Wade.

The whole team is feeding off of it.

“We’re helping each other, people are getting in the right spots all the time,” says Wade.

“Xavier (Sneed) gives you that capable, versatile guy that can guard a lot of positions, Dean is much better than people realize, and then you can bring in a Mike McGuirl and Carty (Diarra), pretty good athletes that at times that can be good stoppers,” said Weber.

The Wildcats are tied with Kansas atop the Big 12 standings in competitive race.

“It’s tough, man, there’s not any slouches, any given night, anyone can be beaten,” said Barry Brown.

The Wildcats take a break from Big 12 play when they travel to Texas A&M for the SEC Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.

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