Kansas State blows out Baylor in Manhattan 81-61

USA TODAY Sports

After closing to 43-41 in the second half, Baylor was outscored the 38-20 the rest of the way and ended up dropping the fifth game of the conference schedule this season by a lopsided score. This one definitely isn't going in the season highlight video.

I'm most upset at this point not at the result from the game-- we were a heavy underdog and never really seemed likely to win at any point-- but the end of Pierre Jackson's streak where he scored in double figures in rather ignominious fashion. I hate that for him because he's probably going to place a lot of the blame for the game's result on that fact. Note to Pierre-- this was hardly your fault. Take your turnovers out and we still have 16 to their 6. They still shot 44% on 3s for the game as a whole. You weren't the reason we were giving up uncontested dunks and wide-open shots after getting so close. This game was not your fault.

This game was much more about a defense charitably described as porous, an offense that committed turnover after turnover after turnover, and a team that simply had no answer to the problems they faced. I don't want to make this into a larger indictment of the team as a whole because blowouts happen. Kansas State is clearly an upper-echelon team in our league and probably one of the 10 best in the country this season. Right now, though, we are probably on the outside looking in for a tournament spot and need to start winning games. Here's our schedule moving forward, and we're sitting at 16-9 (7-5). We have six games total remaining.


Bears Basketball Schedule

Next 5 Games

Iowa St. Wed 02/20 8:00 PM CST
@ Oklahoma Sat 02/23 4:00 PM CST
@ West Virginia Wed 02/27 7:00 PM CST
Kansas St. Sat 03/02 6:00 PM CST
@ Texas Mon 03/04 8:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ Kansas St. Sat 02/16 L 61 - 81
West Virginia Wed 02/13 W 80 - 60
Texas Tech Sat 02/09 W 75 - 48
@ Oklahoma St. Wed 02/06 L 67 - 69
@ Iowa St. Sat 02/02 L 71 - 79

Baylor will probably be favored against WVU and Texas, even with Myck Kabongo back from his suspension. Winning those two games gets us to 18. I think we need at least 20. The only other game on our schedule not reflected there is the season-ender at home against Kansas. They're still a good team, regardless of their current relative malaise. So in all likelihood we're going to need two wins out of a set where we get ISU, KSU, and KU at home and OU on the road.

Of those four, @OU and at home against ISU seem the most likely possibilities. Earlier this season we lost to ISU by 8 in Ames and beat OU by 3 at home. Win those two and we can get there. Lose them and it's going to take a miracle, or at the very least an extremely strong showing, in the Big 12 Tournament. I hope I'm wrong.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Our Daily Bears

You must be a member of Our Daily Bears to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Our Daily Bears. You should read them.

Join Our Daily Bears

You must be a member of Our Daily Bears to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Our Daily Bears. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker