K-State played host to Nebraska Saturday and used a strong defensive effort from all the players to shut down the Huskers and win 61-45.
Here is the post-game analysis from a Wildcat squad that is starting to look like it might have what it takes to reach the NCAA Tournament at season's end.
Player of the game – Clent Stewart
Stewart has been Mr. Reliable recently, scoring in double-digits in four of his last seven games after not reaching double digits in any of K-State's first 14 games. The junior guard was the leading scorer at 14 points, and also had a six-minute stretch in the first half in which he scored 10-straight points for the Wildcats. He hit two three-pointers and converted a three-point play.
Surprise of the game – Jermaine Maybank's seven points
Maybank came into the game averaging a little more than one point per game during conference play. He receives playing time due to his efforts on the defensive end, and he is not typically known as a scorer. He surprised everyone when he had a stretch in the second half when he scored seven-straight Wildcat points, helping them stay afloat as Nebraska tried to make a run.
Interesting to note – Current Wildcats lineup
Huggins has switched his starting five for nearly every game because he couldn't find a lineup he was comfortable starting. That has changed recently, however, as he has started the same five players in the last four games. Seniors Lance Harris and Akeem Wright, junior David Hoskins, Stewart and freshman Luis Colon have been the guys lately, and this lineup is undefeated (5-0) when they all step on the court to start a game.
Stats of the game – 0 and 45
Nebraska center Aleks Maric came into the game as the third-leading scorer in the Big 12 with more than 18 points per game. He was held scoreless in the opening half and finished with just 10 points. The Wildcats also held Nebraska to just 45 points, which is a season-low and the fewest points scored since Dec. 11, 2005.