More Needed on Wildcat Offense

Kansas State's offense is basically one of two shots. With the star power that the Cats are sporting and the potential on the floor, this Wildcat Offense is in need of an upgrade.

The two-point attack-the-rim dunk, or, the 3-point shot. Very few times during the course of the first nine games have the Wildcats attempted many traditional 10- to 16-foot jumpers.

Now, the dunks Kansas State is hitting. But the 3-pointers? Ugh!

As a team, the Wildcats are shooting a chilly 25 percent from long range. While the shooting is cool, it hasn't stopped the Wildcats from casting shots as they are attempting 21 treys per game, which is up three attempts over last year.

Asked what portion of the game needs to be improved heading into conference play, and coach Frank Martin offered, "Not going 3-for-27 from the 3-point line."

While Martin was slightly exaggerating, it is a concern area.

The best long-range marksman on the team happens to be the club's best player in 6-foot-10 Michael Beasley. Beasley has hit 8-of-21, or 38 percent.

As for the rest of the Wildcats: Blake Young, 32 percent; Andre Gilbert, 28 percent; Jacob Pullen, 27 percent; Fred Brown, 25 percent; Bill Walker, 20 percent; Darren Kent, 17 percent; and, Clent Stewart, 14 percent. Unbelievably, Walker is just 4-of-20, Young 12-of-37, and Stewart 4-of-29.

"I'm not concerned," Martin has said on several occasions this year. "I watch these guys in practice every day. I know they can shoot. "Bill Walker shoots the heck out of the ball," Martin said. "I see him every day. I know what he can and can't do. You don't have a free throw touch like he has and have no idea who to shoot the ball.

"He's played his entire life attacking the rim," Martin continued. "It's just a matter of trusting his shot, shooting it, and making it."

A year ago, K-State shot 43 percent overall, 33 percent from 3-point range and averaged 70.5 points per game.

This year, the Wildcats are hitting 42 percent overall, 25 percent from afar, and averaging 77.4 points per game.

The biggest difference has come in rebounding where the Wildcats are claiming 43.8 boards per game, compared to last year's average of 35.2. K-State next plays Florida A&M at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Monday night.

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