The Big and Small of It

To date, Kansas State's "smalls" have yet to product in the big games, and, they have failed to get the ball to the "bigs." The result is an 0-2 start to the Big 12 season with losses to Oklahoma and Kansas, and, an 0-5 record against BCS-type competition.

Most would consider Kansas State's backcourt of Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente, plus Fred Brown off the bench, to be the strength of this

Wildcat basketball team. But when it comes to playing quality competition, the perimeter-types have not produced.

Kentucky: 7-of-21 from 3-point range as a team, with those three going a collective 12-of-42 from the field in a 74-72 loss.

Iowa: 3-of-7 from long range; 9-of-18 shooting overall in a 65-62 loss.

Oregon: 4-of-19 from afar with the trio hitting 14-of-40 overall in a 75-70 loss.

Oklahoma: 8-of-25 from 3-point range with the three guards going just 13-of-41 from the field in a 61-53 loss.

Kansas: 5-of-16 from beyond the arc overall, with Pullen, Clemente and Brown going 12-of-38 shots in an 87-71 loss.

Five games, five losses where the three starting guards hit just 33 percent of their shots – 60-of-179 – and overall, the team nets just 30 percent from 3-point range.

Most would consider that a formula for continued losing.

Against Kansas, in particular, coach Frank Martin said, "We got away from what we were doing, which is getting the ball inside, something we have to keep preaching to the guards," Martin said. "Our big guys have to keep being efficient...."

And, he later added, "It's a combination of our inside being more consistent and our perimeter trusting."

Against the Jayhawks, the inside-types were the lone highlights.

Luis Colon was fearless with his play scoring 12 points and snaring six rebounds, despite playing just 16 minutes before fouling out with 12-plus minutes to play.

And, Jamar Samuels was his normal active self with 11 points and six boards, while Ron Anderson did his thing by claiming eight rebounds to go with three points.

"If our bigs are playing and our guards are playing, I still think we're the best team in the Big 12," Pullen said.

Kansas State's next opportunity to prove that will come Saturday in a 5 p.m. start at the University of Nebraska where the Wildcats have lost in eight of the last 10 trips.

Oh yes, K-State's offense will be going against the league's best defense (55.5) and a defense that allows just 30 percent shooting from 3-point range.


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