In succumbing to the Wildcats by a score of 55 to 41, Rutgers shot an astonishingly poor 19% from the field, including a dreadful 3-of-20 from beyond the arc. Here's the list of culprits (read 'em and weep): Adrain Hill, 1 for 6, Jaron Griffin, 1 for 8, Marquis Webb, 1 for 10 (!), Anthony Farmer, 0 for 4, and Courtney Nelson, 1 for 8.
Ollie Bailey also missed his two field goal attempts, while Hamady N'diaye missed his only shot as well. N'diaye was also a perfect 0 for 5 from the free throw line, and looked very much like someone that's still quite new to organized basketball (though he did block 4 shots in 18 minutes).
JR Inman led the Knights with 17 points on 5 of 8 attempts (with 2 of 4 from three), but if Inman is going to emerge as The Man for the Knights this year (as many predict), the team looks for now to be extremely challenged in finding anyone else able to step up and help carry the load.
The Knights were also outrebounded 52-37, a sure sign that they miss Byron Joynes. N'diaye managed to grab only 3 rebounds during the 18 minutes of his collegiate debut, and often seemed to have difficulty holding his ground against the very physical Wildcats. Jaron Griffin led the Knights in that department with 6.
How bad were the Knights offensively last night? The team managed to take 11 minutes and 24 seconds to reach double digits in points, with Inman's two free throws cutting the score 17-10, K-State, with 8:46 left in the first half.
If there are any bright spots to be had from this game last night, it's that the Knights did play good defense, according to Hill, and that they did manage to find a lot of good shot attempts - they just didn't go down. "We had a lot of good looks", said Hill. "The shots just weren't going in".
So welcome to the wonderful world of being the head coach of men's basketball at Rutgers University.