There is no way for any basketball team to erase a three-game losing streak, but this comes close. Snagging a victory from Kansas, Baylor, or Iowa State isn't out of the realm of possibility, but it won't be easy.
Finally, he gave up.
Stokes made both of the Wildcats' field goals in the final 6:29, including a baseline jumper with 1:40 to go off an inbounds pass with 1 second left on the shot clock that made it 55-51.
"Son", I answered, "that's why they play the games". "Let's do it as a team". The Wildcats are 10-8-1 against the spread on the season but only 3-4-1 ATS at home.
Though his offense disappeared during a three-game losing streak, he was most displeased with his lack of defense.
I realize the idea of OSU getting back above.500 in the Big 12 may be insane, but it's a lot less insane than it was a couple of weeks ago.
"It was huge", added sophomore forward Dean Wade, who had 12 points and six rebounds. The win at Kentucky was surprising, the win over Baylor supposedly showing this team was putting together something special.
Four minutes into the second half, with Kansas leading by ten, the Jayhawks ran a textbook fast break following a defensive rebound. Barry Brown, Wesley Iwundu, Kamau Stokes and D.J. It was ruled Kansas State ball.
As strong as Baylor played at the end, the first half was brutal. I have a hard time seeing a Jayhawk win, but that exactly why I'm going Kansas 87, Kansas State 85.
K-State did it with defense and 3-point shooting. The Wildcats scored 12 points off turnovers and made five shots from behind the arc. Coach Scott Drew called three timeouts to try and slow K-State, but nothing seemed to work.
"K-State punched us in the mouth", Drew said.
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"This was a character game", Weber said.
K-State needed every ounce of its lead to hold on.
Baylor mounted a furious comeback that ended up just short. From there, it was a much different game. But they scored only 19 points in the second half and barely escaped with the victory.
Motley finished with a game-high 17 points but no other Bear reached double figures in a poor offensive performance.
"There were never any doubts", Stokes said. If Landen Lucas can somehow keep D.J. Johnson from going insane in the post while also avoiding foul trouble, it will increase KU's chances, but I don't feel great about this one. But he redeemed himself on the final two plays by contesting a pair of shots from Baylor center Johnathan Motley.
"He's a strong guy", Johnson said. "It came down to the last possession. I wanted to be right there with him". He is a strong guy.
Noting a teachable moment, I paused to make sure I had his attention.
Frank Mason III had 32 points, but Kansas committed 21 turnovers. Next up is Kansas at home on Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and then a game at West Virginia on Saturday.
The Bears kept pushing as Omot got inside for a basket and Wainright found Lindsey for a layup to cut Kansas State's lead to 53-51 with 2:14 remaining.
"This was a character game", Weber said. "It was a gut-check game". I can't say with certainty, as I don't follow K-State basketball. "We've got eight games to go". We grinded it out. "We won grinding it out, gutting it out". We just beat one of the top teams in the nation on their court.