Recovering from Loss No. 1

10 Dec

Frank Martin is adamant that losing is not necessary to learning. Nevertheless, that’s something the Wildcats have to do going into Sunday’s game against North Florida unless they want one loss to become two losses.

The Ospreys (5-4, 1-0) should bring some serious momentum and confidence to Bramlage Coliseum. While the mention of this opponent will not strike fear into the hearts of most Big 12 fans, maybe it should. The the Ospreys skidded to a 1-4 start to their season, but among those first five teams they played were three Top 25 teams: Alabama, Florida and Ohio State. North Florida lost to those teams badly, but I’m a believer in the saying that you get better by competing against people who are better than you. Since an 85-50 loss to Ohio State on Nov. 21, the Ospreys have won four straight.

Looking at the Ospreys’ roster, here’s what stands out. First of all, every single guy is either from Florida or Georgia. Secondly, there are two 6’7″ players and none taller. Add the listed weights in, and it appears on paper that this team does not have anyone bigger than Kansas State’s Jamar Samuels. Since the Wildcats obviously have several guys bigger than that – Jordan Henriquez, Thomas Gipson, Adrian Diaz – the post could be a major advantage for them.

This is an ideal game for Kansas State, who is coming off a killer loss to West Virginia in a de facto home game in Wichita. Returning to Bramlage with new motivation should allow the Wildcats to return to their winning ways.

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