K-State had led in the last three Big 12 games, taking early leads against Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State, but on Saturday, the TCU Horned Frogs led into halftime. A lead that would hold and grow, as the Frogs secured an 82-68 victory.
The game got off to a slow start with both teams taking questionable shots and defenses tightening up. However, TCU would become the first team to settle offensively, getting a big boost from K-State’s looseness on the ball in the first 20 minutes.
K-State committed 12 turnovers in the first half, some of which led to 16 turnover points for TCU. Florida transfer Keyontae Johnson had trouble holding on to the ball early on as he made five of his own in the first half, wiping out a solid eight-point production in the first half.
Markquis Nowell, who had had 20+ points in every Big 12 game to start the year, was held to just two points in the first half and was 1/6 of the way down the field without any of his three deep balls dropping.
TCU abused K-State on the inside by moving the big boys around the floor tactically to open up the paint and lead to Eddie Lampkin’s 13 first-half points. The only thing that would save the Wildcats would be the thought of TCU blowing a 13-point halftime lead at Texas on Tuesday night.
The afternoon didn’t go much better for the Wildcats, however, as TCU was able to increase the lead to over 20 points midway through the second half. In that same time frame, TCU had amassed over 40 points in the paint. By the end of the game, TCU had fought its way to 54 points in the paint.
As the game progressed, the Wildcats were able to use a flurry of scoring and Nowell’s offense coming to life to bring the final score to a much tighter appearance than it was for most of the game.
Keyontae Johnson finished as the leading scorer for K-State with 18 points, and Emmanuel Miller paced the Horned Frogs with 23.
K-State only shot 29% from three, while turning the ball over 20 times, leading to 26 TCU points. The second chance points were also a killer for K-State again, being topped 20–8 in that department.
Next up for K-State is their home game Tuesday at 6:00 pm with No. 2 Kansas. The Wildcats will also see where they slide in the AP Top 25 on Monday afternoon after entering the week at No. 11 and finishing 1-1.
K-State is now 15-2 (4-1), while TCU is 14-3 (3-2).