Kansas State Basketball

Last Second Thoughts, Sweet Sixteen Preview: Kansas State-Xavier

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats reacts from the bench during the semifinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament against the Baylor Bears at the Sprint Center on March 12, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jimmy ShayContributor IMarch 26, 2010

Game Day Stats

date/time: 9:37 PM ET, March 25, 2010

arena: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

TV: CBS

Front Court: The wildcats front line features two athletic 11 point scorers in Jamar Samuels and Curtis Kelly, which will make it hard for Xavier's bigs to defend. Samuels is more of a mid-range pull up shooter and Kelly likes to battle down low. What K-State doesn't have is a true center. Xavier does in Jason Love. When K-state lost to KU three times this year(ya babayy) it was because of the low post presence of true center Cole Aldrich. Love is no Aldrich but he could cause problems for the Wildcats.

 

Back Court: This is by far the most interesting match up of the game. Xavier's Jordan Crawford and Terrell Holloway v. K-State's Jacob Pullen and Denny Clemente. Crawford and Pullen provide the long range shooter, pull up three, get in the paint versatile scorer for their teams and are both having similar seasons (Crawford is averaging 20 points a game compared to Pullen's 18.9). Clemente and Holloway are the speedy quick guards that run their team's to a brilliant transition game.

 

Bottomline: Although both the advantages go to K-State, both are by a slim margin. Samuels and Kelly can be inconsistent in the paint while Pullen and Clemente reckless and chuck three balls way off the mark. However, I just don't see that happening with the red faced Frank Martin on the sideline.

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