You can call Kansas State's Rodney McGruder a cold-blooded assassin after this shot. He may have effectively vanquished the Baylor Bears' diminishing NCAA tournament hopes with his clutch shooting.
McGruder's three-point dagger with no time left gave the No. 13 Wildcats the 64-61 win in Waco, Tex, Saturday night. The inbounds play looked as if it took a while to develop, and the Wildcats may have narrowly avoided a five-second violation.
But McGruder worked his way through a few screens to get open for the shot.
In all honesty, Baylor coach Scott Drew can't be happy with his team's defense on that play. Watch how many Bears are standing still during the sequence. It is no wonder McGruder got such an open look.
The Wildcats trailed 34-33 at the half of a game that was close throughout, but the senior guard's bomb delivered the big win.
Baylor fell to 17-12 overall and just 8-8 in conference play. They are looking more and more like an NIT team every week.
McGruder finished the game with 18 points and, oddly enough, the game-winner was the only three-point attempt he made in five tries. Sometimes it's not how many you make, but when you make them that counts. This was clearly an example of that.
Rodney McGruder led his team in scoring, while Pierre Jackson led the Bears with 18 points in a losing effort. The Big 12 conference tournament begins on March 13, and the Bears may need to pull an upset or two to reach the Big Dance.