Guggisberg: K-State’s defense disappears in rout

By Grant Guggisberg

LAWRENCE — Time after time, year after year, this is what happens to Kansas State inside Allen Fieldhouse.

While K-State has seen teams more rich with talent come into this building and come home with their tails between their legs, this year’s matchup offered some hope for K-State and its fans. Facing a young Jayhawk team that lost the last time it played at home, the Cats thought they were a good defensive effort away from at least playing a competitive 40 minutes against their in-state rivals.

But with a disappearing act so good it could have its own show in Vegas, that defense never came, leading to the results K-State fans are getting used to, in this case, an 86-60 loss that brought an abrupt end to the Wildcats’ 10-game winning streak.

Folks on Twitter were comparing K-State’s defense to a dumpster fire, and in the first half, I’m not sure they were that far off.

You can look at it as the KU offense playing a great game, which it did, but the concern going forward for K-State is whether the stout defense the Wildcats played in the last 10 games will reappear quickly with a tough game against Oklahoma looming on Tuesday.

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