Thursday, March 20, 2008

Trojans are One and Done in NCAA Tournament

People will call it an upset, but it's really not. Kansas State came into the game as the 11 seed to face the 6 seeded Trojans, but the Wildcats should have been seeded higher. Despite having freshman phenom, Michael Beasley, in first half foul trouble, Kansas State controlled this game from start to finish. Any attempts at a USC run were survived. And even after falling behind briefly in the second half, the Wildcats eventually cruised to an 80-67 victory.

The biggest difference in the game was the maturity of KSU's youngsters, in comparison to the young Trojans. O.J Mayo finished with 20 points and 5 assists, but Davon Jefferson and Taj Gibson managed just 10 and 15 points between them. Michael Beasley recorded another double-double, with 23 points and 11 rebounds, but another freshman, Bill Walker chipped in 22, carrying the Wildcat load, as Beasley sat in foul trouble. The Trojans were outrebounded by a margin of 44-27, and unable to capitalize in moments Beasley wasn't on the floor.

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