Monday, February 1, 2010

Just This Close...

How close was Saturday's KU-K State game? Behold this graph of the scores of the two teams, done by ESPN. (Pardon the screen shot, but the mysteries of Flash still baffle me.)

As you can see, KU had a spurt to open the second half, but K State did not fold in the face of that spurt, but had one of their own. After that, the lines mingle like dance partners until the end.

Is Kansas State as close as the graph is close to Kansas in ability? I don't think so, but we will find out more when the Cats visit Allen Field House in March. My gut tells me that for Kansas State to be able to beat the best teams, they almost have to play a perfect game. They were very close to that on Saturday. Kansas has more room for error when playing most teams; they can have periods of less than brilliant play. However, to win it all in March, KU will have to be at their best all game.

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