K-State is coming off its first regular season overtime win
since 2015, as the Wildcats topped Kansas on Sunday to extend
their winning streak in the Sunflower Showdown to eight
“We were able to grind it out and that’s
definitely big for us as a team, for team morale to see, ‘Hey,
we can actually win games if we don’t play to the best of our
abilities,’” Goth said of K-State’s 63-59 win against Kansas.
“I think it was good for us to get some experience in
Without some clutch shooting from Ranke, the
overtime would not have been possible. The native of
Burnsville, Minnesota, knocked down two treys in the final
minute of regulation, highlighted by a game-tying three with
12 seconds on the clock to send it to overtime.
wasn’t my best shooting game, but it was great having Coach
Mittie have that confidence in me to take that shot. Obviously
it’s pressure, and we had practiced that play before and I had
never once made that shot, so I said, ‘OK, this is my time.
This is where I need to make it. This is where it counts.’
After I hit it, it just felt like a relief,” Ranke said, as
the win also snapped a three-game losing streak for the
Wildcats. “Winning at KU was big. We knew that. I think it
gave us a lot more confidence. We were struggling a little bit
before but we’re ready to get back on top.”
looks to secure its fourth road win in Big 12 play this
season, the Wildcats know beating the Sooners on their court
will not be easy. K-State dropped its first battle with
Oklahoma, 76-71, about two weeks ago in a game that saw the
Sooners’ Gabbi Ortiz and Vionise Pierre-Louis combine for 38
points on 14-of-21 shooting.
“I think we just have to
focus on the little things in the scouting report,” Goth said.
“We need to execute a little bit better as to what the game
plan is. I think we have to go in there with a lot of hustle,
a lot of effort, a lot of heart. It’ll definitely be different
being a morning game, so trying to stick to the plan will be
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