* Speaking of K-State, they're off to a slightly disappointing start in conference play. Why only "slightly"? Well, looking at their schedule to open conference play before it started, most folks would have expected a 2-3 record right now. At 1-4, the Cats are only one game behind expectations. More of the disappointment lies in how they've lost some of these games, but the Cats' number one problem right now is the lack of a #1 scoring option. Clemente is at best a #2 guy, with Pullen, Brown, and Samuels #3 types. Colon, Kent, and Sutton round out the top 7 as, at best, #4 guys. With no primary scorer to serve as the focal point for the other team's defense, it becomes easier for other teams to lock down on guys who are having to score more than their offensive talent dictates. Another thing hurting the Cats is some low BBIQ on display: Clemente, especially, needs to learn to read a shot clock. His inability to do so, along with Fred Brown's mental lapses on defense and offense toward the end of the game, nearly cost K-State their precious win at Colorado.
* Finally, Oklahoma will be an interesting team to watch going forward. In many ways, they've resembled the Kansas State team of last January, which got off to a hot start before fading a bit down the stretch. Much of K-State's hot start was Clent Stewart's play, and they cooled off when he did. Austin Johnson is now playing the same role for OU. It's possible that Johnson may continue the torrid All-Big-12 pace he's set early in conference play, but if he does fall off, others on OU will have to pick up the slack to complement Griffin. The first guys OU may look to could be Warren and Patillo...a freshman and a juco transfer.