After a career high performance against Texas, you had to wonder if Longhorn coach Rick Barnes was thinking to himself, "How did I eve let Marcus Foster out of the state?!"
"I just thought he was terrific," Barnes said after the game.
The super freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, Foster, lit up the 'Horns for 34 points in a 74-57 rout, Saturday afternoon.
"Today I was on a magic level," Foster said after the game.
In an up and down sesason for the Wildcats (16-6, 6-3) Foster has continued to shine and impress in his first season, averaging almost 15 points a game.
"He was able to get a little bit of everything, ball movement, transition off of steals, ran a couple of quick plays," head coach Bruce Weber said. "He scored in a lot of ways and produced whatever way they allowed him to get him going.”
Foster was feeding off a good crowd for the Texas game, a game the Wildcats needed badly. Losers of three of their last four games, K-State is still not a shoe-in for the NCAA Tournament and needed to boost their resume.
A complete rout of the Longhorns helped things out.
“It was a big step, it shows that we can compete whenever we play with enthusiasm," Thomas Gipson said. "If our defense is great then I am pretty sure that we can play with anyone in the country.”
"The things that we talked about we did not do any of it," Barnes said. "They played harder, with more energy, they were more physical and they beat us in every category.”
"You get up early and now you keep the foot on the pedal and just keep going," Weber said. "It is about defense. We just kept the energy to just keep going and going."
A win Monday night against Kansas would go a long way to ensure K-State's post season run. A loss sends them back to the drawing board. Bruce Weber has beaten every team in the Big 12 at least once, except Kansas.
At one point during the rout, the student section broke out into chants of, "FOSTER! FOSTER! FOSTER!"
His reaction: "I am going to let it humble me and just stay hungry, and get ready for Monday.”