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Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber said that team needs to improve on its free-throw shooting and turnovers, despite beating Alabama-Huntsville, 87-26, on Tuesday.
"Free throws obviously. Turnovers were better. I would still like to cut them down. We have to deal with ball screens. I think North Dakota might run six ball screens one possession. So just dealing with that, talking, and making sure that we get to the shooters, I think is going to be very important."
The Wildcats shot 66.7 percent from the free-throw line against the Chargers on Tuesday night and are shooting 64.5 percent through three games. They have several players logging significant minutes who need to shoot better from the charity stripe, including Rodney McGruder (62.5 percent), Thomas Gipson (66.7 percent) and Jordan Henriquez (16.7 percent). However, the season is still young, so those percentages can change quickly.
In terms of turnovers, the Wildcats are averaging 12 per game over their first three games. That's not an egregious number, but it's something they'll want to improve upon as the season progresses.
The Wildcats have nearly a month to hone their skills before their first big out-of-conference test when they face Gonzaga on Dec. 15th. They play Florida on Dec. 22nd before entering Big 12 conference play on Jan. 5th.