The team had an easier stretch of the schedule, well, as easy as the Big 12 can be - which is not very. Shaking off the Manhattan demons and handling the Wildcats, then thoroughly dismantling the Cyclones was a great way to get the team back on track. Obviously, last night the team faltered against a mediocre TCU squad in a game they likely should have won by 15+ points.
But in this three-game stretch, Kyler Edwards finally showed some of the shooting and play making everyone was waiting for this year. Shooting greater than 60% from the field against both Kansas State and Iowa State was a breath of fresh air for Edwards who had to this point been unable to break the lid on the basket that had to exist every time he shot.
Better yet, he found his touch from beyond the arc, scoring half of his points in those two games from long range. Only recording one turnover in each, he was in control of the offense and made big time defensive plays as well.
TCU demonstrates what happens when Edwards regresses. While Edwards was not awful, he only made 25% of his threes and turned the ball over four times. I don’t think this team needs Edwards to average over 20 points to win, but his shooting percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio both need to be better for the Red Raiders to beat the better teams.
This team will live and die with the guards, and Edwards is showing signs that he can be an answer for a team struggling to find consistency.