NCAA Tournament

Kansas States Roller-coaster Week

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Kansas State’s season did a complete 360 last week. First, they went down to Baylor and beat the Bears by one to avenge the home loss to Baylor earlier this season. Next, K-State went to Columbia, where Frank Martin had never won as a head coach. The number 3 ranked Tigers were ready to avenge their first loss of the season, instead the Wildcats handed Missouri their first home loss of the season. Heading in to Saturday’s game against Iowa State, which beat KSU previously in Ames on a last second shot by Royce White, no one expected KSU to lose at home to a team they only lost by 2 to on the road. Iowa State had different ideas. Led by Scott Christopherson’s 29 points, the Cyclones handed K-State its second straight home loss. Kansas State came out flat in the first half, and Iowa State grabbed a 10 point lead. K-State would take back the lead midway through the second half, but Christopherson kept hitting threes and Iowa State left Manhattan with a 65-61 win.

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What it means for ISU: This is the marquee road win the Cyclones needed to help their NCAA resume. Scott Christopherson is a great shooter to complement Royce White. Expect to see their names in the field of 68 come Selection Sunday. This team could cause some major damage come March.

What it means for KSU: The Wildcats really needed this win to help their seeding in the tournament. They can still probably get a 6 seed by winning the next two games and then winning a couple more in the Big 12 Tournament. As it stands right now, they are probably looking at a 7 or 8 seed. They really needed that win yesterday to keep their momentum going heading into the Big 12 Tournament, but they didn’t get it. They now have to go down the College Station to get a win and then come home and beat Oklahoma State to finish 10-8 in the conference.

Sam Young