K-State basketball just can’t get a break and might have just let their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013-2014 slip from their grasps. They fell to the worst team in the Big 12 by 30 points. Ouch.
Well, so much for optimism.
After a 12-1 start to the 2016-2017 season, the Kansas State Wildcats looked poised to make it to the NCAA Tournament and to potentially give the Kansas Jayhawks a run for their money at the Big 12 title.
Instead, the Wildcats faltered down the stretch big time. It all began against those same Jayhawks, who forced overtime at Allen Fieldhouse on a controversial no-call walk. Kansas would go on to win in overtime.
What started as a fun season has turned into disappointment once again for K-State basketball fans.
K-State has been awful since that game, winning only five games and proving that it might just be time to hand head coach Bruce Weber his walking papers.
Arguably the hardest blow this team has taken so far this season, however, is the one they suffered on Saturday. With three games remaining in the season, the Wildcats had to basically win out to really have a chance of making it to the big dance in March.
With Oklahoma, the worst team in the conference, on the schedule first, KSU had every chance to be competitive down the stretch. Instead, they crapped the bed and lost by 30 points to the horrendous Oklahoma Sooners.
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It would have been bad enough to lose to the Oklahoma Sooners point blank, but the Wildcats had to commit the ultimate crime and lose in BLOWOUT FASHION to the worst team in the Big 12. Jeez, man.
Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle summed up the loss,
"K-State has the look of a team destined for the NIT or worse, which means Weber may be on the way out the door. The Wildcats fell short of expectations in each of the past two seasons, and they have now lost eight of their last 10 games, completely erasing the good they accomplished with a 15-4 start."
This loss hasn’t totally eliminated the Cats from NCAA Tournament contention, but it’s hard to imagine them making it with their horrendous track record in the conference. Even if K-State does make it, could you imagine how they’d play against one of the best teams in the nation when they couldn’t even be competitive against the lowly Sooners?
What started as a fun season has turned into disappointment once again for K-State basketball fans. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Bruce Weber is the head coach of the Cats again in 2017-2018, especially after this crushing loss.
Hey, at least we’re not Mizzou basketball, am I right?