After an exhilarating win for the K-State basketball team on Thursday night, the Wildcats lost to the second-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday by a score of 51-50. Will they make it to the NCAA Tournament after this loss?
After leading for pretty much the entire game, the Kansas State Wildcats fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers in the last minute. While the Wildcats could still make it into the big dance next week, their ticket isn’t for sure punched like it would have been had they taken down the Mountaineers.
This game was all K-State most of the way through, as the Wildcats held West Virginia to only 16 points in the first half. Kansas State’s offense put up 25 points in the first half and both offenses began to pick it up in the second half.
West Virginia (I’m not calling them by that stupid nickname) started to play more aggressively on defense and were able to contain the Wildcats more.
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After leading most of the game, KSU allowed the Mountaineers to tie things up at 50 just shy of the 2:00 minute mark. They would then take the lead on a free throw, which proved to be the difference in this one-point game.
While it’s disappointing to see K-State fall short of the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday, they really did play hard in this tournament.
From taking down the Baylor Bears on Thursday to almost beating the Mountaineers, it’s safe to say that Bruce Weber will be back again for 2017-2018.
K-State basketball fans probably won’t like that, but with no acting Athletic Director in Manhattan, the university is in a tough spot. Should KSU not get into the NCAA Tournament, Weber could still be let go, but I bet he’ll still be the head coach next season.
At the end of the day, yes this tournament result is disappointing, but mistakes in the final few minutes cost Kansas State their shot at winning the Big 12 Tournament.