K-State basketball is going dancing! It might not be an automatic spot in the first round, but the Wildcats have a shot to move on to Sacramento. They just have to beat Wake Forest first.
After a season of ups and downs, the Kansas State Wildcats have their ticket punched to the NCAA Tournament. While they’re going to have to play in a “First Four Game”, the Wildcats have made it to the big dance for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
Kansas State’s opponent in the First Four will be Wake Forest and the game will be played on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio. It’s not going to be an easy task for the Wildcats, but they’ve overcome adversity a lot this season and they played well in the Big 12 Tournament. Hopefully that mojo carries over and lifts them to Sacramento.
Should KSU reign supreme against Wake Forest, their first round opponent in the South region will be against the six-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati frequently makes appearances in the tournament and are a tough team.
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The number one seed in the South is North Carolina, who won the ACC this season. The Tarheels were the runner-up in the National Championship game last year and have to be motivated to get another title for Roy Williams.
Also in the South bracket are Kentucky (2), UCLA (3), Butler (4), and in-state threat Wichita State, who got hosed as a ten-seed. The Wildcats are going to have some really tough competition if they beat Wake Forest, but it’ll be worth it for their fan base.
It wasn’t a gimme that the Cats would be going dancing, but after knocking off the Baylor Bears in the Big 12 Tournament, it seemed likely that they’d at least get the opportunity to play a play-in game in Dayton.
With the crazy season that Bruce Weber and K-State basketball have had, it’d be nice to see them crank out a win against the Demon Deacons. There are no guarantees in March, so if K-State gets past Wake Forest, then there’s no telling what kind of crazy magic could carry them throughout the tournament.
It is likely, however, that Weber’s job is secure for at least one more year. K-State basketball fans might not be happy about that, but he did get his team to the big dance. Now let’s see how far they can go.
What do you think, Kansas State fans? Do the Wildcats have a chance to make it far in this year’s March Madness matchups?