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10 quick things about Kansas State

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

We’ll have in-depth analysis of Kansas State in the coming days, but here are ten quick things to know about Kentucky’s Sweet 16 opponent.

1. Their defense is good…but their offense?

Kansas State’s defense is the reason they’re in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats held a high-scoring Creighton team to 59 points in the first round and a UMBC team that flummoxed 1-seed Virginia to 43 last night. The Retrievers managed only two field goals in the final six minutes and shot 29.8 percent for the game.

On the flip side, the Wildcats are struggling to score themselves. While they rank 46th in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 66.9 points per game, they rank 241st in scoring offense, averaging only 71.6 points per game. Last night, they hit only one of twelve threes and turned over the ball 18 times. Part of the problem is…

2. They’ve been without lead scorer Dean Wade

Wade missed Kansas State’s first two tournament games because of a foot injury. The junior big man is averaging 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. Last night, Wade said there’s a “98 percent” chance he’ll play vs. Kentucky on Thursday night:

Yeah, he’s playing.

3. ESPN thinks they’re the worst team left in the tournament

Myron Medcalf ranked Kansas State 16th in his reseeding of the Sweet 16:

“The Wildcats dominated Creighton in the opening round, also without Wade, who is dealing with a foot injury,” Medcalf wrote. “If Kansas State duplicates Sunday’s effort, however, when it faces Kentucky in the Sweet 16, Bruce Weber’s team will lose by 20-plus.”

4. It will be the battle of the staple remover Wildcats

Kansas State’s logo doesn’t look like two birds fornicating, but…

5. Their costumed mascot is the worst in college sports

(Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America)

Seriously, where is the rest of his outfit? I can’t wait to make fun of this all week.

6. Kentucky last faced them in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

The Cats’ improbable run to the 2014 NCAA Championship game started with Kansas State in St. Louis. Kentucky won 56-49 thanks to a double double from Julius Randle. If you remember, Kentucky actually started that game 1-0 because Kansas State’s Brian Rohleder got a technical for dunking in warm-ups, which sent Aaron Harrison to the line to start the game.

7. Bruce Weber may have started the Anthony Davis rumors

Remember all those rumors about Anthony Davis and a $200,000 duffel bag deal to come to Kentucky? According to Gregg Doyel, Bruce Weber — then at Illinois — may have been behind those.

Remember when Bruce Weber may or may not have been running his mouth?

With all the turmoil facing the sports, odds that comes up at all this week?

8. BPI gives Kentucky a 71.6% chance of winning

9. Bruce Weber didn’t even know where the regional was

After his team beat UMBC to advance to the Sweet 16, Weber claimed he didn’t know where the South Regional was.

“Coach, you talked about the unpredictability of a 16 beating a 1. Obviously that’s never happened before this weekend. This will be the first regional ever where there’s no top 4 seeds in Atlanta next weekend.”

“Is that where we’re going?” Weber asked.

“Yes. From that standpoint –”

“I haven’t looked at it. I’m being honest.”

10. Kentucky has NEVAH LOST to them

The blue and white Wildcats are 9-0 all-time vs. Kansas State and 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament. Say it with me…”NEVAH LOST!”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

11 Comments for 10 quick things about Kansas State

  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    2:43 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Can the university just concede already that the new logo and lettering is awful. We haven’t landed a top 5 recruit since then. Also, it only cost the University 80k to get this new scheme made. I will pay them the 80k back if we can get the old scheme back.

    • Mathlete
      3:15 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think the uniforms, logo, or lettering would factor in that much to an elite prospect’s decision. However, that duffel bag full of cash that Jeff Capel left in their trunk while they were at school might…

  2. kentuck1
    2:58 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    The Cats are mature enough to know that over-confidence can be the greatest opponent in sports. It can not be turned on or off as the situation dictates. Every opponent must be respected equally. This team defeated Creighton and should not be over-looked.

    • BigBlueSkyDog
      4:46 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      That mascot looks like Barney the Dinosaur on crack.

  3. ukkatzfan
    3:07 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    K State does have dad looking down to mom saying “The kids are out of the house “

  4. Mc12
    3:13 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Quick fact #11: Bruce Weber has an uncanny resemblance to Howard the Duck.

    • Rembrandt
      5:23 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Nah. Weber looks just like Tony Sirico, the actor who played Paulie Gaultieri on the Sopranos.

  5. meeksfor3
    3:33 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    If he has a stress fracture in his foot that happened just 2 weeks ago I can’t see him playing even if he wants to.

  6. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    4:08 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Not only did Weber start the AD rumor, but I’m convinced he also snitched out Eric Gordon & Ralph Sampson when Gordon decommitted from Illinois and went to Indiana. I had another Weber snitching theory but can’t remember who it was about.

  7. Eazy
    8:48 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Weber is a joke. He is only at that outhouse because he couldn’t get it done at Illinois. If he was good he’d be out of KSU already. Huggy and Martin bolted asap.