Kansas State has been without its leading scorer, Dean Wade, for its last three games.
The 6-10 junior, who averages 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season, suffered a foot injury in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament and hasn’t played since. Kansas State is 2-1 without him — two of those being the two NCAA wins — but beating Kentucky will be an enormous challenge if he is unable to go for a fourth straight game.
Wade is listed as probable for Thursday’s Sweet 16 contest, and he told the media in Manhattan, Ks., “I’m like 98 percent sure I’ll play. I don’t know if they can keep me out of this one. This is big time.”
But the unknown surrounding Wade’s status means more work for John Calipari and his staff because they’re watching film of Kansas State with and without Wade.
“Their leading scorer hasn’t played but says he’s playing against us,” Calipari said on his Monday call-in show. “But he said that the last couple of games and did not play, so we have to watch tape of him playing and him not playing. The good news: So do they! ‘What do they look like without Jarred? What do they look like with Jarred?'”
“Both us coaches are going to probably watch seven or six more tapes than we really need to, if either of those kids don’t play,” Cal said.