Kansas State Wildcats
Record: 20-12 (10-8 Big XII)
Conference: Big XII
How They Qualified: At-large
The Kansas State Wildcats had a tremendous season in 2012-2013 under first-year head coach Bruce Weber. Last season, the Wildcats finished tie for first in the Big XII. This season, the Big XII was a much tougher league. Even though Kansas State finished in the middle of the pack, that was a good accomplishment in this league this year.
Things did not start out well for the Kansas State Wildcats. Before Thanksgiving arrived, the Wildcats had already lost to Northern Colorado, Charlotte and Georgetown. Kansas State was able to gather themselves after that. The Wildcats went on a ten-game winning streak that included victories over Gonzaga and Oklahoma State.
The Wildcats were very steady during the Big XII conference play. Kansas State finished with a winning record in the conference. That was a solid achievement in this loaded league. Kansas State was knocked out of the Big XII tournament by the powerful Iowa State Cyclones.
What You Need To Know
Leading Scorer: Marcus Foster (15.6 PPG)
Leading Rebounder: Thomas Gipson (6.5 RPG)
Leading Passer: Will Spradling (2.9 APG)
Bad Losses: Northern Colorado, Charlotte, Georgetown
Good Wins: Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Iowa State
What to Expect
If you are looking purely at the bad losses listed above, it would appear that the Kansas State Wildcats are a very shaky team. It should be noted, however, that those bad losses came very early in the season. During the Big XII conference schedule, the Wildcats defeated all the big boys.
The Wildcats are a very unselfish team. They are led by senior point guard Will Spradling and average 15.5 assists per game. The Wildcats also play very strong perimeter defense. They hold opponents to 23.6% shooting from 3-point range. The problem for Kansas State is scoring. The Wildcats are ranked 211th in the nation in points per game.
While shooting may falter, good defense usually performs up to expectations even in the pressure cooker of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats can count on that, but a lack of offense will likely prevent Kansas State from advancing past the first weekend of the dance.