The Wildcats were one of last season’s big surprises, with first-year coach Jerome Tang leading this program to the Elite Eight. Year two in Manhattan isn’t quite going the same way. While Kansas State did get nice wins over Providence and Villanova, they were dreadful against Nebraska and have been on a losing streak in the Big 12 after an early win against Baylor.
Kansas State was still in a respectable position entering this week, sitting a 4-3 in Big 12 play. Unfortunately, they lost twice as favorites in games they should’ve won, getting blasted by 20 points against Oklahoma on Tuesday before a 75-72 loss at Oklahoma State over the weekend. Any good will that the Wildcats had accumulated this season is slowly going out the door.
Their metrics haven’t exactly been great this season, but the NET is now down to 83. The good news for the Wildcats is that the Big 12 conference schedule is full of opportunities, especially for a team with just a single Quad 1 victory to this point. It’s not an impossibility to work into the Tournament field, but it’ll take a few impressive wins in February against the top tier of this league.