Kansas State Wildcats (Overall: 20-13, Conf: 8-10)
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Kansas State is one of six Big 12 programs headed to the Big Dance, and this particular group can definitely make noise as a +30,000 underdog.
Four players—Wesley Iwundu, Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes, D.J. Johnson—average at least 11 points for the Wildcats, who carry an offense that puts up a decent 72 points per contest along with a highly-disciplined defense that ranks among the best nationally in defensive efficiency and in opponents’ turnover percentage.
This team also has major upsets against Baylor (twice) and West Virginia, including a pair of close losses to in-state rival Kansas, this season.
The Wildcats are horrible in a bunch of other categories, and the most glaring of which is their lack of rebounding (299th in the country). They also don’t do so well against defensive-minded teams, as proven in its loss to West Virginia in the semifinals of the conference tournament. But do note that there were numerous times when their offensive inconsistencies were covered up by their defensive efforts.
Team Statistics (from teamrankings.com)
|Points Per Game||71.7||#192|
|Rebounds Per Game||32.7||#299|
|Blocks Per Game||3.8||#102|
|Free Throw Percentage||68.9||#223|
Kansas State (+30,000) makes it to the Sweet 16.
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