NCAA tournament team previews: Kansas State Wildcats
As part of its preview of the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, SI.com is taking a look at all 68 teams in the field. RPI and SOS data from realtimerpi.com. Adjusted offense and defense are from kenpom.com and measure the number of points scored and allowed per 100 possessions, and the team's national rank. For more teams, click here.
Record: 20-12, 10-8 in Big 12
Adjusted Offense / Adjusted Defense: 107.9 (110th) / 95.7 (25th)
Seed: No. 9 in Midwest
Impact player: Marcus Foster, freshman guard, 15.6 ppg, 2.5 apg, team-leading 78 3s (.404)
The Case For:
The Wildcats have balance (four players score eight points or more per game), a head coach with plenty of tournament experience (this is Bruce Weber's 10th NCAA tournament appearance with his third different school) and play in one of the toughest conferences in the country (the Big 12), which means they're battle-tested. Ten players average at least 13 minutes, so K-State can go to its bench and not experience a ton of drop-off. The Wildcats also have seven wins over RPI top 50 teams.
The Case Against:
Kansas State has lost three in a row, and the Wildcats are hardly playing their best basketball in the postseason. They also have a bad habit of fouling (they rank 317 out of 345 teams in fouls) and struggle away from home, going 2-7 in road games and 3-3 on neutral courts. Kansas State ranks middle of the pack or worse nationally in a variety of statistical categories -- and being average won't get them very far in March.
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