Kansas State is a Sweet 16--caliber team. Behind a combined 50 points on 10-for-18 three-point shooting from guards Jacob Pullen(below) and Denis Clemente, the Wildcats throttled No. 18 UNLV by 15 points on the road last Saturday to improve to 9--1 and earn a No. 17 ranking.... Jan. 2 will be a rough day for Louisville's Rick Pitino. That's when he takes his Cardinals (5--3), who are playing desultory defense and lost at home to Western Carolina, into Rupp Arena to face his former team, third-ranked Kentucky.... Expanding the tournament to 96 teams—which the NCAA is considering doing in 2011—is a bad idea. It's hard enough to make the case now that the regular season matters. It will become meaningless if 31 more teams make the tournament field.

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